The Amazon Jungle of Peru covers near two-thirds of the country, stretching along the eastern slopes of the Andes. This dense Jungle region is vast and many impenetrable for tourism, but there are several areas which have developed over the last 20 years specifically for tourism and research purposes. How you get to the Amazon Jungle mainly depends on which area you intend to visit.
How to get to Manú National Park
Manú National Park is accessed principally from Cusco; the nearest major city. Depending on which lodge you use and the time of the year you travel, you can either fly or travel by road. The journey by road is about 165KM’s (100 miles) and takes about 8 hours, with plenty of rest stops en-route. The road passes the famous town of Paucartambo before arriving to the jungle town of Shintuya and onto Manú National Park. For flights to the jungle there are private charters from Cusco to Boca Manú (deep in the Jungle), followed by a 1 to 2 hour boat trip along the Manú River before arriving to your accommodations. Flights only operate part of the year, as weather conditions during the wet season can adversely affect flights. Talk to your tour operator about which route they have selected for your tour to the Amazon Jungle.
How to get to Tambopata National Park
Tambopata National Park is also very close to Cusco, and most visitors to this region choose to take the short 50 minute flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, before heading along River by boat to their chosen accommodations. Puerto Maldonado is the main Jungle town in this region and has a small airport which is suitable to receive large modern aircraft. Often, after arriving in Puerto Maldonado visitors will first travel by road for 30 – 60 minutes before meeting their boat and taking the river the rest of the way. This can change depending on the time of the year, the rain fall and the condition of the road. Talk to your tour operator if you are unsure about which route you will take.
How to get to Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
From Iquitos the most popular tourist attraction is the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve located 110 miles (180 km’s) south-west of Iquitos. The quickest route to the reserve is first by road to the small town of Nauta, and then down river by boat to the reserve. A permit is required to enter the reserve, which can either be obtained from INRENA the Peruvian National Parks Authority, or more easily from your tour operator. Another great way to visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is aboard a cruise. Read our guide to Amazon River Cruises for more information.
For further information on other destinations in Peru, make sure you read our Peru guide section, which includes information on destinations, hotels, restaurants and much more. Our Peru guide also offers travel tips and our in-sider thoughts to help you get the best out of your trip to Peru.
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