Top Choice Area in Iquitos


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 the low-water months, these rafts sit on the river mud and a…
Top Choice Museum in Iquitos

Historical Ships Museum

Moored below Plaza Castilla is the diverting new Historical Ships Museum, on a 1906 Amazon riverboat, the gorgeously restored three-deck Ayapua. The exhibitions reflect the Amazon River's hodgepodge past: explorers,…
Park in Amazon Basin

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

At 20,800 sq km, this is the largest of Peru’s parks and reserves. Pacaya-Samiria provides local people with food and a home, and protects ecologically important habitats. An estimated 42,000 people live on and arou…
Wildlife Reserve in Around Iquitos

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

A visit to the fascinating Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is highly recommended. Ostensibly this is a conservation and breeding center for Amazonian butterflies. Butterflies aplenty there certainly are, including the s…
Tower in Puerto Maldonado


Although this strangely cosmic blue building was designed as a modern mirador (lookout tower), its 30m height unfortunately does not rise high enough above the city for viewers to glimpse the rivers. The view is sti…
Zoo in Pucallpa

Parque Natural

About 4km from the center of Pucallpa, off the airport road, enter through the mouth of a tiger into this Amazon zoo ensconced in lush grounds. Many animals from the selva (jungle) can be found here, although the ma…
Museum in Iquitos

Museum of Indigenous Amazon Cultures

This new and intuitively presented museum takes you on a romp through the traits, traditions and beliefs of the tribes of the Amazon Basin, with a focus on the Peruvian Amazon. Some 40 Amazonian cultures are represe…
in Yarinacocha

Botanical Garden

The botanical garden near Yarinacocha is reached by a 45-minute boat ride followed by a 30-minute walk. Go early in the morning to watch birds on the walk there.
Park in Parque Nacional Manu

Parque Nacional Manu

This vast national park in the Amazon Basin covers almost 20,000 sq km (12,427 sq mi) and is one of the best places in South America to see a stunning variety of tropical wildlife. Progressive in its emphasis on pre…
Port in Puerto Maldonado

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 about 500m wide at this point. River traffic is colorful − mul…