One of the best ways to experience the Amazon basin is to hike right through it, observing the majesty of the towering trees and diversity of wildlife on a very human scale. If you’re planning to get out into the jungle and stretch your legs, here are some of your best options.
A popular day trip from Chachapoyas city takes visitors to some of the highest waterfalls in the world. A typical guided excursion includes a moderate 2.5-hour hike through the Amazon with a chance to take a refreshing dip in the pools near the base of the falls.
Tiger River Waterfall
If you’re looking for a short hike, opt for a trek to the Tiger River Waterfall from Oxapampa. This short trail, which only takes about 45 minutes, passes through pine and cypress forests, and across a suspension bridge above the Tiger River.
Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park
This national park protects some of Peru’s most spectacular natural areas—cloud forests, highlands, and deep tropical jungles. Situated about 20 minutes from Oxapampa by car, the park is a popular destination for hikers hoping for a chance to spot orchids, monkeys, and maybe even signs of bears.
Situated along the Amazon River about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside of Iquitos City, Yanamono Reserve’s corner of the Amazon jungle possesses a huge diversity of arboreal species. On a 2-hour excursion, hikers can spot the white silk cotton tree and other native plants that make the area so unique.
Many of the best hiking trails in the Peruvian Amazon are accessible mainly via jungle lodges. Travelers on multi-day itineraries into the jungle often stay at such accommodations while taking daily guided jungle treks through the surrounding rain forests.