• 3 nights in flora and fauna-rich High Amazon lodge near Tarapoto.

  • 2018 Price from £362 / $US 452 p/p (double occupancy in standard room).

  • Includes all meals, transfers & guided excursions in English

Tarapoto means jungles ... in the plural. From the Amazonian lowlands, with their winding rivers and endless green mantle, to the mountain forests, packed with waterfalls, lagoons and rivers flowing through canyons.

A stand-out destination for birdwatchers ... and for butterfly, sloth, poison dart frog, orchid and palm enthusiasts.

Wasichay cocoa workshop in Chasuta. 

Wasichay cocoa workshop in Chasuta. 

Native Quechua communities that, in addition to their ancestral crafts, now also show us their organic coffee and cocoa fields that supply the most demanding gourmet markets. Always with a smile. Jungle joy is contagious.

Pumarinri, ('puma's ear' in Quechua), set on the banks of the Huallaga River - a tributary of the Amazon River - is the ideal place to enjoy the area's outstanding culture, flora and fauna. The lodge has comfortable, spacious en-suite rooms, surrounded by hill forest, and is within easy reach of pristine rainforest - such as at the Pucayaquillo Waterfall trail - and dry forest.

And when not on an excursion, Pumarinri is a great place to relax and simply soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful setting. 

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Tarapoto: Arrival & Pumarinri Jungle Walk

A room at Pumarinri Amazon Lodge. 

A room at Pumarinri Amazon Lodge. 

On arrival at Tarapoto Airport, we welcome you and drive along the Mayo and Huallaga valleys, past the village of Shapaja, to Pumarinri Lodge, located at an altitude of 230 m (755 ft).

After checking in, we go for a guided walk on the Coca Circuit and other trails in the grounds of the lodge, looking for poison dart frogs, among other fauna. 

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge.

Day 2: Pumarinri: Rainforest, Waterfalls & Mighty Rivers

Pucayaquillo Waterfall. 

Pucayaquillo Waterfall. 

Breakfast followed by a morning hike through the Amazon rainforest, observing a variety of forest features from palm trees, vines, epiphytes and hardwood trees to bullet ants, morpho butterflies and poison dart frogs.

At the end of this walk we have a refreshing swim at Pucayaquillo Waterfall. Lunch.

In the afternoon, we take a boat trip along the Huallaga River, between the Estero and Chumia rapids, visiting the rainforest of Canoayacu (dry season) or the Mayo River (rainy season).

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge.

Day 3: Pumarinri: Amazon Peoples & Cultures

Breakfast and depart towards Chasuta, a native village on the banks of the Huallaga River, to visit the native pottery centre, Wasichay, and a community chocolate workshop.

Pumarinri's pool at night. 

Pumarinri's pool at night. 

After that, we take a boat to visit an organic cocoa plantation on a Shilcayo River island. We also learn about other tropical crops and sustainable use of the rainforest. Snack box en route.

Return to Pumarinri for a late lunch, followed by a free afternoon. A chance to use the lodge's pool, perhaps. 

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge.

Day 4: Pumarinri: Estero Creek Safari & Departure

Breakfast and Poison Dart Frog photo safari along Estero Creek, followed by a refreshing swim in it. 

Lunch at the lodge. Transfer to Tarapoto airport for onward travel. 

End of tour.

NB. Ask us about longer stays in Tarapoto. Or if you are short on time, a three-day version is also available.