The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest
When most people think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu and the Incan civililization. The Incan civilization was the largest pre-Colombian civilization in the Americas and the Incan remnants definitely deserve their attention.
Sitting in the Andes Mountain, Machu Picchu was built for an Incan Emperor and draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Now one of the New7Wonders of the world, the structure offers remarkable beauty with beautiful mountainous scenery.
However, there are many more attractions and many things to do in Peru than simply visiting this incredible structure.
Crossing nine nations, the Amazon Rainforest covers 40% of the South American continent. Peru is lucky enough to contain one of the largest Amazonian sections. Around 13% of the forest is located in Peru and researchers often say that this side is the most species-rich, which is thought to be due to the Andes mountains. Because of rich biodiversity and incredible sights, the Amazon is one of the best places to visit in Peru for visitors.
Linked to the Andes, Peru contains more clay licks than anywhere else in South America. These are areas where the river’s banks contain many compounds that can act as medicines for rainforest life. The clays also contains salts, which are very important for animals in the rainforest to supplement their diet.
The clay licks are visited by macaws, parrots, monkeys, tapir, capybara and more to obtain various chemicals. As a fantastic tourist attractions in Peru, hundreds of macaws are known to visit certain clay licks presenting tourists with an incredible spectacle.
The top rainforest lodges in Peru have been built in a sustainable manner near the clay licks to allow guests this fantasic experience. Enjoy quietly watching macaws to see various species gathered at the clay.
Because the clay licks are so attractive to rainforest mammals, these areas often see a greater number of jaguar encounters. The deep rainforest lodges, such as the Tambopata Research Center in the middle of Tambopata Reserve then report an incredible 10% chance of a jaguar sighting. This is higher than anywhere else in the Amazon Rainforest.
Mentioning the Tambopata Reserve brings us to the main areas to experience the Peruvian rainforest.
Tambopata National Reserve is located in southern Peru and is part of one of the world’s largest protected areas of tropical rainforest. This is a fascinating place to visit and there are some fantastic Tambopata lodges.
Your gateway to the Amazon Rainforest of southern Peru is called Puerto Maldonado, which is just a short flight from Cusco. This is a small jungle town and there are even fantastic jungle attractions close to town, such as the Sandoval Lake.
The other main gateway to Peru’s Amazon Rianforest is called Iquitos and is a port of the Amazon River. Iquitos is a great place to enjoy luxury Amazon tours into the beautiful flooded forest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Located in connected rainforest, you can also experience the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve for a very high diversity of rainforest monkeys.
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest intact tropical forest and is a must-visit destination if you’re in South America. As a fantastic add-on experience to Machu Picchu, the rainforest also allows you time to warm up from your time in Cusco while enjoying some astonishing nature spectacles. However, as Peru offers a diversity of climatic zones, remember to choose the best time to visit Peru according to your interests and where you will visit.
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