Best places to visit the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

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Have a road in a boat. On a river. Upstream, downstream, the choice is yours and there are lots of options to visit the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

There are lots of ways to live the complete nature deep in the rainforest to spot wildlife and immerse in a very unique experience in the Amazon of Peru.

No matter what you decide to do in the Amazon, it will truly be a unique experience. The culture and traditions you’ll be exposed to are eye-opening, and the volume of spectacular wildlife you see will surely drain your camera’s battery. There never is a dull moment when traveling within the Peruvian Amazon.

boat in the Amazon river

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest with a surface of 550 million hectares and is also known as the single largest reserve of biological resources on land. With such an extensive reach, the incredible ecology of the South American Amazon River stretches across nine countries of the continent: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.

A staggering one in 10 known species on the planet can be found in the Amazon rainforest, including 40,000 plant species, 3,000 fish species, 1,500 bird species, and 370 types of reptiles. This area has also become the last remaining habitat where visitors have the opportunity to spot some of the world’s endangered species in the wild, such as jaguars, pink river dolphins, and harpy eagles.

Huayabamba river in Amazon

Peru has the second highest amount of rainforest after Brazil.

There are more clay licks in the Peruvian Amazon than anywhere else in South America.

Along with Ecuador, Peru’s rainforest is located in western Amazonia, which offers the most wildlife (linked to the nearby Andes Mountains).

With these things in mind, visit Amazon Rainforest Peru is an incredible choice for beautiful scenery, fantastic wildlife opportunities, relaxing cruises, and adventure tours.  Let’s know the most remarkable sites in the Peruvian Amazon:

Tambopata National Reserve

Located in southern Peru near the gateway jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, the Tambopata National Reserve offers a fantastic area of Amazonia to visit.

Protecting 274,690 hectares, the reserve includes for the forest fed by the Tambopata and Heath River. Because Tambopata is so close to the gateway jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, this is often the best choice for a short 2 or 3-day rainforest tour. This allows wildlife to move freely in a vast area of protected tropical forest.

Sunset on the Amazon river

On guided visits, enjoy a huge quantity tropical bird, different monkeys, tall emergent trees and many different flowers. There are also many clay-licks where you can watch colorful parrots. There are some fantastic lodges within and nearby the Tambopata Reserve for some fantastic guided rainforest tours.

Amazon macaw

Manu National Park

This is one of the more famous areas to visit in the Amazon Rainforest Peru. This vast expanse of forest covers 1.7 million hectares of lowland rainforest and Andean Forest. An incredible diversity of species are found in Manu National Park and the park has won world records for diversity. Although visitors are not permitted inside the national park itself, you can tour the reserved zone. The Lake Salvador in the Manu Reserved Zone is one of the main attractions of the area. Enjoy spotting giant river otters, many different birds, and different monkeys in surrounding rainforest.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Accessed from Iquitos in Peru’s northern Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is one of the largest of Peru’s protected areas. This is a mostly flooded area of Amazon Rainforest best experienced on a rainforest cruise. Protecting just over 2 million hectares of tropical forest, within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve you can find an incredible diversity of animals and plants. The tributaries here are often blackened by nutrient-rich waters. This causes the water to perfectly reflect the trees and sky giving the Pacaya Samiria its other name of ‘The Forest of Mirrors. Also, you can enjoy watching pink river dolphins, colorful birds, several different monkeys, and tall trees with orchids and bromeliads perched on the branches.

nature reserve in Amazon

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

Located around 150 km from Iquitos, a port city of the Amazon River in northern Peru. The reserve was founded for local initiatives and also to protect the range of the rare red uakari monkeys. These monkeys have red fur and a bald head and live in the middle of the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo area. It also contains both flooded and non-flooded forest with many different emergent trees, bromeliads and orchids. The reserve is also home to an impressive diversity of birds, including hoatzins, oropendolas, macaws, toucans, and colorful cotingas and tanagers.

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

We can´t leave to mention the Amazon Lakes

Lakes in the Amazon Rainforest Peru are often oxbow lakes, which are areas where tributaries of the Amazon River once flowed but the river has since changed direction. The lake itself provides home to caiman crocodilians and many different fish, including the giant arapaima. Cormorants, herons, and hoatzins then patrol the lake edges. Sometimes, the lakes also provide home to endangered giant river otters, which can often be seen at the fantastic community-owned Posada Amazonas Lodge

waterfall Velo de Novia-in Ucayali Peru

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