When you visit Peru, try to spend at least some days in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. It contains 60% of the area in the country, and only Brazil has a bigger part of the Amazon jungle than Peru. Despite this just 5% of the people live in the jungle. It is one of the most biological diverse areas in the world and Peru has the largest amount of bird species on earth.
On your excursions in the jungle you may see most of the birds and animals living in the rainforest; parrots, tucans, giant otters, turtles, monkeys, alligators, anacondas and even the shy jaguar.
You are living in jungle lodges where you are offered a variety of services and daily excursions. Good restaurants serve food with local ingredients and mostly your stay is with “all included”, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You may have a massage at the end of the day, take a swim if the lodge has a swimming-pool, relax in a hammock or chat with your friends or other guests in the bar under the Amazonian sky with thousands of stars.
In the city of Iquitos you have many hotels to choose among for your stay.
The Tambopata National Park is known to possess among the greatest diversity of mammal, tree, insect, and bird species in the world and also the world record for the amount of butterflies. Scientists 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 that of typical tropical rainforest. This is the most popular destination for tourists wishing to explore the rainforest in Peru.
The Manu National Park is the heart of the Manu Biosphere Reserve that was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. It has a great variety of animal species; more than 800 bird species, 200 mammal species, the Andean cock-of-the-rock, the giant otter, the jaguar, the Andean deer, etc. This is the park that holds the world record for the number of bird species seen in one day at one spot with 324 species. There are around 30 Quechan speaking farming communities spread out in the National Park as well as numerous Amazonian native communities.
Iquitos is the main port city of the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle. It experienced its great economic boom at the end of the 19th century when the rubber industry expanded. There are many jungle lodges in the area and also Amazon river cruises for tourists. The Pacay-Samiria National Reserve is the largest reserve in Peru and it is located only 183 km from Iquitos, here there are many animal species in danger of extinction like the charapa river turtle, the giant river otter, the black caiman and the river dolphin.