Places of Peru – Following the Marañon #3: Pacaya-Samiria

(Photo: Verónica Isabel Calvo Niño)

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.

In the small town of Nauta down the road from Iquitos, a number of local guides can be found. Many of them also work for agencies in Iquitos. However, if you want to be on the safe side it is better to book your trip in Iquitos. (Photo: Mike Dreckschmidt/Living in Peru)
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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.




Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.