What do we know about the Amazon? What do we know about the Amazon in Peru? We know that Amazon is one of the biggest rivers in the world and is surrounded by lush rainforest known as the Amazon Rainforest and that the jungle is full of wonderful plants and animals. Anybody that travels knows that something as special as the Amazon should not be missed and when you travel to Peru what are the Amazon Rainforest tours that you should not miss.
Peru has two distinct regions that you may travel in the Amazon. The first being Puerto Maldonaldo and the Tambopata National Reserve. Around an hour’s flight from the Inca City of Cusco, Maldonado is a very busy port town that has a colorful history. Once a very wealthy town with rubber the main industry, the town lost its rubber industry to Malaysia, later gold was discovered, and the town was reborn.
From Maldonado you can travel down the Madre de Dios River to one of the many wonderful jungle lodges. Depending on your budget, there is a lodge for you. For those of you who would love a luxury travel to Amazon Rainforest experience try Refugio Amazonicas with a list of activities that will make your stay enjoyable some of the attractions at the lodge are;
Macaws in the wild: take a boat trip to the spectacular Chuncho Clay Lick inside the Tambopata National Reserve, to see hundreds of Macaws descend on clear mornings. It is an unforgettable sight!
Canopy Tower: Our 30 meter (100 foot) Canopy Tower offers spectacular views of the vast expanses of rainforest around the lodge. There is more than just trees to see — you will often be able to spot Toucans, Parrots, Macaws, and other treetop birds!
Oxbow Lake Visit: Paddle around Lake Condenado on a catamaran, spying beautiful wildlife like Hoatzins and Caimans.
Rooms at one with nature: Our naturally built rooms have a wall open to the surrounding jungle. This gives you a safe way to enjoy this diverse ecosystem, even during downtime. Wild animals, including monkeys, are often visible from the lodge. Our dining room is a huge open building as well, with a second floor loft for a stunning view of the rainforest canopy.
If you do not want to break the budget than travel to Eco Amazonia. Here you can take many different tours that will show the rainforest around the lodge. On a four day tour your will go on walks to see the black caiman, climb above the jungle and see the jungle from a canopy above. Visit Monkey Island and get up close and person with some friendly inhabitants. The lodge has its own swimming pool for a refreshing dip and the bungalows are fresh and comfortable.
There are many more lodges in the Puerto Maldonado region and you will need to do your research, but moving on the second region of the Peruvian Amazon which is the north of the country in Iquitos.
Iquitos was wealthy in the 18th Century and you can see remnants of this when you visit the town. There are some old buildings that have fallen into disrepair but behind the dirt is some lovely architecture. There are few lodges in and around the town but what most people; travel to Iquitos for is the luxury Amazon Cruise. Again, depending on your budget there are many different cruise lines to which to choose.
The Aria Amazon
In 2015, the Aria Amazon, which first set sail in 2011, was completely refreshed with new upgrades from bed linens to state of the art lighting. Extremely generous dining and lounging areas include an outdoor river facing Jacuzzi. Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River in the ship’s 16 Design Suites, each measuring 23 square meters (250 square feet). Four suites can interconnect for families. Upgrades to the spa include new decor for enhanced relaxation. This striking black hulled ship accommodates a maximum of 32 guests plus 26 crew including a paramedic and four English-speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Peruvian Amazon.
Another luxury company in the Iquitos area is Delfin, with three luxury cruise vessels this company is worth a look. The first is the Delfin 1 with a maximum of eight passengers; this boat is a great option if you want a private charter for your family, featuring all the luxury options of the other ships.
The second is the Delfin 11, a larger boat than the Delfin 1 with 14 guest suites, featuring massage room, observation area, lecture room and a lovely sundeck. All the luxury you are looking for on a small boat with great chef inspired meals.
The third in the fleet is the Delfin 111, the largest of the Delfin ships and the most luxurious, featuring a gym, spa and indoor-outdoor top deck with a pool. The vessel has capacity for 42 passengers and has many different itineraries for you to choose.
While on any of your luxury travel, Peru Amazon cruises, you will likely see river dolphins as well as a variety of birds and you will visit many communities along the way. While on board your luxury cruise on the Amazon, you will take shore excursions in small motor boats where you may see pink and grey dolphins, stingrays, manatees, giant otters and the beautiful flora of the Amazon regions.
There is no shortage of Amazon rainforest tours in Peru; a trip to the Peruvian Amazon is what memories are made of, so book today.