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The tropical jungle most rich and varied in the world covering 60% of Peruvian territory and which has wonderful sites for levers of nature.

Amazon river

Beginning in the mountain Quehuisha near Arequipa, it has various names: Apurimac, ene, Tambo and Ucayali. It later unites with the large Maranon river and becomes the majestic Amazon River, the biggest river in the world which crosses 7 062 km (4 388 miles) before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.



122 m.a.s.l (400 ft), the biggest city in the peruvian jungle with 427 000 inhabitants, it conserves most of its architecture from the rubber magnates of the XIX century. From Iquitos you can embark on a journey of diverse typical regions of the jungle and visit indigenous popuilations like the boras and the Yaguas, amongst others. Only 20 km (12 miles) from the city via an asphalt road is the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, possessing the largest number of species of trees per hectare (nearly 300) and the most reptiles (140 species); further there are 28 threatened species like the otter, shrew eagle and the black tocon, the red monkey and the giant armadillo.



90 km (56 miles) south of Iquitos by road (1 hr 30) where you can see the union of the rivers Maranon and Ucayali, is the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve called "the jungle of the mirrors". It is the largest swanp in the Amazon region (2 million hectares). It is the territory of the mafati or marine cow, of the pink dolphin, of the charapa tortoise and anaconda. 


Manu National Park

alitude of 250 - 4 000 m (820 - 13 000 ft) in the oriental slopes of the andes with 1 716 295 hectares is the largest reserves of the planet. Its biological diversity has no equal and is a World Heritage Site UNESCO. Manu is refuge to more than 800 species of birds: the shrewd eagle, the jabiru and the rock chicken among others; more than 200 types of mammals like the black maquisapa monkey, the sea lion, the black lizard, the jaguar, the tigrillo, the eyeglass bear and the tacura. Amongst the plants it has more has 2000 species and unique varieties, including giant orchards and trees that grow higher than 40 metres (130 ft). In this zone also live various aboriginal populations, who possess their own traditions, cultures and languages: the Matsiguengas, Amahuacas, Yaminahuas, Piros, Amarakaeris, Huachipaires and the Nahuas.


Puerto Maldonado

183 m.a.s.l (600 ft) - city of 70 000 inhabitants. The principal attractions of the region  are the "Colpa de guacamayos de Colorado" in the National Reserve of Tambopata at 150 km (93 miles) from Puerto Maldonado (12 hr in a boat), the point you can see the "guacamayos" (parrots) every morning, Sandoval Lake at 2 hours from the city and Valencia Lake at 4 hours where you can observe numerous species of animals and plants.


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