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I can see many good advices in this site and I decided to post mine doubt.
I want to travel to Peru in January and one of the main spots for me and my husband is to experience the Amazonia (animals, boat trip, rivers, and exotic food).
I have been searching for information about Peru and I can see many sites about Iquitos and few about Manu (largest National Park in Peru, located in Madre de Dios, close to Cuzco).
My doubt is which place can provide me the best of the Amazonia? Manu or Iquitos?
Thanks for your advices.
PD. we are a couple in the beginning of our 30's
Both will be amazing! Manu is much more protected than Iquitos but will be more full of tourists. Iquitos is a unique city but is a working port. There are more possibilities for boat trips in Iquitos and it is acyually on the Amazon river, while Manu is not. If you've got time why don't you go to Pucallpa and take a boat down to Iquitos?
Hi [VT member 6a2ed]!
If you would like a unique experience of the Amazon, but also more raw adventure, I would recommend Gerson Pizango. He is a local man from a village about 260 km South of Iquitos. My friend and I went with him into the jungle this past May, and it was an unforgettable experience. We were wary at first because we met him on the internet, but we found plenty of good references for him from other people who had accepted his services.
One big factor was that he was from the jungle itself. There are many lodges and companies that take people into the jungle, but the people who run it itself are not from there, and they are known to exploit the locals. Gerson's own family was exploited many years ago. So by going with him you would be supporting the local people which was definitely a factor for us.
He is a really genuine guy and you'll be in good hands.
He also speaks great English.
He will take you deep into the Amazon and you'll meet some lovely people and have an amazing time! Especially with your husband, great for couples looking for adventure. We saw many wild animals and we just felt like some priviledged few with him.
Hope you will go with him, enjoy the Amazon to its fullest and not only that but help Gerson and his family!
Many blessings and I hope you have fun either way!
Contact me if you need more info.