• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Peruvian jungle trip in Iquitos
  • Max. Elevation: 106 meters above sea level

Pacaya Samiria Tour 7D/6N

650 USD Per person

Pacaya Samiria Tour 7D/6N

Visiting and exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon is a great experience that allows you to be in direct contact with nature. Pacaya Samiria is not only a natural space with great importance for wildlife, but it is also a place that promotes research and conservation of the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon forests. In it, there is a wide network of river courses that are home to a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The surface of this reserve constitutes 1.5% of the territory of Peru and it is the second largest Amazon area under protection in the world. Its land is flooded during the rainy months (October and April), when the rivers overflow and cause about 80% of this territory to be covered by water. The Pacaya Samiria tour will show you the best of the Peruvian Amazon, a tour that gives you great chances to see animals in their natural and undisturbed habitat.

The 7-day tour in Pacaya Samiria allows you to see unusual animals such as the largest Amazonian fish: The Paiche. Some specimens measure up to two meters long and weigh about 150 kg. The Paiche is the monarch of the Amazonian rivers. The Charapa turtle is another of the endemic species. It lives in rivers and lakes, and is one of the largest water turtles in the world. The Charapa tortoise can measure up to one meter and weigh up to 50 kg. In the reserve it is also possible to observe the anaconda, one of the largest constrictor snakes in the Amazon. Its impressive anatomy of ten meters long and about 250 kg in weight make its appearance truly intimidating. However, contrary to popular belief, these types of snakes are not poisonous, although they should be appreciated from a distance. You will also have the opportunity to observe the endemic and beautiful Amazon pink dolphin.

Highlights of our Pacaya Samiria Peruvian Amazon Tour.

*In order to provide you a fantastic wildlife experience. We located our family lodge and campsite in the best spots and where there are more chances to see big mammals and caimans.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
* We visit an incredible oxbow lake where you have many opportunities to spot pink dolphins.
*We have very well educated guides who are passionate about their work and nature.
*Because we going to be in the Amazon jungle, we will surprise you with delicious typical dishes from this region.
* We include, binoculars and books to facilitate the sighting of animals and birds.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
*We prepare food for our tourists and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers.
*Our Pacaya Samiria tour has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.

Trip overview of our 7-day Amazon Jungle Trip

  • Trek Type: Connection with nature, animal watching, typical jungle food and walks in the jungle.
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. You need to understand that it is not about comfort; but in exchange you get to leave everything behind and live an amazing experience in the Pacaya Samiria jungle.
  • Consideration: There is not hot showers in most of the lodges, we’ll be in the jungle where temperatures are around 35 °C. And shower water is not cold. In the lodges electricity is only two to three hours; and it is usually at night. (basic accomodation but clean). Always keep in mind, that you are going to the jungle; and you will be in direct contact with many types of insects (thick presence of mosquitoes) and animals. The weather is hot and humid. The paths are usually muddy, due the humidity of the amazon forest; and to see animals we need a little bit of luck and to keep our eyes up. The short night walks; are done every day. Because every night there is a great possibility; to see a different animal species.
  • Season: April to November
  • In addition to all of the above: We have a unique itinerary of just 3 days, that will take you into the depths of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Day 1. Iquitos – Nauta – Pacaya Samiria.

  • Activities: pink dolphins, sloth and bird spotting. We will do a short night walk to spot snakes, scorpions, frogs and owls.
  • Lodge altitude: 1.83 meters above sea level
  • Considered: you will walk on paths that are usually muddy, “we will provide wellington boots”
  • Weather: humid and hot

This 7-day tour of the Pacaya Samiria will begin with a morning pick-up from your accommodation or the airport. You will be transported by private car or mini-van (depending on the size of the group), heading south for 1 hour 45 minutes until you reach the town of Nauta. As you head there, your tour guide will give you a brief description of Iquitos, its surroundings and its main attractions. Then you will depart by private boat from the port of Nauta, continuing upriver through the Marañon for 3 hours, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and the possibility of observing river dolphins (grey and pink), white and brindle herons, turtles and other species. Upon arrival in the community of Santo Domingo, you will officially enter the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here you will obtain the official permission granted by the Peruvian state to visit the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

