Pacaya Samiria Travel

Vast, dense and downright jaw-dropping: welcome to the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, in the Peruvian Amazon.

Peru’s portion of the world’s greatest rainforest cradles supreme biodiversity. It sprawls over sixty percent of Peru's landmass, sheltering an eye-blinking variety of flora and fauna: from kaleidoscopic birdlife and vocal monkeys, to friendly Pink River Dolphins and skulking Caimans. Explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Peruvian Amazon in style on a luxurious cruise or from a rustic-chic lodge, and head out on exhilarating excursions into its intriguing depths, to get up close to wildlife and natural wonders, and meet Amazonian tribes who call this sublime virgin rainforest home.

A seemingly endless mass of dense emerald jungle, carved up by the indomitable Amazon River and its tributaries, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve – the Peruvian Amazon’s most accessible region – is a wildlife-lover’s dream. Imagine colourful birds like Tanagers, Macaws and Toucans, and all manner of monkeys such as Capuchins, Tamarins and Spider Monkeys. Then there are Caimans, Anacondas and the mythical Pink River Dolphin that thrive in the murky waters, while on land you might get the chance to spot a Jaguar or two. This is all just the start though: the Pacaya Samiria Reserve is home to approximately 450 species of bird, 100 mammals, 70 reptiles and 260 fish; on top of around 1,200 types of plants, that is.

Discovering one of the world’s last great wildernesses is a privilege, and should you wish to do it in utmost style and comfort, opt for an exclusive, luxury cruise. These refined vessels will take you through the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, getting you closer than ever to natural wonders like mirrored forests, vegetation tunnels, lakes, creeks and much more. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet local communities and learn about the way of life here, deep in the Amazon. You can mingle with the locals and try typical rainforest fare in the cut-off jungle town of Iquitos, reached only by plane or boat, where your Amazonian journey in Peru begins.

Highlights of Pacaya Samiria:

Meet local communities in the Amazon

Get to know one of the indigenous tribes of the Amazon who have dwelled here since long before the Spanish conquest. You may be lucky enough to be invited into the community to witness the way of life out here, deep in the wilderness, and should it take your fancy, try some regional Amazonian cooking.

Bird watching at sunrise

Haul yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise over the rainforest and head out on a bird watching excursion. At this time of the day, the Amazonian birds are at their most lively, so witnessing a flurry of wings and feathers fluttering through the forest canopy is an amazing sight to behold. Try to count how many bird species you can spot, with the help of your naturalist guide.

Exciting water-sports in the Amazon

Try your luck at fishing for Piranhas, or make the most of water-based activities like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the river. Many of the cruise boats and lodges offer action-packed experiences for you to get out and immerse yourself in these unspoilt natural surroundings, or you could always stay in and pamper yourself with a spa treatment or hit the gym - you’ve never worked out with a view like this before!

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