LUXURY TRAVEL TO AMAZON RAINFOREST

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Destination Amazon Rainforest

Peru holds 13% of the Amazon Rainforest in its borders and is the second largest Amazonian region after Brazil. It is a part of the world that has only been systematically explored since 1950, and much remains to be learned about the region and the people who live there. The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most bio-diverse and untamed natural habitats on Earth. Take a walk on the wild side and explore the savage beauty of this region.
Over the years Ecotourism has grown in popularity and created more responsible travel around the world, becoming the cornerstone for the tourism industry especially within the city of Puerto Maldonado. Jungle lodges throughout the Amazon are emphasizing the importance of reducing carbon footprints and respecting local people during travel.
Tourism and Education join hands to help rainforest conservation while at the same time giving back to the indigenous communities of the Amazon region resulting in rewarding experiences for the visitors, who get to appreciate the natural beauty the jungle, meet local people and gain greater awareness of the social and environmental issues facing the Amazon zone.

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Crossing The Amazon Towards The Andes

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Crossing The Amazon Towards The Andes

  • Cities Visited : Lima City, Amazon Rainforest, Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  • Style : Religious, Cultural and Archaeological.
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Biodiversity

Tambopata features a high diversity of natural habitats, and therefore an incredible number of species are represented. In the Andes there are many endangered species, and this is true in the protected area as well. The protected area is concentrates rich biodiversity for several groups of organisms. The protected area features common species and concentrates an abundant biological diversity in several groups of organisms. The Tambopata River watershed is considered to be one of the world's richest ecosystems in terms of biodiversity. A sign of this vast abundance is the fact that in an area of just 550 square meters, researchers have found 91 species of mammals, 570 birds, 127 reptiles and amphibians and 94 fish, among others.

Flora

The Tambopata River in Madre de Dios close to the foothills of Puno is riddled with clusters of bamboo, home to a variety of species of birds and land mammals. The area features mature flooded forest and jungle typical of lower cloud forest. Vegetation in the national reserve is fairly typical of the Amazon Basin. The Heath River and surrounding plains are a truly unique ecosystem in Peru. The pampas are pastures that are periodically flooded, and small tree groves with varied plant life grow in isolated clusters on the plain.

Fauna

Scientists have discovered in the protected area large numbers of species that are now rarely encountered elsewhere in the Amazon due to poaching, particularly spider monkeys and tapirs, but also the white-lipped peccary, jaguars, medium-sized to large monkeys and caiman. The rivers are teaming with giant river otters. Within the reserve, the lower elevation zone is populated mostly by Amazonian birds, the ones that are at or near their upper elevation limits, and by species that are limited (or partially limited) to the narrow band of rain forest found on the lower slopes of the Andean mountains. Because of the increasing deforestation rate along this border and in other parts of the Andes, this ecosystem is one of these most threatened in all of South America.

Most beautiful Amazon Lek

Three-toed sloths, more species of monkeys than you can count, pumas, jaguars, giant river otters, black caimans, and capybaras are among the most well know Peruvian jungle animal residents. Some animal species have unique habitats in limited areas of the jungle. For example, the Tambopata region near Puerto Maldonado is well known for the world’s largest clay licks which attract hundreds of red-and-green macaws and other species of birds.

Puerto Maldonado

Located at the convergence of Rio Madre de Dios and the Tambopata, Puerto Maldonado is the largest city in the southern Peruvian jungle. In the 21st century, the area has become a popular haven for nature lovers, offering exotic rainforest accommodations, jungle tours, and access to protected wildlife sanctuaries. Today, the driving economic industries of the region include Brazil nut cultivation, logging, hunting, and tourism. However, gold mining is unfortunately the most profitable activity and also the most destructive. These industries are the economic lifeblood of the region, but large profits come at the expense of the environment and irreversible depletion of the jungle’s resources. Puerto Maldonado is also an important international river port, creating an economic hub between Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. The recent construction of the Transoceanic Highway and discussions of its expansion has surfaced as a controversial topic.

Tambopata National Reserve

Is a 3.8 million-acre protected area of the southern rainforest around the size of the state of Connecticut in the United States. It is home to the world’s largest parrot and macaw clay lick, where hundreds of colorful tropical birds, as well as many species of mammals, come to consume clay and other minerals from a 165-foot high ridge stretching 1,640 feet along the bank of the Tambopata River. A popular attraction in the Tambopata jungle region, the clay lick is most easily accessible from the Tambopata Research Center, located about 500 meters (1,640 feet) away. Today, visitors to Tambopata National Reserve are only permitted to enter the park with an authorized guide. Inside the park, a wide array of activities and excursions are available, such as boating, bird watching, night treks to see caimans and nocturnal wildlife, and tours of the beautiful oxbow lakes nearby.

