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Amazon River
The mighty Amazon River and its enormous, thickly forested basin are the heart of South America and the guardian of 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. Visitors from around the globe come to Iquitos to cruise the river’s storied waters and catch a glimpse of diverse fauna both above and below the surface.

The Basics
While there are several ways to experience the Amazon and its unparalleled biodiversity, most travelers opt for a boat trip along the basin’s famous river. Cruises generally last three to four days and run through the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, offering the chance to explore on guided walks through the rain forest, take motorboat tours of the tributaries, go piranha fishing, or simply enjoy the scenery from the deck of your cruise ship. Those who prefer to spend more time on dry land can opt for a multi-day jungle adventure, which may include a short boat trip on the Amazon as well as jungle treks, night walks, and the opportunity to spot wild pink river dolphins.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Amazon River is a must-see for adventure travelers and nature lovers.
  • Remember to bring insect repellent to protect yourself against mosquitos.
  • It’s a good idea to pack comfortable walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat, and lightweight clothing such as quick-drying pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Drink plenty of water; it’s always hot and muggy in the Amazon jungle.

How to Get There
Most Amazon River cruises and excursions in Peru depart from the town of Iquitos. The port city is only reachable by plane or by boat, with numerous flights daily from Lima.

When to Get There
With only a 10 percent difference in rainfall between the Amazon basin’s wet and dry season, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Temperatures are generally cooler during the high-water season (November to May). December, June, and August tend to see the most visitors.

Photographing Wildlife on the Amazon
The Peruvian Amazon ranks among the best places on the planet to capture photos of animal species such as monkeys, birds, iguanas, pink dolphins, and even the occasional jaguar. To maximize your chances of getting great shots, bring along a DSLR camera with a long lens of at least 300 millimeters and as low an f-stop as you can afford. Don’t forget extra batteries and SD cards. 
Address: Iquitos, Peru
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Macuxi Tour - Jungle tour - Amazon Rain Forest 2 days / 1 night

Get ready for an exciting journey through the Amazon rainforest! Imagine yourself on a trip to the Amazon exploring exotic places on the Amazon River, one of the largest ecosystems in the world.Spend your days exploring walks through the jungle, exploring Igarapes and igapós in Regionas wooden canoes, watching wildlife, with piranha fishing, all at the same time surrounded by images of exotic Amazonian flora and bird sounds.Experience the rainforest up close from the comfort of our inn; and awakening with sounds of colorful tropical birds, the smell of lush rainforest, countless flowers, tall trees, reptilian pink porpoises and incredible amphibians, butterflies and captivating monkeys.We specialize in personalized tours to areas of virgin rainforest on Mamori Lake, Jaú National Park, and Anavilhanas Archipelago. We would like to show you the Amazon, and your life and wild life style, as it is.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Cultural Tours

Wonderfull Fauna in Iquitos

Immerse yourself in the Amazon river's ecosystem on this half-day tour from Iquitos. With a guide in the lead, follow a carefully-crafted itinerary that's designed to show you the best of the region's flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for Amazon River dolphins, lizards, turtles, and piranhas when visiting the panoramic viewpoint. Listen to myths and legends about one of the largest trees in the world, found in this area. Lunch, bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off make for an all-inclusive experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours

Cultural Tours

Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Day Trip from Manaus

Explore Presidente Figueiredo, the 'Terra de Cachoeiras' (Land of Waterfalls) on this full-day trip from Manaus. During your drive to the small town of Presidente Figueiredo just north of Manaus, view the Amazon rainforest and learn about the native flora and fauna from your local guide. Discover the Sanctuary and Iracema waterfalls near the Urubui River, where you'll have time to swim and explore the area. Enjoy a traditional Brazilian lunch at a local restaurant. Round-trip transportation from Manaus hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

3-Day All Inclusive Guided Jungle Tour from Iquitos at Irapay Luxury Resort

Take a 3-day, 2-night tour through the Amazon jungle with a stay at the Irapay Luxury Jungle Lodge. Take an Amazon river cruise, discover the local flora and fauna such as piranhas and pink dolphins, learn about local cultures and tribes, visit a butterfly farm, and much more. This tour is all inclusive of lodging, meals, activities, entrance fees, tours, and equipment.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

