Peru is situated in western South America, bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile. The geography of Peru is extremely diverse, ranging from 1500 miles of Pacific coastline in the West, across vast arid coastal plains, up and over the Andes mountain range and down into the Amazon Basin in the East. The Ucayali and the Marañón Rivers flow from the Andes into the jungle, where they meet and form the mighty Amazon River, and it is near this dramatic confluence that Operation Wallacea conduct our research. The dominant language in Peru is Spanish, although many other indigenous languages are spoken, including Cocama in the Loreto District where we work. This area lies at the heart of Amazonian Peru and is home to pink river dolphins, taricaya turtles, jaguars, red uakari monkeys, peccaries, smoky jungle frogs, saki monkeys, tapirs, giant river otters and many other species.
At the satellite site you stay in traditional forest housing within an indigenous community, with opportunities to engage with local people and perhaps even participate in village events. The accommodation here is more basic as you gain a truly immersive experience of life in ...Find out more
While on the expedition you stay aboard one of the historical riverboats, the Rio Amazonas or the Pithecia. These lovingly restored boats from the rubber boom period have been navigating the Amazon for over 100 years. Accommodation is fairly comfortable for a research site in ...Find out more
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