Why visit the Amazon Rainforest…
Named after female warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazon is itself a place of mythical status. What passionate traveler hasn’t imagined a trip to the Amazon. To experience and admire this awesome majestic river, become mesmerized by the sheer diversity of wildlife and abundant vegetation is to enter into a different world.
Iquitos is the proud “Capital of the Amazon” and the most important city in the Peruvian Amazon as well as the main port of entry into the region. In the past the instability of the area has caused the lives of the indigenous people to fluctuate between poverty and prosperity. Today it is a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination whose cheerful hosts welcome tourists from all over the world.
Iquitos is also the starting point to other amazing destinations which are hidden in the jungle, and, to be able to see them, you will need to navigate through the Amazon River keeping your eyes wide open to experience everything that surrounds you.
The Amazon River runs 4,000 miles from the Andes to the sea,and is one of the longest rivers in the world. It is also one of the largest in terms of the size of its watershed, the number of tributaries and the volume of water discharged into the sea. The vast Amazon basin covers more than two and a half million square miles, more than any other rainforest. There are no bridges crossing the river along its entire length.
An Amazon River cruise is a must when visiting the region; it will take you through some of the most astonishing and bio-diverse landscapes on earth. Monkeys, sloths and tropical birds inhabit the trees, jaguars prowl the forest and manatees, dolphins and otters float through the river’s murky waters.
The Amazon is also known for its incredible sunrises and sunsets, said to be like no others anywhere in the world. A sunset boat ride is one of the most breathtaking experiences a visitor to this region can experience.
Mixing with the locals in town is an enriching experience; you can enjoy traditional recipes, especially Amazonian fish, in particular the tambaqui the tastiest of all. And of course there are the typical fruits like cupuaçu, taperebá and ingá as well as experiencing the ethnic music and nightlife.
The Amazon rainforest is the perfect destination to savour the peace and quiet of the region, the awe inspiring sights and wildlife will refresh and re-energise your connection to the earth.