You'll be picked up upon your arrival at the Iquitos Airport. Depending on your time of arrival, we might have time for a walk around the city center, where you can learn about some of its historic buildings. In the middle of the rustic charm of much of the Iquitos, eccentric constructions in the city center harken back to the rubber boom of the late 1800s, when fortunes were made by rubber barons who left a testament to their forgotten heyday with grandious buildings adorned with imported ceramic tiles.
From the port we will board a boat and set off for the lodge along the waters of the Amazon River, passing along the way a plethora of exciting sights, from the dark caymans to the distinctive floating houses in settlements that dot its shores. We'll stop at a paiches breeding pond. Paiches are the largest freshwater fish in the world; they can exceed 6.6ft in length, with some exceptional cases exceeding 8.2ft and 220lbs! You'll also see examples Victoria Regia, the world's largest water lily, native to the oxbow lakes and bayous of the Amazon with floating leaves which grow up to 3m in diameter and white and pink flowers up to 40cm in diameter.
Once we arrive at the lodge we'll refresh ourselves with a welcome juice of seasonal local fruits. You'll receive your room assignment and have time to settle yourself before we set off for a hike along a path rich with plants used in the Amazon for centuries as traditional remedies for treating fever, impotence, dressing wounds and more, with sap and resin used as salves, roots steeped for the production of liquours and teas, and more. Our knowledgeable specialized guide will introduce you in this way to local plantlife as well as local culture. The medicinal plants include uña de gato, cat's claw, the large and woody clove vine (named for its smell), blood of the dragon, so-named due to its thick red sap