The Peruvian jungle is a large extension of jungle land whose main river is the Amazon, is part of what is known as the Amazon Rainforest, occupies from the north and east of Peru. To get to the Peruvian jungle we have to move to one of the towns located on the edge of it and take them as a base camp, these villages can be reached preferably through the airports of the región.
The Peruvian jungle is one of the few ecosystems on the planet that still maintain its biodiversity intact. In fact, the Amazon is full of natural resources and an innumerable variety of flora and fauna. Therefore, visiting it and enjoying its ecosystem is an unforgettable experience.
Peru Rainforest Animals
This forest is very dense, it is a rainy type with evergreen trees with broad leaves. The climate is humid tropical type. There are two types of Peruvian jungle:
High forest: The trees are high and it is a jungle located in the mountain, the temperatures are warm in the low areas of the mountains.
Low jungle: It is a jungle located in the plains between the mountains, it has a very hot tropical rainy climate and an average temperature of 28 ºC. They are soils with few nutrients due to high rainfall and rivers.
Animals of the Lower Jungle of Peru
This region is known as Amazonian tropical forest and they inhabit it:
- Otorongo or jaguar. It is an excellent hunter, inhabits the southern areas, its head is robust and has powerful teeth. It can measure wax of two meters and can weigh more than 100 kg. They are solitary animals and strict carnivores. Consume tapirs, capybaras, peccaries, deer, frogs, agoutis and birds.
- Anaconda. It is a non-poisonous aquatic snake that can reach 10 meters in length. It weighs about 20 Kg and gives birth to its young with life.
- Hunting mammals of all sizes, which lurks from the water and trees.
- Macaw. It is a bird of about 85 centimeters of intense colors such as red, green, yellow and blue. Consume fruits and seeds and consume clay to detoxify your body and consume irritating seeds without problems. They are birds that form lifelong couples.
- The charapa arrau. It is a large aquatic turtle, weighs about 50 kg and measures 89 centimeters. They eat vegetables, fruits and carrion of fish.
- Other animals of this type of Peruvian jungle are: Squirrel monkey, Shushupe Arrowhead frogs, Carachupas, Lion monkey, Harpy Eagle, Toucan, Pink dolphin.
Animals of the High Jungle of Peru
The high jungle of Peru is inhabited by the following animals:
- Cock of the Rocks. It is the national bird of Peru, measures 32 centimeters, male and female differ greatly. The plumage of the male is intense red and orange, its wing and tail are black, the females are reddish brown.
- Wonderful Hummingbird. It is a hummingbird of beautiful colors that is in danger of extinction.
- Quetzal. It is an omnivorous bird, it consumes insects, frogs and fruits. Its plumage is elegant with bright colors.
- Paucares. They are yellow birds, very noisy, build their nests with fibers or tissues.
- Dipper. It has a dark plumage, looks a white chest and can remain submerged for 30 seconds. It hunts fish and insects that live on the rocks in the vicinity of bodies of water.
- Other animals that inhabit the Peruvian high forest are: The tanrilla, Blue butterfly, Spectacled Bear.
The animals of the Peruvian jungle are protected by law, since being endemic species of that area is a risk factor for a possible extinction in the long term.
Peruvian Rainforest Tours
Tours in Central Selva of Peru
Chanchamayo, San Ramón, La Merced, Oxapampa, Villa Rica and Pozuzo are just some of the destinations you can find in the central jungle of Peru.
After traveling along the Central Highway and taking the detour to Tarma, you can arrive in 6 hours, from Lima, to these valleys located in high jungle areas with lush vegetation and surrounded by forests of rich and varied fauna and vegetation.
Enjoy and meet the Asháninkas in Pichanaki, or villages of German heritage and zip line are also part of this experience, the pollen route or the route of organic coffee. Adventure activities, canoeing on the Perené River, mountain biking, downhill, and more … await you.
For those who seek a moment of peace and tranquility at a short distance from Lima, and be surrounded by unspoiled nature, the central jungle is an ideal destination.
Part of the experience will be to visit and take a bath in one of its many waterfalls such as the Veil of the Bride or Bayoz or walks in Kimiri, among hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and orchids.
Tours in Iquitos and the Amazon Rainforest
Iquitos is an ideal place for lovers of nature and biodiversity tourism and for those who want to feel an intimate contact with the unspoilt nature of the Amazon forests and the Amazon River.
In the city of Iquitos you can find handicrafts of the jungle natives, as well as enjoy excellent regional cuisine, typical drinks, hectic city life and great nightlife, or sessions with shamans who use ayahuasca. There is a great diffusion of folk medicine and quackery based on the large number of medicinal plants that exist.
From the city of Iquitos you can take a cruise on the Amazon River or stay in hostels and lodges located in the jungle to explore the jungle and the most daring and adventurous can reach the protected natural areas, highlighting the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and Allpahuayo Mishana, with exuberant fauna and flora, ideal for bird watching, can also take contact with the aborigines of the Amazon or know the rites of ayahuasca.
This destination, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, has different ways of being visited, a program with lodging in a jungle lodge, a cruise in the Amazon, staying in the city of Iquitos with excursions, or the combination of them. In any of the cases, the minimum recommended for a basic visit in the Northern Amazon of Peru is 4 days. More information on Exploring the Amazon Rainforest. A single trip will not be enough to discover all the wonders of the immensity of the Peruvian jungle.
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Newly named Natural Patrimony of the Earth, the Amazon River and its surroundings, are one of the least explored and most attractive territories of Peru, that is to say the Amazon forest with its rainforests and the green mountains of the jungle. The trip to the different places that this area offers is a challenge that is facilitated by having the necessary services and amenities at your fingertips. Extensive and abundant rivers, very high waterfalls (like Gotca, which is the third in the world) and primary forests that keep nature intact are the main course of this trip. Prepare to venture into a more than unforgettable experience.
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