Amazon River Peru Map
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The Amazon River has long been a place of mystery and intrigue - starting with the fact that no-one can even decide how long the river truly is! The river winds through Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela and is the lifeblood for the thousands of people who live along its fertile banks. Today, the river is one of the most exciting vacation destinations on the planet and is the best vantage point from which to see the mighty Amazon Rainforest. Take a look at the Amazon River Map in Peru below for more information.
Amazon River Map
The birthplace of the Amazon River is still debated by scientists. Originally it was believed to be Mount Mismi, a mountain that sits in the Andes at a height of 5,500m. Later theories believe that the river starts at the Mantaro River in the central highlands of Peru. Wherever it starts, one thing is certain: the Amazon River is the largest, by volume, in the world. In fact, the river carries 20% of the world’s fresh water.
Wildlife in Peru’s Amazon River
The Amazon Rainforest teems with wildlife, much of which can be found in and around the Amazon River. Below the surface of the water swim rare pink river dolphins and manatees. They don’t surface in front of humans very often, but if you can catch a glimpse of one of these creatures it will be a memory you can cherish forever.
Meanwhile, in the trees, monkeys swing from the branches and vines calling to each other as they search for fruit. If you’re lucky you might spot an Andean Titi Monkey or one of the other dozens of species of monkey that live in the Peruvian rainforest. Keep your ears open for the distinct cry of the howler monkey.
Up even higher in the canopy are hundreds of brightly colored birds – hummingbirds, macaws, hotzins, and more. Prepare to be amazed at the plethora of color and sound that fills the treetops as these birds sing from the branches.
Elsewhere in the Amazon Rainforest are a number of other mammals and reptiles. You might get to see sloths and giant otters as well as some more fearsome creatures, such as jaguars, crocodiles, caimans, and anacondas.
Plant Life along the Amazon River
Measuring a whopping three metres in diameter, the giant water lilies that sit on the surface of the water are quite a sight to behold. If you are looking for some top quality photos, you’ll find them among the lilies. The Amazon Rainforest also boasts a huge variety of medicinal plants – ask your guide to point out which plants will help with various ailments.
Places to Visit Along the Amazon River
A vacation floating along the Amazon River is made complete by the stops you make on your journey. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is usually a favorite among travelers as it is Peru’s largest national park and contains much of the region’s wildlife. The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve is also a much-loved stop thanks to its abundance of wonderful tree and bird species.
If you want a brief but fascinating insight into how the rainforest communities live then a stop in one of the Amazon villages is a must. The people in the community are always happy to tell you about their way of life and show you some of their traditional handicrafts. It is thought that there are around 65 of these native communities in the Peruvian Amazon so take your pick!
Finally, there is a range of activities on offer for anyone who wants to spice up their trip. These include learning about the medicinal properties of the rainforest plants; exploring the canopy via hanging walkways; visiting a butterfly farm; and fishing for piranhas.
If a trip to the Peruvian Amazon has captured you imagination, there is no time like the present to turn your dream into a reality. Be aware that the best time to travel is from May to October as this is the dry season when the days are bright and sunny and rainfall is at a minimum. For more information about the Amazon River Map in Peru please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.