Peru Amazon Holiday

Iquitos & The Amazon, Peru

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Peru Amazon Holiday

The Peruvian Amazon is the area of the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Jaguars, anteaters and tapirs still roam the forests and many indigenous tribes survive in it. In the southeast are Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, close to the Bolivian border. These are reachable from Puerto Maldonado, on the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. Whereas Manu National Park, known for hundreds of bird species, including macaws, is reachable overland from Cusco. 

This tour begins in Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. Visit Pacaya - Samiria National Reserve located 120km by river from Iquitos. Wildlife found in the Reserve includes paiche fish, Pink dolphin, giant river turtles, the manatee and many bird species. Activities include guided hikes into the rainforest, boat tour to an oxbow lake, to spot the elusive Hoatzin bird and the gentle sloth. And, Canopy Walkway, a 500-meter suspended bridge high in treetops.

And, explore the Peru Amazon Basin from three exclusive jungle lodges.

What We Love
  • Explore the Peru Amazon Basin from three exclusive jungle lodges.
  • Your guide will point out many plants used in medicine today.
  • Visit village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain their culture
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • There will be day hikes through lowland and primary rainforest.
  • Night walk or open boat ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest.
  • Open boat trip in search of caiman and freshwater dolphins.
  • This is an active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • You may be in small group during the hike and boat trips.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.


Iquitos is the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The protected Pacaya - Samiria National Reserve is located 120km by river from Iquitos and is not usually visited by organised tours. Notable wildlife found in the Reserve includes the paiche fish which, weighing as much as 300kg and measuring up to 3m long, is the world's largest freshwater fish. Pink dolphin, giant river turtles, the manatee, black caiman, giant otters, black spider monkeys, common woolly monkeys and many species of Amazon birds can also be observed.

You will stay in some of the most popular jungle lodges run by Explorama. Close to the lodge is the famous canopy trail, a system of suspended walkways more than 30m from the jungle floor, allowing a unique viewing experience in the tropical jungle.

With your private guide hike through the rainforest and learn how the local plants are used in modern medicine and how natives use them for their own medicinal purposes. The rainforest is much more than just lush vegetation, there's also a host of fascinating animals to be found. You'll explore an oxbow lake by boat, where you can spot the elusive Hoatzin bird as well as the gentle sloth. A stroll on the Canopy Walkway, a 500-meter suspended bridge high in treetops, affords the rare opportunity to glimpse birds where they make their homes. A visit to the locals and a chance to chat with schoolchildren rounds out this exciting Amazon adventure.

Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.

Peru Amazon Holiday Iquitos & The Amazon, Peru

Peru Amazon Adventure

Iquitos in Northern Amazon
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Iquitos, Peru Arrive Iquitos Airport. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in and balance of day at leisure. Known as the gateway to the Amazon, Iquitos lies on the banks of the mile-wide river in the middle of dense, flat jungle. This city of 350,000 has a floating market (Belen) several floating restaurants and some interesting shops selling Amerindian goods. Remnants of the boom days can be seen in the ‘azulejos’ - handmade tiles imported from Portugal, which were used to decorate the mansions of rubber barons (also notice the imported lacy cast-iron balconies.)
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Dorado Plaza.

Day 02 – Transfer & Guided Hike
Iquitos Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for transfer to the Iquitos boat dock. Here you will board the Explorama water shuttle for a fifty-mile journey down the Amazon River to the Explorama Lodge. Arrive at the lodge, check-in and freshen up before lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike along the ‘Lake Trail’ through lowland rainforest that is seasonally flooded. This trail is traversed by canoe during high water months! Return to the lodge for dinner and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Explorama Lodge (B, L, D)  

Explorama Lodge: Located in an extensive Primary Rainforest Reserve 80 km/50 mi down the Amazon River from Iquitos, Explorama Lodge has 40 typical palm-thatched rooms with private bathroom facilities!

