Welcome to the Jungle (The Amazing Peruvian Rainforest)

by Bklein456 on July 20, 2011

Welcome to the Jungle (The Amazing Peruvian Rainforest)

If you have never been to the Amazon and you don’t want to spend a ton of money, then this trip would be a great one for you. The Peruvian Amazon is way cheaper than the Brazilian equivalent, and the diversity of life and pristine rainforest setting is still as good as anywhere on earth. The rainforest is not a place you can really do on your own, so you need to choose a certain company to go with.

In order to get to the Peruvian rainforest, you will need to fly to the capital, Lima, and get a connecting flight to Iquitos, where you will probably need to spend the night in a hotel. Be careful which hotel you choose; some are bug-ridden and don’t have hot water. Most companies will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the boat to go down the Amazon River.

We went through a company called Explorama, which was highly recommended from our friends who have been to the Amazon, and the company did not disappoint. With Explorama, you can stay at a variety of locations within their rainforest preserve. You can go as rustic or as luxurious as you want, the most rustic being sleeping in a mosquito net in a tent or open-air room, to the most luxurious entailing a swimming pool, air conditioning, and free Wifi.

For this trip, we chose the more luxurious option, which was Ceiba Tops lodge, the one with air conditioning. It was nice to come back to air conditioning after a day in the humid rainforest.

The activities that we did with Explorama were fantastic.

The first day we went for a long hike in the forest with our guide, who pointed out many different plants and animals, including poison arrow frogs, monkeys, poisonous bull ants, army ants, bromeliads, and many, many others. The second day, we did the canopy walkway, which is the longest canopy walkway in the world. If you like feeling like Indiana Jones on a rickety (but safe) bridge, this activity is for you. Later in the day, we went to a botanical garden and learned a lot about medicinal plants from a shaman.

That is just a sample of some of the activities that we participated in with this company. Some of the other highlights were piranha fishing, visiting a native village, animal sanctuary--we got to hold the cutest three-toed sloth--and watching pink Amazon River dolphins.

The trip ended with a boat ride back to Iquitos, where you will probably have to stay one more night in a hotel before your flight back to Lima and back home, all the while wondering where the time went and when you can go back to the rainforest.

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by Nathan
About 6 years ago

Tumbes is a horrible town, but the border crossing has changed since the last update. There is a brand new nice building where you check out of Peru and into Ecuador in the same building. You no longer check out of Peru and have to taxi to the Ecuador office. You literally get stamped out of Peru, step to your right, and get stamped into Ecuador. My girlfriend and I had read all the horror stories about the Tumbes border crossing but it is different now.

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by Ceridwen
About 9 years ago

We had problems with kids trying to pickpocket us in Cusco. In particular there were a couple of boys that hung around outside Mama Africa at night, offering to help you find your way back. They'll go to hug you and nab your purse.

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