The Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world, covers almost 3 million square miles. Amazonia is home to more species of plants, insects and animals than any other place in the world. The 1.4 billion acres of forests produce nearly 20 percent of the earth’s oxygen. There are many reasons to visit this unique region.
Approximately 60 percent of Peru lies within the Amazonian jungle. Vast forests, high mountain peaks and the Apurímac River, the source of the Amazon River high in the Andes Mountains, are among the area’s natural wonders. The Apurímac courses through deep gorges with cascading waterfalls and powerful rapids. Trees 200 feet high, colorful orchids and a forest floor with almost no sunlight enhance the mystique of the area.
The Peruvian jungle is alive with sound day and night. The region is home to the largest number of bird species in the world, including the endangered harpy eagle, cock-of-the-rock, parrots, toucans and hummingbirds. Monkeys swing between trees. Big cats roam by night. The world’s largest rodent, the capybara, weighs in at more than 100 pounds.
River adventures in Peru range from shooting rapids to leisure cruises. The 4,080-mile-long Amazon River carries the largest volume of water of any river in the world. During the rainy season, it becomes more than 30 miles wide in places. Flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, its brown waters are visible 60 miles out from land. Ocean-going ships can navigate the mighty river to Iquitos, which is reachable only by water or air.
Some of the world’s most spectacular cultural sites, including Machu Picchu, lie in the Peruvian rainforest. Archeological sites covered by jungle are still being found. More than half of the Peruvian UNESCO World Heritage sites lie in the rainforest.
Peruvian food has gained international acclaim for its nutrition, taste and complexity. The Peruvian rainforest is home to familiar fruits like cacao, star fruit, coconut and bananas. A popular rainforest dish is freshwater fish wrapped in banana leaves and grilled.
La Costanera Restaurant near San Francisco presents innovative dishes featuring the fresh, vibrant tastes of the Peruvian rainforest. Spicy peppers and delicate sauces highlight traditional Amazonian cuisine at this Peruvian restaurant. Come for a special evening and savor the delights of the rainforest.