WHERE HEAVEN MEETS EARTH
PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
A national wonder for people interested in a deeper experience of the rainforest, where you feel the rainforest, its sounds, wildlife, and friendly people - and you will be part of landscapes that could amaze you about this wonderful world.
The reserve is the largest protected area in Peru containing a flooded tropical forest and covers a vast wilderness of unexplored forests, lagoons, inlets, rivers, spices and trees, and plants.
It is also an area for biodiversity research. Known for its biodiversity, it shelters animals from pink dolphins to spider monkeys and giant South American turtles. It's also home to hundreds of bird species, like colourful macaws and you will be able to see the largest tree in the forest.
The tour is co-guided by a local friend and expert, born and raised in the Reserve, working to protect the forest and its species.
We offer a private customised tour, and we will take you with the locals to places in the Reserve where not many people go.
PART OF THE FAMILY
When you travel with us, you simultaneously support our activities and work in the Peruvian Amazon through our Art project THE WORLD WE LIVE IN / RUNAPA KAWSANA ALLPAN for and with the Amazon and the indigenous people. We believe we together can create a better world in and with nature.
Contact us for your special focus, research area and interest - and we will do our very best to fulfil it.
Facts about The Reserve
A NATURAL WONDER
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is a vast area of the Amazonian jungle and floodable forest in northeastern Peru, bordered by the Marañón and Ucayali rivers.
It is a protected area located in the region of Loreto, Peru and spans an area of 20,800 km2 (8,000 sq mi) and forms a biodiversity hotspot in the Amazon jungle.
The extension of the reserve represents 1.5% of the Peruvian territory and 6% of the Loreto region, likewise, it is somewhat larger than the surface of Slovenia and comparable to 50% of the territory of Denmark, or Costa Rica, which ensures the ecological and genetic representativeness of the region. It comprises around 208 populated centres with approximately 40,000 people living within the area and 50,000 in the buffer zone. There are 56 native communities affiliated with indigenous organizations and the main native population belongs to the Kukama-Kukamiria indigenous group.
Getting there, Time to go & Climate
THE MONKEY ROAD
At all times of the year, it is good to visit the Reserve as you will have unique different experiences. The seasonal pattern of crescent and reflux are as vital to the Amazon as the tides are to the oceans, and provide two very different experiences when visiting the Pacaya-Samiria.
"Winter" is when we experience a rise in rivers and lakes waters, more waterways, cooler climate due to more rain. During this period our boats venture deeper into the flooded forest. "Summer" is when the rain decreases radically, beaches arise in the rivers and families grow crops such as rice, beans, and cucumber and as magic, you will experience the taricayas (turtles) laying their eggs. Summer also means higher temperatures. Due to changes in the climate, we do not have defined seasons but as a rule of thumb summer is from July - January and winter from February - June.
The annual mean temperature ranges between 20 and 33 °C, while the annual mean precipitation ranges between 2000 and 3000 mm.
From the capital of Loreto - the city of Iquitos or the town of Nauta.
You can reach the capital of the Loreto region, Iquitos by air (approx. 3,5 hours) or travel at the Amazon River from the Amazonian town of Colombia, Leticia - by speed boat (approx. 10 hours) or slow boat (around 3 days).
Location of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
5 days / 4 nights and up
WAKING UP TO THE JUNGLE CALL
When travelling in the rainforest we always adjust the program to your needs and wishes as well as the weather, and transportation time. Normally we wake up early, travel often before or with the sun, and enjoy an early night's sleep. For deeper insights into our excursion trip
Small private car to and from the city of Iquitos.
Public slow transportation to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on the Marañón river.
Private local boat in the reserve as well as a canoe.
Entry permission to the Reserve.
Accommodation in a large village house.
Private room / Double room.
Possibility of camping in a tent.
Three local homemade and healthy food a day.
All water (filtered).
Rubberboots and raincoat.
Flight ticket to and from Peru
Fast boat (speed boat) to the Reserve (can be added at additional cost).
Additional foods, drinks, and handicrafts from the local people.
LEAVE NOTHING BUT FRIENDSHIPS AND MEMORIES BEHIND:
We wish to leave no waste behind and always ask/inform our guests, local families and guides on how to optimize our ecological footprint in the expeditions.
We travel as the locals and with the locals and work our best for you to be comfortable and pay special attention to safety and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Flexibility is always a key asset we ask from our visitors, as weather and departure times are likely to change accordingly to nature. We are available at all times on our excursion and you also have the opportunity to explore on your own.
You are welcome to join our upcoming expeditions and contact us for your availability and dates.
5 days / 4 nights
6th April - 10th April 2023 (Easter trip)
25th April - 29th April 2023
23rd - 28th May 2023
4th July - 8th July 2023
max. 6 people
10 days / 9 nights
1st June-10th June 2023
max. 4 people
14 days / 13 nights
Dates to be announced max. 4 people
If you want to travel alone with us, you are very welcome, many of our guests prefer this option.
SUNRISE & SUNSET
Our clients say
" TRAVELLING TO PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE WAS A COMPLETELY NEW EXPERIENCE FOR ME THAT LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME.
SUCH A LARGE ECOSYSTEM, SO FAR SPARED FROM HUMAN INFLUENCE, HAS STRUCK ME WITH ITS DIVERSITY, VASTNESS AND BEAUTY. WITH ELVIO AND MARIA AS GUIDES BY MY SIDE, I FELT SAFE AND COMFORTABLE AT ALL TIMES ".
KLAS SCHMIDT / GERMANY
" MARIA WORKS FOR HER DREAM AND GENEROUSLY SHARES IT THROUGH HER TOURS. A TRANSVERSAL, DIVERSE, MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE, AN EXTREME JOURNEY TO BEAUTY AND HER GREEN AND WISE HEART ".
ANEL ESTELAR FIGUEROA / MEXICO