The Peruvian jungle is one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Depending on which part of the jungle you visit, the low jungle or the high jungle, the wildlife varies. Here’s what you’ll find in each:
The Low Jungle
The low jungle is an ideal place to see some of the rainforest’s larger species and aquatic animals on your sail along the Amazon River.
The high jungle is where you go to see the largest number of native birds and insects.
Animals You’ll Spot on Your Trip to the Peruvian Amazon
If you’re lucky, you’ll cross paths with all of these animals on your visit to the Amazon:
Called otorongo by the locals, the jaguar is the largest feline in South America and the Peruvian Amazon’s largest predator. Sharing the same spotted coat, its closest relative is the leopard. They differ, however, in that the jaguar does not climb trees. You can find jaguars in the low jungle of the Peruvian Amazon.
The anaconda is the largest constrictor snake in the world, reaching lengths of up to 10 meters. There are four species of anaconda that exist in the Amazon. The green anaconda is most prevalent in the Peruvian Low Jungle. It’s considered the world’s heaviest snake at 200 kilograms (about 440 lbs). The green anaconda is well known in the Peruvian Amazon for its form of attack. It wraps its victims to asphyxiation. Nevertheless, you’re likely to meet many people of the Amazon with proud photos of themselves alongside these impressive reptiles.
Over 1 meter tall, the harpy eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world. Its long tail allows it to move through the leafy zones of the low forest.
The pink dolphin is an endangered species that lives in the tributaries of the Amazon Basin. They can reach a lenght of 2.5 to 3 meters and a weight between 110 and 200 kilograms (243 to 440 lbs). They differ from the common dolphin in color and cervical vertebrae, a trait that allows them to move their neck in an unusual way. They feed on fish, frogs, and snakes. You can only find them in the Amazon.
The Peruvian Amazon contains a diverse and interesting variety of wildlife, making it a popular tourist destination for travelers to Peru. A trip to the Peruvian Amazon is an exciting adventure you can’t miss while in Peru.