The entrance to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is controlled and regulated by SERNANP (National Service of Natural Protected Areas). Then you will continue sailing by boat for 30 more minutes until you reach the native community of Buenos Aires. During this journey you will observe flora and fauna on the banks of the river. Birds can be observed, especially herons and the kingfisher. After lunch, you will explore a portion of the primary forest of the Peruvian Amazon in search of wildlife. After dinner, you will go on a night walk in search of spiders, snakes, lizards, frogs and rodents. Experience the incredible sensation of hearing different noises from the nocturnal animals that inhabit the Pacaya Samiria jungle. Finally, you will sleep in a typical house in the community of Buenos Aires.

** The first day of the tour in the Amazon jungle of Pacaya Samiria, will begin to show you the best of this Peruvian national reserve.

Day 2. Pacaya Samiria Trip – Swimming in the Yanayacu River – Renaco Oxbow Lake Caiman Spotting.

  • Activities: Swimming in the Pucate river, close to river dolphins, exploration of the Renaco oxbow lake and caiman spotting.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

Your tour guide will wake you up very early to watch the sunrise and then start with a morning expedition. You will go in search of monkeys and sloths. You will explore the banks of the river by canoe, always attentive to the movements and sounds of the jungle, in order to observe the wildlife during their morning feeding rituals. Upon returning to Buenos Aires and enjoying a nutritious breakfast, you will pack all your belongings and then navigate by boat on the Yanayacu River for approximately 3 hours, going deeper and deeper into the depths of the Amazon jungle. You will arrive at a place called Renaco, where we will establish our camp. Then you will take a walk through the jungle to observe the Amazonian flora and fauna. Observation of the Lupuna (Ceiba pentandra), one of the largest trees in the Amazon. After walking in the Amazonian jungle of Pacaya Samiria, you will have the opportunity to swim in the Yanayacu river and observe pink and gray dolphins.

After a delicious typical lunch of the Amazon and a well-deserved rest. You will explore the Renaco-cocha oxbow lake. To get to this place deep in the Pacaya Samiria, you will walk for 3 hours. During this walk, you have to keep your senses alert as you will have the opportunity to observe different animals of the Peruvian Amazon, among them: The Shansho (hoatzin), a prehistoric bird, different species of turtles such as the Charapa turtle, Cupiso (six tubercled Amazon river turtle) and the Taricaya turtle (yellow spotted Amazon river turtle). You will also have the opportunity to find Capybaras, Majaz (Paca agouti paca) and different species of monkeys such as the woolly monkey (wolly monkey), howler monkey (howler monkey), the tocon or fraile monkey (titi monkey), among others. After dinner, you will again take a night walk, but this time to look for black caimans.

** Since we are already deep in the Pacaya Samiria, tonight we will spend the night in tents in the middle of the primary forest.

Day 3. Pacaya Samiria Expedition – Manatee Observation– Macaw Sppoting.

  • Activities: Manatee observation and macaw spotting.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

Yet another day your tour guide will wake you up early and begin the search for primates as you explore the riverbanks by canoe. There is the possibility, with a bit of luck, of observing a kind of aquatic mammal in this area: The manatee (also called sea cow). After a delicious breakfast, we will collect our camping equipment and prepare to continue into the deepest part of the Pacaya Samiria jungle. You will sail for approximately 3 hours to Zapotal, a place named for the large number of Zapotes (a kind of tree that bears a sweet fruit) that exists in this part of the Pacaya Samiria. In the surroundings of Zapotal it is possible to find the Paiche (Arapaima gigas), the largest fish in the Amazon jungle. If the river is with low flow (dry season, months from April to November) the possibility of observing the Paiche is greater.

After an exquisite Peruvian Amazonian lunch. You will enter the forest in search of the red and green Macaws (Ara chloroptera) and the blue and yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna). In the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve you can find 2 of the 8 species of Macaws present in Peruvian territory. In this walk you have to be very attentive, since you will also be in search of the Camungo (Horned screamer), with its characteristic sound and the hoatzin. In the afternoon you will observe a beautiful sunset enjoying the beautiful Amazonian landscapes. Tonight you will also do a nocturnal expedition observing and listening attentively in search of nocturnal animals, including alligators, frogs, snakes, nocturnal monkeys, scorpions among others.

