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Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. It was also the center of the advanced Inca civilization which, despite its short existence, made lasting contributions in architecture, agriculture, astronomy, and political organization.

Updated Sept 2011: 2011 trip highlights




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Kosnipata Valley
Lizards
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Manu National Park
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Puerto Maldanado
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More on Peru
  • Conservation news for Peru
  • Deforestation stats for Peru
  • Rainforest report for Peru - from the late 1990s
  • Library of Congress: Peru
  • Recommended travel guides on Peru
  • Inca Society
  • The Cultivation Genius of the Inca
  • MAIN SECTIONS

    Machu Picchu
    Machu Picchu


    Machu Picchu
    Cuzco & Urubamba


    Amazon
    Amazon rainforest


    Andes
    Andes


    Red-and-green macaws
    Manu Rainforest


    Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
    Tambopata Rainforest


    Peru rainforest
    Iquitos Rainforest


    Wayqecha
    Wayqecha


    Gold mining
    Deforestation


    ORange ball flower
    Flora


    Dusky Titi Monkey
    Wildlife


    Aerial
    Aerial pictures




    HIGHLIGHTS

    Rainbow over the Amazon
    Rainbow over the Amazon


    Hyla tree frog species
    Hyla tree frog species
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Chestnut Eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis)
    Chestnut Eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis)
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Uppermost reaches of the Amazon basin watershed
    Uppermost reaches of the Amazon basin watershed


    Andean woman in traditional Quencha attire
    Andean woman in traditional Quencha attire
    Location: Sacred Valley of the Urubamba

    (Peru)

    Rio Pini Pini flowing out of Manu National Park
    Rio Pini Pini flowing out of Manu National Park


    Yellow and black banded caterpillar
    Yellow and black banded caterpillar


    Hyla rhodopepla tree frog on leaf
    Hyla rhodopepla tree frog on leaf
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Amazon rainforest and Andean glaciers and peaks
    Amazon rainforest and Andean glaciers and peaks


    Yellow and red Heliconia
    Yellow and red Heliconia


    Sun setting over Amazon rainforest
    Sun setting over Amazon rainforest
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Andean landscape with glaciers and snow-capped peak
    Andean landscape with glaciers and snow-capped peak
    Location: Sacred Valley of the Urubamba

    (Peru)

    Young girl in Willoq community wearing traditional clothing
    Young girl in Willoq community wearing traditional clothing
    Location: Willoq community in the Sacred Valley near Ollantaytambo outside of Cuzco; Peru

    (Peru)

    Smiling Willoq man in Ollantaytambo
    Smiling Willoq man in Ollantaytambo
    Location: Willoq community in the Sacred Valley near Ollantaytambo outside of Cuzco; PeruV

    (Peru)

    Cuzco countryside with view of snow-capped peaks in Peru
    Cuzco countryside with view of snow-capped peaks in Peru
    Location: UrubambaV

    (Peru)

    Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
    Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
    A large treefrog found in the rainforest of Peru
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Sunset in the Amazon rainforest
    Sunset in the Amazon rainforest


    Insect nymph
    Insect nymph


    Blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna); Yellow-crowned parrots (Amazona ochrocephala); and Scarlet macaws feeding on clay
    Blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna); Yellow-crowned parrots (Amazona ochrocephala); and Scarlet macaws feeding on clay
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Shadow of an airplane in the clouds over the Amazon
    Shadow of an airplane in the clouds over the Amazon


    Andean peaks and a turquoise lake
    Andean peaks and a turquoise lake


    Blue-and-yellow macaw in Peru
    Blue-and-yellow macaw in Peru


    Rainforest canopy leaves
    Rainforest canopy leaves


    Rainforest valley in the upper Amazon
    Rainforest valley in the upper Amazon


    Milky turquoise river in the Amazon basin
    Milky turquoise river in the Amazon basin


    Scarlet macaw (Ara macao) headshot
    Scarlet macaw (Ara macao) headshot
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Aerial image of the broccoli-like structure of the Amazon rainforest canopy
    Aerial image of the broccoli-like structure of the Amazon rainforest canopy


    Overhead view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru
    Overhead view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru


