Visiting the Amazon is high on many travelers' lists, and for good reason. After four days in Peru's Tambopata National Reserve, a one million hectare protected area along the Madre de Dios river, I had fulfilled a personal dream. The reserve harbors rain forests and tropical savannas in a region without roads. Traveling by boat on the riverways is the only way to access its dense forests and marshes.
Tambopata National Reserve is one of the most biodiverse areas on the globe. It is home to 165 species and 41 families of trees, 103 species of mammals, 1,300 species of butterflies and 90 species of amphibians. It is truly an amazing place to visit to see wildlife that you will not come across anywhere else.
To reach Tambopata National Reserve, fly into Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM) and travel by boat to one of the region's lodges.
The sights and sounds of Tambopata will leave even the most experienced traveler with open eyes - and the dream of an Amazonian adventure delightfully realized.