ecoDestinations - Peru

ecoDestinations - Peru


Peru Travel AmbassadorWelcome to this month's ecoDestinations Peru feature! You will get to know the fascinating country of Peru, and learn about the various elements - festivals, wildlife, mountains, history - that make this destination such a unique and exciting place for all. Stay informed, come back often, and spread the word!


Piero Ponce
TIES Travel Ambassador, Peru


Peru - Beyond

Perú - Beyond Machu Picchu

Perú is a magical destination, one of the richest biodiversity hotspots on Earth, and a colorful mosaic of different cultures, old and new, which together are forging the promise of a better future.


Come and learn about ten thousand years of history through 180 museums and historical places. While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art and rituals, their wisdom and skills. Perú, preserving about 13% of its territory as protected areas, is home to 20% of the worlds birds and 10% of the world's reptiles, making the country a privileged destination for nature lovers.


Perú is also a country that sings and dances, in joy and in sadness. Peruvians celebrate some 3,000 festivals all over the country.

Visitors to Perú will also enjoy unique and diverse flavors of Peruvian cuisine. Over 40,000 restaurants across the country reflect the diversity of a nation that offers an exciting mix of its native traditions and the cuisines from Europe, Arabia, China, Africa and Japan. Learn more about Perú at:


Peru - Eco-Auction

Perú ecoAuction Sponsors

We are privileged to receive generous contributions from the following TIES members in Peru. Visit our ecoAuction, currently featuring eco-holiday packages from Perú, as well as from around the world, to learn more about the packages donated by these members.


Amazon River Expeditions, through ecolodge stays and Amazon cruises, provides the opportunity for travelers to live the experience of the Amazon River Jungle.


DESCO (Center for Studies and Promotion of Development) is a Peruvian NGO focused on promoting social development and building capacity focused on excluded populations in Peru. We promote innovative alternatives for development aiming to improve their quality life.

InkaNatura Travel, is the only leading tour operator in Peru owned by a nonprofit conservation group, Peru Verde, providing the best travel services in Peru for those particularly interested in nature, culture, and archaeology. As part of Peru Verde's overall strategy to protect the country's unique cultural and biological diversity, InkaNatura contributes to the maintenance of national parks, reserves, and archaeological sites.


Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica has pioneered and promoted sustainable tourism in Peru for over 30 years, providing authentic nature experiences in Perú; while rescuing, presenting and showcasing Peru's culture andnature for the world.


Paseos Amazonicos Jungle Lodges is a recognized Peruvian tour operator offering adventure jungle tour experiences in northeastern Peru Amazon rainforest. Paseos Amazonicos owns and operates three lodges in three different ecosystems located on Amazon's tributaries.


Rainforest Expeditions operates three award winning Amazon lodges: Posada Amazonas (30 rooms), Refugio Amazonas (24 rooms), and Tambopata Research Center (18 rooms), each offering a wide array of fascinating ecotourism experiencies in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.


Sun Gate Tours is a Peruvian operator. We are committed in providing travelers a genuine, richly authentic Peruvian experience, offering tailor-made itineraries designed to match each traveler’s personal interests, style and preferences.







Community Projects

Community Projects in Perú

Here are a few examples of innovative community projects contributing to communities and conservation in Peru. Stay tuned and learn more about these and other projects throughout the month!


Andean Trails: Huchuy Yachaq Project to help people of Los Hermanos Ayer rise from poverty; Cusco Porter Project to support Inca Trail porters; and Rainforest Concern Project to help preserve the rainforest and its wildlife.


Ancient Summit: Ancient Summit works with the local Association of Living Tourism to support and give back to the local communities in the Andean highland region. Read about "giving and receiving" through tourism.


Boundless Journeys: In July 2009, Boundless Journeys organized an annual charity event trip in Perú, offering the opportunity for travelers to work side-by-side with Huanca villagers in the mountains outside Cusco, restoring their community school.


International Expeditions: International Expeditions' community projects in the Peruvian Amazon region include - water treatment plants, adopt-a-school program, education curriculum and enrichment pilot projects, medical clinic support, and much more.


Planeterra Foundation: Planeterra's projects in Perú include - Street Kids Project in Cuzco, Stove-Building Project in Cajamarca, and Women's Weaving Co-op in Sacred Valley.


