Seek and embrace authenticity
Authenticity is - arguably - the most sought-after aspect of any vacation, and an Amazon Jungle tour is one of the best choices to ensure a unique experience. As much as we are told that it is important to visit places mentioned in “must see before we die” rankings published by the mass media, most travelers have a deep desire to be amongst the first to explore new and unusual destinations. We firmly believe that a tour of the Amazon River will satiate those cravings for the strange, unusual, and most importantly, authentic.
Riverboat cruises along the Amazon, especially those visiting important, protected areas such as Pacaya Samiria, offer travelers a safe and comfortable way to visit rural Amazon Rainforest. It has been scientifically documented that one hectare of virgin forest may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants! Also, nearly 3000 fruits are found in rainforests around the world; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World! Medicinal applications are being developed as we speak as up to 70% of the 3000 plants active against cancer cells are found in the rainforest, with 25% of the active ingredients in today’s cancer-fighting drugs coming from organisms and compounds found only in the rainforest. As far as visiting a place dripping with authenticity, an Amazon rainforest tour is certainly hard to beat.
Before embarking on any Amazon River cruise, especially those departing from Iquitos or Nauta in the Peruvian Amazon, we strongly suggest that travelers make the effort to visit the local market scene. This is something any curious adventurer would do regardless of the country, but for those seeking to tour the Amazon this experience is particularly stimulating. Iquitos, being geographically isolated since its foundation, has long been dependent on the generosity of the surrounding forests. Here, citizens have scraped together a living for millennia hunting, gathering, and harvesting from bountiful forests. Please enjoy reading a recent post to our blog about the sights, sounds, colors, and textures one will come across while wandering through the Floating Market of Belen. If this stirs your appetite to explore further, then we invite you to view some images we have taken during our most recent Peru Amazon tour in which we spent the morning photographing the Belen Market. We are sure you will enjoy the images and hope you will share them with other perspective travelers interested in a tour of the Amazon aboard one of our marvelous Amazon riverboat Cruises.
As you can see, Rainforest Cruises endeavors to include authentic experience in all of our tours of the Amazon. Being that you will be immersed in a wilderness the size of a continent it will be hard not to have your senses stimulated beyond their normal operating levels. We have all the information necessary to guide you through your planning stage to ensure you have the most enjoyable Amazon River Cruise possible. Contact our sales team so that we can begin planning your dream Peru Amazon tour right away..