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LAKE EL DORADO EXPEDITION

 

 

STAFF SIZE REQUIRED: 4-6 Members Approx.

 

 

DESTINATION: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú.

CLASSIFICATION OF ETHNIC GROUPS NEARBY: Permanent Contacted, and Integrated.

 

ACCOMMODATION: Tents/Mosquito Nets/Hammocks.

 

MAIN OBJECTIVE: Fauna and Flora Exploration to Lake El Dorado.

 

AVAILABLE MONTHS: January - November.

BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: June - November.

ADVANCE BOOKING CONDITIONS: 1 Month Minimum.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS: 50% Required.

PAYMENT METHODS: All Major Credit Cards.

REMAINING PAYMENT DEADLINE: Arrival Day in Iquitos.

AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DAYS: Any Day Of The Week.

LAKE  EL DORADO EXPEDITION 10 DAYS; "The ecological attractions of the Peruvian Amazon seem infinite in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Following the path of the EL DORADO LAKE  or the Yanayacu Pucate basin is to open a myriad of paths to communities that preserve the forest and its customs. accurate for spiritual and visual enjoyment: nature, walks in the tropical sun, canoe rides, among many others. "

There are three main tourist circuits: the Yanayacu-Pucate basin, from the Veinte de Enero community, near Nauta, to the famous El Dorado lake. It is the area where the largest number of shelters and camping areas are located along the river. The El Dorado lagoon is considered the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and one of the places with the highest concentration of fauna. 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Booking in Advance is Highly Recommended; for the collection of personal information, to request authorization of entry to indigenous territories at all levels (national, regional, and communal authorities), logistic preparation, personnel assignment, etc.

  • Arrival and Departure Recommendation to and from Iquitos; 1 day before and 1 day after your trip.

  • Rucksack Size and Weight Recommendations; 65 liters and 10 kilos.

  • For full packing list details visit our What to Pack page.

  • Be advised; river navigation on motorboats deep into this National Protected Area could normally take up to 3 to 5hrs. per day to successfully explore the wildlife of its ecosystem.

  • All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions at any time of the year. The main rivers and the levels of the tributaries can vary and, therefore, it is possible that the navigation times and the excursions are modified at the discretion of the guide, this will not alter our motivation to make this trip the best.

  • For additional information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

 

ROUGH PROGRAM DETAILS:

 

⬜ DAY 0

  • Private Transportation from Iquitos Airport to Hotel.

 

 

⬜ DAY 1

08:00 Private transportation from Iquitos to Nauta City.
10:00 Arrival at Nauta city, followed by a tour of the city.
12:00 Departure upstream boating on the Marañon River into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (50 miles SW / approximately 3 hours and a half from Nauta).

  • Navigation towards the Dorado, search, and observation of wildlife during the route.

14:00 Lunch will be served on board.
18:00 Arrival to the community of Buenos Aires.

  • A small tour of the community, followed by a nocturnal trek through the jungle in search of reptiles, monkeys, and nocturnal birds.

  • Dinner is served.

  • Assembly of camping equipment.


 

⬜ DAY 2
05:30 Bird watching.
08:30 Breakfast is served.
09:30 Navigation upstream.
11:00 Arrival to the Arequipa Village.

  • Tour around Arequipa Village.

  • Search for pink dolphins with the option of bathing and swimming with them.

13:00 Return to the Arequipa Village for lunch.

  • Piranhas fishing and other fish species.
     

18:00 Navigation to the indigenous community of Yarina, during this night expedition, we will be able to observe crocodiles and other aquatic species. Meals during the trip will be served.

 

 

⬜ DAY 3
05:30 Upstream navigation for observation of monkeys, toucans, and lazy bears, breakfast will be served on board.
11:00 Arrival to Tambo German Watching post.

  • Short and medium walk through the primary forest.

  • Identification of medicinal plants.

  • Water drinking from forest vines "soga de agua"

  • Search for the giant tree "Lupuna".

  • Excursion in search of primates.

  • Identification of tracks and traces of animals.

  • Night navigation in search of caimans and other species.

  • Return to Tambo German to set up camping equipment. 


 

⬜ DAY 4
06:00 Breakfast will be served.
07:00 Upstream navigation in search of river wolves and otters.
13:00 Arrival to Baradero de Achon.
13:30 Lunch will be served.

  • Boating in search of wild animals.

17:30 Rest.
19:00 Dinner will be served.

  • Night Exploration.

  • Assembly of camping equipment. 


 

⬜ DAY 5
07:00 Breakfast will be served.
08:00 Navigation upstream continues.
12:00 Arrival to El Dorado.

  • Exploration Hike.

14:00 Lunch will be served.

  • Canoe exploration.

18:00 Dinner will be served.

  • Assembly of camping equipment.


 

⬜ DAY 6-9
06:00 Breakfast is served.
08:00 Canoeing, at this moment we will begin an adventure oar deep in EL DORADO, enjoying navigation through the waters of El Dorado Lagoon, we will go in search of the biggest aquatic lilies of the world (Victoria Regia).
 

These next four days we will continue navigating to carry out the following exploration activities:

Basic survival classes in the jungle such as:
   * Search for drinking water from the vineyards of the forest "Water Ropes".
   * Identification of fruits, vegetables, and edible insects.
   * Construction of traps for rodents.
   * Ways to catch snakes and caimans.
   * Artesanal fishing.
   * Obtaining fire by natural and artificial means.
   * Construction of shelters.
   * Construction of craft rafts to escape from the jungle.

 

  • Bird watching and appreciation of the sounds of the fauna.

  • Walks through the primary jungle in search of wildlife.

  • Night explorations in search of tarantulas and other insects.

  • Identification of medicinal plants and timber trees.

  • Search for the giant tree, the largest in the jungle "Lupuna".

  • Identification of footprints and animal tracks. 

  • Observation and search for butterflies.

  • Balancing on hanging vines like Tarzan.

  • Night exploration boating.

 

⬜ DAY 10
06:00 Breakfast is served.

  • Relaxing navigation in return to Nauta city will continue.

  • Easy ride back with several short stops for photography of the area (fauna/flora and indigenous communities)

15:00-16:00 Arrival to Nauta city.

  • Private transportation back to Iquitos City. 

17:00-18:00 Arrival to Iquitos.

  • Transfer to the hotel and airport.

 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Transportation | Fluvial Transportation | Entry Permits to Indigenous Territory | Economic Support to Villages | Meals; 75% Supplied and 25% Obtained from Nature | Survival Guides with Satellite Phone For Emergencies | Wilderness First Response First Aid Kit | Essential Gear Provided By Amazon Expeditioners See Our What to Pack page.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from Iquitos | Personal Travel Insurance Hotel in Iquitos.