The Peruvian Amazon is a traveller’s gem
I pull the hood of my thick, green, army-issue, rubber poncho tighter around my face as we whizz along the wide tributary of inky-black water in our little skiff.
Our visibility is virtually down to zero but we manage to cut a speedy swathe through the delicate water lettuce growing on the surface.
Regardless of the torrential downpour, I’m loving it. And frankly, that’s why you come to the Amazon – to experience jungle life in all its powerful, natural glory.
May marks the end of the rainy season, there are only two here – low water (June-December) and high water (December-May). In terms of game spotting, high water is best. It’s when the enigmatic, lethargic sloths bother to climb down from the top of their tree to do their business.
This extraordinary habitat must be preserved
It’s also when the rare pink dolphins who favour the mouth of the river, frolic in the calm waters – as we were lucky enough to see.
With the water levels fluctuating more than 20 feet between seasons, the higher levels ensure boats can navigate down tiny tributaries which would otherwise be dry ground, hence plunging you deeper into the jungle.
However, whatever time of year you choose to travel, you’ll undoubtedly encounter rain.
We think we have it tough in Britain. In the Amazon it rains more than 200 days a year. Yet it is a place that constantly throws up questions. What do the animals eat? How do the different species co-exist? How do the flora and even the animal faeces play their roles in ensuring the Amazon’s constant evolution?
All these and more can be answered by incredibly knowledgeable and passionate guides.
What is apparent here, whether you’re floating under the thick rainforest canopy or plying the open pristine waters, is that this extraordinary habitat must be preserved. Most local villagers try to do just that…