Peruvian Amazon Jungle refers to deep areas within the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.
When we say jungle, we’re often simply meaning rainforest, but jungle really means deep inner rainforest far within the rainforest edges. This is where you often find larger Peruvian rainforest animals like large monkeys, tapir & jaguar. Because these animals live in the dense rainforest interior, habitat corridors that join protected areas need to be a certain width so larger animals will use them.
The word jungle
Years ago, the word jungle was used when people wanted to describe forested land of little or no use to people. It was simply in need of clearing to make way for farms and houses. Now the word is often used to mean virgin forest where you can see the planet before human change.
Visiting Deep Peruvian Amazon Jungle
If you want to experience the deep jungles of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, it’s best to visit the main Peruvian Amazon gateways like the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos, which is in the north, and also the small southern Peru town of Puerto Maldonado, a short flight south from the Peruvian tourism hotspot of Cusco.
From Iquitos, you can take deep tours into the flooded tropical forest of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on either a cruise or deep tours like the Nature Conservancy supported Yacu Tayta ecotourism initiative, or deep tours into the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve from the Tahuayo Lodge with your private professional Amazon guide.
In southern Peru, you can explore deep tours from Puerto Maldonado like the Manu Tented Camp tour or Manu Wildlife Center for Manu National Park or remote lodges for Tambopata National Reserve like the Heath River Lodge or Tambopata Research Center.
Peruvian Amazon Rainforest
The west Amazon Rainforest, including the Peruvian Amazon as well as the Amazon in Ecuador, western Brazil, and Colombia is the most species rich half of the Amazon Basin. This is a largely intact ecosystem which differs from the rainforest in far eastern Brazil, although, the efforts Brazil has made to curtail rainforest deforestation in certain areas of its rainforest will be hard to beat. The western Amazon contains more frog, mammal, bird and plant species than in the east and also includes many out of contact Amazon tribes.
Unfortunately, the highest amount of Earth’s diversity is now at the wrong place at the wrong time as it covers the world’s largest untapped sources of oil, gas & other resources. Over 180 oil & gas blocks overlap the most species rich areas of the Amazon Rainforest & these species are already the most threatened animals on Earth. In 2006, over half of Ecuador’s extracted oil went to the United States. And in the Peruvian Amazon, American, Canadian, Chinese, and European companies drive Amazon Rainforest exploitation.
Roads are related to biodiversity loss as they open up otherwise hard to reach areas to oil & gas extraction, logging, hunting, & over harvesting. On a more positive note, for now, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, Iquitos in northern Peru, is also the largest city in the world unreachable by road.
Visiting the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest
Simply by visiting the Amazon Rainforest with environmentally conscious tour operators you can actually help the forests as well as having outstanding animal & plant sightings. To visit the Amazon Rainforest in southern Peru, some favourite tours are the Posada Amazonas, Sandoval Lake Lodge, & Heath River Lodge, which are all owned by local communities in the Tambopata Amazon near Puerto Maldonado. The local communities have also set up an ecotourism homestay initiative, which has helped stem destructive development in the region.
As a metaphor for eco tourism, these communities also sustainably harvest Brazil nuts, first mentioned by Amazon Explorers like Alexander von Humboldt. Brazil Nut trees need surrounding forest in order to fruit as they rely on a delicate relationship between a particular bee & orchid that live elsewhere in the forest. Without this relationship, there are simply no Brazil nuts and so harversters need to conserve surrounding rainforest. You can visit Brazil Nut projects on tours like the Posada Amazonas Lodge, only 45 minutes from town, or the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, a family favorite.
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