    Aerial photo of an Amazon rainforest tributary
    Aerial photo of an Amazon rainforest tributary


    Orange-pink and yellow leafhopper
    Orange-pink and yellow leafhopper


    Plant with bright pink stems
    Plant with bright pink stems


    Willoq baby
    Willoq baby
    Location: Willoq community in the Sacred Valley near Ollantaytambo outside of Cuzco; Peru

    (Peru)

    Capybara leaving water with a bird on its back
    Capybara leaving water with a bird on its back
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    River valley on the Amazon side of the lower Andes
    River valley on the Amazon side of the lower Andes


    Rio Pini Pini flowing out of Manu National Park
    Rio Pini Pini flowing out of Manu National Park


    Forest along bank of Tambopata river
    Forest along bank of Tambopata river
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Manu Cloud Forest Lodge
    Manu Cloud Forest Lodge


    Cecropia in the Peruvian cloud forest
    Cecropia in the Peruvian cloud forest


    Dry river bed in the Amazon basin
    Dry river bed in the Amazon basin


    Upper Amazon forest and the Andes
    Upper Amazon forest and the Andes


    Meneria Metalmark (Amarynthis meneria)
    Meneria Metalmark (Amarynthis meneria)


    Three-striped Poison dart frog (Epipedobates trivittatus)
    Three-striped Poison dart frog (Epipedobates trivittatus)
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    View of the Amazon rainforest down the Kosnipata Valley
    View of the Amazon rainforest down the Kosnipata Valley


    Purple flowers in forest understorey
    Purple flowers in forest understorey
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Dry river bed in the Amazon basin
    Dry river bed in the Amazon basin


    Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru
    Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru


    Andean Cock-of-the-rock
    Andean Cock-of-the-rock
    Location: Machu Picchu Pueblo

    (Peru)

    Heliconia flower
    Heliconia flower
    Location: Manu National Park in the Rainforest of Peru

    (Peru)

    Mist over the Amazon rainforest at sunset
    Mist over the Amazon rainforest at sunset


    Upper Amazon cloud forest and the Andes
    Upper Amazon cloud forest and the Andes


    Hyla tree frog close up
    Hyla tree frog close up
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Cane toad (Bufo marinus) in the wild
    Cane toad (Bufo marinus) in the wild
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)

    Aerial photograph of an Amazon oxbow lake
    Aerial photograph of an Amazon oxbow lake


    Highest reaches of the Amazon rainforest
    Highest reaches of the Amazon rainforest


    Bat
    Bat


    Orange and yellow ball-like flower in Peruvian rainforest
    Orange and yellow ball-like flower in Peruvian rainforest
    Location: Tambopata rainforest

    (Peru)



    Recommended travel guides on Peru:



    News on Peru

    Indigenous territories play dual role as homelands and protected areas

    (01/22/2015) Indigenous communities claim—and scientific evidence increasingly shows—that indigenous forested territories are as well protected as, or better protected than, government-designated parks. In areas under pressure from roads or development projects, deforestation rates are sometimes even lower in indigenous territories than in official protected areas.


    A model forest? Regional park balances local needs and conservation

    (01/21/2015) Regional conservation area safeguards subsistence and spirituality in the Peruvian Amazon. For Alfredo Rojas, the history of the remote villages along the Ampiyacu River is one of enslavement. Growing up here, Rojas listened to his parents tell stories of the rubber barons who beat and killed the Indians who failed to meet their latex quota.


    Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate

    (01/20/2015) A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry has set up shop in the Peruvian Amazon. The CEO of United Cacao has told the international press that he wants to change the industry for the better, but a cadre of scientists and conservation groups charge that United Cacao has quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of rainforest.


    No experience necessary: how studying tamarins led to an innovative research organization in the Amazon

    (01/15/2015) While conducting doctoral research on tamarin reproductive biology in the Peruvian Amazon, Mrinalini Watsa realized she needed help in the field. Rather than hiring seasonal assistance she, along with Gideon Erkenswick, decided to create a life-changing non-profit organization, PrimatesPeru. The new NGO would allow students to conduct field research in one of the most biodiverse, yet threatened, places on Earth.


