Expedition Yanamono -
7 Days and 6 Nights
With over 50 acres of rainforest to explore
around our base camp, we will take several nature hikes. Much
of this protected land is virgin rainforest and we will see giant
lopuna trees over 200 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter! Most
trees are covered with liana vines or strangler fig vines, and
many are loaded with bromeliads, epiphytes, and orchids.
Your first night spent in the rainforest
will be unforgettable. The forest comes alive at night, and you
will hear very different nocturnal sounds of the Amazon. When
you look up into the velvety blackness of the sky, you'll feel
that you can almost reach out and touch the millions of stars
that are visible.
Our days will be spent doing the following
Early morning excursions to look
for birds, squirrel monkeys, marmosets, and three-toed sloths.
Visit a local village to stroll
around, see how local people typically live, and visit the village
Canoe for about 2 hours down the
Amazon River to the village of Francisco de Orellana where we
will stop and walk around. The village is located at the junction
of the Amazon with the Rio Napo and is named after the Spanish
conquistador who made the first descent of the Amazon. It was
on this trip that he was attacked by a tribe of fierce, long-haired
warriors whom Orellana mistook for women. He recalled the Greek
myth of the women warriors and named the entire river 'Amazon'
Boat trip to the Rio Maniti where
we will stop to see both gray and pink 'boto' river dolphins.
We will go fishing for piranha and other delicious fresh water
fish which will be served for dinner.
Night excursions (either by boat
or hiking) to search for nocturnal animals, night birds, amphibians,
and the Amazon caiman.
Camp in the jungle overnight for
2 nights. We will take tents and explore 'terra firma' land which
does not flood during the Amazon rainy season.
If time allows, either the first
day or the last day of your trip will be spent visiting the city
of Iquitos. We will take three wheeled 'motorcars' to visit the
Plaza de Armas and the Iron House built by Eiffel (who constructed
the Eiffel Tower in Paris), visit the floating area of Belen,
and perhaps visit the zoological park at Quistococha.
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