** You are already in the deepest part of the Pacaya Samiria Amazon, so you will sleep in tents in the middle of the forest.

Day 4. Pacaya Samiria Tour – Giant River Otter Watching – Big Alligator Search.

  • Activities: Observe giant river otters fishing in the Pucate river and at night search for big alligators.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

Another morning canoe exploration will take place to awaken your senses, especially your eyes and ears. After observing a spectacular sunrise in the Amazon jungle, you will also observe the most beautiful birds of the Pacaya Samiria. The mornings are the best hours to observe the different species of birds in the jungle, both on the banks of the river and inside the forest. After you have had a nutritious breakfast, you will pack your belongings and sail by boat for approximately 3 hours, going deeper into the Amazonian jungle of Pacaya Samiria. This time you will camp in a place called Chingana. The deeper into the Amazon rainforest, the greater the chances of observing different species of mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

In the afternoon you will have a varied lunch and free time to take a shower and rest. Later you will take a canoe excursion to observe families of giant otters fishing for tarpon and catfish. You will also do a 2-hour walk in the primary jungle to search and learn about Amazonian medicinal plants and their importance in Iquitos and throughout the Peruvian Amazon. In the evening, you will go on a nocturnal canoe excursion in search of wildlife. This canoe expedition will be to look for black and white caimans on the banks of the Pucate river. When navigating in remote areas, in the depths of the Pacaya Samiria, there is a high possibility of observing larger caimans (up to 4 to 5 meters in length). Together with your expert Amazonian guide, you will also search for other nocturnal animals, such as: tarantulas, snakes, colorful frogs and insects.

** Unbeatable opportunity on the Pacaya Samiria tour to observe giant river otters and black and white alligators in the Yanayacu river.

Day 5. Pacaya Samiria Journey – Following Mammal Tracks – Amazon Medicinal Plants Exploration.

  • Activities: Learn about the medicinal plants and trees of the Peruvian Amazon jungle and follow the tracks of tapirs and jaguars.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

This dream trip through the Pacaya Samiria, begins with a morning exploration by canoe on the Yanayacu river and also walking in the forest, in search of wildlife, especially different species of monkeys such as the howler monkey or the woolly monkey. After enjoying a walk in the Amazon jungle, you will have breakfast, pack up and begin the navigation towards deeper areas of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. You will sail 2 hours until you reach a place called Tambo German. In this place we will establish our fifth base camp in Pacaya Samiria. Then you will walk for about 2 hours in the depths of the Amazon jungle. Get ready to explore the entrails of the primary jungle of the Pacaya Samiria. During this walk you have to be attentive in your search for animals, as well as Amazonian medicinal plants such as Uña de gato (Cat’s claw), Ajosacha (Jungle’s garlic), among others. Your expert Amazonian guide will explain about the different medicinal plants and their medical and economic importance for the inhabitants of the Amazon. A good opportunity to learn about Amazonian natural medicine.

After a nutritious lunch, you will go on an expedition in search of animal tracks, such as the Jaguar (Otorongo), Tapir (Sachavaca), Red Brocket Deer, Majaz (Paca agouti paca), among other animals of the Pacaya Samiria Amazon jungle. At this point of the Pacaya Samiria and the Yanayacu river basin there is the possibility of observing anacondas and ocelots. At night you will go on a night walk in search of animals such as the Collared peccari, Añuje (Black agouti), Ronsoco (Capybara), Majaz (Paca agouti paca), Anteater (Giant anteater), Carachupa (nine banded armadillo), among other nocturnal animals.

** Each day that passes on this journey into the depths of Pacaya Samiria surprises you more and more.

Day 6. Pacaya Samiria Travel – Jungle Morning Excursion – Amazon Fishing Experience.

