Learn about the largest river and the greatest tropical forest in the world, on a trip full of discoveries aboard one of our cruises. The adventure includes an incredible variety of flora and fauna, encounters with indigenous Peruvian communities and incredible outdoor activities.
Culture: the most beautiful outcome created by human beings. Over 40 native languages are used today in the Peruvian Jungle reminding us the immensity of humanity. Each one of them transmit their diverse culture and ways of life, most likely previously unknown to us, revealing the world in which we live is full of people capable of creating wonderful things.
The Amazon's origin is located in the Andean Mountains of Peru, in a small stream in the Yerupajá mountain summit, at 6,635 meters above sea level, in the Ancash department.
The Amazon River's starting point, is located in the conjunction of the rivers Pacaya and Samiria, rivers which give its name to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
The Amazon River is around 6,440 km (4,080 miles) long and represents one fifth of the river flow towards the ocean. During the high water season, the Amazon River reaches 50km of width. In the large river's mouth, it's 240 km wide. In the Strait of Obidos in Brazil, the deepness of the Amazon reaches 300 meters (close to 1,000 feet).
56% of the world's tropical forests, are located in or close to the Amazon's basin. 20% of the world's plant species are found in the Amazon Jungle.
The Amazon River is the greatest source of fresh water on earth and its basin is the biggest in all five continents.
More than one thousand Amazon tributaries are intertwined in this basin. They come from nine different countries and occupy an area greater than 1 million square kilometers (386,102 square miles).
The Peruvian Amazon has a tropical climate, with an average temperature of 27ºC (80ºF), with a minimum temperature of 21ºC (70ºF) and a maximum of 32ºC (90ºF). The year is divided into two seasons, the one of emptying, from June to October, and the one of increasing, from November to May.
Dry Season (June – October) At this time the climate is drier and the low water levels attract creatures that can hardly be seen in the rainy season. The water level of the rivers falls during this period, exposing surprising sandy beaches. An ideal time to stroll through the forest and discover the Amazonian flora and fauna.
Rainy Season (November – May) This time of year is marked by rains and storms. It is in these months when most plants bloom or bear fruit, creating a unique show. Birds and primates are attracted by this spectacle and can be seen on the banks of the river.