Discovering the Peruvian Amazon at the end of your luxury travel to Peru is a great opportunity to end your trip with an immersion in the heart of nature, which is so different from the Andes and the Pacific Coast.
The Puerto Maldonado region offers a wide variety of lodges of all ranges, from rustic ecolodges to high-end lodges. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the local fauna and flora. Here you will be able to meet different exotic animals such as parrots, monkeys, caimans, sloths etc.
The Iquitos region, is perfect for bird watching, as well as for discovering monkeys, pink dolphins and piranhas. The Amazon River is larger here which allows you to explore the region by cruise ship.
How to get to Puerto Maldonado?
There are direct flights to Puerto Maldonado operating from Lima and Cusco only. Thus, in case you plan to visit the Peruvian Amazon, you should finish your cultural visits in Lima or in Cusco. Generally, its better to start the tours in Lima and finish in Cusco. From Cusco you will take your flight to Puerto Maldonado and will return to Lima for your homebound flight.
No doubt: the great attraction of the region is either Manu Park or the Tambopata National Reserve.
In Tambopata, numerous activities are organized for observing the local fauna (parrots and other exotic birds, alligators, monkeys, etc.). In addition to boat trips, there are other activities that you can try such as swimming, fishing, etc.
How to get to Iquitos?
To get to Iquitos you will need to finish the first part of your tour in Lima as there are only direct flights from Lima.
Once in the heart of the Amazon, you will explore everything by a typical boat or by walk.
Best hotels in Puerto Maldonado
One of the best ways to visit the Amazon is to stay in a lodge, in the heart of the sounds and colors of the Amazon.
There are several types of lodges to suit all tastes and budgets. Some of them have a swimming pool and the others are more rustic.
Among the best options you can consider the hotels offered by Inkaterra.
Located in the Amazon rainforest, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers different jungle tour packages. The rooms with hammocks and balconies have all necessary amenities. The hotel offers Spa species to its visitors.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is decorated in pastel colors have wooden furnishings and a seating area. The hotel offers to its guests a full buffet breakfast with tropical fruits in the different outdoor areas overlooking the lush rainforest.
The second option of hotel proposed by Inkaterra is the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion.
Surrounded by lush rainforest Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion offers to its guests rooms and bungalows which have rustic comfort with dark parquet floors and wooden furniture. The hotel organizes different excursions to explore the local fauna and flora. The most appreciated activities by the travelers are the canopy walking tours, jungle walks, and evening river boat rides.
Overnight stay in Iquitos
If you decide to make a tour in Iquitos to discover the Peruvian Amazon, the best way will be certainly the luxury cruise offered by Delfin Amazon Cruises. They offer different luxury boats of different sizes. The best boat offered by this company is certainly the Delfin I. This exclusive boat offers luxury suite rooms with private jacuzzi. A perfect way to explore the Amazon wildlife.
Discover the wildlife of Peruvian Amazon and the local lifestyle
The number of plants and animals that you can find in the Amazon is larger than any other terrestrial ecosystem in the planet. Its biodiversity is incredible. A single shrub in the Amazon may have more species of ants than the British Islands all together. Only one hectare of forest can have more than 480 tree species. The Peruvian Amazon has the largest number of bird species in the world.
The Belen Market in Iquitos offers a variety of local specialties, exotic plants and fruits. All stalls sell crocodile meat, in this part of the Amazon it’s something usual. Here the caimans are often just crawling near the fishermen.
During your different activities in Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos, you will have the chance to meet the following animals: tapirs, capybaras, tarantulas, piranhas, red and green macaws, toucans, caimans, hoatzins, hawks, morpho butterflies, brown capuchin monkeys, sloths etc.
One of the best activities that you can enjoy in Iquitos is the piranha fishing. This activity is offered by Delfin Amazon Cruises. So in case you choose the luxury cruise option you won’t miss this exceptional experience.
The canopy walking tours will allow you to observe the different bird species from the top of the trees. Another unique experience to live during your luxury tour to Peru.
There are different activities organized in Tambopata National Reserve such as the the walking and biking tours in the jungle. Sailing the Tambopata River in search of caimans and capibaras, swimming in the pure water of the Gato Falls, observing the many species of colorful birds in their natural habitat is another exclusive experience which can be concluded by a local cooking class.
Lake Sandoval is a must in the Tambopata Reserve! It is a real sanctuary for wildlife, especially for the giant otter. But also the black caiman and many species of fish, birds and reptiles.
It is estimated that there are up to 6,500 species of animals and birds!
To get there you will need to take the 30 min boat on the Madre de Dios river, then walk 45 min (or 1h30 depending on the state of the path) on a path in the middle of the jungle, under the curious gaze of the monkeys who jump from branch to branch.
Finally, you will take a small boat on a narrow canal surrounded by thick vegetation to finally come out on the lake. Once there you can hike around the lake or take a boat trip.
We hope this travel guide was useful for you and now you will be able to prepare your private luxury tour to discover the Peruvian Amazon more easily.