Selva Magica with Machu Picchu Peru Tours Iquitos Tarapoto Amazon Ucayali. Behind the rugged Andes Mountains, after crossing the icy peaks and the cold highlands where little grows yareta ichu and find one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet: the Amazon rainforest, a vast territory served home to millions of species of flora and fauna, as well as ebullient and warm cities that serve as a base to explore some of the most beautiful places on Earth. These forests are also home to numerous native ethnic groups, repository of a vast knowledge of the plants and animals that live there. For the traveler, the Amazon is a chance to meet the great biological and cultural wealth of our country. Today, the region has a wide range of tourist services for all types of travelers, from exclusive lodges in the jungle, to successful experiences of rural tourism, while in major cities can be found excellent accommodation, food and logistics suitable for holidays, family or friends, a comfortable and unique travel experience with tours Machu Picchu Peru.
Precautions for travel tours Machu Picchu Peru:
Iquitos peru jungle tours Machu Picchu magicaMuchos believe travel to the jungle is risky due to insects, tropical diseases, lack of adequate services, the A strange meal for a coastal or Andean-, or the presence of wildlife . However, none of this is true, if the proper precautions are taken before and during your trip. While it is no longer a legal requirement, it is recommended before traveling to the jungle Getting vaccinated against yellow fever, which can be applied in the vaccination centers in major hospitals or private clinics. Also, antimalarial medication is recommended if you are going to visit remote areas of the cities (although we repeat, if you will not spend some time in the virgin forest, which Tarzan will not need it). Once in the forest, especially when out hiking, do not drink tap water, use bottled water. As for mosquitoes, they are not a nuisance in cities (most hotels have adequate protection during the night), and field use repellent, and do not go with short-sleeved polo shirts or shorts. As for the food, nothing bad will fall if eaten in a hygienic place and in proper portions. As for the meeting with a dangerous animal, it is almost impossible, and yet, the forest animals fear us and avoid having close contact; -probable- encounter with a snake will not put at risk if you keep their distance and not disturb the animal.
Magica jungle lodges Machu Picchu Tours Peru:
One of the best ways to experience the forest and its inhabitants is staying at a lodge on the shore of some Peruvian Amazon river. Many of them even have to observation towers and bridges among the trees (canopy walkway) to more than thirty meters to observe the wildlife refuge in the forest canopy of the jungle. Despite its remoteness of cities, these places have all amenities and are very safe, and therefore ideal for families with small children.
Iquitos: where the Peruvian Amazon is born:
Bustling, colorful, cheerful, surprising, the capital of Loreto is undoubtedly one of the most charming cities in our country. It is also the only major city of Peru which is not accessible by road because it is located in the middle of the Amazon basin, on the banks of the Nanay, Itaya and Amazon rivers. For the variety of services it offers and the proximity of its main attractions, Iquitos is an ideal destination for families.
Attractions in Iquitos
Malecon Tarapaca: Built on the banks of the Amazon during the rubber boom, the boardwalk is a must in the city, where you can see several houses in Art Nouveau style, decorated with European tiles. At the center you will find a sculptural framework that represents the city as a gateway to the Amazon, which will get wonderful views.
Iron House: Designed by the French Gustave Eiffel and forged in the Belgian workshop Les Forjes D’Aisseau was the first prefabricated construction that came to Peru. His pieces were made in Europe and brought by boat to be assembled here in 1887. Because of transportation problems, the cargo was sold to Spanish rubber baron Anselmo del Aguila, who ordered that the parts were assembled in the place where it is currently located. Today operates as a mall.
Ex Hotel Palace: Corner Jr. Putumayo with the Malecon Tarapaca. In his time he was one of the most luxurious in the country and housed the great industrialists of the era. It is a three-storey building, Art Nouveau, with iron grills on balconies, Carrara marble, mosaics and decorative arabesques Sevilla in the hallways. It cost 40 thousand pounds of gold, a fortune for the time. Today it houses the Prefecture.
Amazon Museum: Malecon Tarapaca 386. Here you will find an interesting collection of 80 sculptures, made of fiberglass and natural size, representing the main ethnic groups in the Amazon of Peru, Brazil and Venezuela, designed by the late artist Felipe Lettersten, who aboard his own boat she was dedicated to portraying the Amazon Indians. Also it has old photographs of Iquitos.
Trips to the Magic Forest Tours Machu Picchu Peru:
Quistococha Resort: Located 30 minutes by car, such complex around the lake of the same name, has an artificial beach known as Playa Tunchi, trails, a zoo and a fish farm with representative varieties of the region; also it has a museum, a good restaurant and boat rental.
Moronacocha and Nanay: Location: 12 km from Iquitos (E). Sandy beaches are located along the Nanay River and Lake Moronacocha, ideal for a swim or walk under the jungle. In both places you will find fishing boats and to walk or to visit some nearby communities. In both you can be reached by paved road.
St. Thomas: Location: 16 km from Iquitos (SO). Cocama native community set amidst stunning surroundings. Cocama Cocamilla whose main economic activities are fishing and pottery.
