Total Land cost for 8 days / 7 nights: USD $1,895
(Shorter or longer trips are also available)
Day 1 (trip starts after the arrival of people on LATAM 2240, scheduled to arrive just past noon)
transfer in from airport or hotel
If airport: Look for our booth in the baggage area of Iquitos Airport, by the restrooms, with our logo (head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond shape).
Speedboat transfer (note–is 4 hours) up the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to our lodge.
Lunch and Dinner Included
From the main lodge
Acclimation to the Amazon rainforest and getting to know your guides; your guides getting to know you. Exploration of varzea forest near the main lodge, learning some survival skills such as the utilitarian use of palm fronds, natural sources of insect repellant, natural medicines and some sources of food and fresh water.
Breakfast lunch and dinner provided
Boat to the trailhead in terra firme forest.
Hiking into the interior of the wilderness to establish campsite, building a shelter with plants found in the forest.
NOTE: During jungle survival training we try to choose a location where we will not disturb wildlife. Additionally, the movements and noise we create during the training will keep wildlife at some distance. So, while this is a great adventure in the Amazon wilderness, it is not the best wildlife viewing option.
Training in the identification of plants and other material found in the forest to make a fire, capture food and find water.
Morning exploration, then breaking down the campsite, return in the afternoon by boat to the main lodge
Afternoon boat to Iquitos
Transfer to airport or hotel
Breakfast and lunch included
Some things you can learn
Construction of lean-to:
How to select site, soil and drainage aspects. What woods to use to set up framework; how to use irapay palm (Lepidocaryum tenue) fronds to rainproof
Construction of fire :
Recognition of wood that will have hard, dry interior even when waterlogged by rainforest humidity; use of copal resin as fire starter
Learn sources of pure water:
Immature yarina (Phytelephas macrocarpa) fruits; puca huasca vine (Doliocarpus dentatus) and cano huasca vine (Uncaria spp.)
Sources of food:
Palm fruits; palm hearts from Euterpe and Iriartea genera; edible beetle grubs; legumes, especially from Inga genus; using barbasco (Lonchocarpus species) sap to stun fish; canabrava (Gynerium sagittatum) to build fish trap; tamshi vine (Carludovica devergens) to make animal snare
Recognition of balsa wood, tied together with tamshi vine, oar from remo caspii (Styrax acuminatum)
Made from Nasutitermes termites
Fishing spear from cumaceba (Cesalpina echinata); bow from cashapona (Iriartea exorrhiza), string from chambira (Astrocaryum chambira), arrowshafts from bamboo and arrowheads from cumaceba.
Venomous snakebite–piripiri leaves (Cyperus articulatus)
Venomous insect–curarina bark (Potalia amara)
Fever–sanango root (Sanango durum)
Disinfectant–pichirina sap (Vismia angusta)
Field dressing–fiber inside bark of machimango (Ceiba species)
Antiparasitical–oje sap (Ficus antihelmintica)
Dysentery or gastrointestinal distress–hierba luisa leaves (Cymbopogon citratus)