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October 20, 2020

Making Artisanal Cheese and Yogurt (Workshop in the Peruvian Amazon)

Written By Christian Navarro

Cheese and Yogurt (1 day workshop)

 

Price: US$99.00 dollars (adults, 16-75 years old)

25% discount for children and youth up to 15 years old.

 

Workshop schedule

-Visit to the cattle stable or family plantation (8:00 a.m.)

-Explanation about food, breeds, care, etc. (9:00h)

-Explanation about the types of milking (10: 00h)

-Milking time (10:30h)

-Lunch (12: 00h) (Included)

-We go to workshop place (2:00 p.m.)

-Explanation on methods of conservation of milk and derivatives (14:30)

-Preparation of the milk (3:00 p.m.)

-Cheese making (4:00 p.m.)

-Preparation of yogurt (5:00 p.m.)

-Packaging (5:30 p.m.)

-End of the workshop (6:00 p.m.)

Development of the program

The program begins by visiting the cattle stable or family plantations to meet the cows we will be working with on this day.  There, we will explain to the participants about the cow characteristics, physiology, diet, races, care and diseases.  Moreover, the different types of milking are explained to the travelers.  Later each participant will milk a cow.

Finally, in the dairy workshop, they will learn about the different methods of preserving milk, its primary and secondary derivatives, and the packaging of dairy products.  Once the milk is ready, they will learn to make cheese and yogurt by hand.

Workshop objective:

Learn and prepare the recipe for fresh cheese and yogurt.  Learn to get the raw materials and necessary items to be able to repeat it at home.

Details

Time Available
All year long

Recommended Age
3 years old and up

We will provide the following items:

-Milk

-Hair net

-Rubber gloves

-Molders

-Apron

-Wrapper for final cheese

Lunch is also provided

Workshop duration: 8 hours

Difficulty Level:  Low

The content of the workshop will be adapted to the age and type of the participant

Travelers must bring:

-Trekking shoes.

-Mosquito repellent.

-Sunblock cream.

-Hat.

-Rain coat.

-Fresh cloths such as, shorts and t-shirts.

-Long pants.

-Sunglasses

-Cash because there are not ATMs in Puerto Inca. The closest ATM is located in the city of Pucallpa.

About our workshop:

In this experiential course, the traveler will discover each and every one of the steps to follow for the manufacture of cheese and yogurt.  From milking the fresh milk in our cows to the product packaged, labeled and ready to eat and drink.

Our workshop focuses on techniques that can easily be replicated at home or on small-scale dairies.  Attendees learn the steps to make cheese naturally, without packed crops, additives, and chemicals, and how to get the best possible milk to make cheese.  The workshops are demonstrative style: that means, we all make cheese together around the table.

Each person participating in the workshop will handle and process 1 liter of milk and obtain their own fresh cheese, which they can take home once they finish draining at the end of the afternoon properly packaged.

In our fresh cheese making workshop, we will know and experience the secrets of milk and the little “miracle” that is the transformation into cheese, and its subsequent processing.

In this workshop, apart from learning the recipe for fresh cheese, travelers will also learn the way it should be changed to get a cheese to “cure” and how to take advantage of the serum that we have left over to make a cottage cheese.

It is a great experience and the best is that you can take your cheese and enjoy it at any time in your place.  Knowing that you prepare it yourself is priceless!

 

 

 

 

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October 16, 2020

Making Amazonian Craft (Workshop in the Peruvian Amazan)

Written By Christian Navarro

Amazonian Crafts (1 day Workshop)

Learn how to make traditional Amazonian crafts with women and seniors from our native communities. This experiential workshop involves the traveler from the extraction of the raw material to the final product.  The workshop allows the traveler to learn and work creatively with different materials under the supervision of our artisans.  We focus on Vegetable Fiber Fabrics, Textile and Imitation Jewelry.

 

Prices:

US$99.00 dollars per adult (16-75 years old)

25% discount for children and young people (10-15 years old)

Children free (1-9 years old)

Day 1. Search for raw materials – Elaboration of traditional crafts

– Transportation in tuc tuc and trekking to the jungle in search of raw material.  We will get different plants, seeds, stones, etc.  (8:00h)

– Lunch (12:30h)

– Handicraft production with native craftsmen.  (14:00h)

– End of workshop (18:00h)

Inclusions:

– Transportation to the beginning of the jungle and back to Puerto Inca

– Lunch

– Souvenir (souvenir)

Exclusions:

– Breakfast

– Accommodation

– Dinner

Traveler Information: While this hike is not too strenuous, the traveler should be in reasonably good shape as it will be hot as we trek through the jungle.  Bring the necessary equipment such as trekking boots, cool clothing, flashlight, knife, swimsuit, hat/cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof coats and pants, hiking socks, insect repellent and, water filter.  Also bring cash because there are no ATM machines in Puerto Inca.  The closest ATM is located in the city of Pucallpa.  There is a Banco de la Nación in Puerto Inca, but it does not have an ATM.

