The mighty Amazon River stretches from Peru all the way into Brazil. Our daily activities will cover portions of this enormous body of water and will be our main way to move around the Amazon basin as well Napo River, a tributary. Most activities will involve early morning departures as the wild life awakens before the heat of the sun comes around mid-day. The walks/hikes within the forest are usually sweaty due to the high humidity, and it is very common that we will hike through muddy trails as well.
Note: Due to the ever changing nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions
Here you'll receive a reception at the airport or hotel, a brief city orientation and then a transfer to the Explorama dock. A twenty-five-mile journey down the Amazon River brings us to Ceiba Tops where private rooms with air conditioning provide Amazon adventure in comfort. An afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes. After dinner your guide will take you on a short walk to a small lake where caiman can be spotted at night and where you can find some of the insects and frogs that produce the cacophony of sounds that begin after dark.Included Lunch & Dinner.
This is an early morning birding excursion. After breakfast we board boats to continue down the Amazon River to the rustic Explorama Lodge and hike the "Bushmaster Trail" where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the world's highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. We then continue on to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain their culture and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to trade for or purchase some of their local crafts and for a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. After lunch we will walk along a local Amazon River trail stopping at a "ribereños" house, corner store, and sugar cane rum factory. Return by boat to Ceiba Tops.Included Lunch & Dinner.
Morning boat excursion to "Monkey Island", a private reserve where more than five species of tropical primates, including small tamarins, saki, titi, and large woolly monkeys, are protected. We'll have an afternoon boating excursion in search of sloth, found in Cecropia trees at the water's edge, and the two species of freshwater river dolphin, pink and grey, found in Amazonian waters. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy a beautiful Amazonian sunset on the river.Included Lunch & Dinner.
An early morning departure from Ceiba Tops by boat to the narrow motorcar crossing connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers to then continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. We'll hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the "ReNuPeRu" Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.Included Lunch & Dinner.
boating or walking excursion to further enjoy the rainforest surrounding Ceiba Tops, or if you prefer, time to relax at the hammock house or enjoy the pool and lodge gardens. Afternoon journey back to Iquitos and on to the airport or to a local hotel.
The hotel is located in the middle of the jungle, Ceiba Tops offers the comforts of home, air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, swimming pool for after the hot days and a hammock house.