Why visit the Peruvian Amazon
The sparsely populated Peruvian Amazon Rainforest blankets more than half of the country in northern Peru. Nurtured by the mighty Amazon River and its numerous tributaries, the Peruvian Amazon Basin is home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity and is quite literally teeming with exotic wildlife ranging from black caiman to jaguar and giant otter to monkeys and macaws.
About the Peruvian Amazon
Many eco-lodges nestled into the Peruvian Rainforest offer visitors a thrilling opportunity to experience the unique biodiversity and culture of indigenous communities with the expertise of a local guide. A visit to the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is guaranteed to be a long lasting and enriching experience.
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.
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.
- Enjoy the natural splendour of the Amazon from the comfort of high-end river boat
- Wake to the dawn chorus from the comfort of a riverside eco-lodge
- Trek the many nature trails in the forest or marvel at the jungle canopy from specially made observation towers
- Interact with local communities and gain a fascinating insight into their way of life in the forest