The Amazon is the widest and longest river in the world. It has its source in the snowy peaks of Caylloma province, Arequipa department. Its waters flow at a rate of 170,000 cubic metres per second and are home to more than two thousand species of fish. The Amazon is also a communication channel for the millions of people living in the jungle who travel along it, either in regular boats or in small boats called peque peque.
The river basin also brings life to Amazon Rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest on the planet and one of the main lungs of the Earth. The city of Iquitos is the main point of departure for travelling along the Amazon River and visiting national reserves and tourist lodgings, where day and night-time hikes, boat trips and visits to the local Bora, Yahua and Witoto ethnic communities are organised.
For a more scenic experience, tourists can walk across hanging bridges in the treetops or climb to viewing spots and floating platforms.