Important information:

Handcrafts play an important part in cultural identity, especially in indigenous communities. Because every ethnic group has its own patterns, which are composed of images of the native animals and plants and spiritual, religious symbols. The colors that are used to dye fabrics are also obtained from local plants and are different from ethnic group to ethnic group. The women work with very strong colors and large patterns. To make jewelry, they use seeds of different plants. Cloths, as well as jewelry often have profound meanings, e.g. a bracelet made of wayruro seeds (ormosia coccinea) is supposed to protect young children from evil spirits or shamans wear special clothes during their ceremonies.

The knowledge of making these handcrafts is thousands of years old. Archaeologists and ethnologists were able to determine migration of individual groups using clay vessels. That is why the women are proud to pass on their knowledge.

Semillas Life works closely with the women’s group Tzirotsi – Chana. We want to strengthen the autonomy of these women and are in the process of expanding sales outside of Peru. A part of the fees goes directly to benefit the women.

 

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October 12, 2020

Making Amazonian and Peruvian Gastronomy (Workshop in the Peruvian Amazon)

Written By Christian Navarro

Amazonian and Traditional Peruvian Gastronomy (Workshop, 1 day)

Price: US $99.00 dollars (adults, 16-75 years old)

25% discount for children and youth up to 15 years old.

In this experiential workshop the participant has the opportunity to learn to cook 2 entrees, 2 main dishes, a dessert and a soft drink.

Workshop hours

– Visit to a local farm or plantation in search of fruits and vegetables (8:00h)

– Visit to market or mini-market in search of ingredients (10:30h)

– We start cooking (11:30h)

– Banquet lunch (14:00h)

– End of workshop (15:00h)

 

Development of the program

The experiential workshop begins by visiting the farm or plantation of a local family in search of fresh products for our cooking day. We will explain about the fruits that we will obtain from mother earth.

Then we will go to a market or mini-market in search of other ingredients that we will need to cook.

Then we will go to cook (hands on) where we will explain and teach our participants the secrets of our Amazonian food.

Finally, we will have lunch together with the final product (banquet).

INFORMATION FOR THE PARTICIPANT:

Peruvian gastronomy is characterized by having a special flavor and an infinite variety that can be enjoyed in every corner of the country, a product of the influence of various cultures, as well as the use of inputs from the area. Such is the case of Amazonian cuisine, considered one of the most exquisite in the world due to the indisputable use of its ingredients, flavors and textures; elements that stimulate the senses and awaken unique sensations.

Peruvian Amazon cuisine varies greatly from other areas of the country. It is based primarily on locally available ingredients. Amazonian cuisine includes many varieties of fish, which are caught in rivers that run through forests. The Amazon is home to many unique fruits that play an important role in the diet of people living in the eastern part of the country.

The traditional cuisines of the Amazon in Peru have their roots in the way in which the Indigenous people that inhabit this territory have related to nature, interpreting its changes, adapting their ways of living to make a sustainable and respectful use of the different resources.

We must understand that the agricultural abundance in which these peoples live depends to a great extent on the conservation of ecosystems, especially rivers, as well as sustainable economic practices and respect for the territory.

The products of Amazonian cuisine and their main recipes will be addressed in this Peruvian Amazonian cuisine workshop. The properties and use of yucca/cassava, chonta, plantain, etc. will be explain in the kitchen.

Most representative dishes that the Peruvian Amazon offers:

 

Juane

Dish from the Peruvian Amazon that resembles a large tamale made from rice, chicken or hen and egg. The rice covers the seasoned chicken and the egg in pieces as if it were a blanket. This is a dish with a very pleasant flavor that can satisfy the most demanding palate.

 

 

Tacacho con Cecina y Chorizo

This is an emblematic dish of the Peruvian jungle. It consists of green plantain (fried or roasted) which is crushed and mixed with lard. It is accompanied with cecina (dried and smoked pork) and with chorizo ​​(sausage made from the thin intestines of the pig stuffed with well-seasoned ground meat from the same animal).

Patarashca

It is ideal for fish lovers. A delicious river fish seasoned with spices from the Peruvian jungle wrapped in a leaf and roasted in charcoal. This is a perfect combination that makes the fish to have a special aroma and flavor.

Chicken Inchicapi con Maní

An exquisite soup from the Amazon which has a peculiar ingredient, the hen raised in a corral (domestic hen). Also, blended or ground peanuts, corn, yucca and coriander. This is a delicious soup to enjoy.

Cazuela de Pescado

This dish consists of a stew based on a variety of fish and mollusks, such as: hake or sea bass, squid, mussels, grouper, shrimp, octopus. All of them are mixed with boiled rice and vegetables (pepper, carrot, tomato, etc.).

