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.
Towns and Cities
Areas of Natural Beuty