Peruvian Amazon Nature Tour

A brightly-colored Amazonian butterfly
The southern Peruvian Amazon region is a veritable wonderland of natural attractions. The best way to experience as many of them as possible is on a series of short, guided adventure treks. The home base for this tour is a jungle lodge near the border with Bolivia, and the first mini-trek is to Tres Chimbadas, a lake located 30 minutes by boat from the lodge. Time here will be spent on the lookout for exotic local residents, such as giant river otters, caiman, hoatzin, and colorful tropical birds. This tour is best done in the early morning, as otters are most active from dawn to about 9 AM. 

After a return to the lodge, it's just a 20-minute walk to the Parrot Clay Lick, a spot on the tall clay banks of a small river where colorful macaws congregate. There are many nearby vantage points to watch hundreds of vibrant parrots and parakeets descend onto the river bank and enjoy the mineral-rich clay (in the late morning is an ideal time to spot them). After a break for lunch, it's a quick 20-minute canoe trip downriver for an ethnobotany tour. Designed by the staff of Centro Ñape, a communal organization which derives natural medicines from plants found in the rainforest, this educational hike is led by a local guide who explains the various uses of Amazonian plants. After dinner, there's an option to go on a night hike to view nocturnal small animals, like tree frogs and spiders.

Tours that Include Peruvian Amazon Nature Tour

View of Machu Picchu Citadel from Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu & Amazon Exploration - 6 Days

From Incan ruins to the wildlife-rich rainforest, the 6-day version of this itinerary is quick but multi-faceted. Experience metropolitan Lima, the Incan capital of Cusco, and the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu. Then make your way to Puerto Maldonado, where you'll spend your days viewing wildlife on jungle excursions, and your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.

Macaws in clay lick in the Peruvian Amazon jungle
Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 8 Days

Go from Machu Picchu to the Amazon on this 8-day itinerary. Explore the colorful textile markets, small towns, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley before traveling east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the rainforest. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

A red-headed poison dart frog
Lima, Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 10 Days

Go from the Sacred Valley to the Amazon with this 10-day itinerary. Explore the markets, small towns, and Inca ruins around Cusco before walking a section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Then, travel east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the rainforest. Spend multiple days viewing wildlife like the giant river otter and tropical parrots, and spend your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.

Colca Canyon
Peruvian Landscapes & Wildlife Adventure - 14 Days

From Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon Jungle, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Next, travel to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Finally, head east to Puerto Maldonado to spot Amazonian wildlife like macaws, cayman, giant river otters, and tapirs.

A red-headed poison dart frog
Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 7 Days

From the remote Machu Picchu ruins to the lush Amazon rainforest, this 7-day itinerary brings you to Peru's iconic landscapes. Fly to metropolitan Lima, then connect with the Inca capital of Cusco. Explore colorful textile markets, small towns, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley before traveling east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the lush Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Machu Picchu
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 10 Days

From Cusco to the Amazon Rainforest, this highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Explore the ancient Inca capital, tour the Sacred Valley, and take in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Finally, travel east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the Amazon. Spend a few days viewing wildlife like the giant river otter and numerous parrot species, and spend your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.

Machu Picchu
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 11 Days

From the hustle and bustle of Cusco to the remote Machu Picchu citadel and Amazon Rainforest, this 11-day highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Spend a few days in the Amazon viewing wildlife like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. Then, explore the colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins of the Sacred Valley, and take in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Finally, head to Lake Titicaca to experience the region's rich culture and beautiful landscapes. 

Trees reflected in the waters of the Amazon River in Peru
Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary brings you to Peru's most stunning landscapes. Head to the Inca capital of Cusco to explore the colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley and take the short Inca Trail to the famous Machu Picchu ruins. Next, travel east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the lush Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 12 Days

From Lima to the Amazon, this 12-day itinerary has it all. Take in the sights, aromas, and tastes of Lima then head to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful Islands. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its culture and ancient ruins, including a visit to Machu Picchu. Finally, head east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point for your journey to the rainforest. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Trail with a view of Nevado Salkantay
Salkantay Trek & Jungle Exploration - 11 Days

This 11-day exploration of Peru is perfect for adventurous travelers. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Head into the mountains to challenge yourself on the 4-day Salkantay Trek—a spectacular hike with remote camping and glacial views. End in Aguas Calientes for a relaxing night, then visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel—a marvel of ancient engineering. Finally, head to the Amazon jungle to spot wildlife like macaws, cayman, giant river otters, and tapirs. 

View of Machu Picchu Citadel from Machu Picchu Mountain
Peruvian History & Wildlife - 10 Days

From Machu Picchu to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands, the 10-day version of this itinerary brings you to a variety of Peru's landscapes. Experience metropolitan Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco, and Puerto Maldonado—your launch point to the Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife on jungle excursions while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Birds flying over a natural arch in the Ballestas Islands
Peruvian History & Wildlife - 15 Days

From Incan ruins to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands, the 15-day version of this itinerary shows you the many sides of Peru. Experience metropolitan Lima, the incredible Nazca lines, and the Incan capital of Cusco. Walk a section of the Inca Trail, followed by a day at Machu Picchu. And make your way to Puerto Maldonado, where you'll spend three days viewing wildlife on jungle excursions while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.