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The Peruvian Amazon Basin

Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins may claim most of Peru's popularity, but the Amazon Basin boasts most of Peru's land space. Much of the Peruvian Amazon Basin is untouched, but tourism is beginning to carve out a spot for itself here. In this vast and wild area, it is now possible to take a dugout canoe with an outboard motor through the winding tributaries to the Napo and Amazon Rivers, view toucans and squirrel monkeys directly overhead and, if you're lucky, pink river dolphins, caiman, giant otters and much more.

The Peruvian Amazon Basin encompasses some of the world's most important and diverse nature reserves, including Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Parque Nacional Tingo María and Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve. Here, visitors have the opportunity to spot an impressive mix of wildlife, participate in community-based tourism, learn about medicinal plants and visit macaw clay licks.

There are several different tour options in the Peruvian Amazon Basin. The main choice is between river tours on which you travel for several days in a row and stop to camp out or sleep with indigenous communities, and multi-day stays in jungle lodges, which range in quality from rustic to hotel standard. Most Amazon tour companies are located in the cities of Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado.

Central Jungle and Northern Jungle.

19 Mar 2012

Places to Stay in the Peruvian Amazon

Manu Wildlife Tented Camps

For birders and wilderness enthusiasts, Manu Wildlife Tented Camp is located on the Manu River near Cocha Salvador­—the largest and most beautiful of the 13 oxbow lakes of the Manu National Park. ...
Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru

Sandoval Lake Lodge

Located deep in Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve, Sandoval Lake Lodge sits on the shores of sparkling, palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake. The oxbow lake’s immediate area is rich with bird and wildlife, ...
Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru

Hospedaje La Bahía

This mid-range hostel in the Abraham Aguirre Apaza business district offers better-than-average rooms, complete with television, table, dresser and even a telephone. Breakfast is also included. There ...
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

The Maldonado Wasai Eco-Lodge

Taking advantage of Puerto Maldonado\'s reputation as one of the best places to go for jungle expeditions in Peru, the Wasai Eco-Lodge welcomes its guests with a thatched hut entrance worthy of a ...
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Hotel Don Carlos

Don Carlos sits atop a small hill, providing a great view of the Tambopata Nature Reserve. It is one of the few high-priced, as well as one of the oldest, hotels in town. Besides the air-conditioned ...
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Hotel CabañaQuinta

Hotel CabañaQuinta is probably the most popular and recognized accommodation in all of Puerto Maldonado. Its selling points include air conditioning, stocked fridges in every room, free Internet ...
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Amazon Apart Hotel

127641Amazon Apart Hotel rents out 40 comfortable one- and two-bedroom suites and apartments in Iquitos. Both suites and apartments have air conditioning, LCD TV, free WiFi, mini-bar and a daily cleaning ...
Iquitos, Peru

Heliconia Hotel

Heliconia is perfect for travelers who want the convenience of being in La Merced, but want to leave all of the area\'s heat, noise and dust at the hotel door. The hotel\'s gigantic rooms are bright ...
Chanchamayo, Peru

Villa Jennifer Eco-Lodge

The Villa Jennifer Eco-Lodge is located outside of Huánuco, right near Tingo María. Each room is unique, as is the experience of staying here, where you can bird-watch from the lodge’s doorstep. ...
Tingo Maria, Peru

Anaconda Lodge

If you\'re looking for a unique place to stay, Anaconda Lodge is a great place to start. A cozy lodge that offers bungalow-style accommodations and camping spots, the lodge is rustic luxury at its ...
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Hotel Safari

Hotel Safari is small but clean, and most of its rooms only have interior windows that open into a tiny open-air courtyard. The third floor has great views of the river from the hallway. It is a ...
Iquitos, Peru

Birdwatching in Peru's Amazon Region

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

Sitting a hefty journey south of Iquitos in a flooded rainforest between the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria is the largest and one of the best conserved protected areas ...
Hiking, Trekking, Birdwatching
Iquitos, Peru

Llama Carting

Llama taxis are offered at the most southern point of Manu National Park in the grasslands. They are let by local peasants and are a great opportunity to get off a bus and ride from the Andean ...
Birdwatching, Activity Info.
Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru

Amazon Region Eco-Spots

Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

Few travelers get to see stealthy jaguars, solitary anteaters and rare red uakari monkeys in the jungle, but at the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, you can visit with ...
Iquitos, Peru
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