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The Amazon Basin Travel Guide

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Plan Your Amazon Basin Vacation

Peru's least-developed region occupies some two-thirds of the country, an area the size of California. The selva (jungle) of the Amazon Basin is drained by the world's second-longest river and its countless tributaries. What eastern Peru lacks in human population it makes up for in sheer plant and animal numbers. There are lodges, cruise boats, and guides for the growing number

of people who arrive to see a bit of the region's spectacular wildlife.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The River The Amazon is a natural choice for adventures, but it is best explored on an organized tour.
  2. Wild Things Peru's Amazon Basin has more than 50,000 plant, 1,700 bird, 400 mammal, and 300 reptile species. Bring binoculars.
  3. Sport Fishing Anglers can test their skills on dozens of river fish, including the feisty peacock bass.
  4. Nature Lodges Staying at a jungle lodge is almost obligatory when visiting the Amazon Basin if you really want to experience the jungle life surrounding you.
  5. Cruising An Amazon River cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is the most comfortable, though expensive, way to explore this vast wilderness.

When To Go

When To Go

As you might expect, it rains plenty in the Amazon Basin, though that precipitation is somewhat seasonal. Although there's no true dry season in ...

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