Muyuna is a small and intimate lodge located on the banks of the Yanayacu River, a tributary of the Amazon, 140 km (84 miles) from Iquitos in North-East Peru, on the way to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. It was designed and built by people from nearby San Juan de Yanayacu and maintains a close relationship with this Amazon community.
Pickup at Iquitos airport and, after a brief orientation tour of the city, transfer to harbor, where a speed boat will be waiting for you, ready to travel three hours upriver on the Amazon. Muyuna staff will welcome you with a typical drink.
After settling in to your bungalow and having lunch, you will start your jungle adventure. A check list of the animals that have been previously seen will be provided. A short walk shows you the immense variety of flora in the region. In this trek, you can taste the water that the ''urticaria tormentosa'' has inside its vine, which is said to cure cancer. You will also be amazed looking at the ceiba tree, although you cannot see the top because of its towering height.
This day you will visit all the surrounding lakes and explore the jungle, looking for monkeys and sloths. Your guide will explain their habitat and behavior. Primates that you can expect to see in this trek are the squirrel monkeys, which always move in large groups, and the pygmy marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world. With the midday sun, your best option to refresh yourself is to take a dip in the lake.
In the afternoon, while you enjoy an amazing sunset, fish for piranha in lake Corientillo.
In the morning you will make a bird watching excursion. This is the best hour to look for them because they begin their day feeding themselves in the trees. It will be easy to spot parrots, macaws, toucans, egrets, hawks, etc. The check list will help you to identify the species you see. Later, you will be taken by boats to the other side of the Amazon River, where pink dolphins ply the waters, playing around your boat. If your trip is made between July and November, you will also enjoy white sandy beaches that emerge when the river runs low.
On the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the Victoria Regia. Share your afternoon with friendly people of the nearby San Juan of Yanayacu village. It is posible to buy traditional handcrafts fashioned from seeds.
Use canoes or go walking to the ''Pungal'', depending on the water level. This is an area that has several strangle figs, which is the favorite spot for pre-historic looking Hoatzin birds.
After lunch, your jungle adventure experience will come to an end. You will travel the three hours back to Iquitos and be taken to the airport.
We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Upmarket properties with above average facilities and service.
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Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.