Adventurous Peru Tour - Wildlife, Wilderness & Wildwater
Spanning the arid plains of the Pacific coast, the towering peaks of the Andes and the verdant jungles of the Amazon Basin, Peru is steeped in traditions and customs that have endured for centuries. Although one of the continent’s well-trodden tourists trails, its stunning wealth of historical and cultural treasures means that Peru is always worth a second look…and it doesn’t take much to get off the beaten track, in true Wild Frontiers style. Its matchless landscapes encompass the world’s highest navigable lake, the spectacular scenery of the Colca Canyon and Machu Picchu, without doubt the finest and most important archaeological site in South America. Discovered by Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu is the jewel in Peru’s glittering crown of highlights. But the country can also boast the sand dunes of the Paracas Peninsula, the mysterious Nazca Lines and picturesque and historical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then there are the Inca ruins and colonial elegance of Cusco, the rich wildlife of the Amazonian rainforest and the sheer majesty of Lake Titicaca. Here are the most adventurous Peru expeditions.
Embark on a Whitewater Rafting Excursion on Rio Tambopata
This unique jungle expedition takes you on a 9-day immersive experience and allows you to indulge in the range of whitewater rapids on the Tambopata River. Start at Lake Titicaca and drive to the cloud forest to put the boats in. Then it is big water all the way, until the boat drifts into the wildlife-rich rainforest regions of the lower Tambopata river.From the shores of Lake Titicaca, the Tambopata River courses through unspoilt uninhabited Amazon rainforest, challenging you with some exciting Grade III and IV rapids. But consider where you are spending your days and nights, in one of the richest ecosystems on the planet. Home to 800 species of birds, 1200 species of butterflies, 200 species of mammals and 10,000 species of plants, this dense jungle will stimulate all your senses with its diversity of flora and fauna. You will spend your evenings falling asleep to the wild orchestra of sounds, from the steady buzz of insects and grasshoppers, the rhythmical beat of woodpeckers, interspersed with the unique cries and whoops of the birds overhead.
Search for Spider Monkeys, Tapirs, and Colorful Birds en route to your Camp
In the morning, you wake to the sound of a herd of peccaries sifting through the forest. These wild pigs grow to over four feet long and can weigh nearly 90 pounds. They search the underbrush for insects, seeds, roots, and fruits. After breakfast, you board the raft and continue down the river, edging closer into the Amazon Rainforest. The Tambopata River travels 250 miles across southeastern Peru and into northwestern Bolivia. The scenery along the banks begins to change as the river narrows, increasing the character of the rapids.The banks act like a flume, causing the water to speed over the undulating boulders and rocks. You grab tight to your paddle and row with your guide, feeling the cool water splash onto your cheeks and hands as you navigate the class IV rapids. The sound of crashing water echoes against the bordering walls and your heart pounds with excitement long after the rapids end. You put the paddle back on your lap and your guide points into the trees at a troop of grazing spider monkeys. They grow up to 35 inches long and use their prehensile tail to help balance as they swing across branches or reach for berries and nuts at the far ends of the tree.
Explore Wildlife in Search of River Otters and Jaguars
Tambopata Nature Reserve is home to 13 endangered species, including the harpy eagle, ocelot, and jaguar. Before returning to the raft, your guide leads you into the rainforest terrain where he has heard whispers of a jaguar sighting. Your heart pounds with excitement and fear of the possibility of seeing the large, powerful wild cat in person. Jaguars can grow up to seven feet long and weigh 220 pounds, making them the largest cat species in the Americas. The jaguar is a capable swimmer and often rests near a water source where it can drink or hunt, so the chance of catching a glimpse of one is greater here on the river. You do not find the cat, but your guide points to fresh prints measuring nearly five inches wide, giving you an exciting image of how large the cat can grow. Once again, you board the raft and continue your journey deeper into the jungle terrain. When the rapids appear, the whitewater splashes against the hull and sides of the raft. You paddle hard with the current and travel over the class III and class IV rapids populating the Tambopata River along the Amazon Basin. When the water is calm, you scour the trees and riverbanks in search of more wildlife, enjoying the intermittent meetings with the natural splendor of the rainforest. With over 900 different species of birds and more than 1,200 types of butterflies, floating quietly along the water offers a spectacular panorama of colors bursting from the landscape.