5 reasons to visit the jungle of Peru

More than half of the Peruvian territory is jungle. The Jungle of Peru is full of great green biodiversity, natural resources and a beautiful variety of flora and fauna. While you are touring the jungle, you will find unique sounds, a beautiful ecology, large areas to explore and beautiful natural areas. Despite this, more people come to the coast and the mountains than to this area. Why not do tourism north-east of the country? We present here five reasons to travel to the Jungle of Peru:

1. For the incredible biodiversity of the Jungle of Peru

Everything that can be learned and discovered in a portion of the immense Jungle of Peru. It is one of the most biodiverse and endemic areas on the planet, which means that we will find unique species in an immense and sparsely populated area, as well as unaltered.

2. For the possibility of sustainable tourism

Throughout the Jungle of Peru there are ethnic groups with indigenous languages and although many of these communities remain isolated, others receive tourism under programs of sustainable or sustainable tourism. In addition there are numerous reserves and protected areas. This implies being part of an experience in harmony with nature and the environment.

3. For its variety of Destinations

Tambopata National Reserve:

It is a protected area around the Tambopata River, in the department of Madre de Dios of recent creation, and one of the main tourist destinations within the zones protected by the Peruvian State. The biodiversity is amazing, a site of richness in flora, fauna and views, with landscapes such as Lake Sandoval, a mirror of water surrounded by dense vegetation with accommodation for visitors. There are also camping areas like in Sachavacayoc.

Iquitos:

Environment of Iquitos is another of the most visited Jungle areas of Peru. Iquitos is the gateway to this region (the largest city in the Jungle of Peru), surrounded by the Amazon, Nanay, and Itaya rivers. The city is visited by some buildings of its historic center, and the Bethlehem district, nicknamed the “Amazonian Venice”, by its canals, although little has to do with the climate and rustic style of this neighborhood. More than 100 thousand tourists arrive every year to Iquitos, baptized as the ecological capital of the world. From there, numerous rainy cruises depart for the different rivers and different jungle spots.

Tarapoto:

It is another of the main tourist destinations of the Peruvian Jungle. Located northeast of Peru on the banks of the Shilcayo River, it is an important city, the most populated in the department of San Martin. It is known as the City of Palm Trees, and very close there are attractions in the middle of nature such as Laguna Azul, Lago Lindo, or the Ahuashiyacu waterfalls.

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Manu National Park:

Another protected area, but this time in the southeast of the country, in the departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco. Actually there are three areas besides the park: the reserved area, and the transition zone or Cultural. At the confluence of the Manu and Madre de Dios rivers, the exuberance of Manu is dazzling, with many areas still unexplored: it is none other than one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. In a single hectare of Manu National Park have been cataloged 250 species of trees.

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Pucallpa:

A city where you can combine the visit to the jungle with family tourism. It is in the center-east of the country, in the Amazonian plain on the margin of the Ucayali River. Pucallpa is also an important city, attracting visitors oriented to ecological tourism, as well as cultural tourism. There are variety of options for activities in nature.

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4. For its variety of microclimates.

Because only one imagines heat and rain in the jungle, the variety of landscapes and geographical features in the Peruvian Jungle make it a varied destination even with the weather. While the high forest has high altitude rainforests with somewhat lower temperatures, moving away from the mountains becomes a very warm and humid tropical forest crossed by numerous rivers.

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5. Because it has more than one tourist attraction.

In places like Chachapoyas there are areas of the city of colonial charm and very picturesque. There are also archaeological sites and fortresses such as Kuélap, called “the Machu Picchu of the north”, built by the culture of the Chachapoyas, an ethnic group that knew how to resist the Inca Empire. Or, there are small gems of nature such as the Gocta waterfall, discovered only in 2005 as one of the highest waterfalls in the world.

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