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Amazon Rainforest Tours

Our Amazon Rainforest tours put you in close contact with the rare animals and remote pockets of the jungle during an unmatched adventure into the wild. Appreciate nature’s elegant majesty on Peruvian Amazon trails and tranquil waterways, search for caiman and river otters, and walk on platforms in the canopies, high above the forest floor. All of our Amazon vacation packages come complete with transfers, expert local guides and a comfortable jungle lodge to rest after a day in one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

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The Amazon Rainforest in Peru can be visited year-round. In the Northern Amazon like Iquitos, the best time to visit is during the wet season from December–May. The high waters allow for more boat excursions bringing you up closer to animals. In the Southern Amazon like Puerto Maldonado, the best time to visit is during the dry season from May–September when hiking trails are less muddy.

Puerto Maldonado is the best place to tour the Amazon Rainforest in Peru because the tourism infrastructure there is well developed. Lodges are well maintained, tour guides are well-versed in nature and English and accessibility is easy with daily flights from Cusco and Lima. The best time to visit Puerto Maldonado also lines up perfectly with the best time to visit Machu Picchu.

Although not required to visit the Peruvian Amazon, yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid and measles are all recommended vaccines by the CDC. Malaria medication is also recommended for remote parts of the jungle. However, all travelers should be up-to-date on their routine vaccinations before visiting. You should talk with your doctor before travelling.

The Peruvian Amazon is a safe place to visit with violent crime virtually unheard of in touristic areas. The greatest threat to your health comes from bug bites — like mosquitoes carrying yellow fever or malaria — or improperly handled food. You can protect yourself by getting all the recommended vaccinations, wearing insect repellant and by eating at reputable establishments. However, travelers should avoid going to remote parts of the Amazon where illegal mining and logging are prevalent.

The best Peruvian Amazon adventure tours are:

  • Pacaya-Samiria camping tour with overnight camping in the Iquitos jungle.
  • Multi-day lodge program in Puerto Maldonado with piranha fishing, nature hikes, and canopy towers and walkways.
  • Multi-day program with Treehouse Lodge with adventure activities during the day and treehouse hotel rooms built at varying heights above the forest floor.

Mosquitoes are present year-round in the Amazon Rainforest. Depending on the season, the severity of mosquitos changes: the dry season tends to have lower levels of mosquitos while the wet season has more. Using insect repellent with approximately 25 percent deet is the best way to protect yourself. Regularly reapply repellant to your skin or spray your clothing as rain and sweat can wash it away.

Basics
  • Daypack
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals or flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medications
  • Camera
  • Waterproof case for phone/camera
  • Fast-dry clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Journal for jotting your thoughts and observations
Clothing:
  • Water-resistant jacket that is lightweight and easy to put in your day pack.
  • Rain poncho
  • Sweater or hoodie for the evening.
  • Two bathing suits/swimming trunks
  • One or two pairs of shorts
  • One or two pairs of hiking pants for rugged rainforest walks
  • One or two long sleeve shirts (100% cotton is great for the jungle)
  • Two to three short sleeve shirts
  • Three pairs of cotton socks
  • Underwear
Personal care items:
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunblock of at least 15 SPF
  • Insect repellant with DEET
  • Toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash etc.
  • Contact lenses and extra pair of eye-glasses if you wear glasses.
  • First aid kit with bandages, aloe, antibiotics, pain reliever, etc.
Forest gear:
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Swiss army style knife
  • Sun/ rain hat
  • Plastic bags (zip lock bags and a larger trash bag)

Four days is the recommended amount of time to spend in South America’s Amazon Rainforest. Most lodge itineraries have the first and last dates as arrival and departure days, respectively. This makes a 4-day/3-night program the most complete experience with two full days of jungle tours.

An Amazon cruise is recommended for those looking to visit the Amazon River in luxury. High-end cruise options like Delfin are a must if you have the funds. A lodge experience, on the other hand, offers experiences ranging from rustic to resplendent. Lodges have expansive properties and often provide unique opportunities to spot animals. Both experiences are unique.

Flights operate daily from Lima to Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado. The flight from Cusco to Iquitos only operates three times a week. There are daily flights, on the other hand, from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.

Puerto Maldonado is also accessible by road, but the bus journey is 11–12 hours from Cusco. Iquitos is not accessible by road.

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