Chonta or Palm Heart Salad

Originally from the Peruvian Amazon, this fresh dish is eaten especially on Easter days. Its main ingredient is the chonta, a palm tree from which its interior is extracted, called by the natives as the heart of the chonta. Likewise, other plants such as coconut trees, jusará, acai and pijuayo can be used. To make this exotic dish, the chonta is cut into small pieces, then washed two to three times, as it has a strong smell, and then mixed with tomato and more vegetables to the liking of the person and finally lemon is added to taste.

 Purtumute

It consists of a stew whose base ingredient is beans, both white and black, which are seasoned with mote and coriander. Some recipes also add corn or even pine nuts, although these ingredients are optional.

 Humitas

They are corn cob leaves, locally called chala or panca, stuffed with a paste made with corn and seasoned with spices from the Peruvian jungle.

Pacotana Frita

Exquisite river fish accompanied by lemon slices and fresh parsley leaves scattered as decoration. To fry the pacotanas, they must be dipped in milk, coated in flour and, finally, fried in plenty of oil, resulting in a delicious crispy golden fish.

Suri

The “suri” is a worm that grows in the stem of the aguaje or palmito trees (Amazonian fruits), constitutes one of the exotic dishes and is highly appreciated in the gastronomy of the cities of the Amazon jungle. It is eaten raw or fried and its tasting is part of the daily routine and its consumption only produces curiosity or some kind of objection in foreigners.

 

Peruvian Creole dishes adapted with Amazonian ingredients

Yuca Rellena (stuffed potato style)

This is a typical Peruvian dish made from yucca/cassava stuffed with meat, onion, egg, olive, spices and fried in very hot oil.

Saltado de sajino or majaz (lomo saltado style)

Lomo saltado is a traditional Peruvian dish. To be more precise, it is a fusion dish that mixes elements of Chinese food and Peruvian food. This typical Peruvian dish is made in a wok, with the technique of sautéing and has soy sauce (China) and has among its ingredients the yellow chili pepper (Peru). It is also made with paprika, onions, tomato, among others. And it is accompanied with French fries. In this workshop we will use the meat of the sajino which is a kind of wild pig or the majaz which is a kind of wild giant rodent.

 Ceviche

Ceviche is the flagship dish of Peruvian gastronomy although it is also prepared in other Latin American countries. It is a dish consisting of raw fish meat chopped into cubes and marinated in lemon juice and other spices. The Peruvian ceviche has few ingredients that simplicity highlights the flavor of its main ingredient. In addition to the lemon, the Peruvian ceviche contains ají limo (Peruvian chili pepper), coriander, red or purple onion, salt and white pepper. And it is accompanied with boiled potatoes or sweet potato, cancha or chifles. In this workshop we will use fish from the Amazonian rivers and ingredients from the area.

Amazon drinks

Chapo: It is prepared with ripe bananas that are then boiled and blended with milk and sugar to taste.

Aguajina: Aguaje-based soft drink, which is diluted in water and later sugar is added.

Masato: Drink made with fermented cassava, which is left to rest so that the starch of the tuber turns into sugar.

There is no doubt that the Peruvian jungle offers infinity of flavors capable of delighting the most demanding palates. Proof of this is the great interest it arouses in the greatest culinary connoisseurs and citizens of the world who are attracted by its special flavor, but above all by its natural content and high nutritional value. The Amazon of Peru is a region that deserves to be visited and, we are pretty sure that will give you that feeling of wanting to return.

Objective of the workshop:

Learn to prepare the recipes of some traditional dishes from the Peruvian Amazon.

Details

Time Available

All year

Recommended Age

From 12 years old on

We provide the following products:

-All the necessary ingredients to cook the different dishes chosen by the participant.

-Transportation if necessary within the workshop hours.

-Disposable cap (net).

-Disposable gloves.

– Apron

Lunch is included. The participant will be delighted with all the dishes that we have cooked in the workshop (banquet).

Workshop duration:

7 hours

Difficulty level: Low                                                                                                                                                  The content of the workshop will be adapted to the age and type of the participant

 

Travelers must bring:

-Hiking shoes.

-Repellent for mosquitoes.

-Sunblock cream.

-Hat or cap.

-Sunglasses

-Raincoat

-Cool clothes like short pants, t-shirts, flip flops, bathing suits, etc.

-Long pants.

-Money in cash because there are no ATM machines in Puerto Inca. The closest ATM is in the city of Pucallpa.

