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  The Amazon Basin
 


The Amazon Rain Forest covers two-thirds of the Peruvian territory. In the south-eastern jungle where the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers meet we find Puerto Maldonado, a small border town. It is the point of the departure to visit the Manu National Park and the Tambopata Reserve. The rain forest of this area concentrates the biggest number of plant and animal species found anywhere. In the northeast of Peru we find Iquitos, another important gateway to explore the rain forest. This area gained prosperity during the Rubber Rush in the 19th century and it is nowadays the departure point far cruises along the Amazon River to Manaus in Brazil.

The lodges located in these areas organise programmes to explore the jungle and nearby rivers. Some of them are quite simple while others bring some comfort to the jungle without intruding upon its natural character.


     
     
 
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