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Introduction

Approximately half of Peru lies in the Amazon Basin, making up approximately 15% of the Amazonian Jungle, the most bio-diverse region on earth.

Visits to the Amazon Basin need to be well planned in order to fully enjoy the experience and the wildlife viewing opportunities. We offer two types of jungle tours: staying in jungle lodges, and Amazon river cruises. Cusco is a good base for trips to the southern jungle areas with flights to both Puerto Maldonado and Manu National Biosphere Reserve, while Iquitos is the main base for trips into the northern jungle.

Southern Peru

Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone
This reserve is near Puerto Maldonado in the southern part of Peru’s Amazon Basin. Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone encompasses some of the richest flora and fauna in the world. As no motorised vehicles are allowed inside the reserve, it is a wonderful place to relax and see the jungle come to life.

Tambopata Canopy Walk
To appreciate the Amazon from the tree tops, take a canopy walk. The canopy walk consists of 2 towers, 8 platforms and 7 hanging bridges suspended up to 29m (95 feet) above the ground. Walk the treetops and observe the flora and fauna from an alternative perspective!

Manu Biological Reserve
One of Peru’s finest wildlife destinations, and probably one of the finest in the world is the Manu Biosphere Reserve, created in 1977. The reserve is about half the size of Switzerland and can be reached by road, or by light aircraft from Cusco (recommended). This area is home to one of the most biologically diverse habitats known to man. Specialist wildlife and bird watching tours can be arranged.

Northern Peruvian Amazon
Situated on the River Amazon, Iquitos in northern Peru can only be reached by air or by boat. Surrounded by jungle and a maze of rivers and streams it is an isolated city but a great starting point for an Amazon adventure.

River cruises are a good way of exploring this fascinating area in reasonable comfort, stopping at areas of interest with a guide. Similarly, there are lodges in this area that offer a good level of comfort and knowledgeable local guides to help you explore the jungle and experience the diverse and wonderful wildlife.

Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
At 20,800 sq. km, this reserve is the largest of all of Peru’s protected areas. In common with many reserves in South America, Pacaya-Samiria both provides local people with food and a home, and protects ecologically important habitants.   

The reserve is the home of aquatic animals such as the Amazon manatee, pink and grey river dolphins, two species of caiman, the giant South American river turtle and many others. Excellent for bird watching, different types of monkey can also be seen.

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It is essential that you visit your local practice nurse or doctor for medical advice at least six weeks before your trip with regard to malarial prophylaxis and any inoculations you may need. Yellow fever certificates may also be necessary.

It is highly recommended to take:

-Good comfortable shoes for walking/trekking
-Long trousers made of a light material-Rain coat
-Binoculars
-Sun screen/block
-Sunglasses
-Hat
-Insect repellent
-Camera!

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Peru boasts wonderful archaeological sites such as an Inca city suspended high in the cloud forest and its rainforest is home to an amazing diversity of plants and wildlife. It is also the foodie hub of South America.

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