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Peruvian Amazon

Peruvian Amazon

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The Basics

A vast wilderness of lush rainforest, the Peruvian Amazon is an ideal destination for adventurous travelers who like to explore nature for days at a time. If you begin in Iquitos, you’ll head into the northern Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. One popular option is to visit the area on a multi-day Amazon cruise. If you’re starting in the south, you can embark on hikes through Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Tambopata National Reserve, or the UNESCO-listed Manú National Park.

Most tours include overnight stays at jungle eco-lodges as well as journeys on wide and winding rivers. Roundtrip airport and hotel transportation and expert guides are also often included.

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3 Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Posada Amazonas
3 Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Posada Amazonas
USD768.00 per adult
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This was an amazing tour. The guides...
This was an amazing tour. The guides were very helpful and spoke good English. Posada Amazonas was beautiful. Set in the middle of the Amazon Jungle with transport by river motorised canoe. The rooms were huge with 3 beds in the double room. We didn't have hot water, but it was so hot and humid outside it didn't matter. The dining room was huge with buffet meals that were varied and beautiful. There were many rainforest walks which were terrific, including the Observation Tower, parrot clay lick observation hides and night walks. We saw a lot of monkeys, birds and insects. The Oxbow Lake was very peaceful. Once again we saw many birds but the caiman and river otters were hiding the morning we were there. We did however have a lot of fun catching piranha on stick fishing rods. The guides took them off the hooks and threw them back. The visit to the Medicinal Garden was very interesting and informative, including tasting shots of the alcoholic medicines at the end. If we had more time it would have been good to stay 4 or 5 days.
A_T, Oct. 2016

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most areas of the jungle require that you travel with a guide. Some areas only require a permit, but guides are indispensable when it comes to navigating, communicating with local tribes, and facilitating a safe trip.

  • Book tours far in advance of your trip, especially if you want to explore Manú National Park.

  • Peruvian regulations dictate that you must never take any items from the rainforests (or other natural areas) or remove them from their natural settings.

  • Make sure to bring hiking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

  • Before visiting, check with your doctor about recommended vaccinations.

  • Some tours require a lot of strenuous physical activity.

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How to Get There

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, is 115 miles (180 kilometers) south west of Iquitos, and the entry point is in the town of Nauta. To access Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, head to the city of Puerto Maldonado. Manú National Park is very remote, and trips start in Boca Manú, which you can reach on a charter flight or via a 10–12 hour bus ride from Cusco, followed by a long boat ride.

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When To Get There

Visitors can explore the Peruvian Amazon all year round. The rainy season runs from December to May; during this time, the rivers are at their highest and the wildlife is at its most active. The dry season, from June to November, offers the benefit of fewer mosquitoes; during this season, some of the smaller rivers can be difficult to navigate, and tours may involve more trekking.

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Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, in Peru’s northern Loreto region, is the country’s largest and most pristine protected area. Roughly the size of New Jersey, the reserve is bordered by the Maranon and Ucayali rivers and is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet: 500 bird species, 300 fish species, and 13 primate species, as well as pink and gray river dolphins, sloths, manatees, black caimans, tapirs, and more all make this region their home.

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