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Leaf cutter ants, Tambopata National Reserve, Amazon Rainforest, Peru

Peruvian Amazon

The sparsely populated Peruvian Amazon Rainforest blankets more than half of the country in northern Peru and is quite literally teeming with exotic wildlife ranging from black caiman to jaguar and giant otter to monkeys and macaws. Nurtured by the mighty Amazon River and its numerous tributaries, the Peruvian Amazon Basin is home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity.

Many eco-lodges are nestled into the Peruvian Amazon, offering visitors a thrilling opportunity to experience this unique biodiversity and culture. A visit to the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is guaranteed to be a long-lasting and enriching experience.

Scarlet Macaw, Manu National Park, Peru
Scarlet Macaw, Manu National Park, Peru

A little more about the Peruvian Amazon

Made famous during the great rubber boom of the late 19th century, Iquitos marks the gateway for many visitors embarking on river expeditions into the northern rainforest which shares its borders with Brazil and Colombia. This bustling urban oasis resides on the western banks of the Amazon River and is only accessible by boat or aeroplane. The southern rainforest of Peru is least explored and shares its borders with Bolivia and Brazil. A journey into its dense selva usually begins with a flight into Puerto Maldonado. Expeditions from Puerto Maldonado often lead to Tambopata National Reserve and the Manu National Biosphere Reserve.

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Inaccessible, pristine and illegal to enter without a guide, the Manu National Park has largely escaped the destruction that has been inflicted upon other parts of the Amazon Rainforest. Due to a combination of fortune and forward thinking, the stunning array of endangered wildlife that lives in this fragile habitat has avoided falling victim to the avarice of the modern world. Packed with flora and fauna, Manu National Park is a fantastic place for spotting some of the Amazon’s most iconic species. Jaguars, peccaries, and spider monkeys hide within the forest, whilst colourful frogs, giant otters and black caimans thrive in the park’s rivers and lakes.

Experiences

Bird Watching in Morrocoy

Enjoy a boat trip in Morrocoy National Park, an important nesting ground for frigate birds, scarlet ibis, pink flamingos, crested herons and cormorants.

Travel to Taquile Island

Admire the stunning Peruvian lake island full of handmade colourful fabrics and friendly locals.

Suriname Wildlife

See some of the rainforest’s resident fauna and flora, which include wild cats, tarantulas, howler monkeys, rare flowers and giant termite nests.

Paramaribo

Visit the 17th century capital of Paramaribo, which is graced with attractive British, Dutch, French and Spanish colonial architecture.

Gaze at Laguna 69

Drive to Cebolla Pampa before hiking to the spectacular waterfall-fed clear glacial lake, Laguna 69.

Iracoubo Church

Painted entirely by hand by the famous convict Huguet, visit the Iracoubo Church.

Dune Sandboarding

Speed down the huge dunes in the desert oasis that lies outside of Huacachina atop a sand board.

Mouragues Nature Reserve

Visit the Mouragues Nature Reserve, renowned for its diverse scenery and flora while the Kaw Swamps are host to many species of bird.

View the Candelabra of the Andes

Marvel at this mysterious, candlestick-shaped prehistoric geoglyph that is etched on a sandy hillside and associated with the Nazca Lines.

Turtle Watching

Watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the beaches from April to July.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Reaching the sun gate and marvelling over Machu Picchu unveiled one of the most impressive landscapes that Paul has seen in his global travels.
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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
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James Armitage

Having walked the full Inca Trail and arrived at the Sun Gate, it is in looking down over the mist-shrouded Machu Picchu ruins that James experienced the magic of the Incas.
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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.
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Roxy Dukes

If your passion is the outdoors and you are looking to delve into South American culture, Roxy recommends one of the lodge-to-lodge hiking programmes to explore the Sacred Valley and beyond. Hopping between the quiet mountain towns, meet the locals that live off the grid and immerse yourself in the welcoming spirit of Peru.
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