    Amazon gold rush destroying huge swaths of rainforest

    (01/14/2015) The rainforests of South America face many threats. The deforestation occurring on the continent is among the highest in the world and results in losses of habitat, biodiversity and massive amounts of sequestered carbon. While the usual culprits such as farming, ranching and logging are well known, gold mining is fast extending its destructive reach into some of the world’s most untouched landscapes, according to new research.


    Peru’s first environment minister dies at 74

    (01/07/2015) Born to a poor family of coffee farmers on the western slopes of the Andes in 1940, Antonio Brack Egg became one of Peru’s most respected ecologists and led the country in protecting its profound biodiversity. Completing his doctorate at the university of Wurzburg, Germany in 1973, Brack Egg started his life of Peruvian public service with the Ministry of Agriculture, working to reestablish threatened populations of vicuña (Vicugna vicugna), a relative of the llama, honored as Peru’s national animal.


    Rainforests: 10 things to watch in 2015

    (01/02/2015) 2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, among other big developments. Here's a quick look ahead at what might be in store for tropical forests in 2015.


    2014: the year in rainforests

    (12/30/2014) 2014 could be classified as 'The Year of the Zero Deforestation Commitment'. During 2014, nearly two dozen major companies, ranging from palm oil producers to fast food chains to toothpaste makers, established policies to exclude palm oil sourced at the expense of rainforests and peatlands.


    Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2014

    (12/23/2014) In 2014, the unimaginable happened: companies representing the majority of palm oil production and trade agreed to stop cutting down rainforests and draining peatlands for new oil palm plantations. After years of intense campaigning by environmentalists and dire warnings from scientists, nearly two dozen major producers, traders, and buyers established zero deforestation policies.


    Edited Reality: What I Learned from Filming Eaten Alive

    (12/22/2014) On November 3, 2014, I woke up to check my flight status from Bangalore to New York. What I found when I opened my laptop was a mindboggling amount of emails, hate mail, death threats, and interview requests. The numbers were staggering. The night before, the Discovery Channel had aired the first trailers for the show they decided to call Eaten Alive.


    Amazonian peatlands store mega carbon

    (12/17/2014) Peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon store ten times the amount of carbon as undisturbed rainforest in adjacent areas, making them critical in the battle to fight climate change, finds a new study published in Environmental Research Letters.


    Indigenous communities 'among the very few best protectors' of Peruvian Amazon

    (12/12/2014) A new report examines the effects of timber harvesting, gold mining, agriculture, and oil and natural gas drilling that have been on the rise recently in the Peruvian Amazon, and states that ensuring indigenous land rights is a key tool in the fight to protect it.


    Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020

    (12/07/2014) A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production. The effort is backed by $365 million from five impact investors.


    Giant stone face unveiled in the Amazon rainforest (video)

    (12/04/2014) A new short film documents the journey of an indigenous tribe hiking deep into their territory in the Peruvian Amazon to encounter a mysterious stone countenance that was allegedly carved by ancient peoples. According to Handcrafted Films, which produced the documentary entitled The Reunion, this was the first time the Rostro Harakbut has been filmed.


    Deforestation jumps in Peru

    (12/03/2014) Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon increased significantly last year, says a top official.


    Threatened indigenous forests store more than half the Amazon's carbon

    (12/02/2014) A new study released today finds the total carbon load locked up in parts of the Amazon rainforest held by indigenous groups to be much higher than previously estimated – an amount that, if released, would be capable of destabilizing the earth’s atmosphere. But because of flimsy land rights, these areas stand at risk of deforestation.


    Developing land without approval of local people 'a human rights issue of grave concern,' says new report

    (11/20/2014) Throughout the tropics, staggering amounts of land have been designated for natural resource extraction—as much as 40 percent of Peru, 30 percent of Indonesia and 35 percent of Liberia. However, much of this land is already in use; it is being inhabited by local communities and indigenous peoples. And while it is possible to live on and extract resources from the same land, when local communities are not consulted in this exchange, conflict may erupt.