What to do?

Land Treks

During the low water season, your Amazon tour may include a land trek through the jungle. This is a great opportunity to see hundreds of species of plants, insects, and reptiles that are at home in the vegetation of the jungle floor under the shelter of the thick canopy above. During the high water season, land treks are uncommon as most areas are inaccessible due to the flooding of the rivers and heavy rains. It is important to stay close to your guide and remain with the group.

Boat Tours

Navigating the rivers of the Amazon by boat is one of the best ways to get a front row seat to the jungle wildlife scene. The flowing water of the rivers is the life-sustaining resource of the Amazon Rainforest, which means this is where a wide variety of animals come to the banks to drink, eat, bathe, and lounge. It is likely you will see birds and monkeys perched in the trees, capybaras and otters playing in the water near the shores, and maybe even a jaguar taking an afternoon nap in the thicket. Boat tours are available all year round in most parts of the Amazon, but the best time to take a boat tour is actually during high water season as the rivers and tributaries become wider and more easily accessible.

Indigenous community

The Peruvian jungle is home to some 64 registered aboriginal communities. Despite a long history of interaction with Catholic missionaries and other outsiders, many of these native tribes have kept intact key elements of their culture, including language, dance traditions, and artistic expression. They have been organizing themselves and being better trained to attendant all visiting tourists.

Canopy Walks

The Peruvian Amazon rainforest is home to an astounding diversity of plant and animal species which varies not only by geographic location but also by distance from the rainforest floor. While competing for sunlight, tall trees interweave their long leafy branches with those of their neighbors, creating a green leafy roof known as the canopy. Below, within, and above the canopy, you can find various forms of life.

Travel tips

Getting to Rainforest

Puerto Maldonado is one of the principal gateways to the Peruvian Amazon, a small city in the country’s southeastern region, is connected to the outside world by air, river, and road. If you’re like most that travel to Peru, you have limited vacation time and you’re looking for the fastest and most efficient way to arrive at your destination. Air travel is definitely the quickest way to get to Puerto Maldonado. There are daily flights from Lima and Cusco. Puerto Maldonado is often used as places of transit. Jungle lodges are usually located down the river and away from the city, requiring a second leg of travel by boat. If you’ve made advance arrangement for an Amazon tour, lodge staff will meet you at the airport (or bus station in Puerto Maldonado) and accompany your group to the final destination. Motorized canoes carry passengers along the river and make for a unique jungle experience! Travel time is usually in the range of one to six hours, depending on the location of the lodge and weather conditions. Getting there and away:

  • By Air: Flight airlines offer service to Puerto Maldonado. A direct flight from Cusco is 55min and nonstop service from Lima is about 1h30min.
  • By Boat: Boat service to Puerto Maldonado city is less common, but all the principal lodges have boats especially adapter for the tourists.
  • By Road: Travel to Puerto Maldonado by road is a convenient option, but it wasn’t always like that. Completed in 2011, the Transoceanic Highway cuts through the jungle to connect Peru with Brazil. The road also connects Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. What was once a grueling 15-hour ride has been cut down down to 10 hours on a comfortable, winding paved road.

Best time to go

The Peruvian Amazon is a year round destination. The “best time” to visit will depend on the individual traveler’s interests. The high water season (December through May) affords greater opportunity to encounter wildlife, mainly birds and mammals living in the canopy, and to float deeper into the jungle; the flipside is that jungle hiking trails often disappear due to flooding. Temperatures become cooler in high water season, but the mosquitos will be out in greater numbers. On the other hand, the low water season brings hotter temperatures, but there are more opportunities to explore the region on foot in order to check out the many thousands of flora and fauna living on the lush jungle floor. Always keep in mind that some months are better to see wildlife “active”, so to speak, due to mating season. For example, many of the species of parrot feed more on the clay licks of the Tambopata National Reserve during breeding season in order to provide nutrients for their young. Therefore, the best time to see this spectacle is during the months of November roughly until March. In short, it is a matter of personal preference as to when you visit the jungle. No matter what time you go, the Peruvian Amazon is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.

How to pack for Rainforest

Here is an item list that we recommend for your Amazon jungle vacation:
  • Long sleeved, light colored cotton shirts
  • Light colored, long pants
  • Sun hat
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses and most important, mosquito repellent

Trip extensions

The Transoceanic Highway cuts a path through the jungle to connect Peru with Brazil, from Puerto Maldonado you can take buses to border to Brazil (3 hours more) and then join Bolivia's northwest or Brazil's west.