The Amazon is one of the largest regions within South America that occupies approximately 9 countries of them. And the Peruvian Amazon is one of the parts with the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, so it is definitely a destination worth visiting. Although our Amazon part is not as large as in other countries, the Peruvian territory is made up of 60% jungle, giving it a very important role within our country. The Peru jungle is, without a doubt, one of the regions worth visiting, especially those looking to see unique species and first-class accommodations. And together with Cusco Peru Travel, we know very well how difficult it can be to choose a destination in the jungle, that is why we want to help you explore each of these places.
DESTINATIONS WITHIN THE PERU JUNGLE
The northern jungle is mainly made up of the beautiful city of Iquitos and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The beautiful city of Iquitos is usually considered the gateway to the entire northern Amazon area and its many guided tours of the surrounding areas. Not only will you be able to enjoy a very lively city, but there are also totally luxurious possibilities such as different river cruises in Peru where you will visit the areas corresponding to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on a ship or cruise. Within the Peru jungle, the northern area is perfect for tourists looking for rustic and luxurious options while enjoying the tranquility and mysticism that the jungle offers.
Iquitos is one of the largest cities in Peru jungle that is inaccessible by car or route. It is only possible to reach it through a plane or boat trip. You will be able to choose between exclusive options of hostels within the beautiful Amazon rainforest in Peru or experience one of the few cruises that cross the Amazon River with comforts similar to those of a 5-star hotel. You will be able to experience one of the most lively cities with typical gastronomy of the area made with 100% indigenous ingredients. Everything in it will make your experience more complete.
PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Peru jungle and within the world. You can access it from the city of Iquitos, in the northern jungle of Peru. This reserve protects more than 2 million hectares of tropical forest and a great diversity of animals and plants. Typically, luxury cruises tour the different corners of the Reserve, all with the comforts you would expect from any type of exclusive service. Besides, some of these usually offer additional excursions to see the beautiful pink dolphin and other types of exceptional views.
Peru jungle is mainly divided into the northern zone and the southern zone. The Southern Jungle is mainly made up of the city of Puerto Maldonado, the Tambopata region, and the Manu region. It is here where you can enjoy the best Tambopata tours and behold the best of wildlife. In the southern jungle, there are also protected areas within the main regions, such as the Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone and the Manu Biosphere Reserve. If you are near Cusco or the Wonder of the world, you can appreciate these places with a short bus or plane trip.
Puerto Maldonado is one of the most important cities within the Peru Jungle and for Amazon tourism. It is usually the beginning of any adventure that seeks to visit the different attractions of the jungle. It is very close to Cusco and surroundings, making it a great destination to combine with the Wonder of the World. It is the best alternative if you are interested in a brief but deep jungle trek to Machu Picchu or tour the different parks and reserves that are in the surroundings. Puerto Maldonado is usually a much smaller city than Iquitos, therefore it has less impact on the wildlife in the area. This means that you won’t need long boat trips through the depths of the Amazon to start appreciating the exotic wildlife.
The Tambopata region is made up of the wonderful and renowned Tambopata National Reserve, which offers one of the most incredible areas to visit within the entire Peruvian Amazon. It is located a short distance from the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, often being the quintessential option for the different tours you will find around. In the different guided tours, you can enjoy a large number of tropical bird species, numerous types of monkeys, tall trees, and various species of plants and flowers to photograph.
Another important region within the southern jungle is the distinguished Manu area. One of the great places to explore and get to know is the Manu National Park, which covers up to 1.7 million hectares of Andean forests and low jungle. If you are looking for kids’ activities to entertain the little ones, you can enjoy the many clay licks full of colorful macaws. The Park houses one of the greatest biological diversity of species making it win world records for it. One of the main attractions within the Manu Zone is Salvador Lake where you can witness giant river otters, different birds, and numerous monkeys.
“IT IS A BLIND JOURNEY AND WE ARE GUESSING MOST OF THE WAY …”
We hope together with Cusco Peru Travel to have been of help as the most important destinations in the Peru jungle. Within the Peruvian Amazon, you will find much to see and experience, from a traditional cuisine unique in all of Peru to alternative cultures to know and appreciate. You can simply take a luxurious and exclusive rest in the distance of the jungle or witness the numerous wildlife that the place boasts. If you have any questions or concerns, you can ask our qualified advisers free of charge.
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