Little is known about the Peruvian Amazon, most of us when we think of the Amazon jungle we think of Brazil, but did you know that the Peruvian Amazon spreads over more than half of the country. The jungle runs east of the Andes mountain range and has boarders with Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia. When you think of the Amazon you may think of cruises down the river, nature treks, exotic wildlife and you would be correct as all this and more you will find on a Peruvian Amazon tour.
You may feel that the Amazon is remote an inaccessible and are worried about how to plan a trip to the Amazon, but the there are ways to arrive at the starting points to enter the jungle. For example, the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado is easily accessible from the high Andean town of Cusco by road, there is a new highway which makes the journey easy. In Cusco there are many bus companies you can choose for reasonable prices, the journey is around six hours and if you have the time it is a good way to see the country side. The other and faster way is to take a flight. The flight takes thirty minutes and there are several companies offering services several times a day. This will cost you more but you will arrive quicker giving you have more time to explore the jungle.
The other interesting town to visit in the Peru Amazon is Iquitos. This river town in the north of Peru offers many river cruises and jungle lodges to cater for all budgets from cheaper to the super luxurious. You will need to take a flight from Lima to reach Iquitos.
It is a shame that because of human habitation the animals in the Peruvian rainforest are not as plentiful as they once were. If you stay in one of the many jungle lodges for example in the Tambopata National Reserve, near Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos you will see many different species of birds, monkeys and maybe a sloth or two, and on a river cruise you will spot caiman sunning themselves on the river bank and if you are really lucky a pink dolphin. For the best chance in spotting wildlife head to an area not far from Cusco, called Manu National Park, here is not as popular as Iquitos or Maldonado and the park is heavily protected by the Peruvian government. You can’t visit the park without a permit and a guide. Accommodation and transport you will need to organize before you leave Cusco, but you will get to see more animals and plenty of virgin rainforest.
If you are looking for luxury on your Peru vacation there is plenty on offer in the Peruvian Jungle, luxury lodges for those with the money to spare. These properties offer comfort, style and all the luxury you would expect from a five-star property. The jungle lodges all offer a similar type of cabin, most built on stilts surrounded by beautiful rainforest. Some offer swimming pools and have gourmet restaurants. The less expensive lodges have more basic accommodation but still are cabins in the rustic style. All the cabins whether they are five star or budget have beds with mosquito nets to keep the bugs away.
From Iquitos there are companies offering cruises down the Amazon River. Normally these cruise boats are on the luxury side and are usually for two to five days. The boats feature gourmet food and beautifully decorated cabins. An Amazon river cruise maybe the answer for your special occasion like a honeymoon or a special anniversary. Cruising down the Amazon for a few days is the perfect way to relax and unwind from the stresses of your normal life.
Let us give you some suggestions on what to do on your holiday to the Peruvian Amazon:
- Canoeing down the river is a great way to experience the mighty Amazon basin.
- Many lodges offer Piranha fishing as part of their programs
- In Iquitos the lodges have the opportunity to swim with pink Dolphins
- In Puerto Maldonado you should take the time to see a Macaw Lick, the photos are spectacular
- All the lodges have viewing platforms to see the jungle from above
- Go on a medicinal walk through the jungle, learn about the benefits of the jungle plants
- Take a boat ride at night and see the caiman
- Take the opportunity to visit a local community and see the way the local people live
- These are just a few suggestions there are many other fabulous things that you can see and enjoy on your jungle adventure.
- Things you should know before you decide on your Peruvian Jungle vacation
- The dry season is May to October, in these months there is less rain, but the rainforest is always warm and the humidity is very high
- Before going on your Peruvian Amazon adventure, visit your doctor to see what vaccinations you will need for your trip.
- Take the time to search for the best guided tour offering what you want to see in the time frame you have available.
So be excited about your trip to the Amazon, prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget to pack your long sleeve shirt, long pants and your repellent as yes there are bugs and yes they do bite.