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What to visit in Amazonas Peru ?

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In this article we propose the best safe destinations to visit in the Amazon (Peruvian jungle).

Does Peru have jungle?

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Jungle Of Peru

Yes, the Peruvian territory extends over a rugged geographical area that due to the presence of the Andean mountain range and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean develops different ecological levels and varied microclimates in its coastal, highland and jungle regions.

About 57% of the Peruvian territory is Amazonian rainforest divided into high and low jungle with warm tropical temperate climates, rainy and highly humid throughout the year.

The geographical and climatic variation endows the Peruvian jungle with a wide range of natural attractions, such as waterfalls, rivers, lakes and lagoons, forests, bird observatories, butterflies, orchids, and a great variety of endemic and migratory animals, making it one of the major destinations for ecotourism activities in South America.

Destinations to visit in Amazonas

Visiting Kuelap

Fortaleza De Kuelap
Kuelap Fortress

It is located in the province of Luya in the Amazonas region. At an elevation of approximately 3000 meters above sea level. This archaeological complex is a very well organized city in which currently and after several archaeological expeditions have managed to restore religious centers, administrative spaces, ceremonial spaces, urban spaces among others.

The archaeological complex of Kuelap is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding attractions in the northern jungle of Peru. 

The caves of Quiocta

Cavernas De Quiocta
Quiocta Caves

Located at 2793 meters above sea level, in the province of Lamud, Amazonas. These caverns, ideal for speleology tourism and cave exploration, provide the visitor with an enriching experience through caverns of about 500 meters deep with cave paintings that show hunting scenes and everyday situations of primitive men who traveled through the area thousands of years ago.

Inside the cave you will also find lithic remains, ceramics, Chachapoya burials, as well as stalactites and stalagmites with curious shapes and designs. It is recommended to visit these caves in the company of a guide specialized in speleology and caves.

Pongo de Manseriche

Pongo De Manseriche
Pongo De Manseriche

The Manseriche Lake, located on the Marañon River, is one of the most outstanding in Peru, due to the relief that was formed based on the variations in the river's flow.

The strong currents of its waters make it a very dangerous spot where navigation is almost impossible.

Visiting Chachapoyas

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Visiting Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas is located in the highlands of the Amazon region and not in an Amazonian ecological floor as many confuse. With a semi cold rainy climate highly humid, with temperatures that remain at 14 º C on average, so you should not be confident when visiting this region.

Chachapoyas offers many tourist attractions including the archaeological complex of Kuelap and the sarcophagi of Karajia.

What to do in Bagua Amazonas of Peru

Bagua offers a wide variety of waterfalls and cascades, accompanied by trekking and hiking activities, as well as bird watching and native flora.

  • Tiger Waterfall: It is located only 3 hours away from the city of Bagua, through lush forests and vast nature.
  •  Cambiopitec Cavern: These caverns still have vestiges of the presence of primitive men during the Formative Period. Currently the access routes to the caverns have been improved, so they are now open to the public who wish to carry out speleological activities and adventure inside the caves.
  • El Bijao Waterfalls: It is a set of 5 waterfalls in stairs, being the ideal destination for rappelling in waterfalls, it is located just 2 hours walk from the district of Copallin, Bagua.

Gocta Waterfall in Peru

It is a majestic waterfall of about 700 meters high, located deep in the jungle of the Amazon region currently has no vehicle access, but a large majority of travel agencies offer the tour to the Gocta Falls to 1 day of walking, so the thousands of tourists who want to know it must cross the Amazon on trekking routes or horses.

Yumbilla Waterfall

Yumbilla with 895.4 meters high, is currently considered the 5th highest waterfall in the world and the 2nd in Peru. Located in the Amazon region is 70 km north of the city of Chachapoyas.

In the middle of an important ecological and megadiverse space, the Yumbilla Waterfall attracts tourists seeking to separate from the stress of the city and connect with nature, it is ideal for the observation of animals characteristic of the area. It is also ideal for hiking and trekking activities.

Recommendations to visit the Peruvian Amazon jungle

  • For all travelers over 18 years of age, accredit to have 3 complete doses of vaccines against COVID-19. For children under 17 to 12 years of age, only 2 doses are necessary, in case of not having received any dose of anti COVID vaccines, a molecular test with NEGATIVE result must be presented, with a validity of no more than 48 hours, before traveling. Children under 11 years of age may travel if they do not present any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Being located in Amazonian territory, it is also advisable to receive the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before arriving in the jungle. Consult your doctor.
  • The climate in the Amazon region is varied due to its geographical location, so it is recommended to bring rain ponchos, light but warm clothing.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • For trekking, it is advisable to wear rain boots or waterproof trekking shoes.
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