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Indian Village and Meeting of the Waters Tour

Combine a visit to the Meeting of the Waters, a trip to an indigenous village, and a chance to see the Amazon river dolphin in the wild during this 8-hour speedboat tour from Manaus. National Park entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from your Manaus hotel are included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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2-Day All Inclusive Guided Jungle Tour from Iquitos at Irapay Luxury Resort

Exploring the rain forest doesn't need to be a rugged experience. On this 2-day tour from Iquitos, experience top activities such as an Amazon River cruise, jungle hike, and piranha fishing excursion, then return to a private room in a luxury lodge to spend the night. This all-inclusive tour comes with all meals, equipment, activities, and lodging.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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Amazon River Full Day-Trip from Iquitos

Lifeblood of the rain forest landscape, the Amazon River flows through some of the world’s most beautiful jungle scenery—but reaching it in safety requires local knowledge. On this full-day guided safari, explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with entry fees and round-trip travel from your Iquitos hotel included, take to the waters of the famous Amazon River, and spot native wildlife in its natural habitat.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Multi-day Cruises

4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria'

Ply the waters of the Amazon River in high style aboard the luxurious Aria ship on this incredible 4-day cruise. This all-inclusive experience offers an intimate opportunity to observe Amazon wildlife like howler monkeys, macaws and pink dolphins, and visit local indigenous villages, all while enjoying the creature comforts of your very own high-end river yacht. This once-in-a-lifetime river cruise includes round-trip airport transfers, 3 nights accommodation on the ship, a guide and all meals and activities.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

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2-Day Wildlife Observation at Tamshiyacu Reserve with Curassow Amazon Lodge

Explore one of the best regions of the Amazon on a 2-day wildlife adventure in the Tamshiyacu Reserve. Discover the abundant wildlife of the jungle including pink dolphins, sloths, alligators, and birds in their natural habitats. Spend your days observing animals, fishing for piranhas, and cruising down the river and then relax at the rustic Curassow lodge in the evening.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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6-Day Amazon Tour in the Tamshiyacu Reserve from Iquitos, Peru

Travelers who want to experience the flora and fauna of the Amazon with the comforts of a jungle lodge will appreciate this 6-day tour from Iquitos, Peru. Swim and look for pink river dolphins, hike in the rain forest to spot monkey, birds, and more, and visit a local village in the buffer zone between the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Natural Reserve.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

6 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour

Experience the true spirit of Amazon jungle during this 6-day eco-adventure from Manaus. Learn basic jungle survival skills from your adventure guide, then head deep in the jungle to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon. Sleep in hammocks at night, enjoy food cooked over a campfire and paddle up the river tributaries on daily adventures. See and hear local wildlife, encounter indigenous tribes and test your survival skills. Meals, accommodations and round-trip transportation from Manaus are included.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

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4-Day Amazon Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve Adventure

Search for the pink dolphins, anacondas, piranhas, and the wildlife of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on an adventurous, 4-day expedition that includes lodge or tent accommodations in the jungle. Night safaris, jungle hikes, and trips into pristine areas of the Amazon rainforest are designed for spotting a wide range of wildlife, and the chance to sleep in tents means you can take in the exotic sounds of the Amazon at night.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days
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Multi-day Tours

4-Day Jungle of Peru Tambopata Nature Reserve

Explore the Peruvian part of the Amazon Jungle on this 4-day tour to the Tambopata Nature Reserve. Learn about the diverse flora and fauna of the jungle, take a cruise along the Amazon River, hike through the lush jungles, and keep an eye out for various animals such as caiman, river otters, monkeys, macaws, and more. Immerse yourself in the jungle atmosphere and admire the beautiful scenery.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

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3-Day Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is home to some of Peru’s most colorful and interesting flora, fauna, and wildlife—but navigating the Amazon River to explore outside of a guided tour is not advisable. On this all-inclusive tour, delve into the reserve with logistics such as accommodation, meals, transfers, and organized safaris covered. Spot pink dolphins and Amazonian flowers in their natural habitats, and explore the Amazon Jungle in safety.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