    A tale of 2 Perus: Climate Summit host, 57 murdered environmentalists

    (11/18/2014) On September 1st, indigenous activist, Edwin Chota, and three other indigenous leaders were gunned down and their bodies thrown into rivers. Chota, an internationally-known leader of the Asháninka in Peru, had warned several times that his life was on the line for his vocal stance against the destruction of his peoples' forests, yet the Peruvian government did nothing to protect him—or others.


    Field plots offer biased view of the Amazon

    (11/17/2014) Field plots in the Amazon are often not representative of the habitats surrounding them, potentially biasing extrapolations made across the region, argues a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research is based on advanced three-dimensional mapping of forest structure within field plots and in surrounding areas using sensors aboard the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an airplane-based system.


    Local people are not the enemy: real conservation from the frontlines

    (11/12/2014) Saving one of the world's most endangered primates means re-thinking conservation. When Noga Shanee and her colleagues first arrived in Northeastern Peru on a research trip to study the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), she was shocked by what she observed.


    Peru has massive opportunity to avoid emissions from deforestation

    (11/10/2014) Nearly a billion tons of carbon in Peru's rainforests is at risk from logging, infrastructure projects, and oil and gas extraction, yet opportunities remain to conserve massive amounts of forest in indigenous territories, parks, and unprotected areas, finds a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


    'River wolves' recover in Peruvian park, but still remain threatened inside and out (photos)

    (10/14/2014) Lobo de río, or river wolf, is the very evocative Spanish name for one of the Amazon's most spectacular mammals: the giant river otter. This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback.


    Saving Peru's sea turtles and marine birds: conservationists and fishermen partner to tackle bycatch

    (10/07/2014) Marine conservationists often view fisheries as an enemy of sorts, vacuuming up fish with little thought to the long-term consequences and using equipment that also ends up killing other species, i.e. bycatch like sea turtles and marine birds. However, Joanna Alfaro Shigueto, the President of the Peruvian NGOProDelphinus and winner of a 2012 Whitley Award, has chosen a different tact.


    Scientists uncover six potentially new species in Peru, including bizarre aquatic mammal (photos)

    (09/25/2014) A group of Peruvian and Mexican scientists say they have uncovered at least six new species near South America's most famous archaeological site: Machu Picchu. The discoveries include a new mammal, a new lizard, and four new frogs. While the scientists are working on formally describing the species, they have released photos and a few tantalizing details about the new discoveries.


    In the shadows of Machu Picchu, scientists find 'extinct' cat-sized mammal

    (09/25/2014) Below one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a living cat-sized mammal that, until now, was only known from bones. The Machu Picchu arboreal chinchilla rat (Cuscomys oblativa) was first described from two enigmatic skulls discovered in Inca pottery sculpted 400 years ago.


    Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement

    (09/24/2014) From the Andes to the Amazon, Peru houses some of the world's most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside world. And even as scientists have identified tens-of-thousands of species that make their homes from the leaf litter to the canopy.


    'The green Amazon is red with indigenous blood': authorities pull bodies from river that may have belonged to slain leaders

    (09/17/2014) Peruvian authorities have pulled more human remains from a remote river in the Amazon, which may belong to one of the four murdered Ashaninka natives killed on September 1st. It is believed the four Ashaninka men, including renowned leader Edwin Chota Valera, were assassinated for speaking up against illegal logging on their traditional lands.


    4 Ashaninka tribesmen killed by loggers in Peru

    (09/08/2014) One of those killed was Edwin Chota, the leader of the Alto Tamaya-Saweto indigenous community who won fame for fighting illegal loggers. As such, Chota was a top target for assassination, according to a conservationist familiar with the situation.


    Conservationists use social media to take on Peru's booming illegal wildlife trade

    (09/04/2014) Illegal wildlife trafficking is thriving in Peru. But a Peruvian organization is now using a public campaign, via social media and press releases, to track and rescue illegally kept wildlife in the country. 'I have filed 47 complaints from 14 different states in Peru including hundreds of animals commercialized illegally in markets, kept as pets, and used as tourist attractions,' said Noga Shanee, Co-founder and project director of Neotropical Primate Conservation.


    Scientists uncover five new species of 'toupee' monkeys in the Amazon

    (09/02/2014) While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher has revealed the full-scale of saki monkey diversity, uncovering five new species.




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