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October 9, 2020

Making Artisanal Chocolate (Workshop in the Peruvian Amazon)

Written By Christian Navarro

Make your own artisanal chocolate! (Workshop)

Price:

US$99.00 dollars per adult (16-75 years old)

25% discount for children and young people (10-15 years old)

Children free (1-9 years old)

 

The flavors of a megadiverse country like Peru ranks among the world’s countries with the greatest biological diversity. This is a key piece in understanding not just the world boom of Peruvian cuisine where chocolate fills a privileged niche, but also the great potential and quality of Peruvian chocolate. Good flavor, made possible by a combination of taste and scent, of drinking, bar and other chocolate presentations, is the result of the combined effect of the diversity of species, soils and climates for cacao. That is why Peruvian chocolate and more generally Peruvian cacao are gaining increasing world acceptance.

Puerto Inca has the perfect tropical weather for cacao trees to grow. Cacao harvest is not restricted to one period per year and a harvest typically occurs over several months. In fact, in Puerto Inca, cacao can be harvested at any time of the year. The pods on a tree do not ripen together; harvesting needs to be done periodically through the year. In Peru, cacao farmers must work year-round to ensure the health of their trees, harvest the fruit by hand, and prepare for sale.

Travellers will hand pick the ripened cocoa pods, open them in the fields and remove the cacao beans from the placenta (the white pulp). The beans are then fermented for 3-5 days approximately. Then, 6-8 days traditional drying by direct sun light. Eventually roasted, peeled and crushed before beginning the process that leads them to becoming chocolate. A typical pod contains 30 to 40 beans and about 400 dried beans are required to make one pound (454 grams) of chocolate.

The journey from cacao tree to chocolate bar is not complex, but it requires several steps, each of which require careful treatment to get the best from the finished product.

Travellers will participate during the 10 steps to make a delicious chocolate. (1 day)

This experience takes 8 hours starting at 8:00h and ending at 18:00h.  Lunch is included from 12:00h-14:00h.

1. Harvesting
2. Fermenting
3. Drying
4. Roasting
5. Cracking and Winnowing
6. Grinding & Conching
7. Tempering
8. Flavoring
9. Molding
10. Tasting!

This will give travellers an understanding of the multiple steps that is necessary to produce the finished product and of course, they can take an original present home. Local farmers also benefit from this cooperation.

Travellers must bring:

-Trekking shoes.

-Mosquito repellent.

-Sunblock cream.

-Hat.

-Rain coat.

-Fresh cloths such as, shorts and t-shirts.

-Long pants.

-Sunglasses

-Cash because there are not ATMs in Puerto Inca. The closest ATM is located in the city of Pucallpa.

We will provide the following items:

-Hair net

-Rubber gloves

-Molders

-Apron

-Wrappers or for final chocolate bars

We will provide the following ingredients:

-Cacao

-Milk

-Nuts

-Raisins

-Vanilla

-Condensed milk

-Sugar

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October 8, 2020

Meet the Peruvian Amazon (2) (Puerto Inca, Huanuco, Peru)! 5 Nights & 6 Days! (Peruvian Amazon)

Written By Christian Navarro

Package: 5 Nights & 6 Days!

Babies:  0 – 3 Free

Infants: 4 – 9 years old: US$ 296.00 dollars

Youth: 10 – 15 years old: US$661.00 dollars

Adults: 16 – 75 years old: US$786.00 dollars

 

– DAY ONE: Welcome to this week of adventure!

. The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a 2.5 hours drive to Puerto Inca.

. Check in at the accommodation.

. Free day around the village. Travellers will be introduced with local community.

. Drinks before dinner, (a chance to taste local liquor). (18:00h)

. Dinner, (get to taste local food). (19:00h)

 

-DAY TWO: Swimming day in Pintuyacu & Visit local plantation & Fish farm!

. Visit local fish farm, (an opportunity to get some fresh fish). (7:30h)

. Visit the beautiful stream of Pintuyacu, (10:00h)

. We will cook our own lunch in the forest with fresh fish and more. (12:30h)

. Walk around the village to pick fresh fruits (13:30h)

. Visiting local plantation to get vegetables and fruits (14:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca in private transportation (16:00h) 30 minutes long

. Dinner (19:00h)

. Salsa lessons (20:00h) 1.5 hours long

-DAY THREE: Trip to the Boiling River!

. We will get there by car and boat. (5:30h) the ride takes 4 hours long

. Visit to the Boiling River. Its turquoise waters can reach up to 93°C. (9:30h)

.Will visit a native community and healing center with local shaman. (11:30h)

. Lunch time with natives. (12:30h)

. Time to walk around the village (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by boat and car transportation. (14:30h) the ride takes 4 hours long

. Dinner (19:00h)

 

-DAY FOUR: Camping into the Quimpichari Rainforest.

. Private transportation to Quimpichari Village. (8:00h) 1 hour long

. Trekking through the wild life with one night camping in the jungle. (9:00h)

. Fishing

. Picnic meals are provided.

. Bonfire

. Exploring the jungle.

. Return: Trekking to another point of the rainforest . (9:00h – day five).

 

-DAY FIVE: Trek to local caves and to local streams.

