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Peru: The Peruvian Amazon (south)

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The Amazonian rainforest occupies 60% of Peru. The northern region, accessible from Iquitos, has flood plains and wide tributaries, a great environment for Amazonian river cruises. In the more closely forested south, with its faster flowing streams and ox-bow lakes, you are more likely to be based at a friendly jungle lodge, from where you can discover the forest magic, its abundance of exotic birds, monkeys, alligators and flowering tropical plants, with the opportunity to visit indigenous communities. 

The southern region of the Peruvian Amazon has as its gateway the busy, rapidly expanding river port Puerto Maldonado, situated on the banks of the river Tambopata where it has confluence with the river Madre de Dios, tributaries of what will, downstream, become the Amazon. A century-old market town, which has seen rubber, logging and gold prospecting booms, it is where visitors arrive on a flight from Cusco of just one hour, making the Peruvian Amazon very accessible for those visiting the Inca capital and Machu Picchu in the Andes.

There, eco-friendly jungle lodges of all standards, discreetly positioned amid the exuberant jungle foliage are accessible by motor boat in 2-5 hours. A little further afield is Manu, a biosphere reserve and national park reached by air or a spectacular, sinuous road descending from Cusco, where the jungle canopy is untouched: it takes longer to get there but you are rewarded with a real wilderness experience.  

Our holidays to The Peruvian Amazon (south)

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Things to do in The Peruvian Amazon (south)

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Spot wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon


Our insider tips for The Peruvian Amazon (south)

Margot

Margot Chard

Canoeing on Lake Sandoval spotting turtles lazing on a log watched by silent caiman while scarlet macaws wheel above.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Coming across the abandoned hulk of the boat of the 19th century gold prospector, Fitzcarraldo. The dismantled ship was carried across the Andes and reassembled on the Amazonian side.
Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

If you are taking your family, note that some lodges - such as Posada Amazonas -  have special educational and fun programmes for children.  

Lina

Lina Fuller

Catching a glimpse of a shy jaguar peeking out between the branches in the Manú National Park, deep in the southern territory of Amazonia. This can’t be guaranteed; but you have a better chance here than anywhere else in the Peruvian jungle.

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