Day 1. The journey to the reserve begins early in the morning, traveling 3 hours up past the Amazon River to the Ucayali River, arriving in Requena for lunch. Then we navigate up the Tapiche River for another 4 hours. The Tapiche is a narrow river with a unique landscape, giving us the chance to observe wildlife on the river side, such as herons, several species of toucans, macaws, egrets, wild ducks, storks, grey dolphins (Sotalia fluviatilis) and pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis). Click to learn more about location.
Day 2. Light breakfast at 05:00, then embark on a 10km trek through the terra fime forest deep into the Reserve, where we will marvel at gigantic centenary huimba (Ceiba pentandra) trees. We may encounter South American coati (Nasua nasua), saddleback tamarin (saguinusfuscicollis), common squirrel monkeys (saimiri sciureus sciureus), and other land mammals. Second breakfast will be picnic style around 09:00, providing the fuel we will need to complete the trek and return to the lodge for hot lunch around 13:00.
After our long morning hike, you can relax in a canoe that your guide will row silently along the edge of the jungle, looking for animals that come to the water to catch the warmth of the last sunlight. Return to lodge for hot dinner.
Day 3. Light breakfast at 5am followed by a 12 km trek along the Chambira creek, where the giant otters (Pteroneura brasiliensis) make their home during the dry season. The hike will take us deep into a different side of the Reserve through an amazing ciliar forest. Second breakfast will again be picnic style. There is a great concentration of mammals in the area, including the rare red uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus rubicundus) and red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus). Along the way, we will also discuss medicinal plants growing in the wild and learn about their preparation and use. Return for hot lunch at the lodge around 1pm.
In the afternoon we will take the canoe again along the Tapiche River to what we call "dolphin corner", a spot where the pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) and gray dolphins (Sotalia fluviatilis) come every afternoon to hunt. Return to the lodge for hot dinner.
Day 4. All day out. Light breakfast at 05:00. We will travel by canoe along stunning primary Gallery forest to arrive at the Garza Lagoon. Second breakfast is picnic style. On the Lagoon it is possible to observe the great black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in broad daylight. We will fish for our lunch, which is often red-bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) grilled fresh over an open fire. After enjoying views of the expansive lagoon with lunch, we will continue canoeing into the swampy areas of the reserve, which is the territory of more black caiman, dusky titis (Callicebus moloch), large groups of red howler monkeys, and all kinds of eye-catching jungle birds. Return at sunset for hot dinner at the lodge.
Day 5. Full breakfast at the lodge. Guided return to Iquitos.