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The Amazonas region is famous in Peru for its misty forests, its páramo and its privileged microclimates. Habitat of orchids, Andean bears and roosters of the rocks. Archaeological sites with the enigma of Kuélap, citadel built between the Andes and the Selva. Mysterious tombs and sarcophagi, inheritance of an era where the Chachapoya culture reigned.
Houses and colonial balconies, landscapes of lagoons and gigantic waterfalls: Yumbilla and Gocta. A destination of endless options.
Where is Amazonas Peru
The Department of Amazonas, now constituted in the Amazon Region, is one of the 26 circumscriptions in which the Peruvian territory is subdivided (25 regions and the capital province). It is located in the northeastern part of the country; it borders on the north with Ecuador, on the east with the Department of Loreto, on the south with the Department of La Libertad and the Department of San Martín, and on the west with the Department of Cajamarca.
The climate in the Department of Amazonas is variable, it is generally warm because it is found in the Peruvian jungle. Temperatures range between 30 ° and 37 ° C during the dry season (between May to October) and between 28 ° and 33 ° C during the rainy season.
In the department of Amazonas in the rainy season these are frequent, there may be tropical storms that can last several days.
It is necessary to be prepared for this time and to take extreme precautions in the river crossings before possible abrupt rises in the level of the waters.
Amazonas in Peru
- What to find on a crossing of the Amazon River
If you think that by going in stateroom we lost the essence of the trip, do not believe it: life takes place on the upper deck – in the area that hammocks leave free – next to the bar. It is there where you talk, where you sing, where you play and where you dance – the forró group started their concert on the boat – and that’s where we spend most of the time. Only the night and some rest, when the heat or the rain pressed, returned us to the cabin that acted as haven of peace and refrigerator.
Breathtaking views of the banks of the many rivers and arms of the Amazon – when the river rises the boat goes closer to the shore where there is less current – talks with other passengers, card games – in the cabin, because it is forbidden to play in the boat- … an experience comparable to the Camino de Santiago, but more rested. Here you can also find the “love” – long or short -, it is possible to link on a boat with hammocks.
Another thing that you will find and that will surprise you is the amount of cargo that a three decks boat can carry. In each of the villages on the road, hundreds of cans of beer, bananas, milk powder containers, frozen chickens, cosmetics … more than an hour in each port of accurate choreography of the unloaders who are able to do it with the eyes closed late at night.
- How much to pay for a crossing of the Amazon.
The price of the ticket is unknown. From the moment the street vendor – right at the entrance to the port, at the CDP-Companhia das Docas do Pará – showed us the official price chart of the crossing from Belém to Santarém, he already offered us a discount of R $ 200 -about 65-70 € – in the cabin for two people. When we returned the next day to buy it he told us that there were no more. He had warned us the day before, at the same time that we reduced the price from R $ 800 to R $ 550, which made us think that it was a sales strategy. There were only four cabins left and the price was R $ 500 – which reached R $ 480 after a hard negotiation. Real price? Price tourist? Cheap? … Cheap no, because the quality / price ratio is bad, but there is no other option and, if you want to do it you have to go through the hoop -the hammock left it at R $ 150, but we met people who paid R $ 180, R $ 160 -.
The journey from Santarém to Manaus had less chance of haggling: we bought the ticket in the same port as soon as we got off the ship that had just brought us there and before leaving. A double cabin left for R $ 450.
Of course, the ones that take advantage, and a lot, are the travel agencies. Do not even think about buying the ticket because they will charge more than double. The street vendors around the port wear vests that identify the company they work for and are safe.
- Food in a crossing through the Amazon
The ships have an executive dish kitchen – meat or chicken dishes accompanied by omnipresent rice, beans, cassava flour, and bad and overcooked spaghetti. We were already a bit saturated with the executive dish and we had read that during the three days of crossing from Belém to Santarém and the two from Santarém to Manaus, they would not change much, so before leaving Belém we went through a supermarket to make the purchase: pates, crackers -they could not miss this part of the trip-, a salami, chocolate cookies and a jug of water -the boat has free water but it is better to be careful-
Peru Amazon river tours
- Romantic Travelers. Young, and not so young, who, attracted by the idea of adventure and authenticity of the experience, travel surrounded by hammocks -even above and below, our boat was going to overflow-.
- Locals. The majority. Although the plane tickets from Belém to Santarém and Manaus bought months in advance have lower prices than those of the hammock – at least inferior to those that they ask from tourists – it will not be easy to plan a trip so long in advance, nor each town has its airfield. Another issue is the luggage: impossible to bill for weight, volume … We saw embarking motorcycles, washing machines, microwaves recently bought … In this category we found from whole families a group of forró that was going to give a concert, passing by people who travel for work -yes, not all those who travel for work do it by plane, there are many small aerodromes along the river, or in a cabin.
