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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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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

    Primary rainforest cleared for massive palm oil plantations in Peru

    (05/20/2015) More than 9,400 hectares of closed-canopy Amazonian rainforest has been removed for two oil palm plantations in the Peruvian region of Ucayali since 2011, according to scientists working for MAAP, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project. The two plantations are linked to Czech entrepreneur Dennis Melka.


    62M ha of Latin American forests cleared for agriculture since 2001

    (05/19/2015) Over 62 million hectares (240,000 square miles) of forest across Latin America — an area roughly the size of Texas or the United Kingdom — were cleared for new croplands and pastureland between 2001 and 2013, find a study published in Environmental Research Letters.


    China’s investment in Latin America taking toll on the environment, setting the stage for conflict

    (05/18/2015) China has been investing heavily in Latin America’s natural resources and crude oil. Recently, the country even pledged to invest $250 billion over the next decade to strengthen its presence in the region, and compete with the U.S. But this increasing Chinese trade and investment in Latin America is also increasing environmental and social conflict, finds a new report published by Boston University.


    What's the current deforestation rate in the Amazon rainforest?

    (05/15/2015) Nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil, making it the biggest component in the region's deforestation rate. Helpfully, Brazil also has the best systems for tracking deforestation, with the government and Imazon, a national civil society organization, releasing updates on a quarterly and monthly basis using MODIS satellite data, respectively. Both the Brazilian government and Imazon release more accurate data on an annual basis using higher resolution Landsat satellite imagery.


    New mapping project uncovers road networks in Peru’s primary forests

    (05/13/2015) A research team unearthed a suspicious network of roads in northern Peru in early 2013. For two years, they watched the network grow to over 150 kilometers in length, split into two networks. The southern part of the network is located entirely in the protected buffer region of the Cordillera de Azul National Park, and is characteristic of roads meant for logging.


    Peru considers fate of Amazon wildlife paradise

    (05/08/2015) The fate of La Sierra del Divisor, a 1.5 million hectare reserve lauded for its megadiversity of wildlife, will soon to be decided. According to El Comercio, next week the Peruvian government is expected to rule whether Divisor will be declared a national park. The designation, which was requested by local groups nearly a decade ago, would strengthen legal protection of the area, which faces logging, mining, coca cultivation, and agricultural encroachment. It would also establish rules for the buffer zone around the potential protected area.


    World's critical habitats lost Connecticut-size area of forest in a decade

    (05/08/2015) Many of the world's endangered animals live in only one place, making them hugely susceptible to environmental upset. One fell swoop, and entire species could disappear from existence forever. New analysis shows that possibility may be edging closer and closer to reality in some areas, with forests known to harbor high-risk species losing an area of tree cover the size of Connecticut in a little over a decade.


    Borneo's rainforest may get high-tech 3D scan to boost conservation

    (05/04/2015) Conservation efforts in Borneo's embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based monitoring and assessment system. On Friday, the Carnegie Institution officially unveiled the latest upgrade of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an airplane equipped with technologies that enable scientists to conduct extremely high resolution scans of forest structure, biomass, and biological diversity. The platform has generated a wealth of information in places where it has been flown before.


    Featured video: the Uncharted Amazon trailer

    (04/29/2015) The up-coming documentary, Uncharted Amazon, promises to highlight both the little-seen wildlife and the people of the Las Piedras River system in the Peruvian Amazon, one of the most remote wildernesses on the planet.


    Peru's mega-dam projects threaten Amazon River source and ecosystem collapse

    (04/28/2015) Peru is planning a series of huge hydroelectric dams on the 1,700-kilometer (1,056-mile) Marañón River, which begins in the Peruvian Andes and is the main source of the Amazon River. Critics say the mega-dam projects could destroy the currently free-flowing Marañón, resulting in what Peruvian engineer Jose Serra Vega calls its 'biological death'.


    NASA reveals rise in deforestation in remote Peruvian parks

    (04/27/2015) New NASA data shows a jump in forest loss in two remote parks in the Peruvian Amazon during the first three months of 2015.


    Camera traps catch rare Amazon bird following peccaries

    (04/21/2015) Although a large, attractive bird found across Latin America, scientists know almost nothing about the rufous-vented ground cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi). Renzo Piana, the director of science and research with the Amazon Conservation Association, described the bird as "rare," "cryptic," "mainly solitary," and "mostly silent"—much of which explains why so little is known about it.


    Court rules deforestation of Peruvian rainforest for chocolate was legal

    (04/16/2015) A regional court in Loreto, Peru recently ruled that the clearing of more than 2,000 hectares of forest by Cacao del Peru Norte for a plantation to grow cacao, the raw material behind chocolate, was legal, reported the investigative news site OjoPúblico on April 9. The ruling rejects contentions brought by Forestry Department that the company should have sought approval to clear the trees.


