Near Puerto Madonado, Peru.

We spent a couple of weeks seeing some of the most amazing parts of Peru on an Amazon and Inca Adventure with Peregrine Adventures. We prefer to visit new places as part of a self-guided road trip but there are some parts of the world we feel it is better to let someone else have control.

Read our in-depth review of the whole tour here.

After flying from Lima to Puerto Madonado we headed out on the Tambopata River for a three night stay in a jungle eco-lodge. It was an experience I never really thought about having but one that will definitely stay with me forever.

The scenery was as vibrant as you would expect in a place well off the busy Peruvian tourist path with wildlife plentiful and varied. From a photographic standpoint, the only disappointment was that almost none of my wildlife images are good enough to add to this gallery as they were all taken from a moving boat or with the long zoom of our point and shoot camera without a tripod.

That being said there are still enough shots to create a reasonably sized gallery. Please take a minute to look through these images and we would love for you to post a comment or leave some feedback.

Ready to board the boat on the Tambopata River in Peru

In most cities brown rivers are a good indicator that you should keep out of the water, but in the jungle it just looks like something from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

The jungle accommodation is the perfect belnd of comfort and natural

Jungle luxury, complete with only three walls and scary wild animal noises all night. Absolutely perfect for this experience.

One thing that seemed to be proven day after day, jungle sunsets never disappoint.

One thing that seemed to be proven day after day, jungle sunsets never disappoint.

A quite morning on the river's edge before heading off on another day of adventure.

I would often be up exploring before the rest of the group and found it to be such a peaceful way to start each day. I especially liked to wander the river’s edge before heading off on another day of adventure.

The lake itself was so tranquil but the otters and piranhas make you stay on the boat.

After a short jungle trek from the river you are met with the sight of a magnificent lake, hidden from those who only cruise the river. Except for the handful of small boats used by the locals for fishing the lake seems like a calm oasis in the middle of an immense jungle. On closer inspection you find the lake to be home to a playful family of otters as well as a healthy number of piranhas.

Wonderful reflections in the water caught my eye but then I noticed the strange looking tortoise wearing a butterfly for a hat.

While I was scanning the lake admiring the stunning reflections on the water I noticed part of a fallen tree sticking out of the water at one end of the lake. After zooming in I noticed the strange looking tortoise wearing a butterfly for a hat.

Sunset over the Tombopata River was always the perfect time to be on a boat.

Sunset over the Tambopata River was always the perfect time to be on a boat. The sun created the most amazing colours in the clouds and the reflection on the chocolate brown water makes a truly astonishing image.

Head out on the Tambopata River for a three night stay in a jungle eco-lodge. It was an experience we never really thought about having but now we want to share our best photos.
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Dean is the main creative force behind La Vida Global. A road trip veteran with over 30,000 miles of driving in more than a dozen countries. He has also worked in the Australian travel and tourism industry for the past 6 years.

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