. Trekking to Cueva De La Viuda, (widowˈs cave). (9:00h) 2 hours long

. Swimming in a near by stream. (11:00h)

. Lunch in the rainforest. (12:30h)

. Time to explore the jungle. (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by private transportation. (15:00h) 45 minutes ride

. Dinner. (19:00h)

. Goodbye evening fiesta with snacks, drinks and music (20:00h – 23:00h)

-DAY SIX: Goodbye day.

. Breakfast

. Checkout (Flexible time).

. Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. (Flexible time).

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October 6, 2020

Meet the Peruvian Amazon! (Puerto Inca, Huanuco, Peru) 7 Nights & 8 Days! (Peruvian Amazon)

Written By Christian Navarro

Package: 7 Nights & 8 Days!  Regular Price

Babies: 0 – 3 Free 

Infants: 4 – 9 years old: US$346.00 dollars

Youth: 10 – 15 years old: US$839.00 dollars

Adults: 16 – 75 years old: US$989.00 dollars

– DAY ONE: Welcome to this week of adventure!

. The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a 2.5 hours drive to Puerto Inca.

. Check in at the accommodation.

. Free day around the village. Travellers will be introduced with local community.

. Drinks before dinner, (a chance to taste local liquor). (18:00h)

. Dinner, (get to taste local food). (19:00h)

– DAY TWO: Float into the Amazon & Visit Indigenous Community!

. Boat trip on the Rio Pachitea. (5:30h)

. Visit native community (Etnia Ashaninka). (11:30h)

. Lunch time with natives. (12:30h)

. Time to walk around the village. (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by car. (15:00h)

. Dinner (19:00h)

-DAY THREE: Trek to local caves and to local streams.

. Trip to Cueva De La Viuda, (widowˈs cave). (8:00h)

. Searching for gold like the Incas did by walking to the right place at the river. (10:00h)

. Swimming in a near by stream. (11:00h)

. Lunch in the rainforest. (12:30h)

. Time to explore the jungle. (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by private transportation. (15:00h) 45 minutes ride

. Dinner. (19:00h)

. Salsa lessons (20:00h) 1.5 hours long

-DAY FOUR: Trip to the Boiling River!

. We will get there by car and boat. (5:30h) the ride takes 4 hours long

. Visit to the Boiling River. Its turquoise waters can reach up to 93°C. (9:30h)

.Will visit a native community and healing center with local shaman. (11:30h)

. Lunch time with natives. (12:30h)

. Time to walk around the village (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by boat and car transportation. (14:30h) the ride takes 4 hours long

. Dinner (19:00h)

-DAY FIVE: Swimming day in Pintuyacu & Visit local plantation & Fish farm!

. Visit local fish farm, (an opportunity to get some fresh fish). (7:30h)

. Visit the beautiful stream of Pintuyacu, (10:00h)

. We will cook our own lunch in the forest with fresh fish and more. (12:30h)

. Walk around the village to pick fresh fruits (13:30h)

. Visiting local plantation to get vegetables and fruits (14:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca in private transportation (16:00h) 30 minutes long

. Dinner (19:00h)

. Salsa lessons (20:00h) 1.5 hours long

-DAY SIX & SEVEN: Camping into the Quimpichari Rainforest.

. Private transportation to Quimpichari Village. (8:00h) 1 hour long

. Trekking through the wild life with one night camping in the jungle. (9:00h)

. Fishing

. Picnic lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch provided.

. Bonfire

. Exploring the jungle.

. Back to Puerto Inca by private transport. (15:00h – day seven) 1 hour long

. Dinner (19:00h)

. Goodbye evening fiesta with snacks, drinks and music (20:00h – 23:00h)

-DAY EIGHT: Goodbye day.

. Breakfast

. Checkout (Flexible time).

. Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. (Flexible time).

 

Package Two

Babies:  0 – 3 Free

Infants: 4 – 9 years old: US$ 296.00 dollars

Youth: 10 – 15 years old: US$661.00 dollars

Adults: 16 – 75 years old: US$786.00 dollars

 

– DAY ONE: Welcome to this week of adventure!

. The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a 2.5 hours drive to Puerto Inca.

. Check in at the accommodation.

. Free day around the village. Travellers will be introduced with local community.

. Drinks before dinner, (a chance to taste local liquor). (18:00h)

. Dinner, (get to taste local food). (19:00h)

 

-DAY TWO: Swimming day in Pintuyacu & Visit local plantation & Fish farm!

. Visit local fish farm, (an opportunity to get some fresh fish). (7:30h)

. Visit the beautiful stream of Pintuyacu, (10:00h)

. We will cook our own lunch in the forest with fresh fish and more. (12:30h)

. Walk around the village to pick fresh fruits (13:30h)

. Visiting local plantation to get vegetables and fruits (14:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca in private transportation (16:00h) 30 minutes long

. Dinner (19:00h)

. Salsa lessons (20:00h) 1.5 hours long

-DAY THREE: Trip to the Boiling River!