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve: Location: 18 km (S). Undoubtedly one of the best places to observe flora and fauna in the Amazon. Currently, there are several shelters located in the buffer zone of this large protected area. These have all kinds of amenities, such as water, electricity for hours, baths and showers, and an excellent guide service that allows you to explore the mysteries of the Amazon rainforest. The trip departs from Nauta by Maranon and Ucayali river to the Puinahua canal, near the town of Requena, where you enter the reserve.
Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve: Location: 20 km (E). This small protected area, located 30 minutes from Iquitos, hosts exceptional biodiversity, been considered among the highest in the Amazon basin. In just 57 000 hectares, is home to 28 species of animals threatened and vulnerable situation by Peruvian law, including the otter (Lutra longicaudis), the harpy eagle (Harpy Eagle), the black tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis) and the armadillo Giant (Priodontes maximus). In just one hectare of forest they were found near 300 species of trees. They have also been found 145 species of mammals, 477 of birds, 83 amphibians and 120 reptiles.
Getting to Iquitos Selva Magica:
By plane from Lima to Iquitos (1 hour 25 min) and then by private car or tourist bus in the road Iquitos – Nauta 26.5 km, journey takes about 30 minutes.
Tarapoto: discovering the magical jungle paradise:
Machu Picchu tours tarapoto peruUbicada halfway between the high forest and the Amazon plain, Tarapoto has everything you need to escape the tedium: dreamy lagoons, endless waterfalls, roads to get lost, lively nights and, above all, people who know really live. A perfect recipe in the midst of the lush jungle. The town lies at the foot of the Blue Mountains, at the confluence of the rivers Cumbaza Shilcayo and, in the department of San Martin. It was founded in 1782 by the bishop of Trujillo, Baltazar Martinez Compañón and owes its name to the existence of a common palm in the area, which the natives called huacrapona (Socratea sp.), and that the Spaniards called tarapoto.
Tarapoto excursions to the magic forest with Machu Picchu Tours Peru
Ahuashiyaku Falls: Location: 14 km (NO). Yurimaguas road, on the hill La Escalera. Its name means “laughing waters’ and offers a unique and refreshing experience in the jungle. A trip can be combined with a visit to the falls it is the archaeological site of Polish, a set of petroglyphs depicting animals and plants in the area and is only 6 km of Tarapoto.
Laguna El Sauce: Location: 50 km (S). Also known as Blue Lagoon, Lagoon is a beautiful 5 km long, divided into two sections connected by a narrow channel. Its calm, clear waters dramatically reflect the lush forest that surrounds it. Ideal for canoeing. At the site there are tourist services for the night. Ideal for couples and families.
Lamas: Location: 25 km (NO). A mixed population composed of mestizos and natives, apparently ancestral product of the migration from the mountains of Apurimac, the lamistas speak a unique dialect of Quechua mix with wild languages. The village is located on top of a hill and is divided into three flats or housing complexes, located at different heights; Among them Kechwa Wayku neighborhood, home of the most renowned artisans of the region. Lamas is famous for its music, crafts, traditional costumes and traditional dances, so it is known as the folkloric capital of the Upper Amazon.
Tununtunumba Falls: Location: 45 km (SE). Located on the left bank of the Huallaga River, 1 hr 30 min walk from the town of Chazuta (famous for its handicrafts and mummies). The fall is about 40 m and rushes into a pool of crystal clear water where we recommend taking a dip in reward for their effort. The name of the falls is due to the deafening sound produced.
Moyobamba and the valley of the Alto Mayo: Distance: 113 km (N). Capital of the department of San Martin, better known as the City of Orchids. Moyobamba retains some of its colonial past and its neighborhoods have natural viewpoints because of the many uneven terrain; the villagers call ‘tips’ and from some you can admire the valley of the Mayo River in full. Be sure to visit its orchid gardens where you can observe some of the 3,500 species of these beautiful flowers which have been described in this region. Other attractions in the region include Niagara Gera, the nose Calzada, Jepelacio district, the city of Rioja, among others.
Getting to Tarapoto tours:
A Tarapoto commercial flights arrive daily (1 h). If you wish to travel by land must take the Fernando Belaunde Terry highway. The trip (610 km) takes 10-12 h through five departments. The route starts from the outskirts of Lambayeque and heads northeast toward Olmos (El Cruce, 86 km), where the detour to the east is. The route from this point through places of great beauty, as the Porculla, the Corral Quemado bridge over the Maranon River, the towns of Bagua, Pedro Ruiz, Pomacochas, Rioja and Moyobamba, from where the final stretch that follows the course Alto Mayo River.
Amazon: a kingdom in the clouds:
An invaluable destination where you look, blending history, living cultures, and an overwhelming geography. Visit the ancient kingdom of the Chachapoyas, the ‘people of the clouds “that built an important nation in the rugged mountain rainforest Amazon and bequeathed important remains that are now considered heritage of the nation. This is an ideal base for some sightseeing of nature, ideal for young and adventurous, and an essential destination for lovers of history opportunity. Take the city of Chachapoyas -to which you access via road and inland Chiclayo aérea- as a base for your visit to Amazon.
