The Amazon Basin

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  • 1. Lago Sandoval

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Changes in the course of Amazon tributaries have created countless oxbow lakes, which are formed when the riverbed shifts and the abandoned...Read More

  • 2. Manu Biosphere Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Scientists consider the Manu Biosphere Reserve to be one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and much of its vast wilderness has barely...Read More

  • 3. Museo de Culturas Indígenas


    This small museum housed in a pale blue building on the Malecón Tarapacá has an impressive collection of colorful headdresses made from the...Read More

  • 4. Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A vast expanse of protected wilderness stretches eastward from Puerto Maldonado to Bolivia and southward all the way into the Andean foothills...Read More

  • 5. Casa de Fierro

    Building/Architectural Site

    The most interesting structure on the Plaza de Armas is this “Iron House,” which was originally the home of a rubber baron but now houses a...Read More

  • 6. Centro de Rescate Amazónico


    At this animal-rescue center, a short trip south of town, you can get a close look at one of the region's rarest, and most threatened, species...Read More

  • 7. Collpa Chuncho

    Local Interest–Sight

    The largest collpa, or clay lick, in this region is located in Bahauja-Sonene National Park, behind an island on the Tambopata River. On any...Read More

  • 8. Collpa de la Cachuela

    Local Interest–Sight

    A 20-minute boat trip up the Madre de Dios River from Puerto Maldonado takes you to this small collpa (clay lick) on the riverbank. Each day...Read More

  • 9. Distrito de Belén


    Iquitos's most fascinating neighborhood lies along, and floats upon, the Itaya River. During high-water season (December–May), tiny houses on...Read More

  • 10. Hotel Palacio

    Building/Architectural Site

    Iquitos enjoyed its heyday as a port during the rubber boom a century ago. Some of the wealth of that time can still be detected in the imported...Read More

  • 11. La Isla de los Monos

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A popular spot for explorers of all ages, Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island) is home to more than 40 monkeys of eight species. The 250-hectare...Read More

  • 12. Lago Tres Chimbadas

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This oxbow lake, a short hike from the Tambopata River, is a great place to see wildlife, including the endangered giant river otter. It is...Read More

  • 13. Malecón Tarapacá (aka Malecón Maldonado)


    This pleasant waterfront walk between Brasil and Pevas is a good place for an evening stroll. During high-water season, the Itaya River reaches...Read More

  • 14. Mariposario Tambopata


    Tambopata's Butterfly Farm has a large screened-in area full of jungle plants where dozens of colorful butterflies float above the leaves and...Read More

  • 15. Mirador Turístico (Obelisco)

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The southern Amazon has a skyscraper! The 35-meter (115-foot) strange tower, shaped like a prison-guard post and surrounded by sculptures, stands...Read More

  • 16. Museo Amazónico


    This "museum" has a few faded paintings and "bronzed" fiberglass statues of local indigenous people. One room holds temporary exhibitions by...Read More

  • 17. Museo de Barcos Históricos

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The Ayapua, a 33-meter (108-foot) boat built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1906, navigated the Brazilian Amazon for much of the rubber boom and was...Read More

  • 18. Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A 20-minute boat ride and a short walk from the port of Bellavista Nanay will bring you to Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, which raises some 42...Read More

  • 19. Plaza Grau


    The best view in Puerto Maldonado is from this grassy plaza one block northeast of the Plaza de Armas. The park is dedicated to Miguel Grau...Read More

  • 20. Port Bellavista Nanay


    About 3 km (1½ miles) north of downtown Iquitos, at the end of Avenida La Marina, is this muddy beehive of activity with a large open-air market...Read More

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