Welcome to your new jungle home away from home
Our lodge is located near the village of Oran, a 2.5 hour speedboat ride from the city of Iquitos. So far Oran is the only designated national heritage site in the Peruvian Amazon due to the sheer quantity of ancient pottery shards that wash up with the rains
From our lodge it is possible to discover over fifteen different ecosystems endemic to the Amazon River region over the course of one week, there is no other company that offers such a diversity of programs in such unique areas of the Peruvian Amazon. See giant ceiba trees, mammoth lily pads, pink and gray river dolphins, hike through many different forest ecosystems spotting monkeys, exotic birds and canoe through the seasonally flooded forest.
Your stay and adventures are up to you because we are as flexible and diverse as the Amazon itself. All the excursions are flexible depending on the passengers. Time of the excursion can be changed depending on the weather. The itinerary can be changed depending on the arrival of the passenger. It is possible that the passenger or group set their own itinerary for any of the activities (within certain limits depending on weather).
Our lodge consists of a rustic construction with palm thatch roof, but do not be fooled, we have available a modern kitchen, plumbing, solar set up for recharging your batteries and for 12-volt lighting. Each room has its own private bathroom. The rooms are conveniently closed in by mosquito netting(as well as the beds themselves) to ensure a good nights sleep.
Each guest that comes with us is appointed a personal bilingual naturalist guide with whom you can organize what you will do each day. With three exceptionally prepared meals per day highlighting regional produce, you may not ever want to leave. During down time,feel free to roam our extensive tropical butterfly gardens that surround the lodge. Count endless amounts of hummingbirds and exotic flowers just a stones throw from your room.
Begin planning your Amazon rainforest stay with Otorongo Expeditions today.Reservations
See some of the adventures in store for you when you stay with Otorongo Expeditions.Itinerary
Some lodge activities, but not limited to:
- See and climb massive ceiba or Kapok trees and find giant water lilies, or Victoria regia
- Watch and swim with multitudes of pink and grey river dolphins
- See the spectacular Amazon River sunrise or sunset and night trips to view constellations and the Milky Way
- Canoe in the flooded forest (January – June) or camping out deep in the jungle
- Learn jungle survival techniques along with how to use medicinal and other useful rainforest plants.
- Sport fish for piraña, peacock bass, oscar or giant catfish in lakes, creeks or the Amazon.
- Visit an old fashioned rum distillery along the river or Belen open air market in Iquitos.
- Visit Pilipintuasi butterfly farm and animal orphanage or ACOBIA Manatee rescue and rehabilitation center
Visit to a real Yagua native community and learn about their customs and way of life. Camp with them deep in their communal lands or spend a night in a local dwelling. Shop their environmentally sustainable artesian necklaces, hand woven palm fiber bags, wooden sculptures, blowguns and other crafts.
Wildlife Viewing Excursions
Boating and hiking excursions leave from the lodge and venture into many different types of primary forest and river types to explore for wildlife, birds and fish. Often we see sloths, anacondas, caimans, poison dart frogs, monkey frogs, primates, peccary, electric fish (eel), tarantulas and river otters, We are fortunate to share the jungle with species of birds such as eagles, parrots, macaws, toucans, herons and hoatzin.
Why choose Otorongo Expeditions?
We offer private guides and 15+ ecosystems to explore on the Amazon River. No grouping with other guests on excursions and no fake tourist shows. A truly 100% authentic Amazon adventure. We offer genuine personalized itineraries and guaranteed excellent service.
At the lodge, we serve delicious international and local foods (we can meet your dietary requests), clean private bathrooms, solar power for lights and recharging batteries, a stellar staff and 100% honest pricing. We have truly dedicated owners.
We’re local. We take part in community tourism projects, conservation of forest and fauna, offer fair wages, local education of resource value, we consume local products, recycle and compost and we only use 4-stroke (low-emission & low fuel consumption) outboard motors for transport.
Your custom, personal adventure
You can create your own program by selecting activities from our lists which fit your desires. We are very open-minded to anything that you may suggest and we would like to cover your general interests. Your group will be assigned a personal guide to escort you throughout your stay at the Otorongo lodge making your adventure up to you.
Where have I seen OtoEx before?
We are highlighted in Lonely Planets Peru Guide as their pick, we have top reviews on Trip Advisor and we have been featured in several television programs such as National Geographic Channel’s ‘Hooked: Monster Fishing’ and ‘Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing Challenge.
Our environmental policies
We do not simply use the phrase ‘green’ or ‘eco’ because it is popular, we actually exercise practices such as composting, the use of low emission motors, solar panels for renewable energy source and a proper septic system. We also are one of the highest paying lodges for locals even when no guests are visiting us at the lodge.
- Transportation from and to the airport
- Transportion in and out of the lodge
- Your own personal naturalist bilingual guide
- A local indigenous guide
- Lodging with private bathroom
- All daily excursions
- 3 excellent meals a day (dietary requests honored)
- Snacks, purified water, coffee and tea
- Rubber boots
- Laundry service
- Battery recharging by solar panels
What should I bring with me?
- Lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants
- Light rain jacket
- Hat, sunglasses
- Camera, binoculars
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Batteries (recharging available)
- Insect repellent
- Personal first-aid kit
An example itinerary for 5 days of Rainforest Lodging
Lodging with daily excursions. Optional overnight camping. Free time for relaxing, exploring or other activities.
|We pick the passengers up from the Iquitos Airport. Quick city tour with options to visit the Belen open-air Market. Departure from port of Nanay via our private speed boat. Option to visit an Old-Style horse-drawn sugarcane rum distillery and to try some of Don Guerra’s Exotic Amazonian liquors. Arrival to Otorongo Expedition lodge, orientation and lunch. Short walk behind the lodge in primary terra firme rainforest in search of wildlife, medicinal plants and flowers. Dinner Optional nocturnal excursion by boat, canoe or foot (depending of season or weather) looking for animals such as insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds.|
|Departure by boat to Mayo Cocha to (Picnic Breakfast) canoe through flooded forest to see the prehistoric looking Hoatzin birds as well as various species of monkeys such as howler and squirrel monkey. Be surrounded in the thick jungle where species of plants and animals life´s are still unclassified by modern science. Return to the lodge. Lunch! Visit Native community to learn about their culture,fishing practices, farming and the use of the ancient mystical medicines derived from the rainforest. Return to the lodge, dinner. Optional nocturnal excursion by boat, canoe or foot (depending of season) looking for animals such as insect, reptiles, amphibians.|
|Early breakfast and departure by boat to Cocha Ayzana (black water) to fish piranha, see giant water lily pads and short walk to see the enormous Ceiba trees. Return to the lodge. Lunch. Boat ride in the River Oran and nocturnal jungle walk (on the way back) exploring the area to see animals commonly found in this ecosystem. Dinner. Optional nocturnal excursion by boat, canoe or foot (depending of season) looking for animals such as stick insects, reptiles, amphibians.|
|After breakfast, we depart for our over night camping trip. Generally 1-2 hours of travel by boat or foot. Sleep in tents well protected. Observations of different ecosystems. Chances to see more exuberant wildlife.|
|Early rise to observe wildlife. Breakfast and return to the lodge. Morning free. Lunch Boat ride in search of the beautiful pink and grey dolphins and swim with them along the Amazon river, observations of the sunset with snack. Dinner Shaman lucky ceremony|
|Swimming in Quebrada Oran. Fishing near the lodge. Bird watching near the lodge. Guided walk through the botanical garden near the lodge. Get to know a local dwelling. Sunset on the Amazon near macaw roost. Bonfire and story telling. Siesta in the hammock room. Weaving class with a local from a village.|