Pacaya Samiria Crossing

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Pacaya Samiria Crossing

8 Days
18+ Age

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The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve stands as the largest protected region in the Peruvian Amazon, encompassing a vast expanse of 2,080,000 hectares (5,139,784 acres). The entirety of its area is dedicated to the preservation of biological diversity and the sustainable utilization of both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna.

This reserve is a reservoir of remarkable biological diversity, boasting an impressive array of species: 449 bird species, 103 mammal species, 69 reptile species, 58 amphibian species, 256 fish species, and an astonishing 1,024 plant species. This extensive collection of life forms contributes to the reserve’s role as a crucial bastion of biodiversity, underscoring its significance in the conservation efforts within the Peruvian Amazon.


  • Transfer from Iquitos Airport.
  • Land and river transportations included in the itinerary.
  • Private slow boat type peke-peke.
  • All meals provided for duration of trip.
  • Refreshments.
  • Purified water.
  • Permission to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
  • Native guide and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.
  • Materials: Mosquito nets, bed sheets and light camping mat.


Day 1
  • 7:30 am Transfer from Iquitos to Nauta city (2 hr).
  • Motorboat from Nauta to Santo Domingo (3 hr).
  • Entrance permit for the National Reserve.
  • Arrival to a village inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
  • Excursion by canoe for wildlife observation.
  • Nocturnal hiking exploration.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a typical village house.
Day 2
  • Motorboat to a lagoon (3 hr).
  • Looking for pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis).
  • Construction of camp.
  • Hikes in primary jungle.
  • Bird watching.
  • Exploratory hike in search of nocturnal animals.
  • Overnight in the jungle.
Day 3
  • Motorboat to another camp area (3 hr).
  • Construction of camp.
  • Fishing for piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri).
  • Identification of medicinal plants.
  • Hiking through primary jungle in search of wildlife.
  • Overnight in the jungle.
Day 4 - 6
  • Motorboat to another deeper area of the jungle, to camp (6 hr).
  • Construction of camp.
  • Hikes in primary jungle.
  • Drinking water from forest vines “Soga de agua”.
  • Excursions in search of primates.
  • Search of giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis).
  • Night excursion in search of alligators.
  • Overnight in the jungle.
Day 7
  • Return by motorboat (7 hr).
  • Construction of camp.
  • Excursion by canoe for wildlife observation.
  • Nocturnal exploration.
  • Searching for tarantulas and other insects.
  • Overnight in the jungle.
Day 8
  • Return by motorboat to the village (3 hr).
  • Purchase of handicrafts (optional).
  • Return by motorboat to Nauta (3 hr).
  • Transfer from Nauta to Iquitos (2 hr).
  • 6:00 pm Arrival to Iquitos.
Departure/Return Location: Iquitos Hotel or Airport
Departure Time: Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a departure at 7:30 AM
Return Time: Approximately 6:00 PM
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