adventure trip to the Peruvian Amazon
adventurous? How about heading off to the Peruvian portion of the
mighty Amazon, for an experience of a lifetime?
area of fascinating Peru is dedicated to the Amazon, including lush tropical
rainforest – a vast jungle which is probably the most bio-diverse region
on Earth. The Peruvian Amazon is located on the western edge of the area
shared with Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador and forms part of one of the most
important eco-systems on the planet.
of the best ways of visiting this area is with the British
Exploring Society, which has for some time been involved in engaging
young people to develop teamwork, leadership and community in a positive
way by visiting fascinating and remote locations on Earth.
the lush forests of the Peruvian Amazon, a selection of creatures awaits,
including jaguars, massive anacondas, caimans, anteaters and tapirs but
there are human residents too, as many indigenous tribes continue to live
in scattered communities throughout the area. The tribes live much
as they always have done and survive by fishing and hunting for their food.
this might all sound very isolated and dangerous, down in southeastern
Peru many options exist for visiting and touring the area. There
are lodges hidden in the jungle for unique accommodations, and plenty of
guides with boats and small planes to take you around.
great base to start off from is Puerto Maldonado, close to the forests
of Madre de Dios and the huge tract of virgin rainforest which is the Parque
Nacional Bahuaja-Sonene and the Reserva Nacional Tambopata located close
to the border with Bolivia.
to Cusco where it is possible to visit the Manu
Biosphere Reserve and National Park which nestles among the cloud forest
on the Andes slopes, right down to the lowland area.
a bus trip to Quillabamba, located on the Rio Urubamba where it is possible
to see the whitewater rapids of the Pongo de Mainique.
to the north of here is the central jungle region of Chanchamayo, a paradise
for birdwatchers with crystalline rivers flowing through. The area
is accessible by road, although this tends to be a hair-raising experience
as the tarred roads wind through the area.
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true adventure, head to the city of Iquitos, an area with only riverboat
and plane connections to the outside world. In the area experience the
massive Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria, a rarely visited, fascinating
and unspoiled wildlife haven which can be visited on a 3- to 4-day boat
trip through the jungle.
more fascinating adventures await you in the Peruvian
Amazon, including jungle night strolls, ethnobotanical walks, boating,
trail hikes and eco-tourism lectures. Learn more about our planet
and the importance of the remaining rainforests on Earth and become a champion
for what have been dubbed the "lungs of the Earth."
you are ready for a fascinating tour of one of the most diverse eco-systems
on Earth, pack that backpack and head to the Peruvian Amazon, for the adventure
of a lifetime.