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BIENVENIDO! - and Welcome to Peru!

The land of the Amazon, the Incas, the Andes and Lake Titicaca.

See the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. With its awesome grandeur, It's the best known archaeological site in South America. And, of course, the amazing Amazon Rainforest is definitely one of the Top 10 things to do in your lifetime.

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Conservation and Community Development in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
This enjoyable multi-activity project is an opportunity to live and work in the greatest jungle in the world - the AMAZON! you'll benefit from professional training and actively assist in the environmental monitoring study at multiple locations.

You’ll also get involved in rewarding Community Development work with the local indigenous families and communities.


 Call our Peru Project Consultant, Ivy Adams,
for free advice and guidance on which Project would be best for you.

The Travellers Worldwide Conservation project in Peru was exactly what I hoped it would be and exactly what it claimed to be… It was also the best value for money I could find and encompassed a broad range of skills, experience, and opportunities that other projects lacked. Carys Hutton

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Peru is the third largest country in South America and divides into three chief areas; the cavernous Andes, the coastal region of the Atacama Desert, and the concentrated rainforests of the Amazon. This is a country primed for adventure which softly summons the quest seekers amongst us! 

The Andes are still one of the world's most unstable mountain ranges, with frequent earthquakes, landslides, and flash floods. Despite such instability, the Andes are also the site of the most fascinating pre-Columbian cities of South America-like the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu.

Also of great interest is Peru's narrow, lowland coastal region, a northern extension of the Atacama Desert. Although the Atacama is generally known as the most arid region on the planet, the climate along Peru's shores is made cooler and less dry by La Garuůa, a dense fog created by the collision of the frigid waters of the Humboldt Current with the heated sands of the Atacama. Lima, Trujillo, and Chiclayo, three of Peru's major population centres, are located along this coastal desert.

Peru's third great region is the dense forest that surrounds the headwaters of the Amazon beneath the eastern slopes of the Andes. This part of the country is so inaccessible that only the most adventurous and intrepid travelers should attempt to penetrate its mysterious emerald depths. In fact, the region's capital of Iquitos, a city of 400,000, is accessible only by air or by boat up the Amazon.

Ever dreamed of being on an adventure where you travel to the other side of the world and venture into the deep jungle? Well, on this project you’ll do just that.

You’ll be met on arrival and spend two nights in the city, where you’ll have an orientation and induction day that will allow you time to explore the city and purchase any additional equipment you might need. It will also give you time to acclimatise yourself to your new environment before embarking on the journey to your project. The Center is in the world's largest tropical rainforest and believed to contain more than half of the world's species.

An Extraordinary Journey:
At daybreak the journey begins. However, this journey is far from ordinary. The stories you've heard and films you’ve watched become reality as your vehicle treks through the majestic Andes. For the first hour the roads are relatively smooth and comfortable, but after this, the fun and adventure begins!

Leaving Cusco, you head over the Andes, stopping at Paucartambo for about an hour to learn about an Andean community. During the first part of the journey you’ll travel through beautiful colonial villages. Continuing, you’ll start climbing higher and higher into the mountains, looking down on the wild rivers below that start to look more like roads. Suddenly you're within touching distance of the clouds above and it finally dawns on you that you’re actually here, traveling through the longest and most famous mountain range in the world ... the fantastic Andes!

At about 12,500 ft you enter the gateway to the Amazon, before descending into the mist of the forest. As you descend, you begin to notice that vegetation is becoming thicker, greener and denser. Here you’ll rest and experience your first night in the Amazon. This stop allows you the chance to explore and learn about the local eco-system. You might even see the 'Cock of the Rock' (National Bird of Peru). 

The following morning you’ll continue by road through the tropical lowland rainforest to a small village called Atalaya. At this point you are now only about 2000ft above sea level, so everything feels much warmer. Here the road ends and you’ll complete the final leg by motorized canoe that navigates down the turbulent Alto Madre de Dios River to the MLC, situated near the river banks.

After two days of traveling from Cusco, you’ve arrived at your project site, where you'll learn, develop, experience and make a difference to the future of the majestic Amazon rainforest.


