The Amazon, a huge rainforest that stretches out over a significant part of South America: Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. Peru, after Brazil, contains with about 13 % the largest part of Amazon Rainforest. With its great bio-diversity it is home to several national reserves, like the Manu National Park, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and the Tambopata National Reserve. The Tambopata National Reserve, after the popular Manu National Park the most known, is a highly requested destination amongst Peru tourist places for all Peru-travelers.
The Peruvian Amazon
Peru Amazon tours are quite popular next to the classic Andean adventures. A common destination is Iquitos in the northern Amazon of Peru. Perfect for cruises along the longest river in the world, for example with the Luxury Delfin cruises. You can also spend a few days at a lodge including excursions into the wildlife. Many offer private guides and personalized itineraries like the Tahuayo Lodge.
Also in the Tambopata National Reserve there are plenty of lodges to stay and experience the diverse flora and fauna through various jungle tours. To get to Tambopata you first need to go to Puerto Maldonado, the closest city. You can go either by plane from Lima International Airport or Cusco International Airport. Another option is going by bus which takes around 10 hours. There are plenty of night buses which is great so you do not lose half a day just to get from A to B, however, it is not uncommon for buses to delay so be prepared for that.
The Tambopata National Reserve
The Tambopata National Reserve was founded in the year 2000 and has an enormous size of 274,690 hectares and an incredible bio-diversity: more than 550 identified bird species (e. g. macaws, hoatzins), about 200 mammals (e. g. jaguar, Amazonian tapir), over 200 different amphibians and reptiles (e. g. tree frogs, rainbow boa), thousands of insects and more than 10,000 identified plants and trees. The main threat to this beautiful reserve is mining, until today the main contributor to Peru’s economy. In this part of the Amazon there is no rainy and dry season in this area, but it can rain at any time. It might rain a little more during January and February. Since that is normal in this region and the extend is not as drastic as in the Andes, activities are not likely to be affected.
A tourism-integrated community is the Ese Eja community that lives in Tambopata. They are dedicated to fishing, hunting and farming, especially collecting Brazilian nuts and tropical fruits like cacao and pineapple are part of their main activities. The Ese Eja community consists of various families, it is the “Infierno” family that is also active in tourism. One incredible experience is to get the chance to live one day in the life of a traditional member and learn more about their culture. This activity is offered for example by the Posadas Amazon Lodge (jointly ran by the Ese Eja community), Tambopata Research Center and Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Popular Tambopata tours are lake tours. Cruising along the lake spotting different birds, turtles, fishes and sometimes even otters. Also do not miss out on spotting caimans at night! Along with getting to know the water let yourself be fascinated by walks through the jungle with its wildlife. There is an island called the “Monkey Island”, home of Spider monkeys, the Squirrel and Black-cap Capuchin Monkey and many more. It counts with birds as its inhabitants as well, perfect for any bird-interested person. The huge diversity of plants contains special ones that even leave you a temporary tattoo.
Climbing up to canopy towers will leave you speechless once you have taken a look over the vast Tambopata region, watching bird flying over the rainforest and boats riding along the lakes and rivers.
One of the most popular attraction in the Tambopata National Reserve is the clay lick, an area of clay where many animals gather around to mainly consume the salt and antioxidants inside the clay which are often vital for them. It is especially attractive to macaw parrots. The biggest clay lick is offered by the Tambopata Research Center.
All in all, Tambopata is definitely on the list of best Peru tourist places and top Amazon tours in Peru. It is the place to be for unforgettable memories and an excellent choice to experience wonderful Eco-tourism in the jungle. With the wide range of different Tambopata tours satisfaction is guaranteed If you have only a short time to dedicate to the Peruvian Amazon no worries at all. The lodges offer tours from 2 days on. However, some of the must-do activities include a boat ride along the oxbow lakes, the canopy tower and the clay licks. If possible, stay at least three nights to be able to do these incredible Tambopata tours.
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