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Considered one of the most diverse areas on the planet, it represents more than 50% of the country’s entire territory, which is why you may have doubts about which part of it to visit.
That’s why we’re going to tell you about the Tambopata jungle (also known as Puerto Maldonado) and the Iquitos jungle, so you can choose which one you prefer and add it to your Peru itinerary.
In the province of Tambopata, very close to the city of Puerto Maldonado, lies this impressive natural park of the same name, covering 274,690 hectares.
The reserve has diverse habitats, including the Amazonian lowland rainforest, riverine forests, and oxbow lakes. It is home to over a thousand species of butterflies, hundreds of species of mammals and birds and many other varieties of trees and plants.
It is also crossed by three rivers: the Malinowski, Tambopata, and Madre de Dios rivers. So if you like nature and biodiversity, this is the place for you.
The Iquitos flooded jungle is the ecoregion that surrounds the city of Iquitos and through which the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers and the Moronacocha Lake flow.
A good idea is to go on a tour of the Iquitos Jungle. It usually starts from the city of Iquitos itself, which is also impressive in its own right.
During the tour, you can stay for three days in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, navigate through its rivers, walk through the jungle, discover all its sounds and animals… in short, live a unique experience in the jungle of Iquitos.
Choosing between Tambopata or Iquitos
At first glance, they seem like two very valid options for visiting the Amazon rainforest if you’re travelling in Peru. And the truth is that both Tambopata or Iquitos are impressive places.
Although you should bear in mind that the greater accessibility of Puerto Maldonado makes it a major tourist attraction. This means that wherever you go you’ll find people visiting. In addition, many of the wild animals in the area are already ‘trained’.
So if you’re looking for an authentic and somewhat more environmentally friendly experience, visiting the Iquitos jungle is the way to go.
Now that you know these two areas of the jungle better, you can choose which one to visit during your trip. All you have to do is pack your bags for the jungle.
Peru is waiting for you!