Do you want to go on a cruise on the Amazon, trek through the jungle trails or visit ancient indigenous communities? The Peruvian jungle awaits you.
The Peruvian jungle has it all: a unique biodiversity in the world, an ancient culture, dream landscapes and the perfect setting for lovers of adventure sports. Loreto, the largest Amazon region in our country, offers all this and much more.
Iquitos, its capital, is located 1012 km from Lima and can be reached in a flight of just 1 hour and 45 minutes. The vibrant city is located on the left bank of the Amazon River, the longest and most mighty on the planet.
Whether you are an adventurer, a nature lover, or just looking for a different experience for your next holidays, this list of activities will help you enjoy Loreto more.
CRUISE THROUGH THE AMAZON
There are several options (prices and size of boats) to travel the Amazon River. It can be a short walk or a journey of several days, but the journey will be unforgettable. In either case, you will be able to observe wildlife, such as pink dolphins, manatees, crocodiles or piranhas. Depending on the company and the route, you can also make stops to explore the Amazon jungle and learn more about its secrets.
AN ENORMOUS BIODIVERSITY
For nature lovers, the Peruvian Amazon is home to 14,712 species of animals (8,000 of them unique), 700 kinds of butterflies, 282 of birds, 625 of insects, 250 of reptiles and 2,000 of fish. In Loreto there are a multitude of hiking opportunities to watch birds, butterflies and many other species. Tourists come from all over the world just to observe and photograph them. Prepare your camera!
ADVENTURES IN THE AMAZON
Loreto is the perfect setting for the practice of adventure sports such as canopy to cross the Amazon River, canoeing in its deep waters or trekking through the jungle. Just be sure to hire licensed guides and formal companies for any of these activities.
VISIT PACAYA SAMIRIA
The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve covers 2,080,000 hectares and is the ideal place for nature lovers. It is located 308 km from the city of Iquitos and only the trip by river to reach it is already an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. You can visit the reserve on day tours or spend a magical night either in the hostels and lodgings that exist inside, or connect even more with nature and camp in one of the 8 designated areas.
SHARE A DAY WITH THE NATIVE POPULATIONS
The Peruvian jungle is home to indigenous communities, such as the Boras and Kukamas, who preserve their ancient traditions, customs and origins. They gladly welcome visitors and share their traditions, such as their traditional cooking and dances.