Peruvian Jungle Tours

Posted on: 23 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Despite occupying only 10% of the Amazon jungle, Peru features the most wildlife-packed area and is a perfect jungle destination.

Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of the continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south.

The Amazonia rain forest is the largest tropical forest on Earth, covering about 2.7 million square miles or 90% of America. Though the Peruvian Amazon is only 10% of this total, it represents the wildest, most wildlife-packed rain forest in the world.

Three areas in the Peruvian Amazon are the focal points for visitors seeking a wildlife and nature experience: The Manu Wilderness and the Tambopata Region of south-eastern Peru, and the Iquitos-Amazon River region of north-eastern Peru, including the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

Jungle Tours

If you like cruising, Peruvian Secrets ( have compiled a brand new tour down the Amazon River. Leaving Iquitos you can sail down the Amazon and be given the opportunity to see the varied and beautiful landscapes and skies of the great river and jungle that surrounds it.

Regular stops mean tourists will be given a true taste of Peruvian life in the Amazon jungle.

How To Get There

Only Lufthansa ( fly direct to Peru’s capital Lima from the UK but KLM ( offer flights via Amsterdam and Iberia ( via Madrid.

American Airlines (, Continental Airlines (, Delta Airlines ( and United Airlines (   all offer indirect services, with a change in the USA.

You can check out the cheapest flights to Peru online at

Jungle Lodges

Jungle tour on canoePosada Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 30 bedroom lodge owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Ese’eja Native Community of Tambopata.

Thanks to its accessibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a stay in Amazonia's richest rain forests and jungle.

Posada Amazonas is located within the territory of the Infierno Community. It is built within the 2,000 hectare, private, communal reserve, which in turn is directly adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve.

To get there you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 45 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board a boat for a 45 minute trip to Posada Amazonas. Posada Amazonas is located ten minutes walking from the river, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

To book the Posada Amazonas or for a complete lowdown of Peruvian jungle lodges, visit the Andean Travel Web website:

Have you been on a jungle adventure? Have you visited Peru before? Do you have any handy travel tips to pass on?

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