  • Activities: Today you will put in practice everything you have learned in this Pacaya Samiria trip and you will also fish as a native amazonian person.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

Before sunrise you will make a canoe excursion on the Yanayacu river. Already accustomed to the rhythm of the Amazon jungle, you will put into practice the skills you have learned during this expedition on the Pacaya Samiria. Together with your guide, you will try to differentiate mammals and different types of Amazonian birds by their sounds. Remember that these animals are very active in the mornings, as they begin their hunting and feeding tasks. You will also make a morning walk in the forest in search of monkeys and small mammals. In this place of the national reserve, there is usually a higher concentration of monkeys than near the perimeter of the edges of the Pacaya Samiria, since not many tourists or local people come to this place in the depths of the jungle. Later, you will go by boat to the river to test your skills with artisanal piranha fishing, the way the native Amazonian people do it. The guide will give you the instructions and the example of how to fish with fringes, spears and machete. If you have skill and luck you can even catch the Acarahuazu (Oscar fish), Fasaco (Common trahira) Boquichico (Prochilodus nigricans), among others.

After a delicious typical lunch of the Iquitos region, you will sail back to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve checkpoint. It is for this reason that you will navigate approximately 4 hours following the current, downstream, until you reach a midpoint on your route, where we will establish our last base camp. In the afternoon you will arrive at Soledad, a place named by the locals in honor of a man who lived in this place, with no company other than nature and the animals that surrounded him. Every night walks are made, since each area of ​​the Pacaya Samiria, can give you the opportunity to appreciate a different animal species. This night walk will be in search of species such as the armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) and rodents such as the añuje (black agouti or Dasyprocta fuliginosa), the majaz (paca agouti) and night monkeys.

** Unfortunately this 7-day tour of the Pacaya Samiria is about to end.

Day 7. Pacaya Samiria – Nauta – Iquitos.

  • Only: breakfast and lunch included

Around 5 in the morning your tour guide will wake you up for bird watching on the banks of the Yanayacu river. The birds that can be found are: white and brindle herons, red herons, neo-tropical cormorants, kingfishers to name a few. After a walk in the forest looking for monkeys and a nutritious breakfast. You will begin your return to Iquitos, the motor boat will stop at the national reserve checking post, located in Santo Domingo so that you can stretch your legs and contribute to the native community, if you wish, by buying their handmade crafts. Then you sail down the river for 3 hours to Nauta, from this point you will go by private transport to the city of Iquitos. IncaGo Expeditions can drop you off at your hotel or if you prefer at the airport.

** Our 7-day tour in the Pacaya Samiria jungle is from door to door.

Included on the Jungle tour in Iquitos 7D/6N.

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super tour guides grew up in Puerto Maldonado region and studied tourism for five years at university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into this jungle trip in Iquitos.

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Lodge: This Pacaya Samiria adventure includes 1 night in a family house in Buenos Aires and 1 night in a tent. Be aware that there is not hot showers in the lodge and electricity just works for two hours at night if you want charge any device.

Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this Pacaya Samiria jungle adventure. You will be picked up from the airport or bus station in the morning and after leaving your main luggage in our office we will bring you to the Pacaya Samiria; all motorized boat rides are included and also the transfer of the last day to the airport or bus station.

Food: Our Pacaya Samiria tour includes expert chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous tourist have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist receives wellington boots

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, which every IncaGo Expeditions tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Pacaya Samiria Journey

Due to the location of the Pacaya Samiria reserve and lodges, some ítems listed below are not included:

  • Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sun hat, sunglasses, suns-cream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
  • Binocular
  • Water bottles: you can buy at the lodges, however be aware that they will be more expensive than Puerto Maldonado city.
  • Snacks
  • Flight tickets or bus tickets
  • Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist

Prices

We would love to tour Pacaya Samiria with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the peruvian jungle. We can leave any day from January to December as the Pacaya Samiria is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $650 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Tourist: $710 per person
    3 Tourist: $700 per person
    4 Tourist: $690 per person
    5 Tourist: $680 per person
    6 Tourist: $670 per person
    7 Tourist: $660 per person
    8 or more Tourist: $650 per person

 

Please send everything to [email protected]

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this Pacaya Samiria tour.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport ,
  • Bug spray; 100 DEET
  • Good daypack
  • Comfortable hiking shoes (lightweight with good soles)

** we provide wellington boots

Inside Your Backpacks:

Take a look at your itinerary to see what size backpack you may need, keeping in mind that if you are flying to remote areas in small planes there will be a  luggage limit.

