Approximately 50% of Peruvian territory is covered by tropical forest or what is known as “Jungle”. This territory, mega diverse in flora and fauna, is located on the eastern side of the Andes mountain range, where the rivers roar towards the Amazonian flat lands called “Omagua”. On this slope the forest covers areas from 3,500m to sea level. In the Amazon basin the rivers run almost unnoticed with very low water levels in the dry season, which is from April to October. During the rainy season (November to March), the water level in the rivers increases substantially. The temperature is around 40ºC, and it is very humid. During the dry season there are often “friajes”, spells of cold weather which come from Patagonia (10ºC). The rain forest in the south east of Peru offers spectacular Natural Areas protected by the state through INRENA (National Institute of Natural Resources), as they are areas with a high concentration of wild flora and fauna, including some species which are in danger of extinction. We are talking about the Manu National Park, the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, and the Tambopata National Reserve, located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. It also includes
the Pampas del Heath in Bolivian territory, under the environmental protection laws of their government.
These protected areas are part of the Vilcabamba – Amboró Corridor of Conservation, an ambitious conservation project in the Amazon which involves protected areas in Peru and Bolivia.
The border between the two countries is defined by the Heath River, a privileged area with a macaw clay lick and the Pampas del Heath, which are also part of our jungle destination. Arriving at the doorway to all these wonderful places, the city of Puerto Maldonado, takes just 30 minute by plane from the city of Cusco.
Manu National Park
Manu National Park is a protected area which is emblematic of our country. Created in the 1980s, this park symbolizes the mega bio-diversity of our tropical forests, with an incomparable whirlwind of life within its boundaries.
This park houses spectacular wildlife, with the macaws standing out in particular, and the clay-lick where they gather to eat clay. There are lakes where otters are protected in their natural habitat, hundreds of species of birds fly freely, and the animals wonder without human influence through the forest, such as the anteater who often goes to the clay-lick, in search of clay. Species of monkeys make the forest their home, where birds of prey also hunt for food. The circle of life continues where man can participate as part of the environment.
The areas to visit are within the boundaries of the park, where it is possible to carry out ecotourism, always following guidelines for environmentally responsible behavior. A good example of management of protected natural areas.
Our trip to Manu will be completed by the quality of service and comfort offered to our guests, in a remote part of the rainforest.
Bahuaja – Sonene National Park
The history of this National Park is interesting, as it required an effort by the Peruvian state to reject a tempting offer from a powerful transnational mining company, to explore the petrol reserves found in the already famous area of the Candamo River, within the boundaries of the park.
The categorization of the park puts the Tambopata National Reserve within its limits, with this being the area where ecotourism is permitted, to develop environmentally responsible behavior.
Within the Tambopata National Reserve the Sandoval Lake is found, in the lower Madre de Dios River, a destination which we choose to visit, as its environment is spectacular and it also offers basic comforts to clients. This very beautiful environment is the natural habitat of surprising wildlife. Within the flora, giant trees, medicinal plants and impenetrable forests stand out. Everything green, everything full of life. The fauna is often unpredictable, but Lake Sandoval is a source of water and food for the animals living in the nearby forest. We can observe the giant river otter, black caiman, piranha, paiche, monkeys such as the capuchin, squirrel, tocón, nocturno and tamarín. The birds also stand out, such as the macaw, parrot, herons, among many others. It is a place full of life and the scenery takes your breath away.
Pampas del Heath
The famous Pampas del Heath come within the framework of environmental protection established by the Bolivian government, and they are part of the Vilcabamba – Amboro Corridor of Conservation, an important step towards the integration of Protected Natural Areas and their appropriate usage.
The attraction of crossing the border with Bolivia, is entering a zone which is very remote to enjoy the rain forest. We are likely to see macaws at the clay lick, as a highlight of our trip. The rain forest can surprise you at any moment. It is a wonderful world.
The Pampas del Heath is an area shaped by the last ice age, where the forest disappears to leave a huge area with very little vegetation, where palms stand out against the grass. This is the natural habitat of the crin wolf, the giant anteater and other surprising wildlife.
The comforts on offer will make us feel at home, and at the end of our trip we will enjoy a boat ride on the river which will take us back to civilization.
Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge. Thanks to its accesibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a two night introduction to Amazonia´s richest rain forests.
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