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Amazon Jungle

It is located in the north-east of Peru, it mainly comprises the Selva Baja (lowland rainforest) or Llano Amazónico (Amazonian plain) region.

The mighty Amazon, the longest river in the world that unites the people that live in the heart of the rainforest, crosses this region. Its forests grow on white sand and are home to an extremely diverse array of flora and fauna.

The main attractions in the Amazon Jungle are:

Belén Port and Town

Its origins date back to the beginning of the 20th century, and it comprises homes built on top of balsa wood rafts that float on the waters during the flood season. The local inhabitants travel in boats and canoes, which is why the area is often referred to as the “Venice of Loreto”.

Zungarococha Lake

The right bank of the Nanay is ideal for swimming or canoeing amidst beautiful scenery. The small Corrientillo lagoon is nearby, where traditional stews are available.

San Andrés Boras Ethnic Community

The local inhabitants come from the Alto Putumayo area, on the border with Colombia. They migrated to where they live now, attracted by the rubber trade. Cultural customs and traditions are still upheld in the area. Local festivals and ceremonies are associated with myths and legends.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

It is also known as the largest area of protected floodable forest in the Amazon. It is bordered by two large rivers: the Marañón to the north and the Ucayali-Puinahua Canal to the south. There are three river basins within the reserve: the Pacaya, Samiria and Yanayacu-Pucate basins, as well as numerous lagoons, ravines, creeks and streams.

The area has a large biological diversity: 449 species of birds, 102 mammals (including the pink dolphin), 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 256 types of fish and 1024 wild and cultivated plants.

Amazon River

It is considered a Natural Wonder of the World. With over 500 navigable tributaries, an average depth of 50 metres and a width of between 4 and 6 km.

Much of the river does not have a definite course, due to it being formed by a collection of small channels that constitute a network of canals featuring many islands. It is the river with the largest volume in the world, with an enormous hydrographic network that is unique in both size and flow.

Source: PromPeru

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