Peru’s Amazon Basin

Peru’s Amazon

East of the Andes, Peru’s landscape descends into a densely-forested river basin.

The rainfall collected here merges with waters from across the northern half of the continent to form the tributaries of the Amazon.

Three such rivers—the Tambopata Manu and Madre de Dios—can be explored from the southeastern city of Puerto Maldonado.

Glass smooth water of the Amazon River in Peru, surrounded by dense green rainforest

Some of the most pristine rainforests in the world are found in the Amazon of Peru.

The most accessible sections are in and around the Tambopata National Reserve, where the Madre de Dios River meanders in wide curves and oxbow lakes.

Riverside lodges, reached by boat, provide multi-day programs focused on wildlife viewing.

Golden sunrise over dense forest of Tambopata in Peru's Amazon region

Amazon Wildlife Expeditions & Birdwatching

Giant river otters, five species of monkey, tamarins, sloths, caimans, and tapirs all inhabit this region.

Peru’s Amazon is also prime birdwatching territory.

In Peru’s Amazon Basin, hundreds of macaws congregate at riverbank clay licks, obtaining sodium and minerals that serve as an antidote to the poisonous seeds they consume.

Parrots, parakeets, toucans, and herons are found in abundance in Tambopata.

Flock of bright red, turquoise, green and white macaws gathered around a clay lick in the Amazon of Peru

Getting to The Amazon

Day-trips by motor canoe allow passengers to explore narrow river branches, viewing pink dolphins, monkeys, and colorful birds.

Iquitos is 1.5 hours from Lima by air. Puerto Maldonado can be reached by air from Lima in two hours.

Amazon Climate

Flights from Cusco take just 25 minutes. The climate is humid and tropical; the average temperature is 89°, varying from 77° to a wilting 107°.

Large red ant carrying large green leaf in Amazon of Peru

December through March is rainy season, with higher temperatures and afternoon rainfall.

To avoid the heat, most forest hikes and canoe trips are conducted in the early morning and afternoon—midday is best for shady siestas with a hammock and a best seller.

Multi-Day Amazon River Cruises

Another option for Amazon travel is a multi-day river cruise. Luxurious river boats embark from Iquitos, in Peru’s far northwest.


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