From the Andes to the Amazon Rainforest: A Sustainable Tourism Journey to Peru

From the Andes to the Amazon Rainforest: A Sustainable Tourism Journey to Peru

Peru Canopy

This August: Connect with Nature and the Local People of Peru

Peru is well known for its Andean Cordillera and the legacy of the Incas, the latter being well represented by its renowned and well visited lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. However, we too often ignore that Peru is more than that since a large part of its territory lies within the Amazon basin rainforest east of the Andes.


Peru RainforestThe 18-day journey "From the Andes to the Amazon: A sustainable tourism journey to Peru, Connecting with local people" by InkaNatura Travel is intended mainly to help travelers discover the amazing rainforest of Peru. The Manu Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site located in the Amazon Basin of Southeastern Peru, ranges from highlands at 13,000ft to the lowland tropical rainforest at 666ft.


Considered one of the jewels of Peru, it has an international reputation especially amongst the scientific community since it holds one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity, including 13 species of monkeys and approximately 1000 species of birds, both being world records. Guests will not only experience the fauna and flora of the forests of Manu but also its people, both its native inhabitants and settlers.


The tour begins with a visit to Lima, followed by other destinations such as Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Accommodation on the tour includes hotels and lodges that have social and/or environmental policies, and represent the local architecture, culture and history of Peru, including the Los Andes de America hotel in Cusco, the Cock-of-the-Rock lodge in the cloud forest, and Pantiacolla Lodge and Manu Wildlife Center in the lowland rainforest. Participants of this journey who are interested in offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their air travel can do so through donations to Peruvian non-government organizations or communities involved in conservation projects. It is a perfect trip for those who want to travel differently and leave a positive footprint.


To download the full itinerary, please click here.


Goal and Philosophy of the Trip

Peru Cusco CommunityThrough this dual environmental and cultural exposure, this journey allows travelers to reflect on their connection to the rest of the world and on their ecological and socio-economic footprint when travelling, as well as on the actions they can take to improve it. Hence, the group will be encouraged to engage in conversations to share their impressions and concerns about the areas visited, the environment and communities.


Sustainability and education are the leading drivers of this journey, which will aim to minimize the negative impact on the environment and maximize the positive contribution to local communities. Through various types of activities and also donations, the trip will support local conservation and sustainability projects or initiatives as well as communities.


For example, while in the Andes participants will visit two educational projects of ANIA (Association for Children and their Environment), visit the Potato Park initiative that works to protect and preserve the biocultural heritage and livelihood of Andean communities, and attend a presentation by alpaca owners, producers and conservationists of Cusco.


While in the cloud forest, travelers will have the chance to visit the canopy walkway at the Waygecha Cloud Forest Biological Station. This visit will support to the conservation work and scientific research of the Biological Station, which is run by the Peruvian NGO ACCA (Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin).


Likewise in the lowland rainforest, visitors will spend time at three rainforest communities: Huacaria, Shintuya and Diamante, which belong to three different ethnic groups (Machiguengas, Yine and Amarakaeri). The visit to these communities encourages sustainable development alternatives such as tourism in order to discourage unsustainable activities such as timber extraction, gold mining or oil exploration.


This trip, organized and led by Isabelle Alvarez, will be offered from August 5-22, 2013. For more information on the trip, please contact Isabelle Alvarez Email: ialvarezal[at], Phone: +1-403-264-5348.


Photos by Isabelle Alvarez


About Isabelle Alvarez

Isabelle AlvarezIsabelle Alvarez is a naturalist with a strong interest in tropical ecosystems and the Amazon region. She works as a consultant and her areas of interest are sustainable tourism, indigenous tourism, cultural tourism and protected areas. She has also worked as a tour guide and a park interpreter. Isabelle has lived almost four years in Peru while doing research on ecotourism and conservation in Manu Biosphere Reserve. Isabelle has a Master’s Degree in Tourism from the University of Angers (France) and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary (Canada). >> See Isabelle Alvarez's member profile


About InkaNatura Travel

InkaNatura Travel

InkaNatura Travel is a leading tour operator in Peru owned by a nonprofit conservation group, Peru Verde. The mission of InkaNatura is to provide the best travel services for those particularly interested in nature, culture, and archeology. Their work is part of Peru Verde's overall strategy to protect Peru's unique cultural and biological diversity. InkaNatura contributes heavily to the maintenance of national parks, reserves, and archeological sites while at the same time treating local people with respect and dignity. >> See InkaNatura Travel's member profile





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