. We will get there by car and boat. (5:30h) the ride takes 4 hours long

. Visit to the Boiling River. Its turquoise waters can reach up to 93°C. (9:30h)

.Will visit a native community and healing center with local shaman. (11:30h)

. Lunch time with natives. (12:30h)

. Time to walk around the village (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by boat and car transportation. (14:30h) the ride takes 4 hours long

. Dinner (19:00h)

 

-DAY FOUR: Camping into the Quimpichari Rainforest.

. Private transportation to Quimpichari Village. (8:00h) 1 hour long

. Trekking through the wild life with one night camping in the jungle. (9:00h)

. Fishing

. Picnic meals are provided.

. Bonfire

. Exploring the jungle.

. Return: Trekking to another point of the rainforest . (9:00h – day five).

 

-DAY FIVE: Trek to local caves and to local streams.

. Trekking to Cueva De La Viuda, (widowˈs cave). (9:00h) 2 hours long

. Swimming in a near by stream. (11:00h)

. Lunch in the rainforest. (12:30h)

. Time to explore the jungle. (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by private transportation. (15:00h) 45 minutes ride

. Dinner. (19:00h)

. Goodbye evening fiesta with snacks, drinks and music (20:00h – 23:00h)

-DAY SIX: Goodbye day.

. Breakfast

. Checkout (Flexible time).

. Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. (Flexible time).

Package Three

Babies:  0 – 3 Free

Infants: 4 – 9 years old: US$246.00 dollars

Youth: 10 – 15 years old: US$446.00 dollars

Adults: 16 – 75 years old: US$546.00 dollars

 

– DAY ONE: Welcome to this week of adventure!

. The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a 2.5 hours drive to Puerto Inca.

. Check in at the accommodation.

. Free day around the village. Travellers will be introduced with local community.

. Drinks before dinner, (a chance to taste local liquor). (18:00h)

. Dinner, (get to taste local food). (19:00h)

 

-DAY TWO: Swimming day in Pintuyacu & Visit local plantation & Fish farm!

. Visit local fish farm, (an opportunity to get some fresh fish). (7:30h)

. Visit the beautiful stream of Pintuyacu, (10:00h)

. We will cook our own lunch in the forest with fresh fish and more. (12:30h)

. Walk around the village to pick fresh fruits (13:30h)

. Visiting local plantation to get vegetables and fruits (14:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca in private transportation (16:00h) 30 minutes long

. Dinner (19:00h)

. Salsa lessons (20:00h) 1.5 hours long

 

 

-DAY THREE: Camping into the Quimpichari Rainforest.

. Private transportation to Quimpichari Village. (8:00h) 1 hour long

. Trekking through the wild life with one night camping in the jungle. (9:00h)

. Fishing

. Picnic meals are provided.

. Bonfire

. Exploring the jungle.

. Return: Trekking to another point of the rainforest . (9:00h – day four). 1.5 hours long

 

-DAY FOUR: Trek to local caves and to local streams.

. Trekking to Cueva De La Viuda, (widowˈs cave). (10:30h)

. Swimming in a near by stream. (11:00h)

. Lunch in the rainforest. (12:30h)

. Time to explore the jungle. (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by private transportation. (15:00h) 45 minutes ride

. Dinner. (19:00h)

. Goodbye evening fiesta with snacks, drinks and music (20:00h – 23:00h)

-DAY FIVE: Goodbye day.

. Breakfast

. Checkout (Flexible time).

. Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. (Flexible time).

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October 5, 2020

Birdwatching and Adventures at El Sira Communal Reserve!

Written By Christian Navarro

EL SIRA

Trekking and birdwatching at El Sira Communal Reserve, (Puerto Inca – Huanuco – Perú) (Peruvian Amazon).

 

Package: 8 days:

Price: US$1897.00 dollars (Adults, 16 – 75 years old)

Price based on minimum 5 guests. Surcharges apply for less people (Ask us for details)

25% discount for youth, 10 – 15 years old

 

Package: 11 days

Prices: US$2710.00 dollars (Adults, 16 – 75 years old)

Price based on minimum 5 guests. Surcharges apply for less people (Ask us for details)

25% discount for youth, 10 – 15 years old

When you book, we shall enter the dates in the calendar so other people will see that these trips are running these dates and they could book the same date for a better price for everyone.
Having said that, just booking any date yourself or with your partner at the date you prefer will not break the bank. $600 surcharge for a single person. $300 surcharge per person if only two people. $200 per person surcharge with three people. $150 per person surcharge with four people and no surcharge with groups of 5 or more.

