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The Peru Rainforest A Tropical Adventure
The Peru rainforest is perhaps one of the biggest attractions to Peru. Covering well over half of Peru, the Peru rainforest is also one of Peru's greatest assets in terms of animal life, and flora. Containing thousands of unique animals and plants, these rainforests are constantly threatened by deforestation. However, Peru recognizes the importance of their natural resources, and has created numerous national parks and wildlife preserves in order to ensure that generations to come can appreciate this natural beauty of Peru. There are two main attractions of the Peru rainforest region- the Amazon Basin, and Manu.
The Amazon Basin area is perhaps the most famous area of the Peru rainforest region. Located east of Peru's Andean zone- the part of Peru covered by the Andes mountains, the Amazon Basin region contains more than 54% of all of the world's rainforests. Spanning over 2.5 million miles, the Amazon Basin area is quite a massive area! Biologists estimate that the Amazon Basin contains more than 400 species of mammals, 1,700 species of birds, and over 50,000 species of plants. The natives of these areas are more than aware of their tourist potential as well, as eco-tourism has exploded in Peru.
Yet another popular attraction within the Amazon Basin area is the Peru rainforest called Manu. Manu National Park is divided into three main zones: Manu National Park, Manu Reserved Zone, and Manu Cultural Zone. Inside the main Manu Nation Park zone, a focus is taken to protect the natural plants in this rainforest. Inside of the Manu Reserved Zone, great care is taken to preserve the eco-tourism aspects of the Manu Park. Lastly, the Manu Cultural Zone is designed mainly to protect the inhabitants of the forest. If you are planning on visiting the Manu National Park, the Manu Reserved Zone should be your top priority, as it is the largest unaltered rainforest park in Peru. Thousands of indigenous flowers, fish, trees, insects and mammals are allowed to freely thrive throughout this area of the park, and tourists are encouraged to visit this vast rainforest. From the forest floor to the highest canopy tops, this rainforest is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the world.
Great care should be taken when planning your trip to the Peru rainforest areas such as the Amazon River Basin and Manu. The dry season is from May to September, and the wet season is from November to April. Given the intensity of the rainy season, it is usually best to travel to these rainforests in the dry season. When planning a trip, there are many hotels and lodges to choose from. Perhaps the most famous lodge is the Cock-of-the-Rock lodge, near Cuzco. Known for its relaxed atmosphere, and friendliness towards eco-tourism (this lodge also contains the only up close photo blind specifically for nature photographers and bird watchers).
Regardless of which area of the Peru rainforest you plan on visiting, you will enjoy what few people have been able to see- undisturbed forests and fauna. This tropical adventure has only just now been fully opened up to the outside world, and will not be around forever. So, enjoy your visit to this pristine country- and be sure to bring extra insect repellent.
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