The Amazon River is the longest in South America with a biodiversity the richest of any river in the world, the river contains over two thousand five hundred species of fish and many different species of mammals and amphibians live in the river. Along the shores of the mighty Amazon many species of animals exist, some in danger of extinction, but luckily the governments of Peru and Brazil have been working together to protect the river and the jungle and have projects in place to protect the endangered species. Probably the most famous inhabitant of the Peru Amazon River that you will see on your Peru Amazon Tours is the Piranha, the funny fish with the bad reputation, but in fact, the fish actually helps to keep the river clean, a fun fact you may not have known about the Piranha.
Peru has several different jungle regions that you may explore. Not far from the Imperial city of Cusco is Puerto Maldonado a jungle town first settled for the trade in wood from the jungle. This lively town has a port, which is the starting point for your jungle adventure in this region. There are many five star lodges to enjoy with all types of activities including jungle walks exploring the different types of plants and animals. There are boat rides down the Madre de Dios River where you will see many animals like the shy caiman and dolphins coming out to play. The lodges are an experience in luxury that will spoil you with their five star cuisine and luxury rooms.
Visiting a jungle village and experiencing the way of life of these peaceful people is something not to be missed on any visit to the jungle in Puerto Maldonado. These people live their whole life in villages with stilted houses living off the water and the surrounding jungle, the people are more than happy to open their home and share their lives with you for a day. The women of the village stay home, weave baskets, and take care of the children all day while the men mostly work in the jungle. If you are lucky, you may be able to take part in a local game of soccer.
Floating on a lake full of giant lilies can be a surreal to see but beautiful at the same time, they have been known to grow up to 8 feet long and can hold the weight of a human, in the wet season they can cover a whole lake making the lake a vision of green. However, if you really want to see the lilies at their best go at night when the flowers open and the scent is incredible.
Most of the lodges offer jungle walks as part of their programs, here the guide will take you deep into the jungle and if you are lucky, you will see a variety of birds and animals. The walks are generally around 6 hours long but are taken at an easy pace, but the upside is when you return to the lodge after the walk a delicious lunch will await you and you will get a chance to rest in the afternoon, all this and more on any luxury Amazon tours.
Moving onto the Iquitos region in the north of Peru, the jungle experience can be quite different. Starting with one of the unique restaurants in Peru, Al Frio and Al Fuego. You have to take a small boat to get there and it is like an oasis floating in the middle of the Peru Amazon River. Not only is it a restaurant where delicious local cuisine is served but also a bar, pool and dancefloor, all this while watch the river life pass you by.
If you feel that an upscale adventure river cruise Amazon in Iquitos would be just the ticket then the company Aqua Expeditions offers a number of itineraries to choose, with the company have several cruisers from which to choose, all featuring floor to ceiling windows that face the Amazon River. 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 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 Amazon cruise, 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.
Take a Peru Amazon Tour for the luxury holiday of a lifetime.