Exploring the Jungle from Iquitos
Iquitos is a great opportunity and an excellent option for all those that want to escape for a moment of the concrete forests, infernal noises and pollution of the big cities. It is also special for those that want to have a close encounter with paradisiacal places in the virgin jungle of the Amazonian, without any other noise than the ones made by the birds, monkeys or insects.
Our Amazonian is bountiful. The deep green of our jungle is home to scores of ethnic groups and to one of the world's natural systems with the greatest biodiversity. Peruvian Amazonian offers the possibility of delving into the mystery of virgin nature, getting to know our huge biodiversity and enjoying the paradisiacal scenarios which the Amazon River discovers along its route.
In Peru is born the Amazon River, the longest and mighty in the world, and its basin is covered with vegetation, embraces more than half of the Peruvian territory. The interesting thing is that the Peruvian Amazonian is so big that we could take months or years visiting it, that is the reason why a tourist infrastructure has been designed to allow the visitor to choose the one that suits better.
Iquitos, the capital of Loreto, is the main port city on the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle. Different indigenous people groups like the Cocama, Huitoto and Bora first inhabited the area. From its strategic location, in an area which many rivers converge (Itaya, Nanay, Morona, Napo, etc.) you can arrive to Iquitos and go everywhere you desire by these rivers and stay in Amazon Jungle Lodges.
Exploring from a Jungle Lodges
For you to have the best experience in the jungle, stay in one of the many Amazon Jungle Lodges renowned for their high quality service. These facilities operate on some hidden river or on the shores of a lake concealed in the thickness of the rainforest with its constant chorus of sounds and the psychedelic color show in the sky. Usually they offer services of visits and guided for wildlife encounter to the jungle. They wait for you at the airport from your arrival to Iquitos, and after your visit, they return you to the airport, or to the Iquitos city.
Close, and far, to Iquitos are located numerous lodges that have elaborated an excellent plan of activities in the jungle. You also can find lodgings a little far away from the city. These lodges are usually located in the bank of a river and they have bungalows and cottages that have all the comforts, and others of more restricted services but more pristine rainforest. Some of these places have investigation laboratories, orchid nurseries, ethnobotanical medicinal plant garden, and special places for the observation as canopy walkway.
From these points you will be able to carry out hikes to the interior of the rainforest and jungle or the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve or Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. Take rides in canoes by small rivers and water-channels. You also can be in territories that have changed, a little or nothing, in the last 10,000 years and enjoy the magnificence of the jungle, knowing and sharing the same space with thousands of animal and botanical species.
It is possible that you can also visit native communities as part of the activities that the lodge prepare.
Some lodges offer alternative experiences as canopy walkways, sport fishing, ayahuasca rituals, and specialized tours as medicinal plants, safari photography, or bird watching with many endemic birds of this area.
Sport fishing: There are three Amazonian species considered trophies in the world of fishing, the chambira or payara, the tucunare (peacock bass) and the dorado.
Exploring from a Cruise
Cruise down the Amazon River and lose yourself amidst palm trees and exotic fruits as you marvel at the biodiversity of the surrounding forest. One can sail to the confluence of its two great tributaries: the Marañón and the Ucayali, also the exact location for the entryway to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, land of lakes and pink dolphins, a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers.
Sailing on the Amazon River is an incomparable experience and the tour operators in Iquitos offers you organized programs from 4 days to 8 days to the border with Brazil and Colombia and to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
You will experience "timeless" travel on the worlds' largest river and observe the diverse flora and fauna of the rainforest. You will see local people and their villages as well as wildlife such as pink and gray dolphins, blue and yellow macaws, herons, martin kingfishers, sloths, caimans, monkeys and more.
During the voyage, visits are made to some villages and native communities, and they are carried out hikes by the jungle, night expeditions and sport fishing sessions. Many expedition cruises offer excursions on skiffs to remote reaches of the Amazon rainforest.
The offer of cruises is varied, from economic to luxurious riverboats.
Vaccination is not required to enter to Peru. If you have planned to carry out a long trip to the deep Amazon area it is advisable to be vaccinated against the yellow fever. Depending on the time that you estimate to be interned in the jungle, if this time will be long consult with your doctor the possibility to be vaccinated against the hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus and an anti malaria treatment.