The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is one of the largest and most well-protected areas in Peru. It’s a top destination for nature lovers. With its hugely unique biodiversity, this reserve is one of the most splendid gifts Mother Nature has given us.

Jungle Experiences itineraries include excursions during which you’ll get the chance to admire this incredible plant life. Today, we want to tell you about five exotic plants you’ll see on your trip to the Amazon rainforest and Pacaya Samiria.

1. Victoria amazonica:

Also known as the victoria regia, this plant belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family and is considered the largest water lily in the world. Thanks to its size, birds of the Amazon use it as a rest stop.

On our excursions, you’ll get to see this wonderful plant that only grows in the shallow waters of the Amazon.

Fun fact: Its leaves can reach up to 10 feet wide!

2. Heliconia Rostrata.

Known as the false bird of paradise or hanging lobster claw, this plant stands out thanks to its exquisite flowers. Its stems can reach up to 6.5 feet tall, resulting in very large plants.

Its flowers are also on the larger side, reaching slightly over 3 feet. Hummingbirds can often be spotted collecting nectar from these delicious flowers.

3. Piñita Roja.

This is one of the most fascinating plants you’ll see in the Amazon rainforest. It grows on stones (lithophytes) and even on other trees (epiphyte), which is why it doesn’t have a stem.

Its red and fleshy flower resembles a pineapple – hence the name. It needs a lot of light and high temperatures to thrive.

4. Jacinto de Agua Común. 

This aquatic plant is native to South America and lives in the calm waters of lagoons, gullies and rivers.

During the hot season, the plant bears purple spikes that closely resemble the hyacinths that grow on land. It’s considered one of the most invasive plant species.

5. Mafafa Rosada.

This species can also be found in gardens. It grows in open areas of the rainforest during the low-water season. Its leaves can reach up to 1/2 foot long and 1.5 feet wide.

The leaves of this plant wither under direct sunlight.

Learning about the Peruvian rainforest is hard work – scientists haven’t even fully identified all the flora and fauna in the Amazon yet!

Come get to know this natural gem while enjoying a luxurious adventure on one of our cruises.

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