Latest News and Articles on Patagonia

Experience Imagination: In South America (by Latin America for Less)   Lima, PERU: A boutique Latin America travel agency, Peru For Less / Latin America for Less, has presented an award winning travel video featuring some of the continent's most impressive landscapes and experiences from an epic adventure across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and southern Brazil.   The movie, Experience Imagination: In South America, condenses some of the continent’s most thrilling travel experiences into a film of just less than 6 minutes. It was shot by renowned travel...
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.   The 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...
Responsible Tourism Showcase 2013 At the annual Educational Travel Conference, Inkaterra was honored as one of the Responsible Tourism Showcase awardees, recognizing the efforts of those members that are constantly working on developing or implementing initiatives for sustainable tourism. Inkaterra has been recognized for its effort on promoting sustainable tourism in Peru, through which the organization offers authentic experiences following the principles of sustainability, focusing on preserving and rescuing Peru's geography, nature, traditions and cultures.   Inkaterra...
Experiencing a home stay immersion on the night prior to the Inca Trail trek provides Llama Expeditions' guests a window into the lives of their porters and helps with bonding before the trip begins. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct. 4, 2012 – Andean trekking specialist and philanthropic adventure travel company Llama Expeditions announces a 10-day tour including a four-night trek to Machu Picchu on Peru's Inca Trail that invites tourists to share in the lives of local porters and their families. On the night prior to the trek, Llama Expeditions’ guests are hosted for dinner and...
Through the non-profit Casa Generacion inner-city kids from Lima's toughest neighborhoods are experiencing the wonder of their own coastline by learning to surf, becoming world class competitors and expert instructors. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sept. 10, 2012 - Llama Expeditions, based in San Francisco now takes surfing tourists to the perfect breaks of Peru in a program that also helps the inner-city kids of Lima achieve a better life.   The company that has gained a reputation for llama trekking in Peru with a purpose has announced a custom eight-day program for small groups of...
Guests at Rainforest Expeditions' Posada Amazonas Eco-Lodge can participate in an ancient Ayahuasca Ceremony, which is said to help repair the spirit. Posada Amazonas eco-lodge was the recent recipient of the coveted Rainforest Alliance 2012 Sustainable Standard-Setters Award.   Peru's leader in sustainable tourism, Rainforest Expeditions, invites guests seeking a visionary experience to partake in an ancient Ayahuasca ceremony during a four-day wellness program at Posada Amazonas, one of its three eco-lodges deep in Peru’s Amazonian rainforest.   Ayahuasca...
At Rainforest Expeditions’ Remote Tambopata Research Center / Eco-Lodge Guests Learn from Field Scientists Engaged in High Tech Wildlife Study. All-inclusive Nature and Wildlife Holidays Start at Just $180 per Person per Night.   LIMA, Peru, June 14, 2012 - Rainforest Expeditions in Peru offers all-inclusive multiple-night learning opportunities starting at just $180 per person, double occupancy, per night at its Tambopata Research Center, an eco-lodge in the Peruvian Amazon about as far away from civilization as one can get in this part of the world.   Programs that...
Vienna, VA, May 30, 2012 – Greenloons recently added third-party-certified eco-travel, lodge-based options and programs on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and in Kenya and Peru, announced Irene Lane, Greenloons founder. "What's especially nice about these lodges is that their sustainably directed amenities and programs can be enjoyed by all of their visitors, not just those coming in as part of a group," said Lane. "This means a lot to families and couples traveling independently who are looking for serendipitous, authentic experiences."   While the...
Inkaterra is a Peruvian eco-luxury hotel organization that celebrates 37 years of experience in sustainable tourism initiatives. The hotel boasts long term conservation stewardship of 38,000 acres of rainforest in the Amazon basin and 25 acres of cloud forest within the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.   Inkaterra promotes scientific research for the conservation of ecosystems and natural resources funded by ecotourism, as a replicable model for local communities; offering authentic experiences, capturing, disseminating and educating about the culture and nature of Peru....
By Isabelle Alvarez   Peru is so much more than its well-known lost city of Machu Picchu. A large part of the country's territory lies within the Amazon basin rainforest east of the Andes. With the goal of highlighting educational experiences, the 18-day journey "From the Andes to the Amazon", by Worldwide Ecotours and InkaNatura Travel combines the Andes and the Amazon rainforest of Peru, visiting such destinations as Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It is a perfect trip for those who want to travel...


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