The Amazon is the biggest and longest river in the world.
Amazon River is Best For
Directions to Amazon River
The Amazon is the biggest and longest river in the world. It starts in the snowy peaks of Caylloma province, in Arequipa department, and after a long journey, it merges with the Marañón and Ucayali rivers where it becomes the Amazon.
Its waters flow into the sea at 170,000 cubic meters (6,003,493 cubic feet) per second and host over 2,000 species of fish. The Amazon is also a communication channel for millions of people living in the jungle who travel the river either in regular boats or in small boats called peque peque.
The river basin also brings life to Amazonia, the largest tropical rainforest on the planet and one of the most important green lungs of the Earth. Iquitos City is the main point of departure for traveling along the Amazon River and reaching national reserves and tourism lodges, where day and night-time hikes as well as boat trips and visits to the local bora, yahua and witoto ethnic communities are organized. For a more scenic experience, tourists can walk cross hanging bridges or hike to viewing spots and floating platforms.
The department's wide diversity, particularly in terms of flora, allows colorful and beautiful butterflies to fully grow and inhabit large forest spaces on the jungle fringe and part of the lower jungle.
The various tourist excursions offer the chance to observe attractive species of butterflies, especially along the following routes: trail to Kuélap, trail to the Laguna de los Cóndores and all the trails that lead to the Gocta Waterfall. There is no butterfly farm in the region as yet so visitors should look out for the different species found here.
It is well known that in the district of Molinopampa, in the province of Rodríguez de Mendoza, a few hours from Chachapoyas, the zone of orchids is home to thousands of colorful butterflies.
Further away, the Santiago-Comaina reserved zone, in Condorcanqui province, has a wide variety of flora and fauna, with endemic species of up to 474 varieties of butterflies, of which 21 may be entirely new species.
The Amazon River, as many say, is the world's largest river. To travel upon it throughout a whole week is as close to nature as one can get. Every corner of the forest is utterly captivating, regardless of whether it is in Peruvian, Columbian or Brazilian territory. The experience includes hiking, visiting native communities, canoe trips and all the comfort of a floating hotel.
The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is at the heart of the trip. This area can only be reached by river. A protected natural area, located in the depths of the tropical jungle, a whole spectrum of birds and general wildlife can be seen, all with the backdrop of a multi-colored and never-ending scenery.
Companies boasting over 20 years experience, with solid trajectory, knowledge and logistical capacity ensure the trip along the Amazon is a safe one. Interact with nature, understand the jungle's ecology and enjoy the Amazonian landscape through 360° panoramic views from aboard new and safe ships.