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Those killed included at least 22 tribesmen and nine policemen. The violence took place as security forces tried to end a road blockade.
There have been fuel and transport blockades in Peru's Amazon region for almost two months. Local people say new laws will make it easier for foreign companies to exploit their land for natural resources.
The fighting took place at a jungle highway near the town of Bagua, more than 1,000km (600 miles) north of the capital, Lima.