The Botanical Lodge is an ecological enclave on the edge of the world´s largest and most turbulent river, the Amazon. Come and witness the diversity of the Amazon Rainforest, where deep in the jungle you´ll come across monkeys, Cayman alligators, parrots and macaws. See some of the world´s largest freshwater fish and the largest water lilies in the world. Learn about the medicinal properties of native plants and the secrets of life in the Amazon from a professional bilingual guide well-versed in the mysteries of the Amazon Rainforest and local natives.
You´ll be picked up at the Iquitos airport and, subject to time of arrival, we´ll walk through the city center, getting to know some of the most important places. Some of the places that we´ll see are from the boom time of the Amazon´s Rubber (Caucho) era.
In order to reach the lodge we have to go by boat through the Amazon River, passing by floating house settlements along the way and stopping at a Paiches fishpond. Paiches, also known as Arapaima, are one of the world´s largest freshwater fish, reaching lengths of more than 2m/6.6ft and weighing more than 100kg/220lbs! Their tongues are believed to have medicinal properties. During the trip you´ll also see Cayman Alligators and Victoria Amazonica, the largest water lily in the world, whose leaves reach up to 3m in diameter.
Upon our arrival at the thatched-roof botanical lodge we´ll refresh ourselves with a welcoming drink made of seasonal fruits and get our room assignments.
We´ll then take a walk along the medicinal plants path, where we´ll observe and learn about Cat´s Claw plant, Dragon´s Blood (a sap from the Croton tree), Clove Vines, and other plants prized by local tribes for their curative properties. From the lookout point we´ll then get a humbling view of the mighty Amazon River. After the sun sets we´ll go for a night-walk in order to learn about the jungle´s nightlife: serpents, amphibians, tarantulas and other insects. We´ll spend the night in comfort in private bungalows at the Botanical Lodge, which is equipped with private bathrooms and electric light.
Today we´ll further penetrate the jungle, in canoe from Nov-July or by foot from Jul-Nov, observing birds in their natural habitat. We´ll see the enormous vine-festooned Ceibas/Lapunas (Silk Cotton Trees), which are so tall that in a jungle of trees they acted as landmarks for river navigating. Most were harvested by the Spanish and local peoples, but some still remain. Throughout the trip your guide will share with you his knowledge about the jungle´s plant and animal life. Then there´ll be a river tour where you´ll see an anaconda breeding facility, monkeys, and sloths. We´ll take advantage of the opportunity to do some fishing as well. Once night falls, depending on the season, we´ll go on a canoe trip punctuated by the night-sounds of the tropical jungle before returning to the Botanical Lodge to spend the night.
The third day we´ll visit the Yaguas natives, skilled artisans specializing in animal wood carvings, decorative blowguns and bows and arrows, and jewelry fashioned from seeds, fibers, and animal parts. Their products can be bought or bartered for (the traditional bartering method of acquiring goods is known as the trueque).
You´ll have the opportunity to witness the skill and dexterity with which the Yaguas handle the Cerbetana, a blowgun used for hunting for thousands of years. The tube is made using hollowed branches from the Cerbetana Tree (in the nutmeg family) and the approx. 10in darts are made of Inayuga wood and sharpened using piranha teeth. An expert hunter can topple a small monkey at 90 feet.
At the end of the trip you´ll be transferred to your hotel or the Iquitos Airport.
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