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Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

Pink Dolphin Sighting.

Take a twenty-minute boat ride down Amazon River to try to spot some “pink dolphins” (Inia Geoffrensis) as they leap and swim about. The Amazon River dolphins are one of the few species of fresh water and the most well-known river dolphins. They range in color depending on their age; juveniles are dark gray on the dorsal side, lighter gray on the ventral side medium sized, with long beaks, a stocky body, and prominent forehead. As they mature, the ventral side and flanks turn pink; you may think they’re almost mystical. They become lighter with age, tinged with white and blue-gray coloring. The pink dolphins are often found singly or in pairs. Watch as they gregariously bound and show off sometimes even alongside the boats.

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Glimpse the Giant Water Lily.

Embark a boat towards a lake in Yanamono island (best on high tide) where you will be able to see the “Queen of water lilies”, the Victoria Regia- Amazonian Giant Water Lily.

Now renamed Victoria Amazonica, these native flora in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin are mostly found in oxbow lakes and bayous. You may see some flowers that are white as they bloom on the first night some that have turned pink on the second night after blooming. They are up to 40 cm in diameter, and are pollinated by scarab beetles.

Victoria Amazonica is well known for its huge circular leaves, which are often pictured with a small child sitting supported in the center to display their size and strength.

Nature Day Trek.

Set out to a jungle hike into the Yanamono primary rainforest reserve, for approximately two hours accompanied by our expert guides. They will show you how to identify several flora species such as heliconia flowers, medicinal plants and giant trees.

You will also have the chance to sight several birds species such as the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura), Black Fronted Nanbird (Monasa-Atia), and with a little luck you will be able to view a family of small monkeys such as marmosets (saguinus fusicollis), the Titi (Callicebus Mollock Mollock) and the squirrel monkey (Saimiri Boliviense).

Nature Night Hike.

 

Go on an enchanting evening trek within the secure periphery of the Lodge and you will witness the entrancing transformation from daytime to a night atmosphere.

As you adjust to the dark environment you will appreciate the rainforest takes on a very different character and be aware of the existence and habits of nocturnal jungle animals. It’s the best time to see stunning tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night. Discern a range of completely distinctive fauna from the day as you listen to magical sounds of insects, birds, jungle cats and night owls.

They will show you how to identify several flora species such as heliconia flowers

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Bird Watching.

You will wake up very early in the morning to do bird watching in the area of Amazon River and its tributaries home to about 1,500 bird varieties. You will start with a boat ride to one of the several tributaries of the Amazon River.

Look out for birds such as the Tuki (Jacana Jacana), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle-Torquata), Black-Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), etc.

Take note, there is a great number of bird species found just within the lodge area including a newly recorded specie for Peru, the Bare Face Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus) which was never documented before in the country.

Native Community Immersion.

Get to know jungle living first hand in a riverside town in Amazon River to see an indigenous tribe of Yaguas Community where you will learn and see their way of life in the Amazon. See, learn and maybe support their heritage and traditions in the Amazon through handicrafts.

Visit their homes, school, church, shops; interact with the people, discover their techniques of fishing and farming. Observe their customs and practices and get enlightened by their unaffected and austere way of living. Through this excursion you will have another probability to see some Pink Amazon River Dolphin (Inia Geoffrensis) and to fish for piranhas.

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Trapiche Treat.

Take a ten minute boat ride to visit a family farm with a rustic sugar cane distillery located along the banks of the Amazon River close to Palmeras town. Watch how the locals process sugar cane extracts using horses and ferment sugar juice in wooden vats for a period of time to transform to alcoholic drink. Get a taste of the varied exotic beverages made from the sugar cane liquor and its by-products such as molasses. You may want to buy some to take home for yourself or as present.

Night Boat Ride.

During high tide, take a boat ride along one of the Amazon River’s tributaries for an exciting evening in the jungle, with no lights, perhaps just some jungle flora and fauna sparkling in the dark. You will have to trust your expert boat guide to take you where you can appreciate and listen to the magical sounds of the jungle.

If it is a clear night, you will see the bright magnificent moonlight, as well as observe the stars and constellations. With some luck you can also see some falling stars which are quite common in the area.

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Native Fishing.

Embark on a pleasurable native fishing trip into one of the small tributaries of the Amazon River. Learn the local techniques of fishing, with a stick made from a plant bark, nylon line, hook and bait.

This way you will learn how to catch lots of piranha in a couple of hours. In this part of the Amazon there are about 2,000 species of fish such as Largemouth peacock bass (cichla monoculus), locally known as Tucunare, Dragon fish (Arowana) and Paiche (Arapaima Gigas). During this excursion you can also have the opportunity to look out for the Pink River Dolphin (Inia Geoffrensis).

Monkey Island.

Visit a family social enterprise focused on conserving and protecting endangered monkey species in the Northern Amazon. The aim is to enlighten rainforest guests on the effort to save endangered and injured species, rehabilitate and reintegrate them to the wild. See the monkeys free in this reserve, not in cages, their temporary stay here depends on
their condition and capability to adapt back to its jungle habitat. It is advised not to use insect repellants while during the visit.

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