River Explorers

Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines may be high on your bucket list, but a trip to Peru will only be complete with a visit to the Amazon Rainforest.

All your questions answered

The richness of the Peruvian Amazon, the diversity, and the adventure it brings are good enough reasons to visit the country, but read on as we showcase this breathtaking part of Peru, answering a few frequently asked questions:

  • Where exactly is the Peruvian Amazon?
  • Why travel to the Amazon?
  • What can I see and do in the Amazon?
  • Who should travel to the Amazon?
  • When is the best time to travel to the Amazon?

Where exactly is the Peruvian Amazon?

Covering 60% of Peru’s landscape, you’ll find the country’s lush Rainforest spanning north to south of the country, sitting east of the Andes. Bordering other South American countries – Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia – the Peruvian Amazon runs from the high jungle – called the selva Alta – through to the foothills of the mountain range and into the low jungle, settling into the heart of the Amazon basin.

Why travel to the Amazon?

Bursting with biodiversity, the Peruvian Amazon is a mesmerizing space. Only second in size to Brazil, Peru’s Rainforest is a colorful paradise of fauna and flora, with over 14,500 animal species.

We at River Explorers feel that traveling the Amazon should be an authentic experience, which is why our travels take you further away than most tourist excursions. 

Instead of introducing you to a lodge close to a jungle city like Puerto Maldonado, we travel by boat to an area where more wildlife, mystique, and a stronger sense of adventure await. Cruising for ninety minutes along the Rio Madre de Dios river and into the deeper Amazon means fewer people and fewer travelers, bringing you a richer adventure.

Proud of our Amazon tours, we do not skim the surface of your trip into the Rainforest but ensconce ourselves in the experience. We want your time to be magical!

Amazon jungle peru wild life

What can I see and do in the Amazon?

Staying at an eco-lodge in the Tambopata National Reserve means River Explorers will help you to enjoy this conservation area with like-minded, environmentally conscious guides and genuine biologists, observing the pristine and protected most profound region of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

Enjoying one of the best Amazon lodges Peru offers, the Rainforest will spoil you with a few days around incredible wildlife and lush greenery. Being this deep in the jungle may mean encounters with the great anteater, a tapir, or you may spot the shy jaguar, not to mention a variety of birds, their song teasing out the twitcher* within. Plus, the Amazon has over 20,000 plant species for you to appreciate!

There is so much to see and do within this part of Peru’s jungle, and River Explorers will help your travel dreams come true. We’ll escort you on short walks, visit a local farm, and enjoy a thrilling evening cruise on the river! In addition, we will encourage you to discover new animal and bird species, tantalize your tastebuds with local exotic fruit, and amaze yourself with the enormous trees of the Amazon Forest.

Yes! Get ready to be enchanted by butterflies, fascinated by parrots, amused by monkeys, and entranced by turtles. And did we mention the glorious sunsets? at an eco-lodge in the Tambopata National Reserve means River Explorers will help you to enjoy this conservation area with like-minded, environmentally conscious guides and genuine biologists, observing the pristine and protected most profound region of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

Enjoying one of the best Amazon lodges Peru offers, the Rainforest will spoil you with a few days around incredible wildlife and lush greenery. Being this deep in the jungle may mean encounters with the great anteater, a tapir, or you may spot the shy jaguar, not to mention a variety of birds, their song teasing out the twitcher* within. Plus, the Amazon has over 20,000 plant species for you to appreciate!

There is so much to see and do within this part of Peru’s jungle, and River Explorers will help your travel dreams come true. We’ll escort you on short walks, visit a local farm, and enjoy a thrilling evening cruise on the river! In addition, we will encourage you to discover new animal and bird species, tantalize your tastebuds with local exotic fruit, and amaze yourself with the enormous trees of the Amazon Forest.

Get ready to be enchanted by butterflies, fascinated by parrots, amused by monkeys, and entranced by turtles. And did we mention the glorious sunsets?

Who should travel to the Amazon?

learning about the amazon

The Amazon jungle, described as ‘the lungs of the world,’ is a fascinating space – enchanting, limitless, and diverse. And it is for everyone!

Whether a couple, friends, or family, Peru’s Amazon Jungle is not only for the extreme athlete or adventure sporting individual; this glorious gem is for old and young, big and small.

You may be a conservationist at heart or know very little of Rainforest preservation; whether learned, still learning, or simply wanting to have fun and be charmed on your Peruvian holiday, traveling the Amazon should be on your list!

Taking one of the best Amazon tours on offer, River Explorers’ super popular 21-day trip to Peru includes seven days in the Amazon jungle. Or, if that is not for you, why not request a tailor-made memorable jungle safari? Whichever tour you choose from us, you will be swept away by the thrill and adventure!

Indigeous person on a amazon

When is the best time to travel to the Amazon?

As diverse as the landscape, so is Peru’s climate, typically split into three weather regions, the Coast, the Andes, and the Amazon.

Located close to the Equator, Peru’s weather, and the Amazon, in particular, is humid all year round. Day temperatures in this region are generally around the 30-32°C mark, and nights tend to sit around the 20°C mark. December to the end of March is the more rainy season in Peru’s Rainforest. However, prepare for an ‘all-seasons-in-one-day’ experience even in the less rainy season.

As we’ve alluded, the weather is unpredictable and will sometimes determine which activities occur on a given day. That is why, with our tours, you will not find a set daily program at the eco-lodge. Instead, the guides at the reserve will inform you of the schedule on a day-to-day basis.

Even though our focus here has been on the lush Amazon, there are multiple reasons to travel to Peru, a country enigmatic with a culture dating back thousands of years. An untamed land of deserts, high mountains, and forests teeming with wildlife. A place where you can escape and wonder at hidden cities and relics from ancient times.

We invite you to reach out to us to chat about your dream holiday. Let us guide you to your most marvelous and exhilarating Peruvian Amazon Rainforest getaway. We can’t wait for you to join us!

If you have any questions about Peru or our tours, we’ll be happy to answer them. Please email: contact@riverexplorers.com

*a birdwatcher whose main aim is to collect sightings of rare birds. (Oxford English Dictionary).