How To Choose Your Peru Rainforest Adventure?
It can be hard to know how to select the best Peruvian Rainforest Adventure. From knowing the best time of year to visit the rainforests of Peru, to choosing which part of the Amazon basin to explore, and who to trust to guide you in one of the Earth’s last great wilderness areas.
The rainforests surrounding the Tambopata River and its tributaries are among the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Tambopata National Reserve was created by the Peruvian state with the aim of protecting the wild flora and fauna and scenic beauty of a typical area of subtropical humid forest. Here conservation processes could be introduced together with sustainable ecotourism activities. Today, Tambopata National Reserve protects 678,800 acres of Amazon forest.
Tambopata National Reserve is the most visited area in Madre de Dios, home to one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It offers a unique experience for those who want to experience the Peruvian Rainforest Adventure. Tambopata is for fans of walking, bird and wildlife watchers, nature lovers, scientific tourism, and those wishing to visit communities.
However, Tambopata is one of the most biologically diverse locations in the world. It encounters with extraordinary and sometimes exceedingly rare species do occur regularly. It boasts an incalculable wealth of biodiversity: 900 species of bird have been discovered in the area, along with 1,234 species of butterfly, 94 types of fish,127 amphibians and 74 reptiles. Flora typical of the tropical regions can be seen; its most common ecosystems include aguaje palm areas, swamps, pacales and riverside forests. Their characteristics allow local people to take advantage of the natural resources. Our recent camera trap studies have revealed some of the fauna that has found refuge in the forests we help to protect. And over the past two years, jaguar sightings made by our guests have actually increased, in a sign of the good health of Tambopata’s forests.
Get the most of Amazon Experience
To have the best experience, you should stay at least 4 days. Do stay in one of the many Amazon Jungle Lodges. They are renowned for their high quality service. The conventional way to easily reach this area is to navigate by the rivers and staying in the jungle lodges that offer the service of expeditions for wildlife encounter, lodging and meals. These facilities operate on some hidden river or on the shores of a lake concealed in the thickness of the rainforest with its constant chorus of sounds and the psychedelic colour show in the sky. The operators of Jungle Lodges will be waiting for you at the airport from your arrival to Puerto Maldonado. And after your visit, they return you directly to the airport.
To start an adventure in Peruvian Rainforest of Tambopata you must first reach Puerto Maldonado. It is a 55 minutes flight from Cusco or 1h 40′ from Lima. Normally all flights to Puerto Maldonado do stop in Cusco. The airport Padre José Aldamiz (PEM airport code) is small and has comfortable facilities. It has a vaccination centre and taxi service. The airport is located 7 Km outside the town.
When deciding on the best way to visit rainforests anywhere in South America, travellers should remember a few important points. Firstly, while the Amazon basin remains the most pristine tropical forest on Earth, with matchless biodiversity, that incredible variety of life forms inhabits dense forest. Visitors should not come to Peru’s or any other primary rainforest habitat expecting the wildlife density of the African savannah. With a few fascinating exceptions, such as the capybaras and agoutis commonly seen near our Eco-lodge. As well as the troops of monkeys that roam the high canopy, major species of Amazon fauna are difficult to spot. A combination of time, patience and luck will be required for travellers to be blessed with the sight of a jaguar in its natural habitat.
Finally, perhaps the most important thing to consider when visiting a rainforest habitat is who will be guiding you during your excursions on foot or by boat into the forest. An experienced naturalist guide will know where to look for certain species, such as birds, primates, reptiles or other major fauna. He or she will be able to help you identify wonderful species of animals as they fly, jump, slither, swim or run to escape from you! And, of course, expert naturalist guides will be able to explain to you the marvels of Amazon rainforest flora, in all its incomparable beauty and complexity.
When you do encounter wildlife in the Amazon basin, you almost certainly won’t have a clear and unobstructed view of the animals. But some sightings of fauna can be far from fleeting. One of our own naturalist guides was able to film a jaguar on the banks of the Tambopata River as it went about its business, seemingly unperturbed by the presence of the boatload of Ecolodge guests he was guiding!
Are you up for your Peruvian Rainforest Adventure?