Best Time to Visit the Peruvian Amazon

Peruvian Amazon pic

Peruvian Amazon
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Attorney Chris Llinas practices through his firm J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney at Law in Ocean Pines, Maryland. In his free time, Chris Llinas enjoys ecotourism and traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations. He has visited the Peruvian jungle twice.

The swathe of Amazon Rainforest located in Peru is home to more than 1,300 bird species and countless other animal and plant varieties.

Picking a time to visit can be tricky and generally depends on what the traveler is hoping to see. Those who want to spend most of the day exploring the jungle will want to visit during the dry season, which runs from June to October. The rain is less plentiful, and the humidity is at its lowest. Additionally, the mosquito population is smallest during the dry season.

The rainy season makes for optimal river explorations. Visitors who wish to journey down the Amazon River are encouraged to book a trip from November through April. Peru is often the preferred spot for river explorations because it is farther upstream and thus has greater biodiversity. Animals that live and hunt near the river are easiest to spot during the rainy season, while land mammals are easier to spot during the dry season. Additionally the farther from civilization you travel, the more creatures you will likely encounter.

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Walking through History at the Camino del Santiago

 

Camino de Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Image: whc.unesco.org

Camino de Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Image: whc.unesco.org

J. Christopher “Chris” Llinas, the corporate counsel of Royal Plus, Inc., enjoys eco-tourism. In 2015, Chris Llinas went to Spain and hiked the last 100 kilometers of the Camino del Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, makes up an ancient pilgrim route that spreads through Europe. This 500-mile network of routes spreads from France to Portugal to Spain and unites in northwest Spain, where pilgrims see the tomb of Saint James.

The routes developed throughout the Middle Ages, when people would walk from wherever they lived to Santiago. In 814, explorers found the tomb of Saint John. Since then, it has been a popular destination. Over time, Romans established routes to guide pilgrims. Churches, hospitals, towns, abbeys, and monasteries soon grew alongside the routes. The pilgrimage gradually declined in the 1300s due to wars and epidemics.

Today, airplanes make it much easier to make the pilgrimage. While travelers go to Camino for various reasons, whether for tourism or spirituality, the pilgrim routes offer interesting monasteries, churches, cathedrals, and more.