The Amazon rainforest is a moist broad leaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. Hosting a magnificent biodiversity, this area constitutes the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world.
In Peru, the exuberant jungle region stands in stark contrast to the rugged Andean peaks and arid desert coastline that characterize the rest of the country. The Peruvian Amazon covers over half of the national territory and provides unparalleled opportunities for exploration. From Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado, you can embark on a personal Amazon travel adventure into the world’s largest jungle.
Over the last few decades, the Peru Amazon has seen a dramatic increase in ecotourism. Visitors wishing to explore the spectacular protected areas of Peru now have a growing number of options. Many of these projects are being carried out in an environmentally-responsible manner that seeks to preserve the natural riches that are main draw in Amazon travel.
Air travel is the most efficient way to access the main jungle centers, but once there, options for Amazon tours include cruises, jungle lodges, or day trips. With such immense diversity, the hard part is deciding which jungle adventure is right for you.
PUERTO MALDONADO/ Tambopata National Reserve
Altitude: 250 m. / 820 ft.
Best time to visit: March -December
Exuberant, endless rainforests with marvelous rivers and lakes teeming with wildlife characterize this destination which is the gateway to some of Peru’s most famous and magnificent National Parks and Wildlife Reserves. Over 800 species of birds, 200 species of mammals, and the largest number of species of butterflies on Earth are just some of the records that this corner of Peru holds. From Puerto Maldonado, a number of jungle lodges are available with different options to explore the fascinating rainforest of southern Peru, home to such wonderful and diverse species as toucans, macaws, parrots, tapirs, giant anteaters, turtles, river otters and sloths.