- Travelers more practical tan romantic. Only we enter that category in our “Amazon cruise”. The idea of navigating the Amazon River was among the strengths of our #LatTrip, and, initially, it was in a hammock as we set out to do it. But the almost one hundred days of travel – we would fulfill them between the first and the second crossing, in Alter do Chão-; read that the boats are always crowded with hammocks above and below yours; and the difficulty to find a hammock with mosquito net -even we looked for it in Madrid before leaving- took us to decide for a cabin / cabin.
• Boats that approach. What one imagined as an isolated and almost uninhabited place is full of small houses on the banks of the main river and its canals. Of those houses, which are isolated, boats leave as soon as the ship is heard. Mothers, grandmothers and children come forward to wait for the bags with used clothes or whatever else they throw at them. Impressive the aim so that they fall in the boat and not in the water.
Lima to Amazon jungle
- Lima-Chiclayo-Chachapoyas: 1225 km (21 hours by car approximately)
- Lima-Trujillo-Cajamarca-Chachapoyas: 1199 km (26 hours by car approximatel)
It does not have regular flights: however, there are non-scheduled flights from the city of:
- Lima (2 hours approximately) to the city of Chachapoyas.
Amazonas Peru flora
The department of Amazonas has a really exuberant and very varied flora, used for food, medicinal, timber, construction, dyeing, etc.
To the south of the department, the slopes of the Marañón valley have little vegetation. In the great Andean heights, grasses stand out. To the north of the province of Utcubamba there are some forests of carob, cactus, crotos and bushes. In the jungle region, especially in the north of the department, in the provinces of Bagua and Condorcanqui, and to the southeast, in the province of Rodríguez de Mendoza, tropical vegetation grows with timber trees (mahogany, cedar, screw, maruá, palo violeta , ishpingo), medicinal plants (cat’s claw), fruit trees, palms and giant ferns. Among the varieties of palm trees there are some edibles such as the one produced by the delicious palmetto.
Amazonas Peru fauna
Traveling to the Amazon always brings surprises and one of these was the opportunity to see nocturnal monkeys. These cute big-eyed monkeys are very difficult to see and are usually in the highest part of the trees.
Another detail to keep in mind is that we must always look where we tread. The amount of insects and amphibians is very large, and these are not always friendly. You can see the largest frog in the world, the Toro frog, as well as see an expert in camouflage, the leaf frog.
There comes a time that even the very toucans and parrots seem so common to you that you take photographs of other birds, like these “sailing” on a Victoria Regia, the largest aquatic plant in the world.
The most uncomfortable perhaps of the Jungle are the large number of mosquitoes and of course its humidity. With mosquitoes you have no choice but to pringarte repellent every few minutes and with the humidity try to wear clothes 100% cotton and as breathable as possible. To avoid if possible the short sleeve.
The Tarantula, whose name was given by the Spaniards and the arboreal rat. This “spider” owes its name to European spiders, such as the spider wolf, which is really a tarantula but its size does not come anywhere near what we have always imagined.
Finally, several classics of the jungle, insects. Very nice but at the same time dangerous. Better not to touch what you do not know since the most common can be very harmful, like ants.
Not everything is to take walks through the jungle, the Amazon River and its tributaries are a great place for excursions. They usually do both day and night, looking for animals of different habits.
The most common are undoubtedly monkeys, such as monks, howlers and spider. It is also possible to see lazy, we saw as 5/6 but all in the treetops that bordered the river. Another very common animal is the caiman, that bug that more than one takes away the desire to take a bath, but then we bathe in the Amazon.
A complicated fish to observe is the Paiche or Pirarucú. If a native sees it, he quickly does the impossible to be able to hunt it. It is one of the largest river fish and of course edible. It reaches 250 kg and its meat is very appreciated. Unfortunately not only for its meat is fish, but its scales have become raw material for the creation of design objects and jewelry, taking it to the brink of extinction.
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 on our trip through the Amazon, we saw river dolphins and had the opportunity to fish for piranhas and taste them, which by the way are all thorn.
Traveling to the Amazon is quite an experience and of course if you have the opportunity to do it, do not hesitate for a moment. Will not disappoint you.
Amazonas Peruvian products
Amazonian products such as aguaje, banana, camu camu, bamboo, acai and pitahaya, among others, have great potential to receive added value and be destined to foreign markets
Amazonas Perú hotels
- Hostal El Roble. Location: Jr. Chincha Alta N°390. Amazonas, Chachapoyas
- Hotel Meflo. Location: Jr. Salamanca Nº1176. Amazonas, Chachapoyas
- Hotel Puma Urco. Location: Jr. Amazonas N°833. Amazonas, Chachapoyas
- Hotel Vilaya. Location: Jr. Ayacucho Nº 734. Amazonas, Chachapoyas
- Hotel Villa de Paris. Location: Salida Carretera a Chiclayo Km 2 – Chachapoyas. Amazonas, Chachapoyas
- Rio Hotel. Location: Jr. Capac Malku Nº 115 – San Luis. Amazonas, Bagua Grande