Day 1: Monkey Island (Isla de los Monos)
Arrival in Puerto Maldonado, followed by transfer to the river dock where we board our boat and set forth upon an unforgettable journey down the Madre de Dios River. Along the way can be observed the alligators (caimanes), water turtles (charapas) and other fauna, as well as herons and varieties of bird species. Upon arrival at the EcoAmazonía Lodge, and enjoying an exquisite -and typical- welcome drink, you will settle in our comfortable bungalows. Lunch ensues shortly. Afterwards, in the company and assistance of our specialized guide, we visit Monkey Island ("Isla de los Monos"). Located only five minutes from the Lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river, the Monkey Island hosts an ample variety of species of monkeys: These range from the noisy ones such as the Maquisapa (Spider Monkey), the happy Achuñi (Nasua nasua d.), the very impressive Fraile (Squirrel Monkey) to the very little and funny Leoncito, "little lions" (Tití -Cebuella pygmaea). The trip to the island affords very beautiful sightseeing of the local landscape as well as the flora and fauna that they host. And to top it all off, there is that breathtaking and sublime jungle sunset …
Day 2: Lake Apu Viktor
The start of the day is heralded by the beautiful singing of birds After breakfast we set off on our hike through the deep forest, following paths and trails with bridges surmounting deep ravines. Along the way to we shall have a chance to observe the "Cave of the Caymans" Continuing our walk, we eventually arrive at the majestic setting of Lake Apu Viktor, a body of beautiful crystalline waters, surrounded by extensive swamps, and gigantic trees. After awhile we shall climb to the Mirador Amazónico, an overlook eminently suited for the purpose of bird watching. From this point we can enjoy a panoramic view of the lake as well as observe the numerous Parrots, Guacamayos (Macaws), Tucans, Camungos (Hornbill), Shanshos (Hoatzin) and Egrets, as well as other animal species that abound in the area, such as caymans, turtles and -with luck- the Giant Otter (Lutra incarum). After several hours, we effect our return to the Lodge and partake of lunch.
In the afternoon, we shall visit the Gamitana river, the source of which lies in the deep jungle, thus making it rather different from most of the other rivers, whose waters come tumbling down from the mountains. Along the shores can be seen caimans and turtles, other fauna and many kinds of butterflies. It is also possible to go for a swim. Back at Lodge in time for dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
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