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Iquitos Tours - Tours in Iquitos
The city of Iquitos, capital of the department of Loreto, is located on the shores of the Amazon River, the longest and widest river with the greatest volume of water in the world. Even though it is the largestcity in the Peruvian jungle, there are no westward roads joining it to the coast or the Andes; it can only be reached by air or by river.
Low water season starts at the middle of July and ends early November.
Size, Number and Species Overview
The majority of fish that we caught in this area appeared to have some of the characteristics of a butterfly peacock (Cichla Ocellaris) such as no black splotches on the cheeks, and some of a Royal Peacock (Cichla Intermedia) such as irregular splotches of black connecting in some cases the three vertical bars on each side.
All of the peacock exhibited more orange along their underside and lower fins than other peacocks.
Largest fish don't go over 10 pounds, but great numbers. Many "incidental species" like Piranhas, Catfish, Oscar, etc.
Fishing Tour Amazon
Fishing River Tour
Reception at the international airport of Iquitos and transfer to the operation office of Heliconia, after a few moments we shall proceed to the docks to take a boat. On route, we will visit a community of Bora indians and afterwards we will keep on our trip navigating on the majestic Amazon river observing its grandeur and magnificence. After 2 hour boat ride we will arrive To Heliconia Lodge where we will be welcomed with a typical refreshment.
At proper time a delicious lunch will be served and then we shall proceed to take the boat again to navigate downriver till we reach the community of "Santa Rosa" on the shore of "Atun caño creek"´. The place we are going to stay is a built on style jungle hut for you to have a clear idea of how river people live their whole lives, learn about their customs, ways of life and have an authentic experience.
We will sleep on foam mattresses, under a huge mosquitoe net.
Dinner as well as other meals are cooked hygienically.
For the adventurous one we can organize a short canoe ride at night on the nearby lake called "Isana" to be able to hear the sounds of the insects, frogs, nocturnal birds, try to spot some wildlife like alligators, etc.
Very early in the morning a delicious breakfast will be served. Dawn at the lake is magnificent, your guide will make a prayer to the jungle Gods while smoking a blalck tobacco cigar(river people believe that each lake of the jungle has its God that takes care of them and helps protect the fisherman and helps them and catch lots of fish). In the oxbow lake, while the sun rises, we will be able to enjoy the sounds of the surroundings of the lake and start catching different species of fish, like the powerful and awsome "large mouth peacock bass" a real fíghter and a challenge for fisherman. This fish is locally known as "Tucunare" and has beautiful colors all over its body and three black stripes and kind of an eye on its tail! Besides the "Dragon fish" (Arawana) another game fish with great similarity with the "Paiche" (Arapaima Gigas) though this fish is not possible to catch with lures. Also, we can try to hook small mouth bass, the famous "Red bellied piranha" (Serraselmus nattereri) and several other species of game fish. Enjoying fishing and at the same time the enchanting area around the lake, the songs of many birds, monkeys, etc is enhancing and encouraging!
Return to the jungle hut for a delicious and nourishing lunch. Drinking water as well as cold soft drinks will be offered.
In the afternoon, we will go back to the lake for a few more hours of fishing and before it gets dark, we will go back to the jungle hut.
Dinner and overnight.
Early morning breakfast, and then we will proceed to the lake for another beautiful fishing day. Be aware that there are chances to catch 16 to 18 pounder(or more) Peacock bass on this lake. Please, every cast brings you hope and excitement that you will be able to hook and land one of this big fish, even though the average weigth is 4 to 8 pounds.
Return to the base hut, where another delicious lunch will beready. After relaxing for a few moments on a nice hammock, we will go back to the lake again and try to catch more the the amazonian fish!
Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, very early in the morning, we shall go back to the "Isana" lake to try to catch more fish. If you want to fish the traditional way, we can just use a stick, line, hook and a piece of meat. This way you will learn how to catch lots of piranha in a couple of hours! If not, just the regular cast and retrieve sport fishing method. Afterwards, we will go back to the hut and get ready to go back to the lodge.
After getting on board the boat, we will navigate upriver to Heliconia Lodge. Lunch. At proper time, transfer to Iquitos city, to the airport or the hotel according to your program or itinerary.
Beverages: juices, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks.
Flight tickets Lima/Iquitos/Lima and airport taxes.
Sport fishing professional guide.
Appropriate fishing boats.
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