 

We offer two awe-inspiring trips with experienced tour guides:

Sira Mountain Trail – Longer Tour (11 days)
The Sira Mountain trail is a full circuit of the incredible Sira Mountains, climbing through virgin rainforest to the highest peaks of around 2000 meters above sea level. During our adventure, we’ll make every effort to find and observe the secretive Horned Curassow – a distinct Peruvian subspecies worthy of recognition – and the striking yet only recently discovered Barbet.

Sira Tanager Trail – Shorter Tour (8 days)
The Sira Tanager Trail is a shorter tour concentrating on finding the endemic Sira Tanager bird. First discovered in 1969, these beautiful and vibrantly colored birds only exist in the Sira range! Other wildlife, some rare and others not, may also be encountered. The jungle can be unpredictable! You should not count on finding all those mentioned, however we will make every effort and often succeed – much to the delight of biology researches we work with!

 

THE TOUR (Shorter)

 

Day 1. Start in Pucallpa mid-morning when flights from Lima arrive

– The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a three hour drive to Puerto Inca.

– Check in at the accommodation.

– A late lunch.

– Free day around the village. Travelers will be introduced with local community.

– Welcome drinks will be served (a chance to taste local liquor).

– Dinner, (get to taste local food). (7:00pm)

Day 2-7: Trekking in the Sira Mountains

– Breakfast 6:00am

– Transport in auto/tuc tuc from Puerto Inca to the beginning of the mountain (6:30am)

– Trekking through the wild life with five nights camping in the jungle. (7:30am)

Day 7: Returning to Puerto Inca – Salsa Lessons – Fiesta

– Transport in auto/tuc tuc from the beginning of the mountain to Puerto Inca (4:00am)

– Check in at the accommodation (5:00pm)

– Dinner at local bar (7:00pm)

– Salsa lessons (8:00pm)

– Goodbye evening fiesta with drinks and music (9:00-11:00pm)

Day 8: Good bye day

-Breakfast

Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station.

The long tour is 11 days which effectively gives you 3 more full days in the mountains. We recommend the latter since it will give more chance to see all the specialties of Sira and increase the chance of finding the Curassow as well as the newly discovered Barbet.

Best season and drier mid-April to mid-December although, birding can be very good also in the rainy season between showers.

Whilst these hikes are not overly strenuous, you’ll need to be in reasonably good shape as it will be hot as we walk every day. Please also bring the necessary (and well-researched) equipment, such as boots, flash light, knife, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, sun blocker cream, tent, sleeping bag, waterproof coats and trousers, hiking socks,  insect repellent and water filter!

Prices for the 2 above options include:

-3 meals a day: They are mostly served in the field to maximize birding time.

-Accommodation, 2 nights in local hostel.

-Transportation from Puerto Inca to beginning of the mountain and vice versa

-Transportation from/to Pucallpa airport/bus station.

-Experienced guide who have worked with different international expeditions.

– Both tours include porters to transport our gear, enabling us to focus exclusively on looking for birds and increasing the chances of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Prices for the 2 above options exclude:

-Tent – Can be rented at the village

-Sleeping bag

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October 5, 2020

Ayahuasca Ceremony & Workshop

Written By Christian Navarro

AYAHUASCA CEREMONY & WORKSHOP

Prices

Adults: 16 – 75 years old US$399 dollars (4 days & 3 nights)

Adults: 16 – 75 years old US$129 dollars (1 night)

 

The traveler has the opportunity to participate in only one night Ayahuasca ceremony with a shaman from our village and also a 3 nights and 4 days workshop.
The ceremony usually takes place at night starting at 9:00 pm (it will be a long night).  Travelers can start arriving from 7:00 pm to be part of the anteroom and to consult the shaman master with their concerns.

Ayahuasca Ceremony (Basic, 1 day)

DAY ONE: Ayahuasca Ceremony

– Anteroom of Ayahuasca Ceremony. (19:00h)

– Start of Ayahuasca Ceremony. (21:00h)

– End of Ayahuasca Ceremony. (2:00h.)

We recommend to the participants to rent a hostel room for resting after the ceremony.

 

INCLUSIONS:

-Photos with Shaman before ceremony (No photos during ceremony)

-Drink of Ayahuasca

-Tobacco

 

EXCLUSIONS:

-Transportation from/to airport/bus station (Pucallpa) to/from Puerto Inca.

-Hostel

-Meals

-Transport

 

AYAHUASCA CEREMONY: 4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS:  (WORKSHOP)

The Master Shaman recommends this package to travelers who will take Ayahuasca for the first time, because they will have to drink very little quantity in their first experience, since it is necessary to determine the amount of acceptance or sensitivity that each person has with this plant, which it is impossible to know before the experience.

DAY ONE: Welcome day – Ayahuasca Ceremony #1

– According to the arrival of each traveler.  We take them to walk through the village with an introduction to the local community.

