Three amazing ways to experience the Amazon
A spectacularly biodiverse wildernesses, the Peruvian Amazon is one of the world’s largest stretches of tropical rainforest.
Luxury river cruises, stylish eco-lodges or up-close wildlife experiences, the Peruvian jungle also has offerings for all tastes.
Twice the size of California, the Peruvian Amazon is a huge territory harboring a mindboggling myriad of plant and animals, everything from untold species of insect to South America’s apex predator, the jaguar. There are numerous ways to experience it, depending on your personal preferences. Below, we list three of the best:
1. Peru has been a pioneer of luxury tropical river cruises. There are various trips you can take on the endless waterways of the Peruvian Amazon, enjoying silver service and five-star style with 360° stunning views of the jungle wilderness. One of the most elegant is Delfin 1, a purpose-built cruise-ship with four outsized suites, private terraces, whirlpools and floor-to-ceiling panoramic views.
2. If you are looking for similar luxury while actually basing yourself within the rainforest, then consider Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica jungle lodge. Just 10 miles downriver from the jungle airport of Puerto Maldonado, inside a 42,000-acre private reserve, the Reserva Amazonica combines world-class luxury with an authentic rainforest experience. Against a verdant backdrop — and with a jungle soundtrack provided by the birds, insects and other creatures that surround the lodge — you can enjoy jungle hikes or check out the lodge’s hanging canopy bridge. The Reserva Amazonica also welcomes families and youngsters, including with special activities for them.
3. If seeing Amazon wildlife, especially birds, is your priority and you don’t mind a more rudimentary level of service, then you should probably head to the Tambopata Research Center (TRC), which is thought to be South America’s most remote ecolodge. Eight hours upriver from Puerto Maldonado, the TRC is located deep in pristine tropical rainforest with intact populations of all kinds of species, such as spider monkeys, peccaries, macaws and caimans. Jaguars also roam the forest around the TRC although it is extremely rare for a visitor to catch a glimpse of these elusive big cats.
To include the Delfin 1, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica as part of your unique, individually tailored Peru itinerary, contact the Peru Empire Company at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +51-1-700-5100 or, if you are in the US, 347-713-7030/34.