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5 Day All Inclusive Private Guided Pacaya Samiria National Reserve from Iquitos

Go deep into Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on an adventurous, 5-day Amazon rainforest camping expedition that combines amazing wildlife, indigenous cultures, and jungle hikes. Tent camping in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve gives you a full immersion in the sights and sounds of the Amazon: wake to a chorus of birds, take nocturnal canoe trips, and search for wildlife in Peru’s largest protected area.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

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4-Day All Inclusive Private Guided Pacaya Samiria National Reserve from Iquitos

Camp in the Peruvian rain forest on this 4-day tour to Pacaya Samiria National reserve. Trek through the jungle, look out for dolphins in the wild, cruise down the Amazon River, and more. This activity-packed trout is also full of inclusions such as all meals, equipment, entrance fees, and activities as per itinerary.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

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03 days tour Pacaya Samiria national reserve with Jungle Reps

An area of dense jungle located in north eastern Peru, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is home to some of the Amazon’s most impressive landscapes and wildlife—but visiting without a guide isn’t advised. On this comprehensive tour, navigate the Amazon River to your remote jungle accommodation and explore the reserve in safety with your guide. With meals and wildlife safari activities included, experience the best of the Amazon Jungle.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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Cultural Tours

Rivera Amazónica Iquitos - Full day

This private, full-day cruise on the Amazon River and Itaya River takes you where cars can't go. Admire views from a stunning vista point, hike into the rain forest, visit two traditional communities that still live along the banks of the rivers, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included to fuel a full day.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Awesome trip Kukama Amazon River in Iquitos

This is a particular route since various Iquitos routes are covered and you can enjoy the animal and cultural life of the city. Realmnete a tour that should not be missed in the city.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours

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Native community in Iquitos

Get a sense of everyday life on the banks of the Amazon River on this private boat tour from Iquitos. Navigate along the Itaya River, Amazon River, and Momon River with a guide, stopping to visit a butterfly garden and up to two traditional communities. Learn first-hand about customs among the Boras and Kukamas communities before returning to your hotel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours

Rail Tours

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Iquitos: Magic of the Jungle 3 Days 2 Nights

Authentic jungle experience (nature, biodiversity, regional cuisine, rescue and conservation centers).
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation

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Wonderfull fauna in Iquitos (Low Cost tour)

Occasionally we can observe the dolphins and red bufeos swimming and jumping in the Amazon River !. We will visit the Don Pedrito farm to feed the piranhas, lizards, paiches and turtles that live there,. Then we will go a little deeper into the jungle to find the "Lupuna" which is one of the largest trees of the Amazon whose diameter can reach up to more than 3 meters in diameter and grow up to 70 meters high, it is counted also that in the great fins of its base there dwell diverse protective beings own of the forest like the well-known chullachaqui.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours

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4 days Amazon Jungle tour with Pink Dolphin watch from Iquitos

Iquitos is a great opportunity and an excellent option for all those that want to escape for a moment of the concrete forests, infernal noises and pollution of the big cities. It is also special for those that want to have a close encounter with paradisiacal places in the virgin jungle of the Amazonian, without any other noise than the ones made by the birds, monkeys or insects.
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  • 4 days
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US$435,00
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  • 4 days

Multi-day Tours

5-Day Wildlife Tour at Tamshiyacu Reserve with Curassow Amazon Lodge

An all-inclusive tour to one of the best spots in the Amazon rainforest to observe wildlife in its own habitat and nature: The Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Natural Reserve. This tour with Curassow Amazon Lodge, GUARANTEES wildlife observation in its natural habitat. Easiest species to find are: Pink and Grey river dolphins, monkeys, sloths, birds, alligators, and more. This tour combines nature and wildlife with facilities as private ensuite rooms, each one with shower and 24-hour fresh water, toilette and electricity provided by solar panels that allows you to charge camera's batteries. Activities during this trip are lead by an English/Spanish-speaking guide.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days


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