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The Amazon Basin-Peru

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The rainforest is the overwhelming attraction, with jungle towns, being essential gateways. River travel is customary and is a highlight of a visit. For premium wilflife viewing, a tour and rainforest lodge stay is ideal. in the south lies the Reserva de la biosfera de Manu, difficult and expensive to reach but one of the world's most protected rainforest reserves, nearby, the Rios Tambopata and Madre de Dios converge at Puerto Maldonado, a remote jungle town with access to some of Peru's best rainforest lodges. The central part has the best road links with Lima and offers opportunities for those on tight budget; reasonably priced tours can be taken from Cancahmayo, Tarapoto, and Yarinacocha. Iquitos, the area's most interesting city, is located in the north. It can be reached by riverboat from Pucallpa or Yurimaguas, and offers access to the Amazon's longest canopy walkway.

 

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Towns and Cities

  • Oxapampa
  • Pevas
  • Pucallpa
  • Tarapoto
  • Ucayali River Towns
  • Yurimaguas

Areas of Natural Beuty

  • Chanchamayo region
  • Reserva de la Biosfera del Manu
  • Reserva Nacional de Allpamahuayo-Mishana
  • Reserva Nacional de Pacaya Samiria
  • Rios de Tambopata y Madre de Dios
  • Yarinacocha.

GETING AROUND

Iquitos, Peru major Amazon city, is the world's largest with no accsess by road, and can only be reached by river or air. Other cities with regular flights from Lima include Pucallpa, Tarapoto, and Puerto Maldonado. Traveling between areas nearly always necessitates a return to Lima Almost all Amazonian national parks and jungle lodges are best reached by a combination or air and river travel. The Chanchamayo area in the most accessible by road from Lima (8 hours) but gives the scantest taste of the Amazon Basin.

 

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