The Lodge has undergone a facelift but it maintains its romantic atmosphere with kerosene lamps and torches for lighting, mosquito-netted beds, and covered walkways to the Tahuampa Bar and Hammock House where you can relax surrounded by a myriad of rainforest sounds. Adventure activities include the Seven Bridges Trail walk and a special Full Day excursion to the Canopy Walkway can be added for those staying two or more nights.

Day 03 – Guided Nature Hike
Iquitos This morning, enjoy a hike along the ‘Bushmaster Trail.’ Scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare in the world along this trail. Your guide will point out many examples of native plants used as remedies by local people. This afternoon, you will enjoy a guided canoe trip along the Amazon in search of either of the two species of freshwater dolphin found in the river.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Explorama Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Guided Rainforest Hike
Amazon Rainforest Reserve After breakfast, enjoy a boat-transfer down the Amazon and up the Napo River to the 250,000 acre Amazon Rainforest Reserve and Explornapo. Arrive in time to check-in and lunch at the lodge. Afternoon hike is through primary, terra firme rainforest. Evening excursion is on open canoe along the Sucusari Stream in search of caiman and to enjoy the night sounds and stars of the Southern sky. Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: ExplorNapo Lodge (B, L, D)  

ExplorNapo: Located on the banks of the Amazon River, 160 km (100 mi) from Iquitos, ExplorNapo Lodge provides access to the pristine Sucusari Reserve, as well as to the adjoining Amazon Canopy Walkway, one of the longest treetop walkways in the world.

This adventure offers the opportunity to live in an authentic Amazon River style with palm-thatched houses, kerosene lighting and open-hearth cooking in a rainforest surrounding. The recommended 5 day/4 night program, includes two nights at Explorama Lodge, and an opportunity to take rainforest treks and excursions into the surrounding primeval forest. FREE WIFI Internet.

Day 05 – Guided Rainforest & Nature Tour
Amazon Rainforest Reserve Morning hike to the Canopy Walkway, a suspended bridge spanning 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) above the forest floor. Here there is time to observe a part of the rainforest rarely seen by man but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. Afternoon excursion to a black water oxbow lake formed when water from the Napo River became separated from the main flow of the river. These lakes are often covered with giant Victoria Regia water lilies and can offer a view of the elusive Hoatzin bird.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: ExplorNapo Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Birdwatching Excursion
Ceiba Tops Morning boating excursion along one of the Napo tributaries spotting for sloth, birding and fishing for piranha. Also a chance to visit some of the local river people called ‘riberenos’ whose houses are seen along the river. Return to Explornapo and board boats for the trip to Ceiba Tops. On the way you will pass the town of Francisco de Orellana, where a statue is erected to the intrepid explorer who in 1542 at the mouth of the Napo River became the first European to see the Amazon River. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the pool, water slide, Jacuzzi or relax in the adjoining gardens.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Ceiba Tops Lodge (B, L, D)  

Ceiba Tops Lodge: Located on the banks of the Amazon River just 40 km (25 mi) from Iquitos, Ceiba Tops lodge has air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, in the most comfortable of Amazonian Rainforest settings. There is an elaborate garden, swimming pool, water slide; hammock house and the Esmeralda lounge all complement the surrounding exotic environment.

For families, connecting rooms are available or you can upgrade to the Presidential, Ministerial or Junior Suite. A special Full Day excursion to the Canopy Walkway is available for guests staying 2 or more nights.

Day 7 – Guided Culture Tour
Ceiba Tops Morning visit to the neighboring Yagua Indian Community, an explanation of their native culture, blow gun demonstration and trading. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops where many huge trees are literally covered in epiphytes. There will also be an opportunity to see the huge Ceiba Tree for which the lodge is named.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Ceiba Tops Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 08 – Depart
Iquitos This morning, choose a canoe ride or hike in the area surrounding the lodge. Or, relax in a hammock or poolside and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding rainforest. Return boat transfer to Iquitos boat dock, and land transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)


Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
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