Travel to the Peruvian Amazon it was our dream come true when we traveled to Peru. This river is almost always associated with Brazil and rarely to Colombia and Peru, the other two countries where it runs. However we go where we go, the Amazon River It's always a wonder where it passes, bathing in a biodiversity overwhelming everything it touches.
Travel to the Peruvian Amazon - Iquitos
Travel to the Peruvian Amazon
Foreword. What to see in Iquitos
Travel to Iquitos It is the real Amazon. This comment is because most of the tourism travels to Puerto Maldonado or to Manu National Park, due to the proximity with Cuzco and thinking that they will see the great river. Nothing is further from reality. What they will find there is the Madre de Díos river, a tributary of the Amazon that in a way are very similar. In fact there are those who claim that Manu is better than Iquitos or vice versa, but you will love the visit to either place and you will never be disappointed.
Trip to the Amazon - Boat in Iquitos
Iquitos It is a city of more than 400,000 inhabitants which makes it one of the largest cities in Peru. But the most proud title is to be the largest city in the world to which cannot be reached by road. Only by plane or river.
It is a safe city, although we must always have common sense in our actions and spend a day can be a lot of fun. Iquitos It is the most shocking city in all of Peru, mainly because it does not seem Peruvian but extracted from somewhere in the Southeast Asian. The motorcycle is the king's vehicle of the city, where the number grows in an exorbitant way and of course the main public transport is this medium but in format tuk-tuk.
Travel to the Amazon - Tribes in Iquitos
Given the Iquitos It is on the banks of the Amazon River, from here numerous tours and ways to travel through the amazon. Many excursions in my opinion are decaffeinated, especially those that visit the tribes They live in the jungle. They are very accustomed to tourism and we will almost never meet the ones we see in the typical documentaries. It has its logic for its isolation and its high level of protection, which does not always end up being fulfilled.
The city has a couple of places to visit. The parade ground and the July 28 square, in addition to several very picturesque markets such as the Bethlehem Neighborhood, which is not recommended to go at dusk. We can find all kinds of food out of the ordinary like worm larvae, turtle eggs, fried crocodile,… , etc.
Travel to the Amazon
After spending a day in Iquitos Our experience with the Amazon began. We took a boat in the southbound direction, leaving the confluence with the Marañón River. We had 3 hours of travel through the Amazon to our lodging, theMuyuna Lodge. The trip is necessarily long and when it is more, the more we would enter the deepest and wildest Amazon, just what we were looking for.
Although it may not seem like it, large areas of the Amazon are inhabited, mainly its banks. Living inside the jungle is not easy and the river is the highway to civilization.
Travel to the Amazon
We made this trip in October, before the rainy season. Now the river is several meters below its flow, but its width remains intact, having several kilometers in some of its sections. On its banks there are occasionally cliffs of land of several meters that mark the height that this giant can reach during floods.
Travel to the Peruvian Amazon - Muyuna Lodge
To the Muyuna Lodge It usually comes in a single boat, but sometimes we have to change the boat because it is in a tributary of the Amazon, by name Very good and just where the two converge there is not enough water to put a large boat. The curious thing that once passed this narrow moor, the river grows again and is fully navigable.
Routes through the Amazon rainforest
We spent almost 4 days, performing several jungle routes and many others by the river. We who like hiking the jungle hit us, although we had visited it many times. Seeing animals would not be easy, most have night habits but the mere fact of walking through these places fills you with satisfaction. Still we saw many and if we do not get to carry some binoculars and a camera with good zoom, many of them would have barely distinguished them. His life is in the trees and these are very high.
Leoncito - Trips to the Amazon - iquitos
He Leoncito It was one of the first we saw and is listed as the primate smallest in the world, or at least from America. They are very very small and run to peel them, they almost looked like rats.
Travel to the Amazon always brings surprises and one of these was the opportunity to see night monkeys These cute big-eyed monkeys are very difficult to see and are usually in the highest part of the trees.
Night monkeys - Travel to the Peruvian Amazon
Not all animals are what we have to look for, since the vegetation is really amazing, like the Ceiba We show you below.
Amazon Rainforest - Peru
Another detail to keep in mind is that we must always look where we step. The amount of insects and amphibians is very large, and these are not always friendly. We had the opportunity to see the biggest frog in the world, the Bull frogIn addition to seeing an expert in camouflage, the Leaf frog.
