For nature lovers there can be no excuse not to visit the Manú Biosphere Reserve or Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. The stunning rainforest, cloudforest, lowland jungle and powerful rivers are home to an incredible wealth and variety of birds, mammals and plant life, including giant otters, jaguars, howler monkeys, tapirs, over 1000 species of birds, 1200 species of butterflies and an astonishing 15,000 different flowering plants.
Reasons to visit Manú and Tambopata include:
This area is always humid, and there is rain all year round. There is, however, a 'dry’ season, from May to October, but it still rains! Hiking is easier in the dry season. It is a little cooler from November to April, and many more waterways become navigable as the water levels rise. The Amazon is at its highest point in May and at its lowest in October. September is the best time to visit the macaw clay licks in Tambopata.
For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
A secluded villa where you balance your time between guided activities and private relaxation, ideal for those who value their privacy.
Cock of the Rock Lodge is located on the forested eastern slopes of the Andes.
A luxury all-suite Amazon cruise vessel offering high levels of comfort and service and an expert naturalist guide.
Delfin II is a 14-suite cruise boat with stylish interiors and lots of social areas, plus 3 naturalist guides to help you explore the Amazon
A remote rainforest lodge about 6 hours by boat from Puerto Maldonado. Excellent for macaws, but good general flora and fauna too.
Strategically located in an area of forest with a high diversity of micro-habitats.
Posada Amazonas is the ideal short introductory nature tour to some of the Amazon's richest rainforests.
32 room lodge in a private reserve in the Peruvian Amazon.
Reserva Amazonica is an upmarket lodge in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. It has the only canopy walkway in Peru's south-eastern Amazon.
Sandoval Lake Lodge is a 50 bed lodge located in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Tambopata Research Centre is a basic yet comfortable lodge in the middle of the uninhabited part of the Tambopata National Reserve.
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.