Amazon Basin attractions

Top Choice Market in Iquitos

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

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 exhibitions reflect the Amazon River's hodgepodge past: explorers, tri…
National Park in Parque Nacional Manu

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 tropical wildlife. Progressive in its emphasis on preservation, Unes…
Viewpoint in Paucartambo

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 mountains dropping away into the Amazon Basin is gorgeous in itself, …
Lake in Parque Nacional Manu

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.
Wildlife Reserve in Amazon Basin

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 ecologically important habitats. An estimated 42,000 people live on and…
Wildlife Reserve in Río Tambopata

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 lodges, and into Reserva Nacional Tambopata, an important prote…
Distillery in Around Iquitos

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 Amazon. There is nothing different about the rum-making proce…
National Park in Río Heath

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 some of the best wildlife in Peru’s Amazon region, including su…
Gallery in Pevas

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 beautiful than the building in which they are housed. Grippa…