Iquitos: Ceiba Tops Lodge (3n/4d)

Iquitos at the headwaters of the Amazon is a true highlight of Peru

Iquitos at the headwaters of the Amazon is a true highlight of Peru

Day 1: Iquitos – Ceiba Tops
Upon your arrival at the airport in the city of Iquitos, one of our representatives will welcome you, and after giving a brief introduction to the city and to our services, will accompany you to the city’s port. There, you will board a boat which will take you to the exclusive lodge. A journey of about 25 miles (40km) on the waters of the mighty and legendary Amazon River, the largest and longest in the world, will bring you to Ceiba Tops. Once you arrive at the lodge, you will have time to eat lunch and rest. In the afternoon, our expert guides will lead you on a hike through a beautiful primitive forest of massive trees such as the giant Ceiba tree, the namesake of the lodge. After finishing the hike, you will return to the lodge. Following dinner, take the opportunity to experience local guitar and flute music at the lodge’s bar, El Tucán. Or, if you like, chat with some of our guides, who never miss a chance to regale guests with some of the Amazon’s many legends. Spend the night at Ceiba Tops.

Day 2: Ceiba Tops
Begin the day by taking advantage of the early morning hours the time of day when wildlife is most active to go birdwatching. Upon concluding your birdwatching adventure, you will return to the lodge to have breakfast and enjoy an exquisite selection of local fruits. After breakfast, your Amazonian experience will continue with a visit to a community of the native Yagua tribe. Despite the forces of time and globalization, these indigenous people have maintained their ancestral traditions, and they continue to depend on their intimate relationship with the land for their survival. On your way to visit the Yagua tribe, you will explore the river in search of the two dolphin species that live in the Amazon, the Grey Dolphin and the pink Amazon River Dolphin. You will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will go on an excursion to the river town of Indiana, a place whose inhabitants will amaze you with their friendliness and warmth. If the weather cooperates, you will be able to enjoy a spectacular sunset on the Amazon River. You will have dinner and spend the night at Ceiba Tops.

Day 3: Ceiba Tops
First thing in the morning, you will board a boat and head toward the mouth of the Napo River until reaching the ExplorNapo Lodge, just in time for breakfast. There, you will have the pleasure of a truly unique experience as you embark on a trek through the tropical forest, leading to the longest suspension bridges in the region. Extending through the tree tops for one-third of a mile (500 m), and its highest platform reaching a height of over 115 feet (35 m), this canopy walkway will allow you to enjoy an amazing view of the forest and observe up-close the countless birds and monkeys that make their home in the rainforest canopy. Return to the ExplorNapo Lodge to have lunch. After lunch, you will start hiking toward the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden, where you will get to meet an Amazonian shaman. He will show you the more than 240 species of medicinal Amazonian plants he cultivates and will explain some of their uses. Afterward, you will return to Ceiba Tops in time to relax and enjoy the afternoon’s warm breezes as you rest in a hammock, or refresh yourself with a delicious drink in the lodge’s bar before dinner. Enjoy your last night at Ceiba Tops.

Day 4: Departure from Ceiba Tops
In the morning, you will have some free time to experience more of the Amazonian jungle, either hiking or by boat, or you can use your time to enjoy more of the lodge’s amenities as you take in the natural beauty of your surroundings. Finally, return to Iquitos, where you will be received by the transport service and escorted to the airport.

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