    Lima to restore pre-Incan aqueducts to alleviate its water crisis

    (04/16/2015) To tackle a looming water crisis, the city of Lima, Peru, is planning a series of green infrastructure projects, including the restoration of an ancient network of aqueducts in the mountains above the city. With a rapidly growing population of around 8.75 million Lima is the world's second largest desert city, and no stranger to water shortages.


    Platform provides near-real time analysis of deforestation in non-Brazilian Amazon

    (04/09/2015) A new platform will provide critical near-real time information and analysis on emerging threats to forests in the non-Brazilian Amazon. Officially announced today, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) in an initiative launched by the Amazon Conservation Association and Conservación Amazónica-ACCA.


    9 months after Amazonian oil pipeline spill, effects and fears linger

    (03/30/2015) When Peru's state-run oil company pulled out of this small Kukama Indian village in mid-December after cleaning up an oil pipeline spill, residents thought life could slowly return to normal. But more than three months later, wisps of oil floating down the Cuninico River—along with a larger spill in the neighboring community of San Pedro—are a reminder that the problems are not over.


    Photos: expedition to Amazon’s white sands may have found new primate

    (03/24/2015) Most people think of the Amazon rainforest as one massive, homogenous ecosystem—a giant castle of green. However, within the Amazon rainforest lie a myriad of distinct ecosystems, sporting unique characteristics and harboring endemic species. One of the rarer ecosystems in the Amazon is the white sands forest.


    Road rage: scientists denounce $60 trillion infrastructure expansion

    (03/14/2015) Last November, at the annual G-20 summit - for the 20 wealthiest of the world’s nations - in Brisbane, Australia, a staggering commitment was made to invest $60 to $70 trillion worldwide in new infrastructure over the next 15 years. This is akin to doubling the current value of all global infrastructure put together.


    Photo essay: filming in the remote Amazon

    (03/09/2015) You wake up at 4:30 AM, a little before the first rays of tropical sun begin to dance behind the treetops. You put on your wet clothes from the previous day, pack your bag, and pick up your tripod. The jungle is shrouded in a thick mist from the previous nights rain. As you walk, you recognize many of the strange calls that echo between the trees.


    Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas

    (02/26/2015) In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas. They found that many of these don't exist in the areas most important for preserving the country's biodiversity and addressing its threats, and suggest alternatives to make the system more effective.


    Rainforest loss increased in the 2000s, concludes new analysis

    (02/25/2015) Loss of tropical forests accelerated roughly 60 percent during the 2000s, argues a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The findings contradict previous research suggesting that deforestation slowed since the 1990s. The study is based on a map of 1990 forest cover developed last year by Do-Hyung Kim and colleagues from the University of Maryland. The map, which includes 34 countries that contain 80 percent of the world's tropical forests, enabled the researchers to establish a consistent baseline for tracking forest cover change across regions and countries over time.


    Study finds Peru's protected areas aren't where they should be

    (02/25/2015) Many of the world's protected areas may not be located in the areas that need them the most, according to a recently published study in the journal PLoS ONE. The study examined the effectiveness of Peru’s existing protected area system in holistically preserving the biodiversity in this megadiverse country, finding it inadequately protecting many of the country's species.


    'Sustainable' cacao company allegedly defies government's call to halt plantation development

    (02/13/2015) A company aiming to be the world’s largest producer of sustainable cacao, the bean used to make chocolate, appears to have ignored orders from the Peruvian government to cease operations for failing to provide justification for having razed what scientists say was more than 2,000 hectares of old-growth Amazonian rainforest.


    Scientists warn investors on cacao company's forest destruction in Peru

    (02/06/2015) A prominent group of scientists have sounded the alarm over forest clearing by a cacao company in the Peruvian Amazon.


    The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest

    (02/04/2015) Hungry for oil revenue, governments and fossil fuel companies are moving even further into one of the world's last great wildernesses, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The total area set aside for oil and gas in the Western Amazon has grown by 150,000 square kilometers since 2008, now totaling more than 730,000 square kilometers—an area the size of Chile.


    Mercury fish: gold mining puts downstream communities at risk in Peru

    (02/02/2015) Artisanal, often illegal gold-mining, has swept across portions of the Peruvian Amazon over last decade, driven in part by a rising price in gold. The unregulated industry has resulted in widespread deforestation leading to an environmental disaster. Now a new study finds that mercury pollution has moved rapidly downstream and could be impacting communities at least 560 kilometers away.


    Video: camera trap catches jaguar hunting peccaries

    (01/26/2015) Catching a jaguar on a remote camera trap in the Amazon is a rare, happy sight. But catching a jaguar attempting to ambush a herd of peccaries is quite simply astonishing.


    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.




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