The sprawling Peruvian Amazon covers more land than most people think, making up over half of Peru and running from east of the Andes Mountain all the way to the borders of Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia. With rain forest activities to embark on (think riverboat adventures, nature treks, and canoe trips) and tons of exotic wildlife to see, there are dozens of reasons to venture into the Amazon jungle on an adventure tour.
A vast wilderness of lush rain forest and indigenous lands, the Amazon is an ideal destination for adventurous travelers who like to explore nature, often for days at a time. The area is most often visited on a multi-day Amazon cruise that takes visitors into some of South America’s greatest wilderness, or on a three- or four-day tour that includes overnight stays at a jungle eco lodge and a short trip down the river. Airport transport and an expert guide are often included.
What to Do and See in the Peruvian Amazon
Many multi-day tours from Iquitos offer adventures into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and river activities such as canoeing, piranha fishing, and swimming alongside pink river dolphins or giant otters. Travelers to the southern region can embark on guided hikes through Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve, or the UNESCO-listed Manu National Park. The Amazon is also prime ground for wildlife spotting—expect to see a colorful array of bird life and everything from howler monkeys to tapir prowling through the jungle.
Things to Know Before You Go