In Latam company the maximum weight, in general, is 23 kilograms and only 1 bag is allowed to be carried on flights within Peru. Customers who acquired benefits such as LATAM Pass or LATAM Fidelidade may have a higher limit ( see our blog to know more about the weight limit on airplanes in Peru)

  • 03 long-sleeved shirts: (al least for the days you will be in the excursion and avoid black colors as they atract easily the flyes and mosquitoes)
  • 02 tank top, for the nights as there is not air conditiong but there is mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 02 quick dry full-length pants
  • 03 Socks: you should have comfortable hiking style socks that are mid to long length.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Headlamp
  • Binoculars
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Wipes: the humidity will cause you to sweat
  • Deodorant, you will use more than normal due to the sweat
  • ziplocks or resealable plastic storage bags
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

Journey Info

Arriving to Iquitos

The airport in Iquitos at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Iquitos is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Iquitos is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of the andes, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.

Luggage Storage

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Iquitos at our deposit while you enjoy your tambopata jungle tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Iquitos city.

Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Iquitos is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the Pacaya Samiria tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants and plastic ponchos.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.

These are the most used vaccines to travel to the Jungle

In this post we cite the vaccines to travel to the Peruvian jungle, according to the activity that the traveler will perform in these jungle areas. In addition, the information was consulted from important sources such as the websites of the Ministry of Health of Peru and also of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. Keep informing yourself!

Although at the Jorge Chavez Airport you will not be asked about your vaccination status; in some countries they do require a vaccination certificate, therefore it is better to be prevented and to inform yourself in the authorized International Vaccination Center of your country about what you should apply before traveling.

Remember that vaccines avoid possible infectious problems during the trip and also to keep your immunizations up to date.

What animal could infect it in the jungle?

Well, mosquitoes are the bearers of the fearsome diseases causing deaths on the planet. We are talking about insect bites infected with Malaria, Yellow Fever and even Dengue.

It is probably the most dangerous animal in the Amazon rainforest, even more so than piranhas, anacondas or fierce jaguars.

Without vaccination even the bite of an infected mosquito could ruin your vacation.

What do the authorities tell us about getting vaccinated?

According to the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA), the risks of contracting Malaria is latent in many areas of Peru, with the exception of the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna and Lima in its surroundings, nor in the coastal area South of Lima, also in the high tourist areas: Cuzco, Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. Likewise, Puerto Maldonado and the Manu National Park and other endemic geographical areas of Peru are mentioned as a risk zone.

If you travel to the Peruvian jungle it is better to consult the doctor who keeps your health history, at least 4 weeks before making the trip. So that the doctor explains you about the type of vaccine that you should apply and with enough anticipation for them to take effect in the body.

In the case of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the Yellow Fever vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis in risk areas is recommended.

On the other hand, on the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (or CDC), it recommends to travelers that they will visit Peru, some important vaccines depending on particular cases.

For example, considering the type of tourism to be made, travel time or direct contact with animals or people due to visits for study or scientific purposes.

THESE ARE THE VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO THE JUNGLE OF PERU

Under this order of ideas, these are the vaccines referred by the CDC:

Hepatitis A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.

Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended to all people traveling to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the granting or receipt of medical care, drug injections, tattoos or sexual contact with the local population.

Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all visitors to tropical areas of South America. Especially for those who remain in rural areas where exposure could occur due to the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Yellow Fever: The vaccine against this viral infection is highly recommended for trips to the Amazon and the southern Amazon basin. The vaccination should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10-year intervals, if you decide to stay.

Rabies: Vaccination is only recommended for individuals with a higher risk of exposure in the performance of their work, which often develops for prolonged periods in areas considered high risk for this disease.

Let us mention the case of veterinarians or wildlife researchers, whose occupation requires them to have direct contact with bats, dogs, stray cats, or other mammals.

Where to get vaccinated in Lima?

The International Vaccination Center, located in the city of Lima, Avenida del ejército, block 17, San Isidro district.