Rainforest Conservation in the Amazon in Peru

Rainforest Conservation in the Amazon in Peru

Rainforest Conservation in the Amazon in Peru


Cusco (or Qosqo, its official Quechua spelling) is a magical little island of colonial architecture, almost completely unspoiled by modern intrusions. More than that, many of the colonial buildings are built on, over and around Inca walls, arches and doorways, and many of the narrow streets in the center of the town are lined with original Inca stonework, with its typical inward slope and perfect mortar-less joins, now serving as the foundations for more modern dwellings or churches (Cusco was once the capital of the vast Inca empire - one of the world's greatest planned societies - from the 11th Century to its death in the early 16th Century).

Surrounding the city and its red roofs, rise stark, beige-coloured hills and mountains. Its inhabitants are mostly Quechua Indians, directly descended from the Incas, many dressed in the colourful traditional dress of the area.

This colorful, picturesque town has almost 300,000 residents and remains an important city. Although Qosqo was heavily damaged by the Spaniards (whose architectural legacy is obvious), the Inca city is still very much in evidence. Walls, doorways, foundations, arches, and even decorative stonework are found throughout the city, incorporated into newer structures like fragments of a broken mosaic.

Cusco also contains some more extensive Inca ruins, including the Temples of the Sun and the Moon.

The city is also the acclimatization point for the celebrated high altitude trek along the trail of the Incas. Getting acclimatized is a very necessary step before attempting the trek, but most people thoroughly enjoy the time they spend here and the fascinating exploration of the region that you can do from Cusco.

The main square, the Plaza de Armas, is quite beautiful, despite the major repair and maintenance work going on in its center and around the edges. It is dominated by the early 17th Century baroque Cathedral, and the equally ornate Jesuit church on one of its other sides. The other sides are lined with stores, tour agents and houses, fronted by colonnaded walkways, many having ornately-carved wooden balconies at first floor level.

From the square radiate narrow streets and alleyways, many cobbled, leading to other smaller, more peaceful, squares, and to numerous other colonial churches. There is very little modern development to spoil the overall effect.


This 3-5 day journey is widely considered to be the most spectacular trekking experience on the continent. Its route passes through a 13,000-foot Andean pass beyond which lie some of the most astounding artifacts of the Inca civilization. Most of these attractions, unlike the majority of large pre- Columbian structures, lay completely undisturbed for hundreds of years, and much of the trek's fascination is imparted by the sensation of trekking into a region sealed off from time. Starting with the sentry post of Runkuraqay, hikers pass through increasingly splendid ruins, surrounded all the while by ice- capped mountains and forests.

The trail ends at the astonishingly well-preserved sacred city of Machu Picchu, having retraced the route by which the Incas themselves ascended to this ceremonial center.

Machu Picchu is probably the best-known and most spectacular archeological site on the continent. Apart from a few locals, no-one knew of the existence of the "Lost City of the Incas" until Hiram Bingham stumbled on it almost by accident in 1911, and then returned to clear the thick forest which had overgrown the ruins. It was certainly a complete city, perched on a saddle connecting two high mountains, with residential and agricultural sections and terracing around the edges.

Gazing across the ruins, with its perfectly set stairways, dwellings, fountains and still functional aqueducts, is a haunting experience; so intact is the city that at times it seems its residents have only recently walked away. How Machu Picchu's legecy ended is a great mystery. It was once filled with priests, artisans, and the mamacunas, a group of select virgins who dedicated their lives to the sun god. The Spanish have no records of the city, and when it was rediscovered in 1911, its walls overrun by the nearby jungle, only 173 skeletons were found on the site.

Visitors generally ramble among the stone staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers and houses. There are several different styles of stonework exhibited, although all beautifully executed and all without the aid of mortar. Everyone eventually finds at the vantage point from where most of the photos of the ruins are taken, with the backdrop of the dramatic peak of Huayna Picchu (apparently not too difficult to climb). The ruins - impressive though they are - almost pale into insignificance against the spectacular mountain setting.

