The World’s Nature Reserve
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 sands and are home to an extremely diverse array of flora and fauna. In Loreto you will find exotic places to visit such as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with its pink dolphins and the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, which has different types of soils and native birds.
Coexisting with native communities is part of daily life. Its cities are architecturally beautiful. Loreto is an experience that you live to the full.
Location: In the north-east of Peru, it mainly comprises the Selva Baja (lowland rainforest) or Llano Amazónico (Amazonian plain) region. It is also a border region.
Size: 368,852 km2 (142,415 sq.miles).
The Amazon is the biggest and longest river in the world. It starts in the snowy peaks of Caylloma province, in Arequipa department, and after a long journey, it merges with the Marañón and Ucayali rivers where it becomes the Amazon. Its waters flow into the sea at 170,000 cubic meters (6,003,493 cubic feet) per second and host over 2,000 species of fish. The Amazon is also a communication channel for millions of people living in the jungle who travel the river either in regular boats or in small boats called peque peque.
The river basin also brings life to Amazonia, the largest tropical rainforest on the planet and one of the most important green lungs of the Earth. Iquitos City is the main point of departure for travelling along the Amazon River and reaching national reserves and tourism lodges, where day and night-time hikes as well as boat trips and visits to the local bora, yahua and witoto ethnic communities are organized. For a more scenic experience, tourists can walk cross hanging bridges or hike to viewing spots and floating platforms.
This region’s climate is hot, wet and very humid all year round. However, in some regions in the provinces of Ucayali and Alto Mayo, the winters are dry. Warm and rainy all year round.
How to get there
Regular flights to Iquitos from Lima (1 hour and 45 minutes), from Tarapoto (50 minutes) and from Pucallpa (1 hour). Non-regular flights available from Yurimaguas (40 minutes).