A March 2001 trip
to Amazon River by Constance
Quote: My week long trip on the Amazon River with Explorama was more than I could have hoped for. Not only did I see the river and jungle, I learned more about this incredible region from our guide than I could have ever found in a guide book.
After lunch we went to our rooms eager to see where we''d be sleeping. The room was small and comfortable, consisting of two twin beds surrounded by mosquito netting. Perfect considering the only time we spent in the room was to sleep.
Restroom and shower facilities are down a walkway a short distance from the room. There is no electricity here so the showers are brisk and refreshing after a day in the jungle.
Evenings at the lodge are relaxing and casual. As the sun goes down the staff lights kerosine lamps along walkways and inside rooms that cast a gentle glow throughout the area. The nightly seranade from the jungle begins as the frogs and other wildlife emerge.
The staff offers nightly seranades of their own in the bar where guests can gather for a quick nightcap or hot tea before calling it a night. For a quieter time head to the hammock house, where you can sway to the tunes of the tree frogs. Both are perfect places to swap stories of your day with other guests before heading off to bed.
We were always in bed by 9:00 since morning comes rather early in the jungle. The resident macaws fly in to have their breakfast as soon as the sun comes up. They are very vocal as they announce their arrival and don''t come with a snooze button. They are also incredibly loud and could put the largest rooster to shame so bring ear plugs if you plan on sleeping past 6:00 a.m.
I''m not a morning person but since this is the best time to see wildlife we had a 5:30 wakeup call each morning so we could do an activity before breakfast. These trips proved to be some of the more peaceful and relaxing we had and were also cooler since the sun wasn''t as strong. This is the first time I ever found myselve heading to bed anticipating a 5:30 wake up call!
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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2001
The Amazon River
Hotel | "ExploroNapo Lodge"
The ExploroNapo Lodge features similar accomodations and facilities as the Explorama Lodge. There is a main dining hall and bar area along with a relaxing hammock house for relaxing between adventures. The bedrooms offer a beautiful open air view of the jungle and river and include mosquito netting to help you have the perfect nights sleep.
We spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool and enjoying the hydro-massage tub feeling totally pampered. After a hot shower we had an amazing dinner while listening to the sounds of an evening rain shower.
The lights at Ceiba attract an amazing variety of insects who in turn attract reptiles. The dining hall is totally screened in making all the wildlife easy to spot. We saw several species of frogs and lizards along with beautiful insects.
If you want to experience the Amazon in a luxurious setting this is the place for you. I loved the Explorama and ExplorNapo lodges which gives the feeling of being a part of the Amazon instead of just a visitor. But Cebia was the perfect way to end the trip and reaclimate ourselves to civilization.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2001
Ceiba Tops Resort
The Amazon River
Amazon River, Peru, Peru
It takes a while to get the hang of this kind of fishing. Patience is not required. Wait too long and there will be nothing left of the bait. Curious, I pulled my bait up to check out the damage after only a few seconds. It looked like it had been taken through a meat tenderizer! Not an inviting location for a relaxing swim.
I finally got the hang of it and when I felt a tug. I flung my pole and hooked a HUGE fish! Okay, not exactly huge but it was big enough. Here's where the fun began. As I jerked the pole back, the fish, (now firmly attached to my line) came flying through the air, promptly hitting my friend Hanna in the stomach. Fortunately the fish hit sideways or "fin-first" so no biting was done and Hanna was unharmed. Unfortunately, the force of the hit knocked the fish onto the floor of the boat - among all the waiting toes of the fisherman, who at this point were primarily female. As the jungle echoed our screams and we leaped onto the boat seats, our guide calmly but carefully grabbed my "killer" fish. He then demonstrated how strong it's bite is by putting a leaf in it's mouth and letting us hear the loud snap that followed. We tried to act brave and cautiously climbed off the seats.
We continued fishing until we ran out of bait - giving more food to the fish than the fish gave to us. And yes, we did have piranah as a side dish with our dinner. Although it's a bit uncomfortable eating something that has a head AND teeth facing you we all managed to try it concluding it tastes like trout.
The walkway itself is magnificent. It consists of platforms connected by bridges. The bridges are attached to giant trees with large wire cables. You actually walk on metal ladders overlaid with wood which is surrounded by a mesh netting. The footing is stable but the bridges sway and bounce as you walk along making it a thrilling trip. The mesh safety netting comes up to chest level so I felt safe and had no fear of falling.
The highest point of the walkway is 120 feet and provides breathtaking 360 degree views of the jungle. The platforms have multiple levels allowing you to climb to better views.
The walkway provides an array of lizards, frogs and birds along with a birds eye view of incredible vegetation. We enjoyed it so much we took the hike 2 days in a row to experience it again.
The Canopy Walkway
Amazon River, Peru, Peru
Breakfast usually consisted of breads and fruit with eggs, french toast or pancakes and fresh juice. Coffee tea and fresh drinking water are always available.
A variety of fish, chicken or beef entrees were served for lunch and dinner along with a salad, rice, lentils and an assortment of vegetables. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the dining hall during meals and at the bar after dinner.
Meals are always served at the same time, making it easy for Guides to plan your daily excursions. The dining hall is also the perfect place to socialize with other guests and share your stories from that day.
We stopped at a variety of local river villages and were always met by a hoard of children running down the river banks towards our boat. While we walked around their village they all walked carefully around us giggling and whispering. I felt like the Pied Piper as the village emptied of children and followed me around.
The river people don't have electricity or running water or many of the simple things that we find essential and take for granted. During the day the men go out to hunt, fish or farm while the women tend the village. When not in school, the children play in the jungle or along the river banks swimming or canoeing. One of my favorite scenes was a group of ten small naked children running along the riverbank as our boat passed laughing, waving and finally jumping off the bank into the river.
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