Amazon Site Visit Trips
Site Visits provide a unique and exciting opportunity for teachers, group leaders, Rotarian-minded, those interested in service-learning, and community service to visit the Amazon. Take an Amazon Site Visit trip to learn how you can create your own future class or group, or future service-learning or community service project in the Amazon...and also enjoy a complete eco-immersion Amazon experience while on your site visit at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge !
Areas of focus include:
- Medicinal Plants: Great Site Visit topic for teachers and their classes; groups of healthcare professionals, herbalists, healers, botanists, and like-minded people.
Site Visit Highlights: IIAP (Instituto de Investigación de la Amazonía Peruana)for professor-guided medicinal plant garden educational tour; a shaman-guided tour of the Medicinal Plant Trail at Heliconia Amazon Lodge; physician-guided tour of Yanamono Clinic, an indigenous jungle clinic funded by Rotary; Iquitos City tour, complete city tour including the famous Belen Market featuring fresh foods and medicinal plants straight from the jungle, and the must-see Amazonian Cultural Museum featuring museum-quality artifacts and information about indigenous cultures in the Amazon; and a complete eco-immersion jungle experience with naturalist guides at the Heliconia Amazon Lodge.
- Amazon-inspired Arts: Great Site Visit topic for art teachers and their classes; groups of artists, photographers, jewelry designers, graphic designers, and like-minded people.
Site Visit Highlights: CRETA (Centro Regional De Tecnología Apropiada) Organization of Indigenous Women who are active in keeping alive the ancient techniques of natural fiber and dye crafts; Iquitos City tour, complete city tour including various local artisan arts and crafts markets (Anaconda Market, San Juan Market), and the Belen Market (eye-candy for photographer’s and designers), the must-see Amazonian Cultural Museum featuring colorful exotic artifacts, clothing, crafts, jewelry, fabrics, and cultural stories of the various Amazon tribes; teachings from a shaman on natural dye plants and fibers at Heliconia Amazon Lodge; and a complete eco-immersion jungle experience with naturalist guides at the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge .
- Service-Learning Opportunities:Great Site Visit topic for those who want to give-back, make a difference, do community service, andparticipate in voluntouring.
Site Visit Highlights: We currently host service-learning eco-art classes, teaching ecology through art, at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, outside of Iquitos, Peru. The neighboring village students, from the local Biblioteca of CONAPAC, create nature-art using eco-friendly natural bark cloth, natural dyes, and palm fiber threads. Service-learning for these Biblioteca students could include most any area of education or skill-set that you have a passion for. For the Rotarian-minded, there are other neighboring jungle villages that have hosted Rotary projects in the areas such as education, health, sanitation, and growing local economies. For those interested in general education, we will also visit a local Iquitos school to look at potential in-town educational service-learning projects. Your stay at Heliconia Amazon Lodge is also a complete eco-immersion jungle experience with naturalist guides.