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Duration: 10 days

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Since the XV century, people have talked of the legendary lost cities of the Amazon. El Dorado was a mythic city made of gold. Inspired by this immense treasure hidden in and protected by the jungle, European conquistadores ventured deep into Amazonia. In 1542, in one of the most fateful and famous expeditions to find “El Dorado,” Francisco de Orellana separated from Gonzalo Pizarro and discovered the Amazon River.

500 years later, this legendary treasure has revealed itself to be the site of the highest biological diversity on the planet, with thousands of species of flora and fauna still unknown.


  • 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.
  • Boat excursion to a lagoon.
  • Exploration hiking.
  • Bird watching.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a typical village house.

DAY 2-4

  • Motorboat.

During these days the following activities will be done:

  • Navigating for 5 hours per each day.
  • Construction of camps in different areas.
  • Looking for pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis).
  • Excursion by canoe for wildlife observation.
  • Fishing for piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri).
  • Excursion in search of Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis).
  • Night exploration looking for, tarantulas and other insects.
  • Overnight in the jungle in different camps.

Searching For El Dorado

DAY 5-7

  • Motorboat (5 hr).
  • Arrival to El Dorado.
  • Construction of camp.

During these days we will be doing the following activities:

  • Hike through primary jungle in search of wildlife.
  • Identification of medicinal plants.
  • Drinking water from forest vines “Soga de agua”.
  • Excursion in search of primates.
  • Night exploration looking for alligators and other species.
  • Exploratory hike in search of nocturnal animals.
  • Overnight in the jungle.

DIA 8-10

  • Return by motorboat.
  • Day 8 and 9 at night: Overnight in the jungle.
  • Day 10: Arrival in a village.
  • Purchase of handicrafts (optional).
  • Return by motorboat to Nauta (3 hr).
  • Transfer from Nauta to Iquitos (2 hr).
  • 6:00 pm Arrival to Iquitos city

Includes: Transfer from Iquitos Airport, land and river transportations included in the itinerary, private boat, all meals provided for duration of trip, refreshments, purified water, permission to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, native guides and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.

Materials:  Mosquito nets, bed sheets and sleeping pad

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