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Peruvian Amazon



Peruvian Amazon

The best-protected tract of the world’s most biodiverse forest, the strange, sweltering, seductive country-within-a-country that is Peru’s Amazon Basin, is changing. Its sheer vastness and impenetrability has long protected its indigenous communities and diverse wildlife from external eyes. Tribes still exist here that have never had contact with outside civilization and more plant types flourish in 2 ½ acres of rainforest than in any European country.


Peru's least-developed region occupies some two-thirds of the country. The jungle of the Amazon Basin is drained by the world's second-longest river and countless tributaries. What eastern Peru lacks in human population it makes up for in sheer plant and spectacular wildlife.


Peruvian Amazon

Though this area has been inhabited by indigenous groups for more than 5,000 years, it wasn't "civilized" until Jesuit missionaries arrived in the 1500s. The Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana was the first white man to see the Amazon. He came upon the great river, which the indigenous people called Tunguragua (King of Waters), on his trip down the Río Napo in search of El Dorado. He dubbed it Amazonas after he was attacked by female warriors along the banks of the river.


Most of the indigenous tribes—many small tribes are found in the region, the Boras, Yaguas, and Orejones being the most numerous—have given up their traditional hunter-gatherer existence and now live in small communities along the backwaters of the great river. You will not see the remote tribes unless you travel far from Iquitos and deep into the jungle, a harrowing and dangerous undertaking. What you will see are people who have adopted western dress and other amenities, but who still live in relative harmony with nature and preserve traditions that date back thousands of years. A common sight might be a fisherman paddling calmly on an Amazon tributary in his dugout canoe, angling to reel in one of its many edible fish.

Peruvian Amazon


The lesser-known southern Amazon region is traversed by one of the big river's tributaries—the Río Madre de Dios. Few travelers spend much time in Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Madre de Dios department, using the city instead as a jumping-off point to the Tambopata National Reserve. The Manu Biosphere Reserve is less accessible but more pristine, located on the Upper Madre de Dios River between Cusco and Puerto Malonado. Nonetheless, Tambopata will not disappoint, and much of the jungle outside those protected areas still holds remarkable flora and fauna.


Peruvian Amazon

Both Madre de Dios and the Peruvian Amazon are impressive, and while they share much of the same flora and fauna, each region has its own attractions. The Amazon River is notable for its sheer size, and has species that you won’t find in Madre de Dios, such as two types of freshwater dolphin and the giant water lily. Because it has fewer inhabitants, Madre de Dios has more wildlife, including rare creatures like the giant river otter, puma, jaguar, spectacled bear, yellow-tailed woolly monkey and large flocks of macaws that gather at its clay licks. A visit to either region yields a true adventure.





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Peruvian Amazon Accommodations


Hotel Sol y Luna

Hotel Sol y Luna
Sol y Luna offers 43 rustic-chic Peruvian-style bungalows set in beautiful gardens in the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley). All casitas are en suite and feature marble bathrooms with all amenities needed for a comfortable stay, luxury linens, local artwork, wi-fi and terraces to enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you.

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Sonesta Posada Yucay

Sonesta Posada Yucay
The 88-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, five minutes far from Urubamba, a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu one of the World's New Wonder.

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