Once in the port and in the motor boat, we navigated for few minutes by the Nanay River to begin our Amazon safari. This river is one of the main tributaries of the majestic Amazon River, which is itself the mightiest river and the longest at the world. The Amazon River born in the Peruvian Andes and runs through much of our vast Peruvian jungle to traverse across Brazil and finally into the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
After about thirty minutes we made our first stop to tour an Amazonian village and meet their inhabitants the Yahuas. These natives were barefoot and clothed in skirts of palm fiber with bare backs. We spent several hours with them and they shared parts of their culture: their dialect and dance, but coolest of all, their traditional method of hunting using a blowgun or “Cerbatana.” What’s an Amazonia expedition without a bit of tradition?
Now back to the boat and with a refreshing coconut in our hands, we navigate towards our jungle lodge Peru. This is not the fanciest accommodation, but is one of the better Peru Amazon lodges and will help make for an enjoyable rainforest holidays.
Having arrived to the jungle lodge Peru towards nightfall, we settled in and enjoyed a nice dinner. After a meal of best fillets of fish (Golden cat fish) and “chicharron of caiman (alligator),” we donned our rubber boots (provided) and ventured on an evening Amazon safari in search of tarantulas and poisonous frogs. Visiting the Amazon can be dangerous, but we play it safe and do not handle many of these creatures. We arrived back to the jungle lodge and fell asleep to the symphony of the night.
After an amazing evening we continue our Amazon safari the next day by planning a botanical walk through the forest. In search of traditional medicines, we find plants used to aid insomnia, gastritis, stomach ulcers, skin infections, inflammations, headaches, and fever. Most natives use these plants to cure their ailments and visitors may even plan an Amazon trip just to use these medicines. Venturing around a lake, we find Victoria amazonica, the largest form of water lilies. The leaves of these lilies can grow up to 3 meters in diameter and are quite beautiful.
We experienced many other amazing sights on this Peru jungle tour. Although the Amazon jungle is one of the best places to visit in Peru, If these jungle vacations seem too adventurous for you, we also offer Iquitos tours and customized rainforest holidays.
We are well regarded Peru tour operators and hope to be your Amazon safari guide!