White water & wildlife holiday in Peru
Description of White water & wildlife holiday in Peru
Bid farewell to civilization and say hello to adventure with this awesome white water and wildlife holiday in Peru. Tackle rapids of Grade III and IV strength on the Rio Tambopata, camping and cooking overnight on the riverbanks, or staying in remote jungle lodges. Drive over the mighty Andes through a cloud forest. And watch as scores of parakeets, macaws and parrots feast on a mineral lick before your eyes.
The trip begins in Juliaca, close to Lake Titicaca, from where you’ll drive overland past glaciers, herds of llamas and Inca terraces to a small village. Here you’ll inflate your rafts, get some last minute advice from your guides, and descend to the river. As you paddle through the Amazon wilderness, negotiating rapids, rocks and other obstacles, the sounds of the rainforest and the rushing of the water will replace any trace of modern life. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as tapirs, monkeys, caimans, river otters and even jaguars.
Naturally it’s not full-on excitement all the way downriver. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore tranquil side creeks, scout larger rapids, or fish for Paiche, a delicious treat for your beach campfire.
When the Tambopata meets the Rio Tavara, paddling becomes more difficult and you’ll transfer to a motor launch for a reinvigorating night in a jungle lodge. Here you can take a night safari with an expert guide, or simply reward your efforts with a few cool drinks.
Finally finishing in Puerto Maldonado, you’re perfectly placed to fly on to Lima, continue rafting from Cusco, or tackle the legendary Inca Trail. Wherever your wanders take you next...
PlanetWe keep group size to a maximum of 16 on this trip into remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon. We travel through the The Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone. The Reserve Zone was created in 1990 by the Peruvian government working in partnership with local grassroots and international conservation organizations. It protects the biological diversity of the entire watersheds of the Tavara and the Candamo Rivers and most of the watershed of the Tambopata River. This covers a huge diversity of forest habitats and wildlife, including pristine ox-bow lakes harbouring kingfishers, caiman and giant otters, spectacular waterfalls, clay licks visited by macaws, monkeys and tapirs, and rivers with white, sandy beaches.
We stay at the Tambopata Research Centre. The lodge was built using traditional techniques, there is no hot water or electricity – it is a small scale low impact operation. Conservation efforts at the lodge are geared towards research into the local macaw population, understanding their reproductive ecology to develop suitable management techniques. Work is shared with research scientists and local communities.
It is our policy to carefully dispose of all waste. All non-organic waste is carried out and organic waste is buried at a suitable depth. Food is purchased locally and we aim to use food products with as little packaging as possible, and encourage cooking with Andean products. We cook with gas and use recyclable glass as opposed to plastic wherever possible.
And we are planting trees as part of a reforestation project in Peru.
PeopleAlso, since 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD $3000 a year to this community project.
The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in holiday projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, holiday programmes.
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