Bull Frog and Leaf Frog
Where we were staying there were a couple of couples from the United States and Germany whose hobby was the Ornithology. Armed with big targets they went out every day in search of birds. The funny thing is that they left without seeing the bird they were looking for, the Manaquines of the family Pipridae. Luck stayed with us and it's just birds 2 and 4 of the next picture. The first is the female and the most colorful is the male.
Peruvian Amazon - Birds
There comes a time that even the very ones toucans and parrots they seem so common to you to photograph other birds, such as these "sailing" on a Victoria Regia, the largest aquatic plant in the world.
Peruvian Amazon - Birds
The most uncomfortable thing about the jungle is the large amount of mosquitoes and of course its humidity. With mosquitoes you have no choice but to pretend to be repellent every few minutes and with the humidity try to dress clothes 100% cotton and the more breathable possible. To avoid if possible the short sleeve.
Amazon Rainforest - Peru
The Tarantula, whose name was given by the Spaniards and the tree rat. This "spider" owes its name to European spiders, such as the wolf spider, which really is a tarantula but its size is not even close to what we have always imagined.
Tarantulas and arboreal mice
Finally, several jungle classics, the insects. Very beautiful but dangerous. Better not to touch what one does not know since the most common can be very harmful, such as ants.
Travel to the Amazon
Not everything is taking walks through the jungle, the river Amazon and its tributaries are a magnificent place to perform excursions. They are usually done both day and night, looking for animals of different habits.
Amazon route - Iquitos
The most common are undoubtedly the monkeys, like the friar, howlers and spider It is also possible to see lazy, we saw about 5/6 but all in the treetops that bordered the river. Another very common animal is the alligator, that bug that more than one removes the desire to take a bath, although then we bathe in the Amazon ...
Amazon Tour - Iquitos
A complicated fish to observe is the Paiche or Pirarucú. If a native sees it, he quickly does the impossible to hunt it. It is one of the largest river fish and of course edible. Reach the 250 kg And his meat is much appreciated. Unfortunately not only because of its meat it is fish, but its scales They have become raw material for the creation of design objects and jewelry, bringing it to the brink of extinction.
Travel to the Amazon
Attached to a lagoon we saw a few Hoacines. They are really prehistoric birds that are not related to any other bird. These flying cows, since they are ruminants 😀, smell extremely bad and therefore are not hunted.
Finally in our Amazon trip, we saw river dolphins and we had the opportunity to fish piranhas and to taste them, which by the way are all thorn.
Travel to the Amazon -Iquitos
Travel to the Amazon It is an experience and of course if you have the opportunity to do so, do not hesitate for a moment. Will not disappoint you.
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Practical data - Tips for traveling to the Peruvian Amazon
When to go to the Amazon?
The best time is to do it in the dry season, which covers the months April until the end of September. In October the rains begin although in the Amazon basin it begins a little later. Visiting it in the rainy season will guarantee you abundant water and in fact many of the routes that you can do in the dry season, with rains are done in canoe, which makes photography difficult, but the experience must be very beautiful.
How to get to Iquitos?
From within Peru the only option aerial always go through Lime. There are no flights from other cities. On the other hand, from abroad, there is an occasional combination such as Panama. Therefore, if we are in Cuzco or Machu Picchu, we will have to turn around and return to the capital.
Amazon recommended tour
We do it with Chavin Tours, one of the best agencies in Peru.
Where to eat?
All lodges, including Very good they are always in full board given that if you are lost in the jungle you have few options, unless you give yourself a hunt or take a backpack with enough food.
What to wear
There are certain objects that you should not miss. Here is a list:
- Camera with good zoom.
- Anti mosquito repellent.
- Water bottles.
- 100% cotton clothing and, if possible, long-sleeved.
- Boots, no flip flops. Water boots are offered to you at no cost.
- External battery charger. The electricity does not arrive and this is obtained by transformers that are turned off during the day.
- Forget mobile and internet.
- First aid kit.
- Some food you can miss ...
- A good book, although there are usually in the Lodge.
Many people think that taking the pills from the malaria It is mandatory in this part of Peru. It is not like that and the same guides do not recommend it. In recent years it is practically eradicated and there are no known cases of tourists affected by this disease. Anyway, if the pills do not give you side effects, it is worth taking them and the best remedy for mosquito bites…. always a good repellent and wear long-sleeved clothes.