Peru: Explorama Lodge & Aceer Canopy walkway

Peru

Explorama Lodge & Aceer Canopy walkway

Originally built in 1964 and located in an extensive Primary Rainforest Reserve 80 km/50 mi down the Amazon River from Iquitos, Explorama Lodge has undergone a facelift for its 45th anniversary. The 55 typical palm-thatched jungle lodge rooms now have private bathroom facilities! But don’t worry, the Lodge has maintained its romantic atmosphere with kerosene lamps and torches for lighting, mosquito-netted beds, including accommodations for couples, and covered walkways to the Tahuampa Bar and Hammock House where you can relax surrounded by a myriad of rainforest sounds. Explorama Lodge offers a variety of adventures including the Seven Bridges Trail walk and a special Full Day excursion to the Canopy Walkway.

The Canopy Walkway is an experience unequaled in the rainforest! At a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) and extending for 500 meters (one-third of a mile), the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation. The Canopy Walkway is accessible to all and requires no special skills or equipment. The suspended walkway is spread between 14 of the area’s largest rainforest trees and is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world.

Regularly maintained by Explorama Lodges for the exclusive use of its guests and scientists, the Canopy Walkway has extended research into an area where little is known and so much is left to be discovered.

Excursions to the Canopy Walkway are included for guests staying at ExplorNapo Lodge, ExplorTambos, and the ACTS Field Station. A Full Day expedition is also available to the Canopy Walkway for guests staying at Ceiba Tops or Explorama Lodge for two or more nights.

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The lodge

Located in a private jungle reserve about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the bustling city of Iquitos, this simple lodge focuses on providing guests with an authentic yet comfortable stay during their Peru Amazon vacation.

Sleeping quarters consist of 55 guestrooms complete with new private bathrooms, and beds covered with individual mosquito nets. A Hammock House has been thoughtfully constructed on the property, providing a space for divine relaxation as the sounds of the forest serenade you.

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4 days itienrary

Day 1 Iquitos – Explorama Lodge
Day 2 Explorama Lodge
Day 3 Explorama Lodge / Canopy Walkway
Day 4 Explorama Lodge – Iquitos

5 days itinerary

Day 1 Iquitos – Explorama Lodge
Day 2 Explorama Lodge
Day 3 Explorama Lodge / Canopy Walkway / Explorama Lodge
Day 4 Explorama Lodge / Ceiba Tops / Explorama Lodge
Day 5 Explorama Lodge – Iquitos
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 4 days itinerary

 

Day 1: Iquitos – Explorama Lodge

Reception at the airport or hotel, brief city orientation and transfer to the Explorama dock. Fifty mile journey down the Amazon River to Yanamono Stream where Explorama Lodge is located. Afternoon hike along the “Lake trail” through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. During the high water season, this excursion is done by open boat! Night walk or open boat ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and stars of the Southern sky.

Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

 

Day 2: Explorama Lodge

Early morning birding excursion. Morning walk along the “Bushmaster Trail”, where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the world’s highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Continue on to a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain their culture and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to see their local crafts and for a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use. Afternoon boating excursion in search of sloth, found in Cecropia trees at the water’s edge, and the two species of freshwater river dolphin, pink and grey, found in Amazonian waters.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

Day 3: Explorama Lodge / Canopy Walkway / Explorama Lodge

Early morning departure from the Lodge by boat to the mouth of the Napo River where in 1542, the intrepid explorer Francisco de Orellana, became the first European to discover the Amazon River. Continue on the Napo River to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the “ReNuPeRu” Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to relax in the hammock house or at the Tahuampa Bar before dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

Day 4: Explorama Lodge – Iquitos

Morning walk along a local Amazon River trail stopping at a “ribereños” house, corner store and sugar cane rum factory. Afternoon return to Iquitos and on to the airport or hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch (if departure flight permits).

5 days itinerary

 

Day1: Iquitos – Explorama Lodge

Reception at the airport or hotel, brief city orientation and transfer to the Explorama dock. Fifty mile journey down the Amazon River to Yanamono Stream where Explorama Lodge is located. Afternoon hike along the “Lake Trail” through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. During the high water season, this excursion is done by boat! Night walk or boat to enjoy the sounds of the forest and stars of the Southern sky.

Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

Day 2: Explorama Lodge

Early morning birding excursion. Morning walk along the “Bushmaster Trail”, where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the world’s highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Continue on to a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain their culture and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to see their local crafts and for a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use. Afternoon boating excursion in search of sloth, found in Cecropia trees at the water’s edge, and the two species of freshwater river dolphin, pink and grey, found in Amazonian waters.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

Day 3: Explorama Lodge / Canopy Walkway / Explorama Lodge

Early morning departure from the Lodge by boat to the mouth of the Napo River where in 1542, the intrepid explorer Francisco de Orellana, became the first European to discover the Amazon River. Continue on the Napo River to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the “ReNuPeRu” Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to relax in the hammock house or at the Tahuampa Bar before dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

Day 4: Explorama Lodge / Ceiba Tops / Explorama Lodge

Early morning birding. Morning boat excursion to “Monkey Island”, a private reserve where more than five species of tropical primates including small tamarins, saki, titi and large woolly monkeys are protected. Lunch will be served at Ceiba Tops lodge. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops that includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes or, if you prefer, time to enjoy the pool, water slide, Jacuzzi and lovely gardens around Ceiba Tops. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to once again enjoy the hammock house or Tahuampa Bar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight Explorama Lodge

Day 5: Explorama Lodge – Iquitos

Morning walk along a local Amazon River trail stopping at a “ribereños” house, corner store and sugar cane rum factory. Afternoon return to Iquitos and on to the airport or hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch (if departure flight permits).