Machu Picchu Challenge

This unique trekking to Machu Picchu includes support for a project of a local community and an impressive road full of culture and nature. Make this non-crowded 10-days journey passing through valleys, passes above 4,500 masl between high snowcapped mountains and jungle visiting local communities that will host you in their homes during your tour and show you their customs. At the community of Choquechaca you will help to build a greenhouse that will allow the community to grow fruits and vegetables in order to solve the problems of malnutrition of their children. Finally, to finish this great trip, you will reach the lost city of the Incas from its back door. Continue reading Machu Picchu Challenge

Birdwatching at the Manu National Park

The Manu National Park is one of the best places in the world for bird watching. The variety of ecosystems of this protected area makes it one of the places with the greatest diversity of species in the world, having 1025 species registered to this day, a number that represents 10% of all types of birds on earth. These figures and the various routes by land and by river through all  life zones convert the Manu in the best place for a birdwatcher. Continue reading Birdwatching at the Manu National Park

The Manu National Park

The Manu National Park is one of the most important natural areas of Peru due to its size and rich biodiversity. Manu is situated between Cusco and Madre de Dios, east of the Cordillera Oriental and encompasses many different ecosystems from up to 4,000 m.a.s.l. in the puna to 250 m.a.s.l. in the jungle, in an area of 1’716,295 hectares. Created in 1973, the park is also recognized by the UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, including the buffer zone to the protected area. Continue reading The Manu National Park

TAMBOPATA: 5 ENDANGERED SPECIES WE MUST PROTECT

Some of the most endangered animals of the Amazon are living in Tambopata, in the area where we protect the rainforest. Without neglecting the importance of other endangered species, we want to talk about the 5 most amazing species which are also the most interesting for jungle visitors, All of them are mainly threatened due to the destruction of their habitat (deforestation) and some by poaching.

The giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the first one on our list because apart from being in danger of extinction, he is the representative species of the region. This diurnal mammal lives in families up to 8 members in rivers and lakes and can measure up to 1.8 meters and weigh 45 kg. He lives on fish like piranhas and catfish and has no natural predators, although he is competing for territory with the black caiman. Unfortunately, he has been heavily hunted because of the high value of his skin, due to this it is estimated that there are less than 5.000 giant otters left in their natural habitat.

The second mammal on the list is the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), the largest species of all armadillos on the planet. This is a nocturnal and solitary animal that can weigh up to 60 kg and measure up to 1.6 meters including its tail. He has long and strong claws which he uses to dig in the soil when building its burrows and finding food like ants, termites, spiders and other insects during their long walks at night.

The list continues with the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) on the third place, the biggest eagle on earth, surpassed in size only by the pitecófaga philippine eagle. This is the most powerful bird that exists and is characterized by the elegant crest on his head and his fearful look. He can measure up to a meter and can reach a wing span of two meters. With his stunning claws he even hunts monkeys in the treetops. His claws have the same size as a human hand with short stubby fingers but with claws as big as a brown bear. The harpy eagle puts his nests in large trees like for example the shihuahuaco, so the conservation of this kind of trees is very important for the survival of the eagle.

The blue headed macaw (Ara couloni) who belongs to the smaller macaws, ranks fourth on our list of endangered animals. The Macaw is a green parrot with a blue head and blue wings. He likes to live near the rivers and palm swamps, nesting in the cavities of the trunks of palm trees. Normally they live in groups of up to 4 individuals, but sometimes they join together and form a larger flock.

The black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) closes the list. He is the largest reptile in the Amazon. If he lives in areas with little human impact, he can grow up to 6 meters, and does not have to worry about poaching due to the value of his skin. He is more commonly found in lakes than in rivers, where he lives in peace and nests in the banks, putting 30 to 70 eggs. The black caiman is diurnal and nocturnal, although it is easier to find him at night with the help of a torch that makes his eyes sparkle.

To save and protect the Amazon rainforest in Madre de Dios means not only to preserve the flora but also the fauna and all the species involved. Help us to achieve our goal of protecting 24 hectares of rainforest in this special area. Click here for more information!

The Coffee Route to Machu Picchu

The Coffee Route is a unique, alternative experience that takes you to Machu Picchu while meeting and staying with remote coffee farmer families along the way. Ride a bike on a spectacular mountain road from the cold heights down into the upper jungle (optional), cross rivers with a zip line (optional), walk Inca trails with steep stairs alongside high cliffs to reach the houses of the families that will welcome you and show you how to produce their organic and unique coffee. Continue reading The Coffee Route to Machu Picchu

Inka Trail

As arteries coming out of a heart, the Inca Trail was departing from Cusco towards all directions giving life to the empire. Crossing the most difficult geography conditions, neither the coast nor the mountain range of the Andes or the mountains of the jungle were an obstacle to the Incas, who built the Qhapac Ñan or Royal Road from Colombia to Argentina. Continue reading Inka Trail

RESPONSible Tourism in Vicos

We recently heard about the RESPONSible tourism initiative in Vicos and today we are staying with a local family that has welcomed us with open arms. Pablos ‘s daughters laugh while their mom invites us all a bowl of hot soup prepared in a pot on a stove to warm up the body in the cold night of Vicos, a beautiful community in a small valley of the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range), near Huaraz, in the region of Ancash. Continue reading RESPONSible Tourism in Vicos


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