Although most travelers think of Machu Picchu as the main attraction in Peru, the Amazon is gaining popularity as well. Although the Amazon was once very difficult to get to and maneuver around, you can easily fly from Lima to Iquitos, and then join a river cruise with a local guide or stay at a jungle lodge. Most of the lodging and tours are relatively inexpensive, although there are new luxury accommodations as well, such as upscale cruises by Aqua Expeditions, a company launched in 2007. Visitors can experience piranha fishing, excellent bird watching, unique animal sightings, and short hikes through fascinating terrain. Some visitors describe their experiences in the Amazon as being somewhat eerie at times, because of the distance from the hustle and bustle of cities, but also peaceful and relaxing in a way that is new to them. The Amazon will offer as much adventure as you crave, or just an escape from your usual routine. Either way, it’s an experience travelers never forget.