5 Top Wildlife Sites of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon by bernado85


									5 Top Wildlife Sites of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon

The gateway to the Northern Peruvian Amazon is held by Iquitos, the
largest city on earth inaccessible by car, only by airplane or boat.
Situated between three large rivers, this region is incredibly rich with
tropical plants and wildlife. Among the various excursions usually
organized as part of an Amazon trip or any trip to Peru, here are the top
5 most popular sites to visit:

1. Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve - This is a place not to be missed by
primate aficionados. Located about a 3-4 hour boat ride south of Iquitos,
its over 300,000 square hectares contain some of the densest areas of
life in all of the Amazon forest. Also to be seen are pygmy marmosets,
poison dart frogs, leaf frogs, butterflies, pink dolphins, leaf-cutter
ants, and colorful orchids. Not only does the reserve feed off the
opportunities of the Amazon River, it is also dotted with a number of
lakes. Its numerous conservation initiatives also make it worthy of

2. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Over 500 bird species of animals
reside within this reserve's over 5 million acres of rainforest. In
addition, about 50,000 people from various traditional tribes call the
edges of the reserve their home; this is the largest human population in
any protected area of Peru. Making the park especially lush are the
Maranon and Ucayali Rivers which intersect at the northeastern corner.
Visitors should take note of the two vital palms: the fruit of the
Moriche Palm is a critical part of many diets both animal and human; the
Chonta Palm, on the other hand, is particularly eaten by birds and many
types of mammals. Not to mention, countless dolphins, reptiles, fish, and
mammal species reside here. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is
regarded as one of the top places to animals in the world.

3. Fundo Pedrito - This caiman alligator farm is one of the closest
attractions to Iquitos. Just a 45 minute boat ride away, visitors get a
chance to feed the large beasts, as well as see paiches, the most immense
freshwater fish in the Amazon basin and one of the longest in the world.
Also on display are Victoria Regia lily pads, the largest in the world.
The small village nearby is also worth staying for as an example of
regional Amazonian life.

4. Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm & Amazon Animal Orphanage - Butterflies
are the center of attention here. The well-educated staff will teach
visitors all about the life cycle, development, and variations of
butterflies. In addition, the orphanage is host to dozens of endangered
animals who have been hurt or abandoned in the wild, for example, young
whose parents were killed by hunters. The roster includes a giant
anteater, red-faced Huarcary monkey, black Hucary monkies, a tapir, a
squirrel money, and even a glorious jaguar.

5. La Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island) - As the name suggests, this park
specializes in showing and educating the public about various primate
species. Walk around and enjoy the company of the peaceful yet playful
creatures alongside you while listening to them chatter loudly amongst
themselves. But the monkeys are not the only thing to see. A sloth, some
coatis, toucans, and macaws also live as friends among the primates.

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