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Embark on a thrilling hike through the Amazon Rainforest. Each step you take is an adventure into the wild heart of Amazonia.

With your highly skilled guide from one of recommended Amazon tours (see below), explore the incredible plants, animals and stunning scenery.

Most of the rainforest lodges in the Amazon offer hiking tours along with boat rides and canoe trips. A good thing to note is that the best wildlife and best hiking is found in the deeper rainforest. This is where the animals and plants are at carrying capacity for the environment

The premium end of the experiences then have some of the top guides who can track and spot wildlife as well as know the best routes in the rainforest.

Recommended Rainforest Tours

Here is our selection of recommended Amazon tours best for hiking. You will learn more about these in the information below.

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+


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


Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+


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

The Amazon Rainforest Introduction

The Amazon Rainforest is home to many different habitats. And these include terra firme areas and flooded varzea forest. The best hiking areas are in the higher ground areas, the terra firme. Note: Make sure the area never gets flooded or choose the low water months for your travels.

Paradise Tanager, Tahuayo Lodge, Peru

As you hike between the rainforest’s giant trees, you will see several different Amazon Rainforest monkeys. Enjoy their curious looks as they follow you around their rainforest home.

See howler monkeys, capuchins, sakis, spider monkeys, marmosets and tamarins. The monkeys are some of the favorite animals to encounter. Others include the brightly colored macaw parrots and the hundreds of other tropical birds.

The Tahuayo Lodge

If you’re after serious rainforest hiking, we recommend a tour that can offer you a private guide.

Our recommendation is the Tahuayo Lodge in northern Peru. Starting as a rainforest camping outfit, the lodge is now one of the Amazon’s highest rated lodges. The private guide and custom itinerary mean you can go at your own pace and customize the tour to your liking.

From the Tahuayo Lodge, you will head out into the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. Explore with your private guide on a custom tour of the northern Peruvian rainforest.

You can also visit their other lodge at the Amazon Research Center on tours of 6 days or more. This is a fantastic location to hike their 1,000 acre grid where researchers are studying rainforest life. You will see a fantastic amount of Iquitos Amazonian wildlife from these lodges.

For an introduction to the Tahuayo Lodge, click the short video below.

Tahuayo Lodge

Because of the custom itinerary, you can wake early in the morning for a full day hiking. You can then return to the lodge in the evenings. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can also head out on a camping trip. This allows you to get deeper into the areas where the rarer Amazon animals live. Camping also provides the opportunity for nights in the rainforest and observing the incredible colors of the Milky Way.

Emerald Tree Boa, Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Peru

With fantastic access to the protected area, and two widely spaced Amazon Rainforest lodges, the Tahuayo Lodge is a favorite recommendation.

And with high-rated service, the Tahuayo Lodge continues to offer one of the best rainforest tours in the Amazon.

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

The Tambopata Research Center is deep within the Tambopata National Reserve. And the lodge provides some great hiking experiences.

Enjoy being close by to one of the Amazon’s largest macaw clay licks to see hundreds of these colorful birds.

Jaguar near Tambopata Research Center, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

In addition to this wonderful macaw viewing area, hike the tropical rainforest with your guide. And you can enjoy many different monkeys and hopefully some rarer rainforest life. Enjoy finding a diversity of animals.

Animals to find include:

  • Titi monkeys
  • Squirrel monkeys
  • Capuchins
  • Howler monkeys
  • Capybara
  • Caiman
  • Agouti
  • White lipped peccary

Chuncho Clay Lick, Tambopata Research Center, Peru

For the Tambopata Research Center, we recommend hiring a private guide for the best hiking opportunities. This means you can keep to your pace and do what you would like to do. To combine with fantastic Amazon Rainforest hiking, you can also enjoy listening in on talks, a sunset cruise and guided night walks.

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

The Sacha Lodge

Another great lodge in the Yasuni region is the Sacha Lodge.

