Amazon Jungle Trips
The Amazon Jungle Trips, the rainforest, la selva, the jungle, the green hell – all these are names for this huge, vibrant area of Peru. Only a few people think of Peru in terms of jungle, yet well over half the country is covered with dense tropical rainforest, with its eastern regions offering unrivalled access to the world's largest and most famous river, the Amazon. Some of the most diverse nature reserves beckon, making this, one of continent’s premier wildlife-watching spot. These days, as a global centre for biodiversity, the Peruvian jungle is a conservation priority. The big jungle is divided into three main areas: the north, south and central part. In the north there is the town of Iquitos, only accessible by river or plane. Our tours are concentrated mainly in the South and the Manu area: Manu National Park and Tambopata National Reserve.
Puerto Maldonado/ Tambopata National Reserve
Going back to nature couldn’t be complete without a visit to Puerto Maldonado from where you can easily enter the jungle and observe the huge bio-diversity of plants and animals as well as the way of life of the Amazonian population.
Puerto Maldonado is the main city in the department of Madre de Dios and was isolated from the rest of the country because of the Andes and the stream of the Madre de Dios for a long time. It is situated between four large natural reserves that are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world and also here are living some of the last Indian tribes which never had any contact with the civilized world.
The city of Puerto Maldonado was born with the rubber-boom in the beginning of the 20th century. It owes recent expansion to the gold-fever that marked the 1970s in this region and to the construction of an airport in the early 1980s.
Around Puerto Maldonado living countless species of birds, alligators, turtles, bats, butterflies, etc. An absolute must for all nature lovers!
Manu National Park
Manu National Park was established in 1977 and in recognition of its uniqueness it was designated a ''World Heritage Site” ten years later. Manu is internationally acclaimed as one of the most biodiverse areas on earth.
Approximately half of the area of Switzerland, the Manu Biosphere is a complete ecosystem with protected watershed embracing Andean montage cloud forest, tropical lowland forest and the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu river drainage systems. The biosphere itself is subdivided into the national park and two adjacent zones, one for tourism and the other for cultural subsistence. It is home to over 1000 species of birds, 15,000 species of plants, over 200 species of mammals, and untold numbers of insects, and within its heart remain yet contactless peoples.
Manu retains healthy populations of jaguar, tapir, anteater, black caiman, giant otter, and among the 13 species of monkey we find the unique pigmy marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world, and the nocturnal night monkey. Because of Manu's low human population and their continued use of traditional hunting techniques, the animals in the park show little fear of man and are more readily approachable than in many other rainforest locations. Manu, therefore, offers unparalleled animal watching opportunities.
For flora and fauna, Manu is pretty much unbeatable in South America, home to 20,000 vascular plant types (one five-square-kilometre area was found to contain 1147 species of vascular plants, almost as many as in the whole of Great Britain), with over 5000 flowering plants, 1200 species of butterfly and 1000 types of birds.
Wildlife aside, however, the journey into the park itself is amazingly spectacular and not to be missed. Access to Manu is normally by road. The two day trip from Cusco to the entrance of the Manu Reserved Zone carries you over the Andes mountains to an elevation of 4000m/13123f, passes pre-Inca ruins and down through the cloud forest on the eastern side of the Andes, and finally into lush, lowland rainforest. Roads remain largely unpaved and wind their way precariously past cascading waterfalls, deep gorges, and precipices.
Making a trek through the Manu Rainforest is a unique opportunity to walk in the high-jungle and going down the river Madre de Dios by boat, observing the fauna by day as by night, meeting people who live on these lands in their traditional way, in total harmony with nature for centuries and counting tales from the jungle around the campfire. This trip is truly a journey into a unique environment that can be experienced in only a few places on earth.