Today you rise early to visit Pacaya Samiria Reserve for a full day of discovery in Peru´s largest national park. Then, keep your eyes wide open and your binoculars ready to catch the sight of cocoi heron and striated herons, colorful macaws, squirrel and woolly monkeys, caiman, sloths and many more primate bird and mammal species.
Current counts record more than 200 bird species and 10 primate species within its boundaries. Our route takes us over the tributary waters of the Marañon. Along the way, our guides will point out the interesting wildlife species that in habit the riverbanks – not to mention the unusual fish and vegetation in the river. Back onboard, you´ll gather for breakfast followed by a presentation on the life, history and culture of Amazon´s main tribes.
After lunch you have an introductory discussion about shamanism that will help you understand the traditions of the rainforest people. The ship then arrives in the Amazon Natural Park where you´ll take a short walk to the Enchanted Lake. Here a catamaran waits to sail you along the lake´s tranquil waters, where you´ll listen to the local birdsongs and keep your eyes peeled for sighting the different animal species found in this area.
Before dinner you´ll touch upon the spirit realm, paying a visit to a local shaman. Mystic, minister, healer – one might consider a shaman to be ¨all of the above¨. But to understand shamanism requires something of a leap of faith, a leap into the spirit world that is the shamans domain.
Shamanism is practiced around the globe, and is universally distinguished by a trance state called shamanic ecstasy. In these ¨out of body¨ travels, the shaman enlists denizens of the spirit world to help him with a variety of duties, from healing the sick to assisting a deceased persons soul into the after world – and all the while, the shaman remains conscious. Before you leave the Amazon Jungle, you´ll gain rare insight into the complexities of this phenomenon when you meet an actual practicing shaman in a river village. He´ll introduce you to his spiritual healing craft and tells you about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have for untold centuries held to possess curative properties. Your experience may not be ¨out of body¨, but its sure to be out of ordinary.