Peru, the land of the Incas, is one of the best countries to explore the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. Home to one of the largest sections of the Amazon after Brazil, this side of the forest is one of the richest areas for wildlife and flora. It is what makes it one of the most incredible places in Peru for Amazon tours. This incredible life is accompanied by beautiful Amazon lakes, spectacular scenes, and one of the sectors most thought of in Amazon tourism. That is why together with Cusco Peru Travel we have thought an article about everything you have to know about the different activities in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.
BEST EXPERIENCES IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST IN PERU
- SOUTHERN JUNGLE
- NORTHERN JUNGLE
- EXPLORING FROM A CRUISE
- MONKEY ISLAND
- VISIT A VILLAGE IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON
Although different jungles have been around for millions of years, recently in the last 100 years they have been exploited. It is estimated that during the last century, half of the Amazons have already been exploited. And if we don’t implement measures or something to change this, it is believed that in the next 25 years we will destroy what is left. And Peru barely has 5% of territories protected through parks and reserves. The Amazon Rainforest in Peru has two of these protected places that can be found in the southern jungle (The Manu National Park and the Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone) while in the northern jungle you will only find one (Pacaya Samiria National Reserve).
THE SOUTHERN JUNGLE
The southern jungle is made up of several destinations that can be appreciated in a good way. Among them are Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone, and Manu Biosphere Reserve. Within Puerto Maldonado, you can enjoy a jungle city very close to the Bolivian border and between the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers. Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon and is located very close to Cusco. Normally, most luxury Peru tours include these two destinations (Cusco and Puerto Maldonado) to make your experience a complete one.
THE NORTHERN JUNGLE
The Northern jungle is made up of Iquitos and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Iquitos is the northern entrance to the Peruvian Amazon. Most tour operators offer trips of up to 2 days or more where you can travel to Iquitos and enjoy and experience a mix of jungle, camping, and jungle trekking. The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is located 120 kilometers along the main river and is not normally visited by organized tours although some local tourist agencies can help you make arrangements. Remarkably, the biological diversity that you will find in the Reserve includes animals such as Paiche fish, pink dolphins, black alligators, manatees, and much more. This is one of the most beautiful spots within the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.
EXPLORING FROM A CRUISE
If you do not want a rustic and comfortable approach, there are other possibilities to enjoy the Amazon along with the comforts of 5-star hotels. It is within the Peruvian Amazon that you can enjoy numerous exclusive ships and cruises where you can relax while enjoying the scenery. The Dolphin I is a good example of a luxury Amazon cruise, although there are numerous other options. These cruises usually cross the landscapes of one of the most virgin areas of the northern jungle, the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. You can enjoy numerous activities and experience the most amazing natural landscapes.
Monkey Island is a rescue center for monkeys that were snatched as babies and were sold on the black market as pets or food. This incredible center rescues and rehabilitates the monkeys before liberating them again in nature. Many Peru jungle tours offer visits to this beautiful place.
VISIT A VILLAGE IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON
While enjoying the incredible luxury Amazon lodges, you can make a little contrast and visit the many indigenous communities that live in remote places. You can do much more than just relax, you can learn about alternative cultures and traditions and witness dances and hunting methods. The true original tribes are usually protected by tourists, but there are still certain communities that are friendly to foreigners. What are you waiting for to learn about the life that exists in the Amazon?
Within the Amazon Rainforest in Peru there are up to 1,800 bird species, making bird watching one of the best things you can do in the surroundings. You will be able to observe macaws, toucans, and much more. For those who wish, there are personalized tours made for bird watching where you can take photos and observe the most exotic species in the world.
“THE FOREST IS NOT A RESOURCE FOR US, IT IS LIFE ITSELF. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE FOR US TO LIVE ”
We hope together with Cusco Peru Travel to have encouraged your next visit to the Peruvian Amazon. This place is suitable for the whole family and you can enjoy numerous activities inside and outside the city. You can not miss one of the most incredible trips that exist.
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