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Peru is the source of the Amazon Basin, which originates in the highlands of the east, an area mostly inaccessible to humans. The region possesses unmatched biological diversity. It is the turf of rare, magnificent, and reclusive creatures such as the jaguar, Andean spectacled bear, giant otter, and tapir. The bird population of the Amazon Basin, and of Peru for that matter, is on a completely different level than the rest of the world. With 1,700 species of birds, the country is an unparalleled destination for ornithologists and bird enthusiasts.

Peru has two distinct regions of Amazonian rain forest, one in the north and one in the south. Iquitos, situated at the Amazon headwaters the north, is the ideal point of entry for northern Amazon, while the southern regions are best accessed from either Cuzco or Puerto Maldonado.

Both the north and the south are famously wealthy in rivers, cloud forests, wildlife, and indigenous peoples, and for those seeking adventure in the Peruvian jungle, visits to each would be ideal. In either place, bring a pair of binoculars to view the extraordinary creatures of the rain forest.

National Park:
Covering more than 13,000 sq. km., this park is the largest and one of the most remote of Peru's parks. It is home to an extraordinary abundance and diversity of wildlife, including ocelots, jaguars, alligators, otters, and about a thousand species of birds. An excellent way to see the park is via its principal waterway. The river passes through the park's entire northern domain, skirting ox-bow lakes that are home to the rare giant otter.

Nazca and the Nazca Lines:

Although they have become better understood in recent years, the Nazca Lines are still one of the world's most impressive ancient mysteries. Located about two hundred miles south of Lima and stretching for over thirty miles along a flat, arid desert plateau, the Nazca lines consist of a series of enormous and intricate drawings of birds, animals, and geometric figures. The figures were scratched into the desert crust about two millenia ago, and the region's extreme dryness has preserved them nearly intact.

The function and meaning of the Nazca Lines remains unclear, though they seem to bear some relation to astronomical cycles.  Much of their celebrity status is a result of Erich Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods (1968), a popular pseudo- scientific work which suggested that the plateau was a sort of interplanetary airport. While Van Daniken's theory elicited only laughter from the scientific community, it attracted thousands of fools to the lines. Arriving on foot or by car or motorcycle to see lines that are visible only from the air, they caused irreversible damage to the ancient marks and left behind their own modern lines-a legacy that future scientists will no doubt consider mysteriously senseless. Ground travel is now illegal in the area. Flights over the Nazca lines are offered from Lima and from the town of Nazca.

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To this day, there is no agreement as to whether Colca Canyon is the deepest terrestrial chasm in the world, but it is one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights. Standing on the canyon's edge, the great expanse of space overwhelms the senses, commanding respect for nature's creative forces. Carved over eons by the Colca River, it stretches about 60 kilometers from its eastern extremity at the town of Chivay to Cabanaconde, in the west. By the time the river reaches Cabanaconde, it has fallen about 1,300 meters in elevation.

In some places, stone-supported terraces built by the Incas and their predecessors trickle down the canyon slopes Small towns and villages sit on the canyon banks on both sides, beginning with Chivay, which is known for its hot springs and as the main portal for exploring the chasm.

Moving west on the canyon's southern edge, travellers encounter the villages of Achoma and Maca, where local women wear intricate and colourful mountain dresses identical to those of their ancestors. At the nearby Mirador ruz del Condor, visitors are often blessed with visions of rare, giant Andean condors as they ride the morning thermals rising from the canyon floor.

Trekking in the Colca Canyon
The nine villages lining the edges of the canyon provide trekkers with a host of connect-the-dots routes, allowing for a great deal of improvisation in one's itinerary. There are numerous points of descent into the canyon, though their accessibility often depends upon the amount of rainfall. When travel ing in the canyon, it is essential that trekkers bring plenty of water, as dehydration can occur rapidly here.

This tapered area of lowland runs along the coast and hosts the three major cities of Lima, Trujillo, and Chiclayo. The land is bone dry and the curious desert landscape is made more evocative by the hovering thick fog resulting from the impact of the freezing waters with the rise of the heated sands of the Atacama.

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