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The focus of explorers and naturalists for centuries, the Amazon Rainforest is one of the best places for your adventure tour into untouched wilderness.

Here’s a quick summary of recommended tours. And then after, we will provide an overview of each to help you make up your mind according to your interests, personality and what you want from the experience.

The first two experiences are best if you’re serious about an amazon adventure. There are deep Amazon lodges for the best wildlife opportunities. The Tahuayo Lodge in particular offers a private guide, custom itinerary and can take you deep into Amazonia of the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.

Includes: all meals, accommodation at 2 rainforest lodges, private guide, custom activities, transfers from and to Iquitos airport. | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 days+


Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 4, 5, 6 days+

The next two are not as deep in the rainforest as the tours above (so shorter travel time), but are still far enough away from the base town to offer fantastic wildlife

Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 3, 4, 5 days+


Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 3, 4, 5 days+

And If you’re interested in combining the Amazon, Machu Picchu and other attractions in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the following options include the Amazon portion at the fantastic Tambopata Ecolodge.

Includes: Cusco, Sacred Valley & Amazon accommodations, 2-day Inca trail, guide service, meals in itinerary, ground transportation, train ticket, entrance tickets, airport transfers | extra nights available

Includes: Cusco, Sacred Valley & Amazon accommodations, 4-day Inca trail, guide service, meals in itinerary, ground transportation, train ticket, entrance tickets, airport transfers | extra nights available

Includes: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Puno & Amazon accommodations, 4-day Inca trail, guide service, meals in itinerary, ground transportation, train ticket, entrance tickets, airport transfers | extra nights available

The Amazon Rainforest

Covering 40% of South America, the Amazon region is brimming with life. And led by some of the rainforest’ top guides, you can find a remarkable amount of animals and plants in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest.

And to make the most of your visit, we recommend focusing on high wildlife areas. These select tours are inclusive of ground transfers, accommodation, guided tours and meals, so you can focus on the breathtaking forest.

And here’s a little more information about each of the tours above, complete with view previews to give you a sense of what to expect on your Amazon adventure .

The Tahuayo Lodge Tour

An Amazon Rainforest tour from the Tahuayo Lodge provides a fantastic adventure into the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. This is a wildlife-rich reserve in the northern Amazon Rainforest about 150 km from the rainforest city of Iquitos in north Peru.

Emerald Tree Boa - Amazon Jungle Adventure Tours In Peru

From the Tahuayo Lodge, you are assigned a private Amazon guide and have a custom itinerary, which means you can focus on your interests, such as photography, bird watching, Amazonian plants, monkeys, canoeing, hiking, or a general experience.

To maximize your adventure, you can choose to camp in the rainforest and spend a night under the stars. This is a great option for a closer experience of Amazonia and hearing the sounds of an Amazonian night is sure to provide some fond memories.

Tahuayo Lodge

For those of you looking for even more adventure, as the Tahuayo Lodge started as one of the first adventure camping experiences in Amazonia you also have an option of an Amazon survival course. Over one or two nights you will head out to learn survival and how to live off the surrounding rainforest. Note this has a small additional rate.

Black Caiman, Tahuayo Lodge, Iquitos, Peru

On the standard experience of the Amazon Rainforest, you can enjoy visiting two different lodges. The recommended time for a tour here is 8 days where you can tour the jungle in a variety of ways. On tours of 6 days or more, you can also visit the Tahuayo Amazon Research Center, which is located in more pristine rainforest.

From the Amazon Research Center, you can tour the 1,000 acre primate research grid where researchers are studying Amazonian monkeys, which makes it easier to watch these fantastic animals displaying normal behaviors.

The Tahuayo Lodge also has the largest canopy zipline system in Amazonia adding to the adventure. Not only providing an exhilarating experience, the canopy towers holding up the zipline are great places to look out over the canopy. A family of giant otters have recently taken up residence near the lodge and manatees were just released into the reserve with the help of Tahuayo Lodge staff.

Includes: all meals, accommodation at 2 rainforest lodges, private guide, custom activities, transfers from and to Iquitos airport. | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 days+

The Tambopata Research Center Tour

Jaguar - Amazon Jungle Adventure Tours In Peru

One of the most remote lodges in Amazonia, if your ideal Amazon Rainforest adventure includes some more activities than tours of the wildlife and environment but a little less adventure than a private Amazon guide, canopy zipline, and Amazon Rainforest survival course as offered at the Tahuayo Lodge, we recommend the Tambopata Research Center.

Tambopata Research Center

This is another deep Amazon Rainforest lodge positioned in the center of the highly diverse Tambopata National Reserve. Tambopata is a fraction of one of the largest protected areas of tropical forest on Earth and you can find some incredible animals and plants.

The lodge is also positioned near one of the Amazon’s largest clay licks to see hundreds of brightly colored macaw parrots. In addition to its remote location, the clay lick is the main attraction at this lodge.

Enjoy guided tours around the Tambopata Reserve to find many different monkeys, colorful birds, and fascinating reptiles. In addition to the wildlife tours, you can choose from some extra experiences including a cultural day and a romantic sunset cruise.

Clay Lick - Tambopata Reserve

Not only a great place to see monkeys, colorful birds, and fascinating reptiles, some lucky guests even get to see jaguar sunning themselves by the river. Explore 5 different habitats of the Amazon and you can enjoy a small tower for wildlife viewing.

Animals you’re likely to see from the Tambopata Research Center include the macaws already mentioned, but also titi monkeys, capuchins, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, marmosets, capybara, caiman, agouti, peccary, and even occasional sightings of harpy eagles.

