Saturday, March 11, 2006

AMAZON MANATEES - Peru promotes its Amazon north

An article on the British TravelBite website about Peru's renewed tourism initiative - Peru promotes its Amazon north.
Peru tourism officials are launching a campaign to promote the country's northern Amazon region.

While the Inca trail and the lost citadel of Machu Picchu are well-established on the tourist map, many of the country's northern attractions are less well-known.

The city of Iquitos offers the best route for tourists to enter the Amazon region of Peru, which comprises 50 per cent of its territory.

Iquitos, the capital of the Loreto region, is surrounded by three rivers – the Nanay, the Itaya and the Amazon – which are home to wildlife including the manatee, or sea cow, the pink dolphin, the charapa turtle, and the anaconda.