BLACK CAIMAN EXPEDITION 8D/7N

  

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: EXTREME

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 +

DESTINATION: Tamshiyacu - Tahuayo Reserve

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú

DURATION: 8 Days Minimum

MAIN ACTIVITIES: Search for Black Caimans

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Photography, Documentary, etc.

 

BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: June - November

BOOKING IN ADVANCE: 2 Required Months

LAST MINUTE BOOKING: Request Availability

50% PAYMENT: Required To Secure Seats

PAYMENT METHODS: Credit Cards Or PayPal

50% REMAINING PAYMENT: Pay On Arrival

DEPARTURE DAYS: Any Day Of The Week

The Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger) is a species of large crocodilian and, along with the American alligator, is one of the biggest extant members of the family Alligatoridae and order Crocodilia. The Black Caiman is a carnivorous reptile that lives along slow-moving rivers, lakes, seasonally flooded savannas of the Amazon basin, and in other freshwater habitats of South America. There are 6 total species of caimans in the Amazon and the black caiman is the largest one of all. Most adult black caimans are 2.2 to 4.3 m (7 ft 3 in to 14 ft 1 in) in length, with a few old males growing larger than 5 m (16 ft 5 in).

 

This particular expedition is specifically designed for those adventurous travelers interested in an intense and long nocturnal exploration journey through the depths of the Amazon rainforest. An exploration that will take place mainly along the banks of small rivers, and slow moving lagoons. This program (just like many of our programs) will require extreme physical challenges such as long jungle land and water navigation, overnights in isolated areas, and daily survival. 
 

Our team, a handful of native indigenous of the area and jungle experts, will accompany participants on this exploratory experience mostly performed in small wooden canoes across the Tamshiyacu - Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area, Amazon Rainforest, Loreto Region. Your assigned team will be determined and motivated at all cost to explore into the dark Amazonian waters, and with the only mission in mind to do everything in their power to find all (6) total especies of caimans that inhabit in the amazon, and with the main goal of spotting the biggest of all, "The Black Caiman".
 

IMPORTANT TIPS ABOUT YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • BOOKING IN ADVANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (for collection of personal information, government access permits to protected areas, transportation arrangements, exploration team assignments, English Speaking Guides availability, and all logistics support needed).

  • Participants need to have sufficient time in Iquitos, in order to successfully execute this expedition.

  • Participants' exploratory backpacks weight limit is 10 kilos max.

  • An additional 5 kilos of gear will be issued to each participant when exploring the jungle (jungle boots, ponchos, mats, blankets, tents and service utensils).

  • Explorations through the jungle during this particular route, will require for each traveler to carry their own personal gear and, to maximize your experience be at the least in a decent physical condition to accomplish each available hike and long lasting canoes hand paddling navigation.

  • All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions at any time of the year. Main Rivers and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified by your Guide’s discretion, this will not alter our motivation to make this trip the best as possible.

  • VISIT OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE FOR OTHER IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE BEFORE YOUR EXPEDITION.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

🟫 DAY 0

  • Private transportation from Iquitos Airport to Hotel.

 

🟫 DAY 1

08:00 Private transportation to Iquitos-Nauta Express Road.

10:00 Arrival in Nauta City.

  • Nauta brief City Tour.

11:00 River Navigation downstream on the Maranon River in Route to the jungle.

  • Lunch on board.

 

13:00 Arrival to Ramon Castilla Village.

  • Meeting with native exploratory team. 

  • Hydration and arrangement of gear before 30 - 45 mins jungle hike.

  • 1.5 hrs. of motorboat transfer to reach Haldar Village.

  • 30 - 45 mins hike to Jerusalem Village.

 

16:00 to 17:00 Arrival to Jerusalem Village.

  • Drop-off gear and greet with local Villagers.

  • 20 mins of motorboat transfer to reach Camp.

  • Hand paddling trip in typical wooden canoes to place fish traps. 

 

18:00 to 19:00 Dinner will be shared with the exploration team.

  • Free time (resting, walk around camp, night fishing on site, etc.).

21:00 Night exploration trip for familiarization of the area.

  • Overnight at the AE Jungle House.

 

🟫 DAY 2-5

05:00 Early canoe excursion upstream for appreciation of wildlife.

  • Fish traps inspection.

08:00 Back to Base Camp for breakfast. 

  • Jungle exploration to progressively start acclimatizing.

  • Search for "Giant Trees".

  • Identification and collection of fruits, vegetables, seeds, etc.

  • Identification of medicinal plants.

  • Identification of living creatures along our paths.

  • Back to Base Camp for Lunch. 

 

13:00 The Journey in search of the Black Caiman begins.

  • Hand paddling river navigations downstream on the Tahuayo River.

  • Exploration of ESTIRÓN JUNGLE AREA.

  • Exploration of PAPAL JUNGLE AREA.

  • Exploration of AMANCIO JUNGLE AREA.

  • Exploration of TANGARANA JUNGLE AREA.

  • Construction of animal traps.

  • Fishing excursions.

  • Exploration of fauna and flora.

  • Nocturnal catch and release activity of different species of caimans.

  • Designation of fire pits to cook our meals in every arrival jungle area.

  • Overnight in Camping tents across the jungle.

🟫 DAY 6-7

08:00 Breakfast and preparation of gear before 1 hr. hike.

09:00 Hike in search of a remote lagoon starts.

  • Arrival at a remote lagoon.

  • Exploration of the area to inspect our perimeter.

  • Designation of a fire pit to cook our meals the next 2 nights.

  • Camp set up nearby.

  • Construction of native small and large caiman catching devices.

  • Construction of animal traps in strategic spots.

  • Nocturnal exploration in search of caimans.

  • Overnight in Camping tents in the shores of remote lagoon.

 

🟫 DAY 8

05:00 Early hike back to TANGARANA JUNGLE AREA.

  • Breakfast in Tangarana.

08:00-09:00 Navigation begins on the Tahuayo River in route to Tamshiyacu Town, through the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area.

  • During these relaxing 3 - 4 hours of river navigation, participants will enjoy a unique, adventurous and fascinating escape in search of the Amazon River, this long river navigation ride will increase the opportunities to appreciate more fauna and flora, we will pass by Blanco River, make a quick stop at Chino Village, for a possible exploration if time allows, pass by Buena Esperanza, Santa Cruz, and Huaysi Villages, to then get the final amazing experience of meeting the Mighty Amazon River and cross its waters.

13:00-14:00 Arrival at Tamshiyacu Town.

  • Lunch in Tamshiyacu Town.

14:30-15:00 Speedboat trip back to Iquitos City.

  • 1 hr. river navigation to finish the crossing of the Amazon River.

 

16:00-17:00 Arrival to Iquitos river port.

  • Transfer to hotel/airport (End of the Journey).

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY TRIP?

  • Airport Transportation

  • Fluvial Transportation

  • Government Access Permits

  • Economic Support to Villages

  • All Meals During Expedition 

  • Purified Water

  • Survival Lead Guide

  • 3 - 4 Survival Assistant Guides

  • First Aid Kit With Anti-Ophidic Serum

  • High Quality Camping Equipment

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN MY TRIP?

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos

  • Personal Travel Insurance

  • Hotel in Iquitos.

 

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CALLE CALVO DE ARAUJO 675, IQUITOS - LORETO, PERU - SOUTH AMERICA
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