Days 1-2: Quito, Ecuador. Arrive Quito, lodging with local family (wonderful accommodations in family home, including hot tub), orientation, city tour. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Coca. Travel by public bus to Coca, in eastern Ecuador, just inside the Amazon basin. Lodging in local hotel. Arrange river transport. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Rio Napo. Nuevo Rocafuerte, Ecuador - Depart Coca (if we're lucky), travel to Nuevo Rocafuerte, lodging at the only hotel in town - very basic. No whiners. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Days 4–6: Rio Napo-Pantoja, Peru. Hire boat and travel to Pantoja; start arrangements for onward travel to Iquitos, lodging with family, sleep in hammocks or in cramped quarters on bed. Meals with local family, wait for boat 1-5 days, supposed to be some good hiking - this is very wild country. Side trip to Laguna Jatuncocha - rich in birds and other wildlife. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Days 7–10: Rio Napo. Travel down the Rio Napo on a cargo boat, sleeping in hammocks. Meals provided on boat, basic but nourishing and mostly pretty tasty. Stop every so often at village or family homestead to pick up produce, building materials, livestock, or passengers going to Iquitos. Fairly noisy, uncomfortable conditions, but an incredible opportunity to witness and experience and participate in life along a tributary of the Amazon in true rain forest. Really - there is nothing for many, many miles in any direction except along the river: no roads, no towns or villages, no people. Very few outsiders make this trip - nothing along the whole route is there for tourists. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Iquitos, Peru. One day to relax, explore the town, and prepare for village stay. Iquitos is a very interesting city, accessible only by air or boat and with a definite "Amazon" flavor. Lodging at the Sandalo or Copoazú Hotel, depending on group's preference. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Days 12–14: Pevas-Bajo Amazonas. Three day stay in a local village about a 3-hour speedboat from Iquitos. Learn about local culture and medicinal plants, take forest walks, attend traditional celebrations. One of the best ways to experience life in a traditional Amazonian village. This program is designed and run by the local community and all proceeds from the visit go to local community members and development projects. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Iquitos–USA. Time before your flight for some craft shopping or a moto-taxi ride around town. Air travel from Iquitos to Manaus and connection home. Includes: (B), (L).
Estimated airfare from Miami to Quito and from Iquitos to Manaus and back to Miami: $ 1000.
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