Sacha Lodge Canopy Walkway, Coca, Ecuador

This another recommended Amazon lodge in Ecuador. The Sacha Lodge offers an impressive 940 feet (275 meters) canopy walkway. Enjoy incredible hiking experiences with your Amazon guide. Hike along the various Amazon trails to spot a wide range of rainforest wildlife. Visit the Yasuni clay lick to see colorful parrots and enjoy the lodge’s canopy tower.

See the video below for a little introduction.

Sacha Lodge

This is also a great lodge if you have an interest in birding. Given the canopy tower and walkway you’re sure to see many different varieties. In fact, 37% of all the bird species in Ecuador have been spotted from the Sacha Lodge.

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

La Selva Lodge

This lodge is best for a little luxury combined with incredible hiking opportunities.

And for a more luxurious experience than others on this list, we recommend a tour from La Selva Lodge. This is in Ecuador’s Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy fantastic hiking to see many different Amazon animals.

La Selva offers many different hiking trails through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. These range from around two to four hours. The trails pass lakes, giant strangler figs and impressive wildlife.

On your rainforest hikes, enjoy seeing a range of wildlife from the Ecuadorian rainforest. Find many different monkeys, colorful birds, giant river otters and caiman crocodiles.

We recommend a private guide for serious hiking, to keep to your own pace and to make the most of the trails.

Squirrel Monkey, La Selva Lodge, Peru

In addition to great hiking and a very comfortable lodge, enjoy the canopy tower. This is a fantastic place to enjoy life in the trees and to catch sight of a different level of Amazon wildlife.

You will also explore the waterways with your guide to enjoy river wildlife and the animals and plants nearby. Spot colorful birds, including macaws, parrots, tanagers and toucans.

As well as exploring the rainforest by day, you will also head out on guided night walks. This is when the rainforest opens up for a completely different assortment of rainforest life. Spot bats, caiman crocodiles and some of the more elusive rainforest animals.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

The Inka Trail, Machu Picchu & Amazon Tours

One of the most famous hiking experiences in Peru is the Inka Trail. If you’re visiting Cusco while in Peru, you will likely be after a trek to this incredible Incan structure.

To combine this incredible trek with hiking in the Amazon, you can choose from the 10-day or 12-day Cusco & Amazon Tour. You’re also welcome to extend your Amazon rainforest visit.

These meticulously crafted journeys are your gateway to the mysteries of the Andes and the enchanting Amazon Rainforest.

Begin your trip in the heart of the Inca Empire – Cusco. Here, ancient cobblestone streets echo tales of a majestic past, setting the stage for your adventure. The Sacred Valley, a treasure trove of Incan history, unfolds before you, leading to the legendary Inca Trail. Each step on this historic path is a stride through time, culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, a testament to the genius of its creators.

But the wonders don’t stop at Machu Picchu. Rainbow Mountain awaits, a natural canvas painted with vibrant mineral hues that create a mesmerizing visual spectacle. It’s a sight that captures the essence of the Andean beauty.

As you descend from the Andean heights, the Amazon Rainforest beckons. Transitioning from the cool mountain air to the warm embrace of the jungle, you’ll find yourself in a world alive with the symphony of nature. The Amazon is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, offering intimate encounters with the rainforest’s diverse inhabitants.

Designed for incredible wildlife viewing, adventure and comfort, the rainforest lodges ensure that your days of adventure are complemented by restful nights, allowing for a seamless blend of exploration and relaxation.

Choose the 10-day journey for a condensed experience of these incredible regions (includes the 2-day Inka Trail), or opt for the 12-day odyssey for an extended exploration (includes the 4-day Inka Trail).

Both tours offer comprehensive experiences designed to leave you with a profound appreciation of Peru’s cultural and natural heritage. This is more than a trip; it’s an invitation to explore, learn, and be completely captivated by Peru’s beauty. Embark on this unforgettable adventure using the tour bubbles below.

Note that the rainforest portion of your experience is at the renowned Tambopata Eco Lodge, however, you’re welcome to choose the other Tambopata lodges, such as the similar Refugio Amazonas or Tambopata Research Center (mentioned above for a deeper experience).

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 Tropics and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical locations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the tropics. 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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