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PERU is as complex as its most intricate and exquisite weavings. FESTIVALS mark ancient rites, the urban vanguard fuels innovation, and nature bestows splendid diversity. HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES are around every corner.

Peru

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Alto Mayo Tarapoto

The Alto Mayo Protected Forest, located in northern Peru, is one of the priority protected areas at the national level. The area is known for its high biodiversity and is home to the largest number of native bird species in Peru. This makes Alto Mayo a paradise for birdwatching. It is also a great place to experience community tourism and learn about the various alternative tourist routes managed by the rural communities.

Bahuaja Sonene National Park

Bahuaja Sonene National Park is part of the Department of Madre de Dios, located in the south-eastern area of Peru and considered the “Biodiversity Capital of Peru” for its immense natural wealth and records of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and endemic species. Home to 10 indigenous communities, it is possible to find 13 life zones out of the 117 worldwide, 06 Natural Protected Areas (NPA). Primely due to illegal and informal mining several threats have been identified, such as deforestation, pollution, extinction of wild flora and fauna, and loss of cultural identity of indigenous peoples. Want to know how Bahuaja Sonene National Park is fighting against illegal activities? Read the full Good Practice Story!

Manu National Park

From the frigid punas in the Andes, Manu National Park was established in 1973, between the regions of Cusco and Madre de Dios, with the objective of preserving and conserving its incredible biodiversity. In the Heart of Manu lives the indigenous communities of the Matsiguenka who have the right to use the territory they occupy and freely carry out their activities according to traditional practices and customs. However, the community have limitations in developing economic activities in Manu, with the aim to generate sources of income and alternative uses of biodiversity resources for the native communities the Casa Matsiguenka Lodge project was founded. Do you want to know how the only case in Peru where the native communities have formed their own ecotourism company is operated? Read their full Good Practice Story!

Tingo Maria National Park

The Tingo María National Park is located 6 kilometres southwest of the city of Tingo María, in the districts of Mariano Dámaso Beraún and Rupa Rupa. It is one of the oldest protected natural areas (ANP) in Peru and is made up of the mountain range of Sleeping Beauty, known as the silhouette of its peaks, which resemble the profile of a woman lying on her back. It is one of the most notorious tourist attractions in the city of Tingo María and has been developing amazing strategies to integrate local wealth with the conservation of natural resources. want to know more? Read their full Good Practice Story!

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is a vast area of the Amazonian jungle and floodable forest in northeastern Peru, bordered by the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. Known for its biodiversity, it shelters animals from pink dolphins to spider monkeys and giant South American turtles. It’s also home to hundreds of bird species, like colourful macaws. Pacaya Samiria is the second-largest protected area in Peru. It is a paradise for nature lovers, with a biodiversity that is manifested in more than 1000 species of animals and 965 species of wild plants. This protected natural area, has been threatened since long before its creation by activities such as small-scale agriculture, illegal logging, illegal hunting, illegal fishing, and the expansion of human settlements. Read their Good Practice story and understand how by multi-stakeholder collaboration the national reserve has accomplished the conservation of natural areas.

Paracas National Reserve

Paracas National Reserve, situated on Peru’s south coast, is a protected natural area and the oldest marine reserve in Peru. The desert and the islands are home to over 400 species of flora and fauna, and they offer breathtaking views of the ocean coastline. The reserve faced issues with disorderly tourism, generated agglomeration, disorder and, a large generation of solid waste on the beach itself. The solution was to start a process of recovery and regulation, in order to exercise better control of tourists, reduce the impact on the landscape and reduce the generation of solid waste. Want to know how Paracas National Reserve is implementing sustainable measures? Read their Good Travel Story!

Tambopata National Reserve

In the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, Tambopata National Reserve has a variety of well-preserved habitats that make the destination one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and the perfect place to discover the rainforest. This place contains some of the wildest, least impacted habitats in the Amazon, and it is on the shortlist of “must-see” nature destinations in Peru and South America. Facing the soil and natural areas degradation due to the unregulated tourism activity Tambopata National Reserve began to recover important areas of the landscape environment of the tourist attraction Lake Sandoval and its access trails. Did you got interested on knowing how Tamboapata improved the access trail to Laka Sandoval and also helped preserving nature? Read their Good Practice Story!

Bosque de Pomac Historic Sanctuary

Bosque de Pomac Historic Sanctuary is a protected area in Peru located in the region of Lambayeque. This area preserves part of the Tumbes-Piura dry forests and several pyramids built by Pre-Columbian cultures. Under threat of illegal agriculture, logging and other clandestine activities, the National Government, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations, the Academy and the local population initiated actions to preserve and restore the degraded areas to recover the integrity of the 1,706. 47 ha of affected ecosystems. Want to know how Pomac Historic Sanctuary has been restored? Read their Good Practice Story!