Amazon with excursions to Machu Picchu Peru Tours:
• Kuelap: Location: 74 km (SO). This vast citadel was the main administrative center of the Chachapoya. The massive structure consists of a platform of 600 meters surrounded by stone walls up to 19 meters high. Inside they were discovered 335 circular constructions, of which only some are complete, and the rest of the bases remain. These rooms are decorated with friezes of symbolic content that are enshrined in the form of a continuous “v”. To arrive you must go to the town of Tingo (34 km or 1 h) unpaved road from Chachapoyas. From there another part dirt road 35 km (1 h 30 min) to the camping area and parking of the citadel; the rest of the way (15 min) is on foot via a well signposted trail. In Tingo you find accommodation and restaurants.
• Coffin Karajía: Location: 48 km (NO). This archaeological site contains the best example of the style of the Chachapoya burial. This is a group of seven anthropomorphic sarcophagi -construidos 2.5 m high with a mixture of clay, stones and palos- arranged on a cliff 200 m above the river Juscabamba. The sarcophagi are painted white and decorated with geometric figures in two shades of red.
• Large Jalca: Location: 85 km (S). This picturesque town in Chachapoyas initially founded, noted for its adobe houses and straw with conical roofs typical of the architecture of Amazonas. His church, also of stone and adobe was built in the sixteenth century and has a bell tower. The village has a museum with objects from the Chachapoyas culture and several ponchos worn by missionaries who visited the area. The village has basic services.
• Lagoon of the Condors: Location: 79 km (SO). Discovered in 1996, this great necropolis of the Chachapoya meant the most important finding of this enigmatic culture. Getting there involves a demanding journey of a whole day on horseback and on foot, across the moor, marshes and dense cloud forest. The reward, however, is great for those who come to this place: a large black water lagoon, surrounded by lush mountain forest surrounded by high cliffs where the mysterious tombs of the Chachapoya hide. The easiest way to access this area is from the village of Leymebamba, which shows in his excellent site museum mummies collected in the lagoon. Leymebamba has basic services and is noted for its beautiful textiles.
• Laguna Pomacochas: Location: 83 km (NE). the largest in the country. Pomacochas is a haven for birdwatchers who come in search of wonderful tail hummingbird or spatula (Marvelous mirabilis), who enjoys abundant ericaceous flowers that abound in the area.
• Gocta Falls: With its 771 meters is the fourth highest in the world after Angel Falls in Venezuela (972 m), Tugela Falls in South Africa (948 m) and Yumbilla in Peru (895 m). It was released in 2006 by German researchers and is near the village of Cocachimba in the province of Bongará. Access is by a trail (1 h) and then walk (5 h). In Cocachimba you find tourist services.
Directions to the Amazon:
There are daily commercial flights to Chachapoyas. The overland route most used is the road from Chiclayo Olmos towards the Old Panamerican Highway (86 km) and then ascends to Porculla (km 46, 2,144 meters) to descend into the valley of the Marañon, Bagua and locality Pedro Ruiz (km 294). Once there you should take the detour to the right that follows the left bank of the Utcubamba River to Chachapoyas.
Pucallpa: magic land with Machu Picchu Tours Peru:
One of the most commercial cities of the Amazon, which is accessible by air and by paved road. Its name derives from the voices and words puca allpa, meaning ‘red earth’, and refers to the color of the clay soil of the region. This is the ancestral territory of the Shipibo-Conibo ethnic group whose worldview and culture can meet in one of their communities around the beautiful lagoon Yarinacocha. Pucallpa is also an important center of mystical tourism practice because of the fame of their shamans, who run ayahuasca ceremonies, the ‘rope of the dead’, a plant with powerful psychoactive properties used by the Shipibo since ancient times. However, those interested in this practice should go to Dircetur registered guides to avoid bad experiences.
Yarinacocha Lake: Location: 7 km (NE). Boating, skiing, fishing, sandy beaches and all the exoticism of the forest and its inhabitants come together in Yarinacocha lagoon, a stone’s throw from the city of Pucallpa, where it is also possible to have contact with the Shipibo and amazing cultural ritual. Ethno-botanical garden Chullachaqui: Location: 7 km (NE). This large natural nursery is located on the banks of Yarinacocha and retains more than three thousand varieties of local flora, medicinal and ornamental use. Santa Clara Native Community: From Yarinacocha can access this native community, the best organized of the whole area. Here you can buy ceramics, fabrics and embellishments Shipibo art while also learning about the customs of this hospital Amazonian people. You arrive by boat (40 min from port Yarina). Getting to Pucallpa:
There are daily commercial flights. To arrive by land must transpose the Central Andes by road to Huanuco (409 km). From there you should be directed to open Carpish and Tingo Maria (120 km). The route between Tingo and Pucallpa is 256 km and takes in about 4-6 hours.