The Amazon is the biggest and longest river in the world. It starts in the snowy peaks of Caylloma province, in Arequipa department, and after a long journey, it merges with the Marañón and Ucayali rivers where it becomes the Amazon. Its waters flow into the sea at 170,000 cubic meters (6,003,493 cubic feet) per second and host over 2,000 species of fish. The Amazon is also a communication channel for millions of people living in the jungle who travel the river either in regular boats or in small boats called peque peque.
The river basin also brings life to Amazonia, the largest tropical rainforest on the planet and one of the most important green lungs of the Earth. Iquitos City is the main point of departure for travelling along the Amazon River and reaching national reserves and tourism lodges, where day and night-time hikes as well as boat trips and visits to the local bora, yahua and witoto ethnic communities are organized. For a more scenic experience, tourists can walk cross hanging bridges or hike to viewing spots and floating platforms.