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Amazon Rainforest

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Amazon RainforestIf you are a nature lover, you must visit Peru’s greatest rainforest. Here you can find many different kinds of birds and wildlife animals which can amaze you with their beauty. The wonders you can find in the Amazon Rainforest Peru are inexplicable because they have a wide variety of birds and other wildlife animals. Peru is one of the richest countries in flora and fauna in the world, it also has unique species, such as the giant otter also known as Giant River Otter, Sajínos, Sachavacas, Anacondas, Jaguars, Ocelotes, Paujils, etc. which live a relaxing life. With more than 590 species approximately we must say that you can find more species in the Amazon than in USA. You can also see endangered species such as Giant River Otter or Coypu, Pacaranas, Yungunturus, Harpy eagles and Macaws. Visit us at the Amazon rainforest to enjoy the best holiday ever. Here you can find more information about our tours to the Amazon Rainforest. Contact us and book in advance to live the most amazing adventure of your life.

Tambopata National Reserve

45 km / 28 miles south of Puerto Maldonado

There is also an alternative route: 25 km / 16 miles by land (by 4×4 vehicle) to the community of Infierno and then a river crossing to the reserve (2 hours by 55 HP motor boat)

Located between the basins of the Tambopata and Heath Rivers, the reserve covers an area of 274.690 hectares and is found in both the Madre de Dios and Puno departments. The wealth of its biodiversity is immeasurable, and scientist have already registered 632 bird species, 1200 butterfly species, 169 mammal species, 205 fish species, 103 amphibian species, and 67 reptile species. The vegetation is typical of tropical regions. To enter the reserve, prior authorization from INRENA is required.

Manu National Park

The town of Atalaya is situated 280 km / 174 miles from the city of Cusco taking the Cusco – Paucartambo Highway (12 hours by 4×4 vehicle). The trip continues on the river to the town of Boca Manu (7 hours). Then, you have to navigate again on the Madre de Dios River to arrive at the park. It is also possible to get to the town of Boca Manu taking a small airplane from Cusco (45 minutes).

Manu National Park is spread out between two departments, Cusco and sacred valley and Madre de Dios, and covers an area of 1,692.137 hectares (or the entire Manu River basin).

Since 1977, the Manu National Park has formed the Nucleus of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, which was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987. Although no one is allowed to enter, visitors can stay in authorized lodges in the Reserved Area and in the Cultural Zone adjacent to the park.

The park has a great variety of animal species: more than 800 bird species like the harpy eagle, the jabiru stork, the Orinoco goose, the Andean cock-of-the-rock, and the roseate spoonbill, 200 mammal species like the common woolly monkey, the black spider monkey, the giant otter, the jaguar, the little spotted cat, the anteater, and the Andean deer, and over a hundred bat species.

In addition, there are trees over 45 meters high and 3 meters in diameter. The most characteristic species are the cetico, the topa, the cedar, the tornillo tree, the white kapok, and the mata palo.

Today, 30 Quechuan speaking farming communities are spread throughout the Manu National Park as well as numerous Amazonian native peoples such as the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yaminahua, Piro, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire, and Nahua. 

Puerto Maldonado

Colorado Macaw Clay Lick

Inside the Tambopata National Reserve and 150 km / 93 miles from Puerto Maldonado.

The “colpa” (macaw clay lick) is a place where macaws congregate, formed along the shores of the river due to certain erosion processes that allowed the formation of soil rich in mineral salts. It is approximately 50 meters (164 feet) high, and 500 meters (1640 feet) long, and is considered the largest in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Every morning, six different species of macaws, parrots, and parakeets gather there.

These colorful birds fly around the clay lick before starting the “colpeo”, which consists in eating the clay found on the cliff that serves as a nutritional supplement. After staying there from twenty-five to thirty minutes, the birds fly away to come back the next day. Occasionally, Brazilian tapirs, capybaras, and squirrels go there. At the top of the trees, different species of monkeys like the red howler, the caupuchin, the titi, and sometimes even spider monkeys can be seen.

Sandoval Lake

10 km / 6 miles from Puerto Maldonado

To reach the lake, you must walk 5 km 7 3 miles from the shore of the river to the interior (1 hour and 30 minutes).

It is approximately 3 km (2 miles) long, 1 km (0,6 miles) wide, and 0.5 centimeters (0,1 inches) to 3 meters (10 feet) deep. The water remains at an average temperature of 26ºC (79.8ºF), and a huge amount of fish live there. It is surrounded by aguajales, swampy areas where, among other exotic species, a native palm tree called “aguaje” grows.

Along with the local vegetation, you can see orchids, wild plantains, and milpesos palms, giant kapoks, mahoganys, and 30 meter (98 feet) aguaje palm trees.

In this habitat lives a great variety of birds, like cormorants, toucans, macaws, parrots, horned screamers, and herons. In addition, there is a colorful variety of wild hens called hoatzin or shansho whish heads are topped with feathers. With some luck, tapirs, turtles, and giant otters or “river wolves” can be seen as well as different species of crocodiles, like the black caiman

Valencia Lake

60 km / 37 miles from Puerto Maldonado

The lake is 15 km (9 miles) long, 800 meters (2,625  feet) wide, and between 0.5 and 15 meter (1.6 and 49 feet) deep, and thanks to its trees and fish, it is considered a privileged spot. Around the lake, there are trees like the pumaquiro, the quinilla, the cedar, the giant kapok, the dwarf fan palm tree, and the Brazil nut tree. Among its animal life, the more exotic are bearded guans, turtles (charapas and big headed motelos), crocodiles, monkeys, cormorants, and herons.

The wealth of its waters allows both the Huarayos natives and the settlers of its surrounding areas to make a living from fishing for tiger shovelnose catfish, palometas, gilded catfish, piranhas, and paiches. These last ones, though, are not a native species but were brought to the lake. Along with fishing, another important economic activity is the collection of Brazil nuts.

Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

90 km / 56 miles from Puerto Maldonado

This national park was established in order to protect the only tropical humid savanna that exists in Peru. The park is located between the Madre de Dios and Puno departments in the provinces of Tambopata, Carabaya, and Sandia. It has an area of 1,091.416 hectares, and a part of it is in Bolivia. The most important animals that can be found there are the maned wolf, the marsh deer, the giant anteater, the river wolf or giant otter, the bush dog, the black caiman and the harpy eagle.

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