The Tambopata Research Center is Rainforest Alliance certified and provides accommodation for researchers studying the Amazon. There is also an ongoing research project at the macaw clay lick and you’re more than welcome to chat to scientists about their research.

As this is very deep in the rainforest, visitors to the Tambopata Research Center will also stop at the Refugio Amazonas Lodge on their way to the lodge, which we will mention later on this list.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 4, 5, 6 days+

The Refugio Amazonas Lodge Tour

Harpy Eagle - Amazon Jungle Adventure Tours In Peru

The Refugio Amazonas Lodge is located in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve and is a fantastic choice for soft adventure in the Amazon Rainforest.

Accessed from Puerto Maldonado, the Refugio Amazonas Lodge has a large spa area to enjoy a massage and spa treatment and children have their own trail system around the lodge. This helps communicate things about the forest and wildlife in a relatable way for children.

Refugio Amazonas

As a recent addition, guests to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge can also add-on an experience to the famed Chuncho clay lick, which is visited by hundreds of macaws and represents one of the largest macaw clay licks in the Amazon Rainforest.

You can enjoy the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower to have great views over the rainforest to see colorful birds, such as different parrots, toucans, and tanagers. You may even spot monkeys as they move through the trees.

Enjoy a lake visit to spot hoatzin birds, horned screamers, and caiman. With your naturalist guide, you will also explore the rainforest itself on a network of trails to find an abundance of rainforest life, such as the many different monkeys, frogs, lizards, and different mammals. The Tambopata Amazon is known for its sustainable harvesting of Brazil nuts and we will visit a Brazil nut concession, as well as an ethnobotanical trail, and working jungle farm.

As a bonus, the rainforest surrounding the Refugio Amazonas Lodge has been found to be a popular place for harpy eagles and there have been different nesting sites located over the years. Make sure you send a message using the booking form to ask if there has been one located at the moment. This is the most powerful bird of prey in the Amazon Rainforest and holds almost mythical status.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 3, 4, 5 days+

The Posada Amazonas Lodge Tour

Posada Amazonas Lake - Amazon Jungle Adventure Tours In Peru

A community-owned lodge you can visit from Puerto Maldonado in southern Peru, the Posada Amazonas Lodge is a fantastic choice for an Amazon tour of only 2 or 3 days. Because this is close to the base town of Puerto Maldonado and in an area rich in animals and plants, it means you save a lot of time getting to and from the lodge maximizing your time wildlife watching.

The Posada Amazonas Lodge provides comfortable rooms and is located near an oxbow lake home to giant river otters. You will head out on the lake to spot these curious and fascinating animals and learn about their behavior. Although this is the highlight of the lodge, you will also visit a small clay lick where different parrots and animals visit to get their salts.

Posada Amazonas

After your tours in the rainforest, you can enjoy the small spa area for a massage or spa treatment to help you relax surrounded by the rainforest environment. To keep you connected if you choose, the rooms at the Posada Amazonas Lodge also have wifi.

You can enjoy the 30 meter scaffolding canopy to see some incredible wildlife over the rainforest, such as many different colorful birds. Your guide will help you identify each one and you may even spot monkeys moving their way through the canopy.

You will then enjoy guided tours through the rainforest on a number of different trails to spot capuchins, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and titi monkeys. Other wildlife you’re likely to spot include parrots, caiman, and capybara on the river bank.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 3, 4, 5 days+

The Cusco & Amazon Tour – 10 or 12 Days

The Cusco & Amazon tour offers you a breathtaking 12-day journey that marries the historic splendor of Cusco and the awe-inspiring biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest. If you’re interested in adventure, enjoy the incredible contrast between the Andes and Amazon.

This meticulously curated tour is designed to provide an immersive experience into the heart of Peru’s cultural and natural heritage, offering in depth exploration of ancient ruins, vibrant ecosystems, and stunning landscapes.

Your adventure begins in the storied city of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, where cobblestone streets and colonial architecture serve as a gateway to the past. From there, venture into the Sacred Valley, a testament to Incan ingenuity and spirituality, before ascending the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This leg of the journey not only offers a physical challenge but also a spiritual journey, culminating in the awe-inspiring view of the ancient citadel at sunrise.

Note that the 10-day tour and 12-day tour differ by offering either the 2-day or 4-day inca trail.

The journey takes a dramatic turn as you descend into the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest. Here, at the Tambopata Ecolodge, you will be enveloped by the sounds, sights, and smells of the jungle, offering an intimate look at one of the planet’s most vital and vibrant ecosystems. Whether you’re canoeing past giant otters or trekking to ancient Lupuna trees, the Amazon promises an adventure that is both exhilarating and enlightening.

With every detail, from accommodations to itineraries, chosen to enhance your understanding and appreciation of Peru’s incredible diversity, this tour invites you to discover, learn, and be utterly captivated. Note you’re welcome to switch the rainforest lodge with the Tambopata Research Center or Refugio Amazonas (see above) according to your preference.

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Includes: Cusco, Sacred Valley & Amazon accommodations, 2-day Inca trail, guide service, meals in itinerary, ground transportation, train ticket, entrance tickets, airport transfers | extra nights available

Includes: Cusco, Sacred Valley & Amazon accommodations, 4-day Inca trail, guide service, meals in itinerary, ground transportation, train ticket, entrance tickets, airport transfers | extra nights available

Ash - Author & Travel Advisor About the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Amazon and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical destinations. Ash has interests including tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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