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Know Before You Go | Amazon & Machu Picchu

Whether you're preparing for your upcoming adventure to the Amazon and Machu Picchu or just want to learn more about the world's largest rain forest and the "Lost City of the Incas," we've got you covered. We've rounded up an array of useful resources, from wildlife guides and packing tips to compelling first-hand accounts written by Nat Hab travelers and staff.
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Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

From squirrel monkeys to pink river dolphins, learn about the incredible array of biodiversity you'll see on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon!
Amazon Nature Trivia

Amazon Nature Trivia

Take our wildlife quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with friends to see who knows the most about the Amazon rain forest. 
Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Find out what the typical weather conditions in the Amazon in this month by month breakdown of average temperatures and rainfall.
Packing Lists

Packing Lists

We’ve made a comprehensive list of all the clothing and gear you’ll want to pack so you'll be well prepared for your Amazon adventure.
Travel Stories & Articles
Inside an Amazon River Cruise

Inside an Amazon River Cruise

—By Debra Kathman
I recently had the opportunity to go on a Natural Habitat Adventures trip to Peru, which included a river cruise on the Amazon. It was an amazing trip and gave me the opportunity to experience the incredible diversity of the Amazon while...
10 Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu

10 Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu

—By Johanna Murphy
More than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. A symbol of the Incan Empire and built around 1450 CE, Machu Picchu was...
Five Myths about Amazon River Dolphins

Five Myths about Amazon River Dolphins

—By Elissa Poma
The elegant gray-and-pink river dolphins that glide majestically through the chocolate-colored waters of the Amazon River aren’t always thought of in such glowing terms. In fact, many residents....
10 things I learned in the Peruvian Amazon

10 things I learned in the Peruvian Amazon

—By Jon Tua
Giant water lilies in the Amazon provide food and shade for insects, catfish, and even freshwater stingrays. We spotted a group of baby spectacled caiman, a possible sign that the species is making...
Conservation and Traditional Medicine in the Amazon

Conservation and Traditional Medicine in the Amazon

—By Katie Zdilla
The village these children live in is nestled along the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru. Families here have lived in the region for generations and are experts in making the most...
Machu Picchu's Best-Kept Secrets

Machu Picchu's Best-Kept Secrets

—By Peter Davis Krahenbuhl
Sitting proudly at the top of the bucket list of anyone who loves to travel, Machu Picchu—the “Lost City of the Incas”—is one of the most spectacular ancient ruins in all the Americas...
Traveler Story: The Great Amazon River Cruise

Traveler Story: The Great Amazon River Cruise

—Mark Schwartz
The Amazon rain forest is a bucket-list destination for any nature lover, and there's no better way to encounter rain forest wildlife than cruising the Amazon River aboard a deluxe riverboat. A...
Why the Whole Family Will Love a Peru Adventure

Why the Whole Family Will Love a Peru Adventure

—By Explorandes Peru
Shrouded in mystery and myth, the Peruvian Andes is a place where stories live and traditions live even longer. It’s a land dotted with ancient ruins, where history is still being unearthed...
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