The Peruvian Amazon

There are 48 shots in the slideshow on the right that give a hint of the amazing insect diversity in the Peruvian Amazon near Iquitos.

A cheap flight from Lima gets you to Iquitos in a couple of hours and I’d advise getting out of there and into the forest as soon as you can. I stayed at an off-grid, rustic camp. So far as I know, you cannot book there directly and I’m not sure it even has a name — I booked via Amazon Experience in Iquitos. They can set up anything you want and have great prices. Since I was only interested in finding insects in the forest around the camp I did not leave the camp.

I saw dozens of insect species I’d never seen before, a good number of frogs, and some beautiful birds (kingfishers especially.) The forest at the camp was not old or “primary” growth but has some very large trees and is extremely dense in places. I found wild cacao and citrus trees, ceiba, many palms, many in the heliconia genus, any number of vines, and a number of species in the Solanaceae family. These are all good for bug hunting in my experience.

Click the double arrow at the bottom right of the picture to launch the slideshow, then use the arrows on the left or right sides to move through it. 

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