Experience in Peru

Peru: Amazon River

Publication date: 28 Apr 2019
  • Experiences USD 47
  • Accommodation USD 174
  • Transport USD 126
  • Total experience USD 1380

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Weekend in the Peruvian Amazon

I always dreamed visiting the Amazon because of the mystical nature of the jungle.

If you want to live an unforgettable experience, one in a life you should go, at least one weekend. In the surroundings of Iquitos you will be able to know the incredible nature of the Peruvian jungle that refuges many species that you have never seen before, such as jaguars, boas, caimans, sloths, pink dolphins, piranhas or the Amazonian Victoria in the Amazon River or cute monkeys on the Monkey Island. A weekend of adventure and experiences with nature at its best.

The first day we will settle in an incredible logde in the middle of the jungle. Then we will visit the Momón River Serpentarium. One of the many places that recover species that have been rescued from the illegal trafficking of animals.

On the second day we will visit two other shelters, such as the Pedrito Farm and the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. There we can see how butterflies are grown, we will see incredible birds like the toucan, we will see leopards, among other animals. We can also feed piranhas, caimans and even the largest fish in the river, the paiche that can measure up to 3 meters long.

Finally, we will visit a primate refuge, Isla del Mono or Monkey Island. There we can share with this animals that are loose throughout the island. We will find some that are going to climb us without any problem so can give them a ride. There are about 7 kinds of primates all over the island. We can also find birds such as macaws and parrots, even sloth bears.

It is a trip that can be done with children, who will share a unique experience of interacting with animals and nature.

DAY TO DAY Itinerary day by day

The prices that appear per day are referential and correspond to the sum of activities that were made that day

    DAY 1 USD 5

    We arrive to Iquitos and the lodge pick us up from the airport to take us to it. We go to the Bellavista port and we sail in a boat along the river. We settle at the lodge and can take advantage of the facilities until lunch. In the afternoon we go to Fundo Pedrito. We go by boat for less than an hour of trip by the river. There we can feed piranhas, alligators and paiches among other animals. We can also see the famous Victorias Regias. From there we return to the lodge.

    DAY 2 USD 16

    In the morning we will visit the Mamón River Serpentarium. There we can see and touch different animals such as boas, lizards, sloth bears. In the afternoon we prepare to visit the Butterfly Farm of Pilpintuwasique which is located in the town of Padre Cocha. There we can see how they raise butterflies and see animals and birds in captivity like the tapir, the jaguar, toucans, monkeys, among others.

    DAY 3 USD 28

    This day we get up and go by taxi boat to the Producers Port in the city of Iquitos to go to Monkey Island. There it will be waiting for us to go to the island. After a journey of almost 1 hour and a half we will arrive at this incredible refuge that protects, preserves and reinserts its habitat of several kinds of monkeys. There we will share time with different types of primates and other animals that are around us. Then we return at lunchtime to Iquitos to return to the lodge and rest in the pool.

ACCOMMODATION Lodging per night

The lodging that is shown in the list of each night is recommended by the traveler, you can find more similar options. The cost is per person in a double bed room.

Night City Recommended accommodation Type of lodging Cost of the person
Night 1 Amazonas Irapay Amazon Lodge Lodge USD 58
Night 2 Amazonas Irapay Amazon Lodge Lodge USD 58
Night 3 Amazonas Irapay Amazon Lodge Lodge USD 58

TRANSPORT Transportation per day

The prices that appear by transport are referential and correspond to what the traveler paid at that moment

Nº Day Origin Destination Link web Type of transport Cost
Day 1 Arpt. Lima (LIM) Arpt. Iquitos (IQT) http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12992435 Plane USD 30
Day 1 Arpt. Iquitos (IQT) Bellavista Port Taxi USD 7
Day 1 Bellavista Port Lodge Taxi Boat USD 7
Day 1 Lodge Fundo Pedrito Taxi Boat USD 5
Day 1 Fundo Pedrito Lodge Taxi Boat USD 5
Day 2 Lodge Mamón River Serpentarium Taxi Boat USD 3
Day 2 Mamón River Serpentarium Lodge Taxi Boat USD 3
Day 2 Lodge Butterfly Farm of Pilpintuwasique Taxi Boat USD 5
Day 2 Butterfly Farm of Pilpintuwasique Lodge Taxi Boat USD 5
Day 3 Lodge Producers Port Taxi Boat USD 6
Day 3 Producers Port Lodge Taxi Boat USD 6
Day 4 Lodge Bellavista Port Taxi Boat USD 7
Day 4 Bellavista Port Arpt. Iquitos (IQT) Taxi USD 7
Day 4 Arpt. Iquitos (IQT) Arpt. Lima (LIM) http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12992435 Plane USD 30


RECOMMENDATIONS Tips for your trip

It is necessary to wear comfortable clothes and if possible long pants and long sleeves so that the mosquitoes do not bite and can cope with the heat. Essential repellent.

There are several lodges to stay, most of all include the meals. I recommend staying not so far from Iquitos to have all the attractions closer. There are very good lodges but they are far away and they make the transfers longer.

The lodge has different additional activities that they can take, such as getting up early in the morning to watch birds, go fishing, walk through the jungle and go to a indigenous community. If they have time, they can do it, but I recommend giving priority to those that are in the itinerary since they are the ones that I found more interesting and fun.

Do not forget to try the famous “cecina”, its “tacacho” and its “paiche”. Good place to have lunch is the Bufeo Colorado Floating Restaurant. In Iquitos a very nice place, is the Pizzeria Antica.

I recommend to go in dry seasons, when there is less rain, which is from May to October. It always rains, but less and the rivers are lower.

Important information:

Due to the location of the lodges, there is no other option than having the meals in them. There are some that have a menu and there are others that have an all-inclusive system. In my case we did not decide to have everything included, only the breakfast because we wanted to have the flexibility of being able to have lunch in other places.

In the price of the hotel the airport pick-up was not included, but you can coordinate with them to do it at an additional cost . There are some hotels that do have transfer to the airport within their rates.

The hotel can help you get the taxi boats so they can move you. They usually come with a guide from the area. Do not forget to haggle.

Remember that all taxi and taxi boats are price per person. The trip is made by two people, so the total value of the trip must multiply by 2.

Take note that there is no internet in the hotel and there is no light 24 hours. Just a while in the mornings and nights. If want internet through your telephone, you must have an operator that has coverage. I recommend Claro.

The trip to Monkey Island is at 9am or 11am from Producers Port at Iquitos, from an office that the owners of the place have. You can write to the driver of the boat that will take you there to see if he can pick you up from your lodge. His name is Hugo and his phone number is +51 918 785 471.

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