Mystical and enchanting, with snow-capped mountains, lush, deep jungles and mysterious, ancient Incan influences, - Peru has a truly unique character. Celebratory of its heritage in the most colourful of manners, Peruvians draw inspiration from the past, but embrace all the best aspects of modern life. Peruvian cities are effortlessly cosmopolitan and brimming over with culture, all set against the backdrop of stunning mountainous regions, rolling, golden expanses of desert, and the truly incredible Amazon rainforest – the largest rainforest environment on earth.
The wildlife volunteer project where you will be working is situated within one of the country's most established wilderness reserves - the Manu national Park at the furthest tip of the Upper Amazon River. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 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! The diversity in the region ensures that volunteering in Peru is an experience you won't 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 for you to see them! Peru has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, and that is why it is a dream location for animal lovers. Some of the animals you could see if you paid Peru a visit 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, and this variation is why makes Peru such an interesting destination.
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 now beginning 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, and this is reflected in the attractions 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 a lot more to see in Peru, but we can’t do all of the exploring for you can we…