Peru can be found in Western South America bordered by countries such as Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile. The landscape of Peru is quite varied and often split into three geographical zones. Firstly, the coast which is a dry arid area in the West, the highlands which is the region of the Andes and finally the jungle covered by the Amazon rainforest, where Operation Wallacea is based in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The language spoken in Peru is Spanish but the indigenous communities do speak Cocama. The Pacaya -Samiria National Reserve lies at the heart of Amazonian Peru and is the second largest protected area in Peru. The reserve is located between the Marañon River to the North and the Ucayali River to the South. The vast flood plains of these two rivers have produced the low lying flooded forests (varzéa) where we carry out research.

Peru can be found in Western South America bordered by countries such as Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile. The landscape of Peru is quite varied and often split into three geographical zones. Firstly, the coast which is a dry arid area in the West, the highlands which is the region of the Andes and finally the jungle covered by the Amazon rainforest, where Operation Wallacea is based in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The language spoken in Peru is Spanish but the indigenous communities do speak Cocama.
The Pacaya -Samiria National Reserve lies at the heart of Amazonian Peru and is the second largest protected area in Peru. The reserve is located between the Marañon River to the North and the Ucayali River to the South. The vast flood plains of these two rivers have produced the low lying flooded forests (varzéa) where we carry out research.


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