Get away from it all by taking a river cruise to Nauta, a remote village located south of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon. Life is different in this beautiful part of the world. As you explore Nauta’s unnamed streets by foot and streams by boat, you’ll meet friendly native people, spot an incredible variety of wildlife – including pink dolphins – and you will have a chance to taste delicious local cuisine. Traditional thatching, corrugated tin roofs, keen kayakers, beautiful lodges and delicious local fruit are all characteristic of this village.
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River cruises tie up along the Maranon River, right off Nauta.
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How to Get Around
There are a few ways to get around Nauta. Visitors can head out on foot to see the streets of the town up-close. When heading out to certain areas (especially during the high water season), tour guides transport visitors on skiffs or kayaks. Buses are also available and are handy for those wanting to travel outside of Nauta.
Currency – The official currency in Nauta is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol. Banknotes are issued in S/. 10, S/. 20, S/. 50, S/. 100, S/. 200, and coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos, and 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles.
Time Zone – Nauta runs by Peru Time (PET), which puts the village 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Weather – Nauta does not have a dry season, so it’s advised you bring along an umbrella when venturing through this village. Visitors should also wear breathable and light-weight clothing, as temperatures typically average 27 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Due to these conditions, it is highly recommended to wear insect repellent daily, and to schedule necessary vaccinations before leaving – particularly to avoid yellow fever virus.
Markets – Nauta is well-known for its abundance of fresh produce. While venturing through this town, take some time to look through its many markets and try some fresh coconut, pineapple and different types of bananas. Other local vendors sell fresh fish, egg and other cuisine. Those wanting to commemorate their trip can purchase local handicrafts as well. Some stallholders are persistent in closing sales, so be sure to be as firm, yet respectful, as necessary.
Wildlife – Nauta’s surrounding regions and jungles are home to incredible wildlife. As you explore its blackwater river, you’ll be able to see oropendolas and their hanging nests in tall trees. Many visitors are able to spot pink dolphins feeding and playing alongside their tour boat as well. It’s incredible to hear nature’s soundtrack of birds and insects as you paddle through the area. Bird-lovers will be in their element as they spot kingfishers, ducks, macaws, toucans and vultures. Visitors can also see frogs, sloths, water snakes, spider monkeys and fireflies as well. Be sure to bring a camera!
Kayaking – Visitors can explore at their own pace by kayaking through Nauta’s many creeks. As you paddle, take a moment to close your eyes and bask in the sounds of the Peruvian Amazon.
Sapi Sapi Lake – Located in the centre of Nauta is Sapi Sapi Lake. Here, visitors can observe turtles and crocodiles. They can even learn about the legends surrounding this small town and its jungles.
Local cuisine – There’s nothing like trying out local cuisine when visiting another country – especially when exploring one as unique as Nauta. Popular meals to try include tacacho with cecina (baked banana and dried meat), inchicapi (chicken soup with cassava, cilantro and peanuts), patarashca (fish that has been wrapped in banana leaves and roasted) and juane (rice and chicken).
Mirador de Nauta – Take in stunning Nauta’s jungle and river views by visiting Mirador de Nauta. This metal tower is reachable by boat and gives visitors a fantastic vantage point of the Amazon and Maranon Rivers.