Day 1: Arrival in Iquitos, reception at the airport by Refugio personnel and transfer to the "Iron House" (made by Auguste Eiffel and sent to Iquitos at the times of the “rubber boom”) situated on the Main Square, where you will be given a briefing on the sights you will be seeing in the city while enjoying a cocktail made with local fruit. The city tour will begin at the Belén medicinal plants market. You will be briefed on the properties of each plant. After the visit, you will be taken to the port to board Refugio Altiplano’s speedboat for the trip to the lodge, sailing along the Amazon River and minutes down Tamshiyacu River, where Refugio Altiplano is situated. Tamshiyacu River is an affluent of the Amazon River.
Upon arrival you will be escorted to your bungalows by our personnel. The bungalows are two story cottages, made in the style of the region and have ensuite toilets and shower as well as electricity, generated by solar panels. After settling down and a refreshing shower, you will be taken to the main building for lunch. Meals at Refugio are made with local ingredients and consist of typical dishes of the area. In the afternoon, you will be taken into the woods by a guide for birdwatching and admiring the natural beauty of the surround and will be given an explanation on the local flora and fauna.
At 7 p.m., you will be taken to the main building for the evening meal if you are not participating an ayahuasca ceremony. If you mean to attend a ceremony, it is recommended not to eat and you will therefore have a late lunch.
Optional activities for the evening:
- You may attend and participate in a shamanic ceremony in our Ceremony House. The "ayahuasca" ceremony is a healing ceremony which is carried out with our shamans who will supervise and assist you all along the its duration. Tehse ceremonies are meant to have a healing effect, to help us begin to walk our spiritual path for a greater knowledge of our self and for healing purposes. In native tribes "ayahuasca" (banisteropsis capii) is a vine used for the rites of passage. The shamans are the holders of its knowledge.
- Night excursion along Tamshiyacu River with a guide, to admire the river by night and be bewitched by the noisy silence we enjoy in the jungle.
Day 2: You Hill wake up in our cottages with a wonderful plate of local fruit ready for you and a jugo of infusion. At your leisure, you will get dressed and will be expected at the main building for breakfast. During breakfast lively conversation will be enjoyed, as well as further explanation on ceremonies, life in the jungle and ayahuasca ceremonies.
- You will then be taken for a canoe excursion to admire a lake full of "vitrocia regia" which is a giant lotus, typical of the Amazon Basin and admire the caymans that live around the lake.
- You can chose to walk to the suspended bridge within the flooded forest and tree house, from which you will enjoy a wonderful view of the Tamshiyacu River. Both are situated at a 30 minute walk from Refugio Altiplano.
At 1 p.m., you will be served lunch which will again be a meal prepared with a variety of local ingredients which will include vegetables, fish and a variety of local fruits. In the afternoon you will be taken fishing on a canoe on the Tamshiyacu River, or Water skiing on the Tamshiyacu River. You may also chose to rest and relax on the hammocks, preparing for a quiet evening or participating in a ceremony. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and will consist of typical vegetables and a selection of fruit. Your options for the evening will be participating in the shamanic ceremony or relaxing, talking and reading on the hammocks with other guests.
Day 3: After breakfast, you will ride a canoe and visit "La Hacienda", local sugar cane producers and producers of a liqueur made in the region. This drink is typical of the Amazon Basin Region. Sail back to Iquitos to have free time to shop for local handicrafts, visit the local Butterfly Farm or visit the nearby tribe of the Bora. If you are planning to leave Iquitos that same afternoon, you will be driven to the airport and assisted throughout check-in.
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