Tarapoto amazon jungle itinerary

  • Explore rich flora & fauna in High Amazon near Tarapoto.

  • Staying in comfortable Pumarinri Lodge, beside Huallaga River.

  • 2019 prices: 3 days from £222 / $US 288 p/p; 4 days from £317 / $412.

  • Includes all meals, transfers & guided excursions in English

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.

 Pumarinri's pool at night.

Pumarinri's pool at night.

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. 

NB. We recommend a minimum four-day stay, in order to explore Pumarinri Lodge and its surroundings (as per the below itinerary). However, if you are short on time, one and two-night stays are also available.  

Tarapoto Amazonia 4-day 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

 Wasichay cocoa workshop in Chasuta.

Wasichay cocoa workshop in Chasuta.

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.

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.