El Pongo de Aguirre is the point where the river changes from the high jungle to the lower Amazon and is famous for the story of Aguirre, represented in the film ‘Aguirre, the Wrath of God’ in 1972.
With a camera which he had stolen from his film school Werner Herzog travelled to South America to make his movie. To realize the story Herzog worked together with actor Klaus Kinski, who was very difficult, in circumstances which tested the whole crew.
Based on the travels of Aguirre who was nicknamed El Loco (‘the Madman’) because of the cruelty he inflicted. Best known for his final expedition in 1560 which included his daughter Elvira, 300 Spaniards and hundreds of native people, who travelled along the Amazon River in search of the mythical golden King El Dorado.
The actual goal of Ursúa who authorised the expedition was to misslead Agguires men, using the El Dorado myth as a lure. A year later Aguirre participated in the overthrow and killing of Ursúa. When Aguirre was eventually captured in 1561 he killed his own daughter for the fear of what would happen.
Travel by boat along the River Huallaga to reach El Pongo De Aguire. Visitors can get a feel for this untouched, wild Amazon. From this point it is possible to travel to the port city of Yurimaguas, Loreto, where you can continue on to Iquitos.
Visit the terminal baths of Achinamiza an extraordinary place appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the Amazon forest. Born in the middle of a rocky hill, scattering in an area of 10m these waters are mineralized containing sulphur and ferrous nitrate, the mineralized water springs from the subsoil at several points of upwelling with a temperature reaching 40 ° C; Hot and cold waters in small and spaced apart hill formations, centred in the protected rainforest. The landscape is dense with vegetation and is surrounded by pristine mountains where you can observe insects and butterflies.
Village of Achinamiza
A paradise with virgin forest and only 829 settlers. Visit the waterfall of Achinamiza, learn about the rich biodiversity, medicinal plant along the way. An opportunity to spend time in the most beautiful remote jungle village, where the main economic activity is agriculture, coffee, maize, rice, bananas, and livestock: cattle, sheep, chickens and fishing.
Journey to Chazuta
Journey by boat approx. 3 hours, arrive at the thermal baths of Achinamiza. Waters reach temperatures of 40ºC with a high content of sulfur and iron
Lunch box in the nature
El Pongo De Aguire point where the River Huallaga changes from the high jungle to the lower Amazon
Reach the community of Achinamiza where we will spend the night in the village hostel.
Meet the local people learn about life in Achinamiza.
Traditional food, harvested from the land and river.
Stories by the campfire
Overnight stay in the village hotel.
Breakfast – fruit and oats
early morning walk to the waterfall of Achinamiza (45mins)
Journey 2 hours by boat to the cacao island.
Picnic snack in nature.
Learn about cacao harvesting and production.
2 hour journey back to Chazuta.
Amazing Dinner at ‘Rio Bosque Magico.’
Overnight stay at Joyce V Barter Cultural Center.
visit museums and chocolate factory Mishky Cacao.
Lunch at ‘Rio Bosque Magico’
Learn about the process of making chocolate and sample the most amazing energetic chocolate