The Peruvian jungle is part of the mighty Amazon basin. The Amazon is one of the longest rivers in the world and runs through many South American countries. There are two main jungle zones in Peru that you can visit, both equally beautiful and both with many great attractions to experience. The first zone is the Puerto Maldonado area and the Madre de Dios River. The area is part of the large Tambopata National Reserve; the reserve covers around 274,690 hectares stretching from the Andes Mountains to Bolivia and is close to Manu National Park and Madidi National Park.
On your Peru Amazon tour, you will discover the Tambopata National Reserve. The reserve is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and the Peruvian government has officially recognized it as the Biodiversity Capital of the country. According to current estimates by conservationists, the area is home to 160 species of mammals and at least 650 species of birds. The area is home to 1200 butterfly species, over 150 species of amphibians and reptiles and more than 100 fish species and over 10000 plants varieties.
A highlight of the Tambopata National Reserve is the world’s largest known mineral clay lick, where hundreds of parrots and macaws congregate daily to ingest the detoxifying clay. The reserve contains the largest known clay lick in the world as well as the highest concentration of clay licks anywhere. Up to 17 different parrot species visit the licks daily.
Wildlife found at the reserve includes Giant River Otters, Jaguar, Tapir, Peccary, Caiman, Anteater, Armadillo, Eagles, Turtles, Deer and wolfs among many others. The Reserve has had habitats for eight different species of monkeys including Red Howler Monkeys.
Tambopata is the home of the Ese Eja, an ethnic group that has lived in the area since ancient times and knows the area well. The Ese Eja are currently organized in three communities, Palma Real, Sonene and Infierno. Infierno works together with private companies to offer diverse activities and tourism services including lodging and guided tours. The project has been considered a global success, thanks to the cooperation of the communities.
The average temperature is around 79 F. There are cold winds that cool the jungle down in the months of June and July. The rainy season is from December to March and the months of April to November are considered to best time to visit.
If you plan some luxury travel to Amazon Rainforest than you will not be disappointed. The Tambopata region of the Peruvian jungle features some wonderful lodges that will take care of your every wish. Choose from five star lodges with gourmet meals to a basic lodge that also will feature three meals a day. The Tambopata region of Puerto Maldonado is a great place to visit if you love nature and also if you are not a nature lover.
The second jungle region in Peru that you must visit is Iquitos. Located in the north of Peru, Iquitos is a jungle town with a colorful past. Iquitos was founded in 1757 as a Jesuit mission, though indigenous tribes actively resisted conversion. In the 1870s, the great rubber boom boosted the population 16-fold and for the next 30 years, Iquitos was the scene of wealth and abject poverty. Rubber barons became fabulously rich, while rubber tappers mainly local tribespeople suffered virtual enslavement and sometimes death from disease or bad treatment.
By WWI, the bottom fell out of the rubber boom as suddenly as it had begun. Plantations were seeded in the Malaysia. It was much cheaper and easier to collect the rubber from orderly rubber tree plantations than from wild trees scattered in the Amazon Basin. Iquitos suffered subsequent economic decline, supporting itself with a combination of logging, agriculture from Brazil nuts, tobacco, bananas and the export of wild animals to zoos. Then, in the 1960s, a second boom revitalized the area. This time the resource was oil, and its discovery made Iquitos a prosperous modern town. In recent years, tourism has also played an important part in the area’s economy.
If you plan to take a luxury Amazon cruise in Peru than Iquitos is the place to start. The city has different ports from which to depart. There is a choice of four, five & seven-day cruises on offer, most offer all the luxury inclusions that you will need and expect. Explore the jungle on one of the many shore excursions, relax on deck with a cocktail and dine on chef prepared meals in the dining room with your fellow guest. Most of the cabins have floor to ceiling windows for maximum views, all this on an upscale adventure river cruise Amazon.
Any part of the Peruvian Amazon will be an experience of a lifetime. Tambopata National Reserve is one of the best jungle experiences you could ask for. Take the time to research the area and find the best jungle lodges that offer the best jungle experience. What are you waiting for book today?