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The Piranhas

The Piranhas are a species that intrigues adventurers and nature lovers when they visit the Madre de Dios region in the Peruvian Amazon. These medium to small-sized carnivorous fish, typically measuring between 10 to 25 centimeters, have laterally compressed bodies, strong jaws, and are famous for their ferocity. They find their home in the impressive Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. We invite you to dive into the exciting world of piranhas in one of the most beautiful places in the Amazon.

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Black piranhas

The Piranhas: Predators in Amazonian Waters

Piranhas are legendary creatures that have intrigued and terrified people for a long time. Their name conjures images of sharp jaws and insatiable voracity. However, there is much more to these creatures than meets the eye.

Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake is home to a variety of piranha species, each with its unique characteristics. Some of the most common ones include:


  1. Red Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri): Known for their distinctive red coloration and sharp teeth, red piranhas are the most iconic of the group. Although perceived as fierce, their role in the ecosystem is crucial.


  1. Black Piranha (Serrasalmus rhombeus): Black piranhas are larger and sturdier than their red counterparts and are often found in deeper waters of the lake. They are expert predators and an essential part of the food chain.


Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake

A Unique Ecosystem

Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake is an oasis of biodiversity in the midst of the Madre de Dios jungle. Here, piranhas are just a small part of the vast mosaic of wildlife that you can discover. From exotic birds to caimans and giant river otters, this place offers a unique experience in the Amazon rainforest.


Encounters with The Piranhas

If you wish to experience the thrill of observing and learning about piranhas in their natural habitat, guided canoe excursions are the perfect choice. Local expert guides will take you to strategic spots where you can see piranhas in action. An educational and exciting experience!


We have experience in trips through the jungle of Puerto Maldonado, come to know the National Reserve of Tambopata.

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