Travel on the banks of the Amazon river

Community tourism in an Amazonian family of San Rafael, Peru

per person $270
  •   Nature
  •   Remarkable
  • 3 days
  • Max. 3 pers.
  • Spanish

Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon morphosapi butterflies  farm
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon butterfly
Community tourism san rafael peru morphosapi butterflies  farm entry
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon hiking in the jungle and learning about wildlife
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon traditional fishing
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon hiking in the jungle
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon wooden house rainy season
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon learning about plants with pedro
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon arriving at the family wooden house
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon wooden house
Community tourism san rafael peruvian amazon big lizard


A unique homestay experience on the banks of the Amazon river

Your adventure will take you to a community living on the banks of the Amazon river in Peru where you will be welcomed by Pedro's family. You will enjoy his hospitality and its infinite knowledge about the jungle and its animals, in particular the butterflies. Your stay will allow you to take advantage of a restful environment, close to the local populations and their traditions, without forgetting the local gastronomy, which they will be pleased to share with you! Between boat trip, hiking at the heart of the rainforest and bird watching, you will be surprised by incredible sunsets, a warm welcome, the sounds of the jungle and ancestral know-how which will make you traveling through time and will leave you an indelible mark of this unique and privileged moment in the Amazon.

Program of your 3 days/2 nights homestay in the Amazon

Day 1: Iquitos - San Rafael

We will meet you at your hotel at 08:30 am in Iquitos and will take a bus until reaching Bella Vista Nanay pier. We will board a traditional wooden boat called "peke peke" on the Amazon river to San Rafael, which is located at about 18 km away from Iquitos. Once arrived at San Rafael, you will have a fresh season fruit juice and will then visit the museum, where you will discover the local and ancestral harvest tools and customs. You will then have a traditional lunch. During the afternoon, you will go to visit an apiculture project from the Laiche family, and will have the possibility to get some authentic bee honey. You will also visit the natural reserve, where you will discover different varieties of medicinal plants, trees and animals living in the Amazon rainforest. You will have dinner and rest at the end of the day.

Day 2: Discovering San Rafael community

You will wake up in the early morning to observe the wonderful sunrise on the Amazon and will then have a traditional breakfast. During the morning, you will enjoy a guided tour to the Morphosapi butterflies farm. You will learn about the different life stages from the larva to the butterfly, how to recognize the different plants they eat, etc. Morphosapi aims at promoting appropriate environmental practices and raising awareness among the community's children concerning environmental issues. You will then have a traditional lunch with a fresh season fruit juice. After lunch, you will visit the monkeys island, a unique place where various species of primates are living in total freedom. On the way back to San Rafael, you may see some grey and pink dolphins on the Amazon river. You will have dinner and rest at the end of the day.

Day 3: San Rafael - Iquitos

After having your traditional breakfast, you will cross the majestic Amazon river in canoe. You will experience traditional fishing with a local guide and will learn about line fishing and net fishing. You will have a typical lunch and go back to Iquitos.

Practical information

Schedule: everyday

Capacity: 3 people

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Housing conditions: nice wooden house, typical from the Amazonian communities. The house has 3 bedrooms, each of which is equipped with a single bed.

Language: Spanish

Trilingual Translator Supplement (English/Spanish/French): $29/day (only on request)

Place: San Rafael , region of Loreto

Access: by "peke-peke" boat starting from Iquitos

The price includes

  • Complete transportation (land and boat transportation) Iquitos - San Rafael / San Rafael - Iquitos
  • All-inclusive stay at Pedro's family
  • Treated water, bottled water and season fruit 24h/24
  • All activities offered during your stay
  • The price doesn't include

  • International and national flights
  • English-speaking guide
  • Trip insurance
  • Sodas and alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs and tips
  • Meals which are not mentioned in the program

Good to know before booking your community tourism experience in Peru

This homestay experience is intended for healthy persons, considering that the concept of community tourism is sharing the real life conditions of the jungle native communities. Travelers will have access to a rustic shower and toilets (shower with the river water and composting toilet system). However, there is nothing to worry about! Pedro and his family will take care of you during your whole stay and won't leave you at the crocodiles mercy! ;-) You will enjoy a personalized support and guidance so as to ensure the smooth running of your stay. Pedro's wife will cook delicious typical dishes that you will have every day in the family's house.

For your stay in the Amazon, it is important to think about:

  • Vaccination against yellow fever (ask for information in a specialized medical center before traveling)
  • Prevention against malaria (recommended)
  • A repellent
  • Closed shoes (preferably sports shoes) for all walk activities
  • Sunscreen for the fragile skins
  • An oilskin or raincoat for the raining days (rainy season from December to March)
  • Portable batteries and a pocket lamp
  • Compulsory individual insurance (repatriation assistance)

This travel has been promoted by Goforcolor in cooperation with Latitud Sur, a humanitarian association whose mission is to reinforce the autonomy and self management capacity of the native and rural communities of the Amazon. Traveling this way gives you the guarantee that the funds generated by this solidarity tourism will finance development projects. A responsible travel, far away from the traditional concepts of tourism, arousing a reflection on social and environmental issues.

For more information about this homestay experience, please feel free to send us an email at, or call us at +51 1 220 2344.