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Planning Your Visit to the Peruvian Amazon

User Avatar Author: Nicole Guevara
10 months ago - June 6, 2023

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Are you planning a first visit to the Amazon? You’ll need to consider many factors, like accommodations, weather, what to wear, what to pack, and what part of the Peruvian Amazon you want to explore.

First, it is essential to understand some key information about the Peruvian Amazon. The Amazon region is divided into several nature reserves in northeast and southeast Peru. Lodging within these reserves is eco-friendly by design to protect the environment. Though overnight accommodations in the rainforest or jungle can leave visitors feeling exposed to the elements, some are quite luxurious, making for a truly unforgettable experience in a remarkable and remote location.

 

Typically, the deeper you venture into the jungles of the Amazon, the more rustic your accommodation options and the greater your exposure to astonishing wildlife. Also, remember that park authorities restrict items that can be brought into these highly protected areas and impose luggage limits. Your tour provider can offer options for storing more significant luggage while exploring the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Skyview of Peruvian Rainforest

Skyview of Peruvian Rainforest

Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata National Reserve is one of the most popular places in the Peruvian Amazon. It is located in southeastern Peru. To get there, you must first travel to the gateway city of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios’s capital (a geographical department). There are daily flights between Lima or Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. From here, you can begin your expedition in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.

In Puerto Maldonado, travelers can rearrange their bags, leaving behind any prohibited items and securing extra luggage at their tour operator’s headquarters. This way, they take only what they need for the days they will explore the Peruvian Amazon. Travelers must limit their luggage to 33 lbs. (or 15 kg) because they may need to carry it long distances.

Following a 45-minute bus ride to the Tambopata River, visitors reach the Ese Eja Native Community of Infierno—one of the Peruvian jungle tribes safeguarding over the 9,500-hectare section of the reserve. From here, travelers board a canoe and continue to one of four lodges. These are located at various distances, which take between 1 and 4 hours to reach. Posada Amazonas Lodge is the first and most recommended, especially for families traveling with kids.

"Posada" in Tambopata National Reserve

“Posada” in Tambopata National Reserve

What to pack on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon

To prepare for your visit to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, consider packing the following items:

Essential Items

Optional Items

Tambopata National Reserve provides eco-friendly organic soap and shampoo; there is no need to bring these items. Every detail of this experience considers the well-being of travelers and, of course, the environment.

Boat sailing in the Peruvian amazon

Boat sailing in the Peruvian amazon

When is the best time to visit the Peruvian Amazon jungle?

Climate can be a significant consideration when visiting the Peruvian Amazon. It is a naturally humid lowland area with much precipitation throughout the year. That said, it rains less frequently between May and October; this is considered the “dry” season. Yearly rainfall ranges between 78 and 118 inches (about 200 to 300 centimeters). Average temperatures range from lows of about 73°F (23°C) to 104°F (40°C).

Visitors embark on guided excursions with ponchos at the ready in case it should rain. Almost all activities can be enjoyed, even with a bit of rain. However, if there are rain showers, certain activities may no longer be feasible. These include climbing the observation tower, enjoying the sunset aboard a canoe on the river, and searching for particular wildlife.

Speaking of wildlife, one of the most important factors to consider when planning your visit to the Peruvian Amazon jungle is the number of species you want to observe. The dry season is also favorable here, as more colorful parrots and macaws can be seen visiting a nearby clay lick (also known as a salt lick); other animals can be seen with the same frequency throughout the year.

Guided excursions allow you to experience the best the Peruvian Amazon offers. They are available year-round and are the best way to see extraordinary wildlife! Your visit will be a worthwhile and memorable experience no matter what time of year you decide to travel.

 

Expedition guides in a small dock

Expedition guides in a small dock

What activities should you do when visiting the Amazon?

Activities in the Amazon vary by levels of difficulty or exertion. It is essential to understand what each activity option may require from you. So, it is important to ask the right questions. For example: How long is the hike? (endurance); How challenging is the hike or activity? (accessibility); Are you scared of certain animals? (ex. Tarantulas). Remember that you and your group will always be accompanied by a naturalist guide who guarantees your safety and enjoyment.

Some activities involve hikes lasting up to five hours. Others may not be available if it is raining. To give yourself the best chance of experiencing all the activities you want to do, we recommend staying at least three nights.

Depending on your choice of lodge, activities will vary. Below is a list of those activities offered at the after mentioned Posada Amazonas Lodge:

Reservations are important so the Ese Eja Native Community of Infierno, one of the Peruvian jungle tribes, can adequately prepare accommodations, food, and other supplies for their guests’ visits.

Small boat dock in the Peruvian Rainforest

Small boat dock in the Peruvian Rainforest

Excursions in the Peruvian Amazon provide immersion in nature and cultural exchange with local tribes; they are genuinely holistic experiences in the jungle. Visitors contribute significantly to long-term efforts to preserve and maintain the Earth and care for countless wildlife populations by staying at an eco-lodge.

This region of the jungle, the Tambopata National Reserve, is considered a true jewel of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It is a must-see destination for travelers to Peru and nature lovers worldwide. You can experience the magic of nature and learn about the region’s history, ecology, and diversity when you visit.

Fun Fact: Where is the Peruvian Jungle? The best regions to experience the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest are Iquitos in the northeast and Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southeast.

 

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After immersing yourself in the rich history of Peru’s Inca ruins and Amazon and enjoying Peru’s exquisite gastronomy, culture, and traditions, it’s time to embark on a new adventure in Ecuador! Visit the stunning capital city of Quito and its beautiful Old Town; stay at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. Then, explore the amazing rainforest of the Andean Chocó and stay at the world-famous Mashpi Lodge. Find the tour that’s right for you!

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