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The Peruvian Amazon Basin Things to See and Do

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The Peruvian Amazon Basin abounds with activities catering to nature enthusiasts. Also, since this part of Peru isn't as touristy, the activities here tend to have a more authentic feel. The region's biggest attractions are the large protected nature reserves dotting the area and the astounding diversity of flora and fauna within them. Besides the allure of the reserves, the major towns in the region contain ethnographic museums, floating artisan markets, botanical gardens and butterfly conservation centers, while their outskirts overflow with waterfalls, lush landscapes and river activities. Some of the more unique opportunities include visiting a medieval European castle, touring a cigar-rolling factory and exploring a bat cave.

Other Activity pages in The Peruvian Amazon Basin that may be of interest: Lamas Activities, Pucallpa Activities, Iquitos Activities, Tingo Maria Activities, Chanchamayo Activities, Moyobamba Activities, Puerto Maldonado Activities, Tarapoto Activities and Manu Biosphere Reserve Activities.

19 Mar 2012

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Motorcycle Tour of Puerto Maldonado

Motorcycle Tour of Puerto Maldonado

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The Iron House / Casa de Fierro

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Museo Etnográfico

The more than 70 statues of indigenous women, children, men and high chiefs of western Amazonia are the highlight of the Museo Etnográfico in...

Iquitos, Peru

Plaza de Armas

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City Plaza
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Belén Street Market

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Iquitos, Peru

Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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Pasaje Paquito

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MalecĂłn Maldonado

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Puerto Maldonado Obelisk

Puerto Maldonado Obelisk

The idea of building a five-story-high obelisk in downtown Puerto Maldonado may seem odd. However, this ungainly structure gives both locals and...

City Plaza
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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...

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Madre de Dios Ferry

Set out on the Madre de Dios ferry to get a good look at the Peruvian jungle river, which is approximately 500 meters (1,640 ft) wide at the...

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Belén Canoe Tour

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Historical Building
Iquitos, Peru
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