– Light dinner (18:00h.)

– Anteroom, Ayahuasca Ceremony#1 (19:00h.)

– Start of Ayahuasca Ceremony #1.   (21:00h.)

– End of Ayahuasca Ceremony #1.    (2:00h.)

DAY TWO:  We have two options to choose depending on the physical and emotional state of travellers after the first ceremony of Ayahuasca.

(Option 1)

– Exploration of the Jungle with Master Shaman in search of medicinal plants and explanation of the use of each plant. (11:30h.)

– Lunch in the jungle (13:00h)

– Return to Puerto Inca (17:00h)

– Dinner (19:00h)

 (Option 2)

– Relaxation time in Pintuyacu Stream. Time to swim and enjoy the tropical climate of Puerto Inca. (11:30h)

– Lunch in the jungle (13:00h)

– Return to Puerto Inca. (17:00h)

– Dinner (19:00h)

DAY THREE: Search for Medicinal Plants and Ayahuasca Ceremony #2

– Exploration of the Jungle with Master Shaman in search of medicinal plants and explanation of the use of each plant. (7:00h)

– Return to Puerto Inca (12:00h)

– Lunch   (13:00h)

– Light dinner   (18:00h)

– Anteroom of Ayahuasca Ceremony#2 (19:00h)

– Ayahuasca Ceremony #2.  (21:00h)

– End of Ayahuasca Ceremony #2.   (2:00h)

DAY FOUR: Goodbye Day

-Breakfast

 

INCLUSIONS: Ayahuasca 4 days & 3 nights

-Photos with Shaman before ceremony (No photos during ceremony)

-2 ceremonies of Ayahuasca

-Tobacco

-Hosting

-Feeding

-Transportation for our tours

-Learning workshop for the use of medicinal plants

-Experiences day to day with Shaman

 

EXCLUSIONS: Ayahuasca 4 days & 3 nights

-Transportation from/to airport/bus station (Pucallpa) to/from Puerto Inca.

INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLERS:

-The Shaman master recommends not drinking any type of alcoholic beverages for at least 3 days prior to the ceremony.

-The Shaman recommends not eating pork and avoiding frying meals for at least 7 days prior to the ceremony.

-No dairy caffeine and sugar from 2 days prior to the ceremony.

-Do not consume drugs or psychiatric medicine at least 48 hours before drinking the Ayahuasca

-Minors are allowed with signed consent of the father / mother or guardian.

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October 2, 2020

Meet the Peruvian Amazon (3) (Puerto Inca, Huanuco, Peru)! 4 Nights & 5 Days!

Written By Christian Navarro

Package: 4 Nights & 5 Days! 

Babies:  0 – 3 Free

Infants: 4 – 9 years old: US$246.00 dollars

Youth: 10 – 15 years old: US$446.00 dollars

Adults: 16 – 75 years old: US$546.00 dollars

 

– DAY ONE: Welcome to this week of adventure!

. The guest will be picked up from Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. It is a 2.5 hours drive to Puerto Inca.

. Check in at the accommodation.

. Free day around the village. Travellers will be introduced with local community.

. Drinks before dinner, (a chance to taste local liquor). (18:00h)

. Dinner, (get to taste local food). (19:00h)

 

-DAY TWO: Swimming day in Pintuyacu & Visit local plantation & Fish farm!

. Visit local fish farm, (an opportunity to get some fresh fish). (7:30h)

. Visit the beautiful stream of Pintuyacu, (10:00h)

. We will cook our own lunch in the forest with fresh fish and more. (12:30h)

. Walk around the village to pick fresh fruits (13:30h)

. Visiting local plantation to get vegetables and fruits (14:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca in private transportation (16:00h) 30 minutes long

. Dinner (19:00h)

. Salsa lessons (20:00h) 1.5 hours long

 

 -DAY THREE: Camping into the Quimpichari Rainforest.

. Private transportation to Quimpichari Village. (8:00h) 1 hour long

. Trekking through the wild life with one night camping in the jungle. (9:00h)

. Fishing

. Picnic meals are provided.

. Bonfire

. Exploring the jungle.

. Return: Trekking to another point of the rainforest . (9:00h – day four). 1.5 hours long

 

-DAY FOUR: Trek to local caves and to local streams.

. Trekking to Cueva De La Viuda, (widowˈs cave). (10:30h)

. Swimming in a near by stream. (11:00h)

. Lunch in the rainforest. (12:30h)

. Time to explore the jungle. (13:30h)

. Back to Puerto Inca by private transportation. (15:00h) 45 minutes ride

. Dinner. (19:00h)

. Goodbye evening fiesta with snacks, drinks and music (20:00h – 23:00h)

-DAY FIVE: Goodbye day.

. Breakfast

. Checkout (Flexible time).

. Transport to Pucallpa’s airport/bus station. (Flexible time).

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