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The second largest jungle after the Brazilian Amazon, the Peruvian Amazon is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. With a breath taking abundance of flora and fauna, it contains over 70% of the living species on the planet;in the southern jungle alone there are 1,000 different species of birds and 15,000 different plant varieties. The might Amazon River runs through the north of the country and, together with its tributaries, forms the vast stretch of lowland jungle.

Peru currently has approximately 5% of its territory protected by a system of 50 national parks, reserves, sanctuaries and other designated areas that are a joy to explore, either by boat or by staying in a rustic (with all the added comforts) lodge. But which to choose? Easily accessible from Cusco, Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to exploring the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone in southern Peru, home to the Madre de Dios River, which you'll cruise down to your chosen accommodation.

Lodges, such as Reserva Amazonica, are the obvious choice for those who want to base themselves in the centre of the jungle but still enjoy all the luxurious touches of comfortable accommodation. Set within its own private ecological reserve, Reserva Amazonica Lodge is set on the borders of Tambopata, and its spacious bungalows and private suites have to been seen to be believed –you really are miles from nowhere. We love the Tambopata Suites for an extra treat: they offer a private terrace, plunge pool and outdoor rain shower for added luxury. You can take short daily trips into the jungle by boat or on foot and still return to your stunning lodge each night. What's more, the lodges are family-oriented, with a wide range of facilities and activities for children, so it's the ideal choice if you're travelling with little ones.

Travel further north to Iquitos on the banks of the Amazon River itself and you can board an expedition vessel, perfect if you're feeling more adventurous! Two of our favourites are Aria and Aqua, and while on board you can cruise along the river towards the Pacaya Simiria Reserve, watching the fascinating world of Amazonia float by as you look out for pink river dolphin in the early morning cool. You can take a small skiff past dense forest on the banks of smaller tributaries to hunt for monkeys, sloths and the celebrated giant Victoria Regia water lilies. All of our boats have expert naturalist guides on board, so you're free to ask as many questions as you like along the way.

 



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Active Peru

Nights: 14 | from £5,945pp

Get active the Inca way. Discover the wildlife-rich Amazon Basin and trek through little-visited rural villages on the stunning Salkantay Trail. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Northern Peru

Nights: 10 | from £3,630pp

Enjoy the splendours of northern Peru’s history, culture and wildlife on this exciting 10 day adventure through Lima, Chiclayo, Kuelap, Cajamarca, and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Peru

Nights: 7 | from £4,450pp

The Land of the Incas welcomes you and shows you its greatest ancient and historic treasures on this 8 day adventure that will leave you wanting to return... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Nights: 8 | from £5,375pp

An 8 night adventure into the heart of Peru, this tour explores Peru's pre-Columbian culture, rich musical traditions and the impressive Machu Picchu. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Discover Peru

Nights: 12 | from £4,190pp

A magical 12 night tour discovering Peru's ancient culture and colours from the magnificent Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu to the iconic Lake Titicaca. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Aria Expedition Cruise

The M/V Aria offers 32 guests the opportunity to sail deep into Peru's Amazon wilderness in style and comfort. The 16 over-sized staterooms all feature... Find out more

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Delfin 1

The Delfin 1 is in the style of a classic Amazon River boat that has been refurbished to the highest standard of exclusivity and luxury providing an unrivalled... Find out more

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Reserva Amazonica

Inspired by native Amazon design, Reserva Amazonica offers 30 thatched roof cabañas - all combining natural materials with contemporary amenities and... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

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Save up to £375pp
Travel on this Luxury Small Group Journey – Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley on any departure in May and June 2017 and receive a £375 discount per person, based on double occupancy only. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Book a holiday to travel from now until the end of December 2016 to Peru and receive 5% discount. This discount does not include Amazon cruises and mountain treks. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Javier Peralta (our guide in Cusco, Machu Picchu and thereabouts) and Edwin Frisancho Carrasco (driver in same place) were both simply AMAZING! We have been to different parts of the world and have had lots of different guides but these two people were the best we have experience by a mile.

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Best time to be there

Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.

Fly to

Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

15 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.

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