When it comes to nature and wildlife in Peru, the Amazon is the place to be. The lush rainforest covers nearly two-thirds of the country, but is home to only 5% of its population. Adventurous travelers can explore this region with a professional guide at a jungle lodge. Cruise remote Amazonian waterways, make friends with local communities, swim with pink river dolphins, and walk under the canopy tree homes for flitting birds, snoozing sloths, and swinging monkeys.
Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to Peru’s southern rainforest. Cusco and Machu Picchu are to the west, the border with Bolivia to the east. Easy access to Tambopata National Reserve and a large number of eco-lodges draw adventurous travelers seeking a rainforest immersion.
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Tambopata National Reserve
Encounter extreme ecological and biological diversity set against a majestic backdrop of Peruvian rainforest. Walk on platforms and bridges 30 meters above the ground, appreciate nature’s elegant majesty on rainforest trails and tranquil waterways, search for caiman and river otter, and cast lines for Amazonian fish such as piranhas.
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Manu National Park
Manu National Park’s remote location and protected status means you’ll experience a gorgeously pristine corner of Peruvian Amazon. With elevation ranging from 150 m to 4,200 m, you’ll see a wide range of microclimates as well as rare and diverse wildlife and plant species.
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Gateway to the northern Amazon and home to an array of attractions as eclectic as the city’s history and its people, Iquitos is a remarkable city — and not just because the only way to get there is by boat or by plane. Once you arrive, board a riverboat to your jungle lodge or continue on to Nauta to begin your Amazon cruise.
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