Sandia

The province of Sandia is located in the southern Andes, in the high jungle of the Puno region. It has characteristics of high Andean and Amazonian areas and it is well known for the coffee as it’s called “The route of coffee” or “The home of the world’s best coffee”. The ancient terraces of CuyoCuyo are recognized as the first area of agrobiodiversity in Peru and also an extensive area of forest and Amazonian biodiversity. The production of organic and high-quality coffee brought to Sandia’s community the opportunity to develop an economy that respects the land and its people. Read Sandia’s Good Practice Story to learn more about the culture of coffee in the region.

Colca and Volcanoes Valley 

The Colca Valley is located in the Caylloma Province in Arequipa, in southern Peru. It is a territory with a strong cultural identity, which has its origins in pre-Hispanic times when it was inhabited by Collaguas and Cabanas indigenous populations. Also, UNESCO recognized the “Cañón del Colca and Valle de los Volcanes de Andagua Geopark” as the first geopark in Peru due to their geodiversity and geological, natural, cultural and immaterial heritage.

The Colca Canyon has impressive landscapes and natural viewpoints. It is the habitat of the largest bird in the world, the Andean condor. The canyon also has impressive geology composed of hot springs, natural landscapes and cultivated terraces. The customs and traditions of the valley people have been handed down through generations and are maintained today.

Sandia is a town in Southern Peru, capital of the province Sandia in the region Puno. It is the capital of Sandia Province with there are 10.266 people. When it comes to Sandia, it’s well known for the coffee as it’s called “The route of best coffee” or “The home of world’s best coffee. The coffee producers have the own secret technique to produce the best coffee in the world. Keep in mind that this town is considered as the high quality coffee production at an international level.

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is a vast area of Amazonian jungle and floodable forest in northeastern Peru, bordered by the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. Known for its biodiversity, it shelters animals from pink dolphins to spider monkeys and giant South American turtles. It’s also home to hundreds of bird species, like colorful macaws. Pacaya Samiria is the second largest protected area in Peru. It is a paradise for nature lovers, with a biodiversity that is manifested in more than 1000 species of animals and 965 species of wild plants.

Bosque de Pomac Historic Sanctuary is  a protected area in Peru located in the region of Lambayeque. This area preserves part of the Tumbes-Piura dry forests and several pyramids built by Pre-Columbian cultures.

The Tingo María National Park is located 6 kilometers southwest of the city of Tingo María, in the districts of Mariano Dámaso Beraún and Rupa RupaIt is one of the oldest protected natural areas (ANP) in Peru and is made up of the mountain range of the Sleeping Beauty, known as the silhouette of its peaks, which resemble the profile of a woman lying on her back. In Quechua it is known as Puma Ringri, which means “puma ear”. It is one of the most notorious tourist attractions in the city of Tingo María.

In the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, Tambopata National Reserve has a variety of well-preserved habitats that make the destination one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and the perfect place to discover the rainforest. This place contains some of the wildest, least impacted habitats in the Amazon, and it is on the shortlist of “must-see” nature destinations in Peru and South America.

Located in northern Peru, the Alto Mayo Protected Forest is one of the priority areas for conservation at the national level. The area has a high level of biodiversity and is identified as the destination with more native species of birds in Peru. Because of this, Alto Mayo has become a paradise for birdwatchers. This is also the perfect destination to live community tourism experiences and get to know the different and alternative tourist routes managed by the rural communities.

Located in the Amazonas Region in the Eastern part of the Andes, Peru, the imposing natural and cultural landmarks Gocta and Kuelap display archaeological history in harmony with the diverse natural environment of the Amazonas. Both offer breathtaking views and have amazing stories to be discovered: While the high-reaching Gocta waterfalls are framed by lush lora and fauna, the fortress of Kuelap is an impressive monument holding significant parts of the cultural legacy of the pre-Incan culture of Chachapoyas.

In the vicinity of the provinces of Puno and Huancané, Peru, Lake Titicaca can be found at an average altitude of 3,810 meters above sea level making it the highest lake in the world. The flora and fauna discovered in this special environment presents high diversity and various endemic species, such as the Titicaca giant frog, also known as kelli or huankele (Telmatobius culeus), whose habitat is mainly the depths of the famous lake.

Paracas National Reserve, situated on Peru’s south coast, is a protected natural area and the oldest marine reserve in Peru. The desert and the islands are home to over 400 species of flora and fauna, and they offer breathtaking views of the ocean coastline.

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