Mystical and enchanting, Peru overflows with unique character. The country is a melting-pot of lush jungles, snowcapped mountains, and mysterious, ancient Incan influences. Drawing inspiration from the past yet embracing the best aspects of modern life, cities here are effortlessly cosmopolitan and brimming over with culture. Mountainous regions and rolling, golden deserts provide a stunning backdrop to Peru, with the incredible Amazon rainforest being the most iconic landmark of all - as well as being the largest rainforest environment on earth.
When volunteering in Peru, you will be situated within one of the country's most established wilderness reserves: the Manu National Park. Here, at the furthest tip of the Upper Amazon River, you will find your new 'home' in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is also the largest tropical rainforest biosphere reserve on earth, protecting 4,646,564 acres (1,881,200 hectares) of land - an area almost half the size of Switzerland! What's more, Manu National Park's biological diversity is one of the greatest on Earth: a total of more than 800 bird species and 200 species of mammals have been identified here! The diversity in the region ensures that becoming a volunteer in Peru will be an experience you'll never forget.
Peru is home to a huge variety of animal life. It has over 1,700 species of bird, over 500 species of mammal, and over 300 species of reptile all waiting to be discovered! Peru has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, making it a dream destination for animal lovers. Some of the animals you could see in Peru include:
The reason as to why there is such a variety of wildlife in Peru is due to the presence of the Andes Mountain Range, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Pacific Ocean. Each of these different types of habitat are home to many different species of animal, making Peru a fascinating destination to visit.
Like most other countries in South America, Peruvian culture has been heavily influenced by the Spanish, who colonised the area around the 16th century. With that being said, there has been a recent revival of pride in the country’s Andean and Amazonian roots, and people are starting to bring back some of the traditions which were lost during colonisation. Some cultural elements to take note of in Peru include:
Peru is an incredibly welcoming country, so you’re bound to enjoy learning more about it when there!
Peru is home to one of the oldest and most well-known ancient civilisations ever to have existed: the Incans. This is reflected in the many landmarks and attractions that the country has to offer. There are a few well known places, and a few that are off of the beaten track, but here is our list to give you an idea of where to visit!
There’s so much to discover in Peru, so why not consider volunteering in this incredible country?