Peru Amazon Scarlet Macaw

Colourful scarlet macawa are one of many different species of birds and animals sighted in the Amazon

by Exsus Luxury Holidays and Honeymoons

Peru Amazon Paddling on the River

The Amazon ranges from swiftly flowing areas to peaceful still tributaries ideal for paddling

The great rainforest sitting in the Amazon River basin is the largest in the world. It edges into six countries – Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru – over 2.7 million square miles. Despite on-going logging and destruction of this amazing habitat, it remains one of the world’s last truly wild spaces. Filled with wildlife and plants that don’t exist anywhere else, it’s a place for eye-opening adventure.

Peru is often regarded as the best and most accessible entry point into this mammoth jungle. As you head inland, grasslands, lakes and snow-capped mountains gradually give way to thicker, steamier forest. The humidity of the forest really contrasts with the dry heat of the country’s cities. You’ll suddenly feel out of depth, especially as your guide lists the dangerous flora and fauna around every corner. But that’s half the fun.

Cruising In

Peru Amazon Pink River Dolphin

The remarkable pink river dolphins are unique to the Amazon

Of course, unless you’re the next Ray Mears, you shouldn’t contemplate venturing into the Amazon without a guide. There are a vast number of tour operators, but be sure to hire one with a good reputation, previous positive reviews from other travellers, and which have a clear commitment to caring for the habitat they work within.

Companies such as Aqua Expeditions do fantastic cruises into the forest along the Amazon itself. Although you’ll effectively be in a floating hotel, you’ll be immersed in the real heart of the rainforest along the edges of the pristine Pacaya Samiria Reserve. You can expect to see (and perhaps swim with) the playful pink river dolphins, colourful macaws, monkeys aplenty, traditional villages here and there, and wildlife sneaking down to the waters for a drink. Try your hand at fishing for piranhas, and dine on board as the sun sets through the trees.

Eco-lodging It Up

Peru Amazon Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

In harmony with its natural surroundings, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge is situated in a private reserve, surrounded by a vast jungle canopy.

To soak up the atmosphere of the rainforest itself, you’ll want to spend a few days in one place. There is a handful of luxury eco-lodges scattered around, such as Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica beside the Tambopata National Reserve, a perfect Peru luxury holiday.

There are just 35 wooden cabanas beneath the trees here, carefully crafted from local materials and designed to make the minimum of impact on the forest. You’ll still get wonderfully hot showers and lovely amenities, a private plunge pool and terrace with outdoor showers and hammocks in the lounge. The river views from every room mean you can simply watch the birds and insects fly past from the comfort of your cabana.

The lodge has a spa, restaurant, bar and lounge area. Outside, you’ll get to explore one of Latin America’s largest canopy walkways through the treetops. Much of the wildlife in the Amazon lives only in this section of the trees, and so getting up here will allow you to see up close animals you’ve only ever seen in wildlife documentaries or picture books. Guides will take you exploring at day or night – if you’re ready to face your fear of creepy crawlies, head out on a night safari to see and hear the jungle’s tarantulas and insects as well as frogs, birds and bats in action!

Photo Credits: pink dolphin, macaw, paddle

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4 Responses to Kickback in Peru’s Amazon

  • I’ve canoed down the Amazon tributaries on the Ecuador border with Peru – saw plenty of river turtles but didn’t see the pink dolphins. The most feared creature on the river was the anaconda

    • Mark H says:

      The anaconda seems to have a legendary status in South America. I wss keen to see a piranha and saw some via local fishermen.

  • Kaitlin says:

    Love that picture of the pink river dolphin. Not too many people know there are great eco-lodges in the Peru Amazon; they only think of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. But Peru’s Amazon is so much more accessible – and oftentimes, affordable!

    • Mark H says:

      I agree. Peru is where I last visited the Amazon and it was superb with the eco-lodge well organised and with excellent wildlife sightings.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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