Best of Tambopata

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Tambopata
In the heart of the world’s mightiest rainforest, the Tambopata National Reserve harbors an astonishing variety of plant and animal life. Here you can experience the awe of nature, whether watching scores of colorful macaws gather at a feeding site, spying troops of monkeys on wooded trails or climbing a canopy tower at sunset for magical views over the Amazon. Tambopata also offers memorable aquatic adventures with tranquil paddles on the mirror-like waters of Oxbow Lake looking for giant river otters and black caiman along the way.

Immerse yourself in the Amazon on unique wildlife-watching excursions and cultural tours. Previous kimkim travelers have spotted myriad avian species — such as toucans, kingfishers and the bizarre, pheasant like hoatzin — on birdwatching tours with local guides. They’ve also gained insight into age-old traditions on visits to the Ese’eja community. There you can learn about the customs and beliefs of a people still maintaining their traditional lifestyle.
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A mother and baby spider monkey in the Peruvian Amazon
Map of Peruvian Amazon & Sacred Valley Family Adventure - 7 Days
Peruvian Amazon & Sacred Valley Family Adventure - 7 Days

Struggling to decide between the Peruvian Amazon and the Sacred Valley of the Inca for your family trip to Peru? There's no need because this week-long itinerary fits in both amazing destinations. Starting in Lima, your family will travel into the heart of the Amazon rainforest for a couple of days of choose-your-own-adventure activities. Continue to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to enjoy some of the South American country's most iconic sights with kid-friendly tours and excursions.

Weaver at work
Peruvian Panorama - 13 Days

From the flavors of Lima’s food scene, to the colors of the Sacred Valley’s handwoven textiles, to the sounds of the Amazon’s many residents, this expedition will take you through the many facets of Peru. You'll work with partners selected specifically for their social responsibility and minimal environmental impact as you explore.

Spot colorful macaws during a sunrise hike in the Amazon Rainforest
Map of Hidden Gems of Peru: Amazon, Andes, Beaches & More - 16 Days
Hidden Gems of Peru: Amazon, Andes, Beaches & More - 16 Days

Experience Peru's diverse landscapes during this 16-day trip by boat, car, plane, and train. Begin with a food tour in Lima before escaping to the Amazon Rainforest for wildlife-studded hikes and boat trips. Next, head for the heights of the Andes to tour UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley's lesser-visited gems, from Inca ruins to salt pans and local villages. The adventure ends on Máncora's relaxing beaches for whale watching and swimming with sea turtles off the Pacific coast.

Trek up Rainbow Mountain on this adventurous family tour of Peru
Map of Adventurous Peru for Families: Culture, Nature & Hiking - 14 Days
Adventurous Peru for Families: Culture, Nature & Hiking - 14 Days

Take your family on an adventure-filled escape to Peru with this two-week outdoor-oriented itinerary. Ride bikes along Lima's waterfront Malecón, then it's off to a rainforest lodge in the Amazon for wildlife sightings, sunset river cruises, and stories around the campfire. Head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to check off Inca wonders like Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuamán, explore the Ausangate region via a kid-friendly lodge-to-lodge hike, and end back in Lima for a delicious food tour of the capital.

End the trip by spending a few days in the Paracas National Reserve
Map of Explore Peru's Epic Landscapes: Jungle, Mountains, Desert & Ocean - 14 Days
Explore Peru's Epic Landscapes: Jungle, Mountains, Desert & Ocean - 14 Days

For a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Peru, you'll want to see it all—and this two-week itinerary comes close. After an exciting food tour in Lima, set off for the epic landscapes, starting with a remote lodge in the lush Amazon. Next, fly to the high-altitude Andes for hikes and cultural activities—including time in Machu Picchu—before ending at a Sahara-like desert next to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you'll meet local artisans, llama herders, and even marine life in the "Peruvian Galápagos."

Reward yourself after a four-day hike with incredible views of Machu Picchu
Map of Peru's Amazon Rainforest & Inca Trail Adventure - 16 Days
Peru's Amazon Rainforest & Inca Trail Adventure - 16 Days

Discover the heart and soul of Peru with this epic journey through diverse landscapes, ancient wonders, and culinary delights. Over the course of 16 days, you'll hike the famous four-day Inca Trail, uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu, and experience the enchanting Amazon Rainforest. Between these grand adventures, local guides will show you the food scene in Lima, historical treasures in Cusco, and ancient Inca civilizations at various villages and sites, including Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo.

View of Machu Picchu from Machu Picchu Mountain
Southern Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain - 11 Days

Beginning your Peruvian odyssey in cosmopolitan capital Lima, this 11-day itinerary kicks off with a journey through the Southern Amazon along the River Tambopata to your lodge on the cusp of the wildlife-rich Tambopata Reserve. You will use this lodge as your base for jungle activities over a 3-night stay here. You next travel up into the Andes, to magical Inca capital Cusco. You will then spend two days in the Sacred Valley, seeing archaeological marvels like Moray and Ollantaytambo: a journey culminating in a trek on the Short Inca Trail to magical Inca citadel Machu Picchu. You end your trip by exploring one of Peru's geological highlights: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

A rainbow of colors during sunset in the Amazon
Map of Discover the Peruvian Amazon - 4 Days
Discover the Peruvian Amazon - 4 Days

Stay deep in the Amazon rainforest of Peru to experience the sights, sounds, and sensations of the world's most diverse ecosystem, which contains at least 10% of the world's known biodiversity. Walk along the treetops of the rainforest, sail around the mirrored Sandoval Lake, take a nighttime walk to encounter nocturnal animals, and more on this 4-day itinerary.

Other popular travel destinations in Peru
Sacred Valley · Lima · Cusco · Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu · Machu Picchu · The Amazon · Southern Peru · Puno · Northern Peru · Arequipa & Colca Canyon · Paracas · Arequipa · Inca Trail · Trujillo · Iquitos · Chachapoyas · Colca Canyon · Chiclayo · Nazca · Ica · Ausangate Trek · Mancora · Ayacucho