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This short adventure is a fantastic addition to your South American holiday and a great introduction to the Amazon region. The Amazon Basin contains the biggest river by volume and the largest tropical rainforest in the world. We explore this amazing environment, discovering the rich biodiversity of the jungle. We travel by boat in search of the rare pink Amazonian dolphin and visit the Yagua native community. Our expert guides will help us to discover the wildlife and will explain the many uses of the diverse flora of the region. Our trip concludes with a stroll through the port city of Iquitos – generally considered the most populous city in the world that cannot be reached by road.
On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport you are transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. This day is free to explore Lima which has some of the most superb cuisine in South America and is especially renowned for its exceptional seafood. During your time here, you may wish to try ceviche, Peru’s national dish, which is raw fish marinated in lime juice and often served with hot peppers. This culinary delight is a must for all seafood lovers!
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
We make a very early start and fly to Iquitos in the heart of the Amazon. Our flight usually departs before dawn and takes about two hours. Upon arrival we enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the colonial parts of Iquitos. The economic heyday of this city was from the late 1800s until the early 1900s, when its surrounding region was the world's foremost source of raw rubber. Vast fortunes were amassed during the rubber boom and evidence of this can still be seen in the assortment of charming historic buildings. Many of the mansions are adorned with elaborate Portuguese and Italian ceramic tiles. Iquitos is situated on the banks of the Amazon River and can only be reached by aircraft or riverboat.
In the afternoon we board a motorised boat to our jungle lodge. On the way we visit Belén floating village, a major provisions centre for those living in this area of the Amazon Basin. Situated in the richly diverse Amazon Rainforest, our jungle lodge is a great base for exploring the area. During our stay we visit the Yagua native community, one of the oldest tribes in the region, as well as the natural reserve along the Yanayacu River. Our local guide leads us on a walk through this reserve, where we may come across some of the vast range of flora and fauna. If we are lucky we may see, on the river, some pink Amazonian dolphins and of course the infamous piranhas.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
This morning we have the opportunity to take another jungle hike or we can decide to just relax in the lodge, before travelling on the river back to Iquitos. We have some free time to explore the town on our own, before taking the flight back to Lima airport.
For those travellers joining another tour in Peru, you will be transferred back to the hotel where, in the evening, you will join up with your new group. There will be a short meeting in the evening with your tour leader to confirm arrangements for your next trip.
If not joining another tour, your adventure ends upon arrival at Lima Airport. If you require accommodation in Lima tonight and any other subsequent nights or transfers, it is possible to book these when booking your tour. Please ask your travel agent. We highly recommend that you book additional accommodation in Lima as flights from Iquitos are often delayed and don't arrive into Lima until about 10pm. However, if you are planning to depart Lima tonight, we advise that you do not book to depart until at least after midnight (0:00 hrs)
This program is for independent travellers and is not a Peregrine group tour.
Local tour leader, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.
Airport departure taxes, visas, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Peru. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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8 November 2013