used to provide energy for the communication system, with telephone service being available at the lodge. Also, any electricity produced by batteries is stored for later use (so that electricity can be used during the night). This stored electricity also provides the power to pump water to the elevated gravity fed water system at the lodge.
‘Within the midst of the Amazon Jungle, you can be sure to be overwhelmed with wildlife and natural beauty. With popular guided jungle hikes and medicinal plant walks this is an adventure like no other.’
- In the heart of the Amazon Rainforest
- Founder of the Yarapa River Rainforest Reserve
- Vegetarian & vegan food options available
- Food locally sourced from Iquitos
- 4-day & 7-day tours available
- Guided hikes, boat rides & medicinal plant walks
- Plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities
- A place for study & for guests
- A protected reserve of 400,000 acres
- Solar-power for clean energy
- Check-in: 2:00pm
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Equivalent price per night: From $240 USD
Being surrounded by miles of tropical rainforest and the Yarapa River, the location is home to an abundance of wildlife worth spotting, including turtles, crocodiles, pink dolphins, sloths, macaws, monkeys and more.
Some of the activities to get involved in includes guided hikes, wildlife viewing boat rides, medicinal plant walks, piranha and peacock bass fishing, canoeing and shaman ceremonies.
Places of interest include:
- Belén Mercado – Known as the floating market
- Mariposario Pilpintuwasi (butterfly farm & wildlife sanctuary)
- Laguna Quistococha – a lagoon with an artificial beach (Tunchi beach)
- La Isla De Los Monos (The Island of Monkeys) – a cage-free rescue centre for monkeys
- Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures
Amazon Yarapa River Lodge is located in Nauta, a small town in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest along a remote tributary (the Yarapa River) of the Amazon River. The lodge is not far from the provincial capital, Iquitos.
Being situated in the rainforest, rainfall occurs daily at the lodge but won’t disrupt any trips.
- Distance from airport: Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport
- Key attraction: Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve
- Nearest restaurant: Local food dishes are served at the lodge (nearest restaurants are located in Iquitos)
As part of what we do here at Kiwano we advise hotels that don’t meet the criteria on how they can reach the renowned Kiwano seal of approval, sharing knowledge; working tirelessly to get more hotels inspired to join the green movement.
EnergyThe lodge uses solar panels for clean energy and LED lighting. Recently new solar panels were installed for better efficiency and provide more energy for guests. A separate solar panel is...
WaterWater usage at the lodge comes directly from the Yarapa River that flows in front of the lodge; the water is pumped from the river and stored in containers elevated above the lodge, it is then...Read More >>
treated and ready for use for the rooms. This water is also used for washing so the lodge is self efficient. There is a flush toilet waste management system which reduces water consumption.
WasteThe lodge continue to reduce the use of plastic, paper products are used wherever possible. If plastic is used by suppliers, it is not disposed of at the lodge, instead it is transported to Iquitos for disposal.
ConservationIn a bid to help conservation of the local area, with the assistance of the local villages, Amazon Yarapa River Lodge created a reserve of 4 hundred thousand acres, including several lakes as well as...Read More >>
the Yarapa River. An agreement was signed in 2007 by Amazon Yarapa River Lodge with the Peruvian government and the local villages that prohibits commercial fishing in lakes in the reserve as well as no lumbering/forest clearing. They also work closely with neighbouring tribes to develop the Yarapa River Rainforest Reserve which encompasses 10 square miles of pure, undeveloped rainforest surrounding the lodge. The reserve is now the official release spot for the ACOBIA manatee rehabilitation program, as well as being recognised by the Peruvian government’s national parks division INRENA. The lodge have established a 1km square botanical garden and working with the University of Peru in Iquitos, all the flora in the area has been tagged, ready to study by a renowned dendrologist. There is also a small pond is located near the lodge that has caiman and anacondas as well as a variety of aquatic birds living there which is open for guests to study as well for university students.
FoodAll of the food served at the lodge is sourced locally from Iquitos. The lodge is able to cater to all dietary needs, they provide plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Chefs prepare local ...Read More >>
dishes and using local exotic fruits and vegetables for guests to enjoy.
Engage GuestsTo engage guests in green practices, Amazon Yarapa River Lodge ensure that all of their tours are as eco-friendly as possible. All of the activities are designed to be sensitive to the environment...Read More >>
and culture of the area, ensuring that all guests all educated on the importance of leaving as little trace as possible. Approximately half of all the tours are for jungle hikes, which utilise low horsepower boats for daily tours. The lodge encourages guests to use their native built canoes for even less impact.
ArchitectureBeing constructed by hand, the Amazon Yarapa River Lodge took two years to build and, in the process, trees were only cleared for the site of the building. The structure of the lodge was built in a...Read More >>
native fashion, all materials used in the construction are native to the area (from Iquitos) and most of the building’s joints are tied with natural fibres, to avoid the use of nails where possible. The lodge has a high palm woven roof which allows a cooler environment and free transfer of air; roofs and walkways are thatch covered, providing a natural cooling system from the tropical heat. And all living areas are discreetly screened to protect guests from insects.
HousekeepingThey trey their upmost to reduce chemical usage, for maintenance as well as cleaning rooms. No detergents are used at the lodge, instead; sheets, tablecloths, towels etc. are taken to Iquitos.
Kiwano BonusThe lodge is also a place for study as well as guests. The Cornell University Esbaran Amazon Field Laboratory was established in 2001 as a research facility dedicated to education, conservation, and...Read More >>
the discovery of novel medicinal compounds. The laboratory was constructed in partnership with the Amazon Yarapa River Lodge with funds granted from Cornell University, the National Institutes of Health, and private donations.
"Comfortable yet remote Amazon experience"
We loved this lodge as it was deep enough into the jungle on private land so there was nothing else around except tons of wildlife. Aside from the great location, the staff are locals from the area and made us feel like family.
"All our needs were attended too"
We had three days at Yarapa lodge which is an eco lodge. The staff are excellent. We were picked up from Iquitos and taken to the lodge by boat and car, all tours were included. The staff are all great and the food is excellent, all our needs were attended too and they go the extra in great service.
"The REAL Amazon"
We loved our experience spending a week in June. The staff is very attentive and wants to please. We had two excellent guides who took us on wonderful excursions. We always felt safe and empowered to be adventuresome in new-to-us environment!
"The BEST lodge in the Amazon"
Yarapa Lodge simply is a great place to stay if you want to visit the Amazon.I will return again as soon as possible. I did not know what to expect on my trip to the Amazon. The Lodge, Victor and staff made this one of my best experiences in travel.
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