Must-see attractions in Amazon Basin

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    Belén Mercado

    At the southeast end of town is the floating shantytown of Belén, consisting of scores of huts, built on rafts, which rise and fall with the river. During…

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    Historical Ships Museum

    Moored below Plaza Castilla is the diverting Historical Ships Museum, on a 1906 Amazon riverboat, the gorgeously restored three-deck Ayapua. The…

  • Parque Nacional Manu

    This vast national park in the Amazon Basin covers almost 20,000 sq km and is one of the best places in South America to see a stunning variety of…

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    Tres Cruces

    About two hours beyond Paucartambo is the extraordinary jungle view at Tres Cruces, a lookout off the Paucartambo–Shintuya road. The sight of the…

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    Cocha Salvador

    Probably Parque Nacional Manu's loveliest lake, at least amongst the part of the park visited by tourists, with camping and hiking possibilities.

  • Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

    At 20,800 sq km, this is the most immense of Peru’s parks and reserves. Pacaya-Samiria provides local people with food and a home, and protects…

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    Reserva Nacional Tambopata

    The wildlife-rich Río Tambopata is a major tributary of the Río Madre de Dios, joining it at Puerto Maldonado. Boats go up the river, past several good…

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    Yanamono Rum Distillery

    For three generations the Guerra family has been operating this traditional rum distillery in Yanamono, in the middle of nowhere in the northern Peruvian…

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    Parque Nacional Bahuaja-Sonene

    About two hours south of the Río Madre de Dios and along the Río Heath (the latter forming the Peru–Bolivia border), Parque Nacional Bahuaja-Sonene has…

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    Francisco Grippa Studio-Gallery

    In undeniably the most eye-catching edifice in Pevas, the art works of Francisco Grippa, one of Peru's most famous contemporary painters, are a sight more…

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    Puente Guillermo Billinghurst

    This bridge, since 2011 carrying the Carr Interocéanica across the Río Madre de Dios – connects Puerto Maldonado by paved road to the outside world for…

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    The sight of Iquitos' sophisticated riverside walkway, edged by swanky bars and restaurants and yet cut off from the rest of the world by hundreds of…

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    Mariposario Tambopata Butterfly Farm

    Peru has the greatest number of butterfly species in the world (some 3700) and you can see many of them here at this well-run butterfly conservation…

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    Collpa Chuncho

    One of the best clay licks in the Reserva Nacional Tambopata, where you can see the colorful cacophony of feeding macaws for which the Tambopata region is…

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    Cocha Otorongo

    A lovely lake enfolded within Parque Nacional Manu, with an observation tower to aid wildlife-watching.

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    Cocha Brashco

    Preferred over Cocha Juárez these days as a lake to spy wildlife such as the giant river otter.

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    Catarata Bayoz

    A stunning waterfall close to Puerto Yurinaki, about 50km northeast of La Merced.

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    Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

    Ostensibly, the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is a conservation and breeding center for Amazonian butterflies. Butterflies aplenty there certainly are,…

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    Río Madre de Dios Ferry Dock

    This dock close to the Plaza de Armas is a cheap way of seeing a little of the action on a major Peruvian jungle river (the Río Madre de Dios), which is…

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    Parque Nacional Yanachaga-Chemillén

    North of Oxapampa rear the cloud-capped hills of this little-visited park, preserving spectacular cloud forest and diverse flora and fauna, including the…