Day one: IQUITOS / AMAZON RIVER/ THE NAPO RIVER
After an early morning arrival at the Iquitos airport, guests are met and taken immediately to the Spirit where they get a briefing by a Peruvian naturalist.
The crew is introduced and we depart Immediately downstream toward the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Napo. Immediately, guests can see typical Amazon villages on the bank, where people live as they have for centuries. After a while, guest board skiffs for a trip to Monkey Island, which is a primate reserve maintained by a private Peruvian environmentalist.
Later in the afternoon, guests take a hike in the rain forest with a naturalist guide to see giant trees, medicinal plants and othercreatures unique to the rain forest such as frogs used to make poison arrows, army ants and millipedes.
At the end of the day, we arrive at the mouth of the Napo River, where Fransisco Orellana was the first European to see the Amazon River in 1542. That night, guests are taken to a dark spot near the bank, where they listen to night sounds of the jungle, something few people forget.
Day Two: NAPO / YANAYACU
Starting the second day, we head for the observation deck for bird-watching, then visit the typical jungle town of Francisco de Orellana. In the Amazon Basin, the towns are places were the Spanish colonists first landed and set up camps. and the smaller village are places where indigenous tribes took root, or changed from hunter-gatherer tribes to small farmers.
A small town such as Fransico de Orellana will have full time electricity, a city government, police, clinics, a hotel or two and numerous shops. A village will have a dock, a military post, part time electicity, a school and often a missionary post. We visit both towns and villages.
Back on the river, we sail to an old-fashioned sugar mill where cane sugar is distilled into cane alcohol or Aquardiente, that is used to prepare regional drinks such as Seven Roots. Arriving at the Yanyacu River, where the water is black, passengers will be able to swim, fish, and bird.
Finally, at night we out into a Cocha, or Oxbow Lake and watch alligators, who`s eyes light up in the darkness.
Day Three: INDIANA/MAZAN
Early in the morning, we go birding, again, then head toward the villages of Indiana and Mazan.
Indiana is a town founded by missionaries rather than colonists and Mazan is a typical village founded by indigenous peoples who abandoned their nomadic lifestyle.
Indiana is on the Amazon River and Mazan on the Napo, but the two are connected by a narrow strip of concrete road bordered by rain forest and small farms. Later on the third day, we visit a zoo operated by the Mesia family.
The zoo has a large anaconda, sloths, monkeys and other animals which are mostly tame. Mr. Mesia also lectures guest on jungle medicines and offers them for sale.
After Mazan, we dock in Iquitos where visitors can head for the airport or hotel.
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