Sacred Earth Travel - Sustainable Nature and Adventure Travel

Plants and People in the Amazon

Fixed Departure: December 1 - 5, 2014

Iquitos lies in the heart of the Amazon. The former rubber boom town is now a hub for adventurers and nature lovers who are eager to explore the lowland rainforest and the inundated rainforest of Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We travel four hours up the Amazon, to the Tahuayo River, deep inside the heart of the Amazon basin.

Tahuayo LodgeOur base for the extension program will be Tahuayo Lodge, one of the longest established lodges with a distinct focus on conservation and research and close ties with local communities. Here we learn about rainforest ecology, visit a traditional jungle farm, (we may even be able to give a hand), meet with curanderos and shamans, and learn to prepare some typical rainforest dishes.

This program can be booked as an extension to the highland program, or you can join this fixed departure independently, space permitting.

Day 1 (10): Arrival - Transfer in from airport or hotel

Those who have done the first part of the trip and are coming from Cusco will take the first flight to Lima and then switch to Lan 2380 to arrive in Iquitos by midday. Those tahat are joining us only for this part should take the same flight to Iquitos. After clearing baggage security in Iquitos Airport exit the nearest door, look for our staff in the parking lot waiting area, wearing uniforms and tee shirts with our logo (head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond shape). The speedboat takes us on a 4 hour journey up the Amazon River, then up the Tahuayo River to our lodge.
Evening lecture
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Day 2 (11): Visiting a Jungle Farm

butterflyAfter breakfast by boat to visit Marcial’s traditional chacra (jungle farm) to see fruits, vegetables and commercial cedar trees. We may be able to hlend a hand on the farm, or just listen to Marcial as he shows us his way of working the chacra. Back to the lodge at noon for lunch.
After lunch we visit a group of working artisans we can learn how they use plant materials and other natural materials to produce their crafts.

After dinner we will take a short hike looking for nocturnal wildlife and star gazing
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Day 3 (12): Visiting a Shaman - Magic and Healing in the Amazon

Before breakfast optional birdwatching
After breakfast we go to visit one (or more, if time allows) Shamans in the local community. The shamans will show us some of their medicines that they have prepared and explain their uses and answer any questions the group may have.
water vineAfter lunch we go for a short hike in varzea forest, behind the main lodge. Here we can find some medicinal plants for healing that are used as medicine by the locals.
In the evening we will go on a caiman searching excursion.
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Day 4 (13): Economic Importance of Plants and Cooking Lesson

6.30 am Breakfast
After breakfast we will visit Adolfo’s plantation of aguaje and chambira palm trees. These are the most important commercial palms, yielding fruit and fiber to make string and other items.
After lunch we visit a native house and learn how some of the typical local food is prepared and share a meal with a local family.
In the evening one of the shamans will lead a farewell/blessing ceremony
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Day 5 (14): Wildlife excursion or Canopy Zipline

This morning we still have a little time for some fun for either a wildlife excursion jungle walk, or a Canopy Zipline adventure, depending on the preferences of the group.
In the afternoon we return to Iquitos where you will be taken back to the airport so you can catch your flight back to Lima and return home or continue on your journey.
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As extension program, price per person, based on double occupancy: US$895

If booked separately: US$US$1095

Minimum number of participants: 5 / Maximum number of participants: 12

For further information and booking inquiries please send us and e-mail.