The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve near Iquitos is the ideal rainforest adventure.
This time on Places of Peru, we explore only a small part of the massive Pacaya Samiria Reserve near the city of Iquitos in Loreto.
Last time, we took a cargo ship to rejoin with the great Marañon and rode it all the way to Iquitos. Beyond this point, the Marañon joins with the Ucayali river and becomes the great Amazon, the world’s largest river.
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve is the ideal rainforest trek because there are many trusted guides in the area who know the terrain and will keep you safe. Yet, it maintains an air of adventure and flexibility.
Do you camp in a lush forest meadow or a wide beach? Do you wake up at dawn to the sounds and sights of scarlet macaws or pink dolphins?
This is what Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is all about.
We have finished our long journey from Cajamarca to the confluence where the Amazon river officially begins. The next Places of Peru chapter will pass through one of the Andean country’s most beautiful and fragile (and often unjustly forgotten) regions.
Stay tuned as we continue next week into the Alley of Huaylas.