Alternative Peru - Responsible Travel Experiences
Duration: 3 days
Location: Tarapoto area
Price: From $300
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This experience is not your ordinary Amazon ecotourism trip. It is full of enriching moments of adventure and relaxation that make it easy to connect to ourselves, to others and to nature, and that enhance our understanding of the challenges our environment faces today. It focuses on educational content, intercultural exchange, and contact with nature. We have assembled a great program for small groups of 4-8 persons that combines adventure and nature with local culture and environmental conservation. Visitors will be attended by local groups involved in the sustainable development of this ecotourism destination, including the women’s food and beverage committee, local tour guides, a family-owned ecolodge, social entrepreneurs, and native communities. Your visit also generates a contribution to the conservation of the rainforest, which often represents paid labor for the community.

IMG_5743Location

The sub-basin of the Cumbaza River, which provides water to the urban area of Tarapoto and its surroundings, is located in the Regional Area of Conservation of the Cordillera Escalera. This is a small mountain range in the primary forests of the low-jungle. The flow of the Cumbaza river has decreased close to 50% in the last 30 years due to the deforestation of its rainforest, that at the same time is a consequence of migration, lack of work alternatives and education. Ecotourism can provide alternative sources of income and employment.

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Accommodation

You’ll stay in a comfortable family-owned eco-lodge 22 km from the city of Tarapoto. It is a small and authentic place surrounded by the jungle. The perfect place to disconnect for a few days and enjoy nature!

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Tentative Program

Activities depend on the weather

 

Day 1: Water & Trekking

We’ll pick you up from the airport in the early morning and take you straight into the beautiful forest. We’ll do a full day of trekking with lots of nature activities such as bathing in a waterfall, birdwatching, trekking along the river and of course lunch among the fauna and flora.

Day 2: San Roque de CumbazaIMG_5955

 

After an early breakfast, we’ll trek through the edge of the Cordillera Escalera, guided by a local tour guide. Beautiful scenery, native plants, and an opportunity to learn about the challenges that the Amazon faces through a clear panoramic view of deforested areas contrasted by the protected area Cordillera Escalera.
Descent to the town to enjoy lunch prepared by local women, to be followed by an explanation of native medicinal plants, and then time to bathe in the river. In the evening, you’ll have some time to relax at the ecolodge before we’ll go to the local village to have dinner and a bonfire with the locals.

Day 3: CultureIMG_5735

We have 2 great activities today that will introduce you to the local culture and way-of-life. First we’ll visit a local family’s cacao farm and witness the chocolate production… and of course we’ll get to do a quality check as well. After lunch we’ll visit the native community of Chirikyacu where we’ll do a crafts activity with the women from the community. On our way to the airport, we’ll make one last stop to have an artisanal ice cream made from local fruits.

Prices:

Price per person(s)4 persons5 persons6-8 persons
PriceUS$390US$330US$300

Included:

  • All described activities
  • 2 night accommodation in a family-owned ecolodge
  • Transportation
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Snacks
  • Contribution to reforestation and to the local community

Excluded:

  • Flight to Tarapoto: about 100 USD for return flights (Inquire if you want to include it)

 

 

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