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The Best National Parks in Peru

Amazon rainforest covers most of South America territory. This region is shared by nine countries including Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela and it covers 2.6 million square miles of Continental land. The rainforest is home to a diverse and unique plant-life and wildlife. Many people are not aware of the fact that Amazon is a carbon sink, meaning it helps regulating the climate of Earth, reason why it is imperative to preserve and protect the fragile ecosystem of the Amazon and its declared Protected Areas and National Parks.

In the Amazon Jungle you can enjoy amazing landscapes, explore deep into primary forest with great chances to see endemic wildlife including monkeys, exotic birds, pink dolphins, and much more. This can be achieved by either taking a River cruise or by taking a Lodge program especially in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, Countries that hold the largest National Parks within the Jungle in the Continent.

For example, when you visit Peru in a river cruise, you will sail deep in the Jungle and visit remote National Parks in the Amazon region with all the means needed for a safe and enjoyable journey always accompanied by an expert guide and crew.

This time, let’s review some of the marvels of the untamed protected National Parks and Protected Areas in Peru:

There are numerous National Parks in Peru and Reserves in Peru; they’re home to a large variety of animals and plants species, some endemic to the area. The most important ones are:

  • Paracas National Reserve
  • Manu National Park
  • Titicaca National Reserve
  • Huascaran National Park
  • Tambopata National Reserve
  • Cutervo National Park
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

One of the most popular and largest national parks in Peru is Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. This covers flooded rainforest area in the northern part of Peruvian Amazon rainforest; you can reach the Park from the city of Iquitos which is the main port where River cruises sail deep in the Amazon.

There are different communities living within the boundaries of the National park; they’re extremely friendly and open to visitors and use sustainable harvesting of resources like nuts, fruits, and fish. A successful initiative of this Reserve is sustainable fishing of Arapaima.

It has some of the most diverse wildlife habitats in the world. This makes it a well-protected tropical rainforest ecosystem that is perfect for adventure lovers. The reserve consists of different basins, Pacaya, Samiria, and Yanayacu-Pucate rivers.

There are several types of River cruises; you can choose the one that suits your budget and comfort level to explore the Reserve and the Rainforests, from Superior to Luxury class options.

Among the animal species you may encounter during your hikes while cruise, you will find saki and howler monkeys, tamarins and squirrel monkeys; you may also see jaguars, sloths, tapirs, caimans plus a wide variety of colorful birds like paradise tanagers, gold, and blue macaws, and aracari toucans.


National Parks in Peru are truly magnificent places to visit due to their natural richness and natural wonders.

Average temperature on these areas ranges from 20 to 33 degrees Celsius and the best time to visit is between May and September. You can only visit National Parks with qualified guides or by taking a Cruise with proper permissions to sail and explore the area, no one is allowed to visit the protected areas by themselves. We can help you arrange an amazing adventure within Protected Areas in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.

Is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first

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