The Top 10 Adventures You Must Do In The Peruvian Amazon

One of the most exciting things about a trip to the Peruvian Amazon is the wide range of adventures you can find there. Especially in Iquitos, the largest city in Peru inaccessible by car, and the only area where it is possible to visit the actual Amazon river and not a tributary. 

Here are the top 10 adventures you must do on your next trip to Peru

1. Swim in the Amazon River

If you consider yourself adventurous, then put this at #1 in your bucket list for Peru. The Amazon river is the largest river in the world, spans over 4,000 miles and crosses the entire continent of South America. You’ll start the journey on a boat until your guide tells you when it is the perfect moment to take a refreshing dip.

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2. Go piranha fishing

This is one of the most popular amazon river excursions. You’ll travel by boat to one of the many great piranha fishing spots in the area. All you need is a wooden pole, string, hook, and some meat to lower the bait into the water and wait for the piranhas to bite. Good luck!

3. Visit Monkey Island 

Preserving the ecosystem of the Amazon’s flora and fauna has become one of the most important priorities to the people of the Amazon. Monkey Island is a family-run sanctuary for New World monkeys. They rescue monkeys, rehabilitate them and then release them back into the wild, there you will see monkeys running freely in their natural habitat. You’ll see a lot of species, such as Wooly Monkeys and Coati.

4. Float through the Giant Lily Pads

The Oxbow Lagoon hosts many species of aquatic plants such as the giant water lily pads. These plants can grow to 6 ft. in diameter with flowers the size of cabbage. You will also observe the strangely interesting hoatzin, a bird feeds exclusively on poisonous plants that it can keep in its crop for several hours.

5. Nighttime Jungle Cruise

In this excursion you will travel along the river, looking for wildlife with flashlights. You will see creatures like colored frogs resting on the floating plants on the edges of the creeks. Also, you will see fishing bats and by the light of your flashlight, you will see potoos, owls, and caimans (located through their red eyes) that venture through the dark to catch their prey.

6. Bird Watching

In the Peruvian Amazon more than 600 species of birds. You will see many species of tanagers, toucans, parrots, parakeets, antbirds, antwrens, woodpeckers, and monkeys that come to feed on the fruit and insects found on the trees. Actually, there are well over 1,700 registered bird species in Peru—hundreds of them in the Amazon rainforest—and new species are discovered each year. 

7. Visit an Amazon Community

Peruvian culture is one of the most interesting things about this country. During your travel to Peru you must visit an Amazon community and interact with the river people who still preserve their traditions, ancient knowledge, and even language. You will get to explore their homes made out of wood and palm trees to see how they live, what they cook, and the way they survive using the natural resources of the rainforest.

8. Swim with Pink Dolphins

The Amazon river dolphin, also known as the pink river dolphin,  lives only in freshwater. During your time in the Peruvian Amazon the world famous Pink and Gray river dolphins will start to appear near your boat while the sunset gives the perfect backdrop, or you can choose to start your morning in the river and see them during their morning feeding.

9. Medicinal Plants of the Amazon

The Peruvian rainforest is like a green pharmacy where you can find many plants used to treat different diseases. You can find forest medicines for headaches, stomachaches, broken bones and more. On this Amazon Jungle excursion, you will explore through this greenery in search for some medicines found in each plant or tree, learning the secrets of the jungle and the relationship between plant and man.

10. Treehouse Canopy Walk

This is a special excursion that Treehouse Lodge offers, the incomparable experience of observing the Amazon rainforest from the treetop canopies. On this excursion you will explore all of the canopy walkways and viewing platforms that dot the area of our ecolodge. Learn about the history and architecture of the lodge while you observe wildlife from 30 – 70 feet above the jungle floor.

amazon river excursions
Amazon river excursions

When is the best time to visit Treehouse Lodge?

If you are planning your next vacation to Treehouse Lodge, you are probably wondering when is the best time to visit the amazon ecolodge. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter – Treehouse Lodge remains an ideal vacation retreat year-round. 

December trough May brings high-water followed by the low-water season that spans June – November. In planning your trip, you will want to take into consideration the type of Amazon experience you prefer for your treehouse vacations.

High Water vs. Low Water at Treehouse Lodge

High Water: Typically December through May

  • Rivers are about 20 – 25 feet higher.
  • More waterways are navigable by canoe for animal and forest viewing in lakes and streams.
  • More rain but generally not bad at all. Rain occurs frequently in low season too.
  • A few degrees cooler.
  • There tends to be a few more mosquitos, but that’s not an absolute and they can be found year around.
  • 3 of the treehouses are in the flooded area between the river and the main lodge which makes a beautiful scene. The cable bridges easily carry you above the water.
  • The amazon rainforest is usually its lushest and some would say most beautiful.
  • More pink dolphins can be found directly in the front of the treehouse hotel, but they can easily be seen year around not far from the lodge.

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Low Water: Typically June through November

  • Rivers are about 20 – 25 feet lower.
  • More jungle paths are exposed for walking excursions
  • Travel to some areas requires a little walking instead of only canoe.
  • Less rain.
  • A few degrees warmer.
  • There tends to be fewer mosquitos, but that’s not an absolute.
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