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In complete contrast to the arid coast, the Amazon constitutes almost half of Peru. This is the Amazon at its most exciting, with dense rain forests, the longest river in the world, and the most species of anywhere on the planet. If you're traveling with your kids to the Amazon region of Peru, you're going for the adventure of the rainforest at its most spectacular.
  River Boat Tours, Iquitos – The gateway to the Peruvian Amazon, where the Ucayali and Maranon rivers meet. A good way to explore the Amazon is on a river boat expedition. Some companies offer day trips, but if you can swing it the longer over-night expeditions are unforgettable. From the comfort (and safety) of the boat, you'll see sloths, howler and capuchin monkeys, perhaps even an anaconda, a jaguar or a flock of macaws!
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  Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research  – A joint private and public sector research center open to the general public (well, the adventurous general public...) Go and you'll climb higher in a jungle than Tarzan ever did, and explore the magical world of the rainforest canopy. Extensive trails wind through the Center, including one called "The Medicine Trail" which shows off local plants used in modern medicine. Stay the night in the thatched roof lodge: beyond cool.
  Manu National Park One of the most pristine rain forests on Earth, this is one of only 200 "World Heritage Sites." All kinds of trips can be planned in the park, some by bus and some by plane. You can choose to camp by the lakes, in the mountains, or in lodges in the rain forest.
Blue and gold macaw
  Tambopata Candamo Reserve – Almost four million acres in the south eastern part of the Peruvian Amazon, created by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the government of Peru. This is considered the world's most biodiverse area! Hundreds of bird, mammal, butterfly species and 10,000 species of animals are protected by the reserve. For teenagers, there are even biology workshops (call ahead to sign-up).
      Largest known mineral clay lick – A 50 meter high cliff of red clay where you can see the spectacular display of hundreds of parrots and macaws that gather here daily. It's also a favorite spot for tapirs and monkeys – and it's a short walk from the lodge.
      Walking trails – Hire a guide, this is no place for walk on your own.
      Canoe trips – Keep your eyes open – is that a giant otter? And in the trees – well, keep your mouth closed and your hand on the camera.
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Tambopata is just a fabulous nature reserve, but if you're among the majority of us who can't see a camouflaged frog right under our feet, much less spot a macaw in the trees, having a naturalist guide is a real advantage.

Here's our editors' choice for Peruvian Amazon (and Machu Picchu) family tours, with itineraries that offer travel with other families, and a kid-friendly balance of organized activities and the freedom to explore. Whether it's a night hike in the jungle, spotting monkeys, giant otters, turtles and tapirs, or canoe rides on the river, these tour companies will arrange an unforgettable trip to the Amazon:

    Wildland Adventures Family Travel
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The Amazon (Eyewitness)
DK Publishing

Discover the world's largest rain forest and mighty Amazon River. Find out about fascinating animal, birds, fish, insects, trees and plants, traditional life of native peoples, and conservation today. (Picture book)

 

     
Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

The magic tree house drops Jack and Annie into a tropical rain forest. On the run from army ants, floating down the river in a dugout canoe, Jack and Annie are saved by a monkey, but will they escape an angry mother jaguar? (Easy reader)

 

 
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The Great Kapok Tree  
The Great Kapok Tree
Lynne Cherry

In the Amazon rain forest, a tree-cutter falls asleep under a spreading Kapok tree. In his dreams, a boa constrictor, monkeys, toucan and macaw, tree frog, anteater, jaguar,and sloth, all speak to the man of the wonder, beauty and importance of a single tree in the rain forest. Marvelously illustrated. (Picture book)

 

     
The Rainforest Grew All Around
Susan K. Mitchell, Connie McLennan

A rhyming story in the rainforest, a seed grows into a kapok tree, a jaguar lives in the tree, vines curl near the cat, boa, leafcutter ants, sloths, bromeliads, frogs, toucans, bats grow all around, plus a rainforest cookie recipe. Gorgeous illustrations of rainforest plants and animals. (Picture book)

 

 
the rainforest grew all around
     
Fishscale Girl - books childrens peru amazon  

On the banks of the Amazon, Rosita makes a doll from shells, fibers, and seeds – it's Fishscale Girl. When a favorite island is flooded, it's a disaster, but Fishscale Girl and her friends (who know about creeks, soil and plants) clear away the debris, plant trees and flowers, and bring the island back to life. Bilingual, Spanish and English. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other Peru pages)
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