Did you know that Peru has quite a wild side? Peru is famous for its Inca Ruins and for its beautiful, colourful markets, culture and people. But when you plan your travel to Peru, there is so much more to consider! Peruvian nature is so diverse with a plethora of climate zones that generate numerous natural habitats with extraordinary wildlife. Many national parks and nature reserves that all provide their own natural wonders protect this wildlife in Peru. In this blog you can find three examples of where you can experience the diversity of Peru and see beautiful nature on your trip to Peru… Wild Peru: Peru’s National Parks .
Do you feel a bit sceptical to travel to Peru during or after the pandemic? That is totally understandable. But, traveling to Peru during corona times is actually one of the safer destinations due to the unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, hiking, national parks or adventure sports.
If you would like to get the latest updates about travel to Peru and COVID-19 make sure you take a look the COVID-19 info on our website, complete with our FAQs about the situation around COVID-19 in Peru, Tips for travel in Peru during the pandemic and our flexible booking policy and our Dos Manos COVID-19 protocols.
Dos Manos can help you plan travel to Peru through private or semi private tours for you, your family or friends or make recommendations on tours where you will see few or no other tourists on your tour! We invite you to visit Peru’s National Parks During or After the Pandemic.
Visit Peru’s National Parks During or After the Pandemic
Fresh air is absolutely necessary at times like this. No one can remain locked in their house forever – it’s not healthy. Visiting a national park in Peru will keep your body happy and healthy, full of vitamin D, which is integral for the immune system. National parks allow you to naturally distance yourself from other groups and enjoy the wonders of what each park has to offer without worrying about being in a crowded space. Plus! You will find that each national park is following a strict set of guidelines in order to keep their visitors safe! With all the open outdoor space we can’t think of a safer destination than a trip to Peru.
Wild Peru: Peru’s National Parks
I – Manu National Park in the Amazon Rainforest
Zip-lining in the Peruvian Amazon & spotting caimans by night
Situated in the rainforest in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, Manu National Park is considered the largest natural area of Peru. The Park features such a large number of different species that its unique biodiversity and ecosystems are of great value and are even protected by UNESCO.
Cut off from the modern world, more than six different traditional tribes reside in the area of Manu. Its tropical climate creates high humidity and hot temperatures that make the area a comfortable home for many species. This includes more than 2,000-5,000 plant species, with some estimates up to 20,000 plant species, 1,300 butterfly species, 850 bird species, 200 species of mammals (monkeys, giant otters, peccaries, capybaras, tapirs and jaguars), and an unknown number of reptiles, amphibians and insects. Furthermore, there are new species that are continually being discovered in Manu National Park!
Access to Manu is only possible for tourists by means of a recognized agency. In Manu, you will have the possibility to stay in comfortable lodges that provide various activities like wildlife watching, guided boat tours, guided walks in nature and swimming in the naturally formed pools. There are also camping tours on offer. All Dos Manos tours are accompanied by a professional guide who will tell you about the National Park itself, the significance of the rainforest to its habitants, as well as the usage of certain plants for medical or cultural purposes.
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II – Paracas Protected Area
Sandboarding & animal spotting on the coast. Spot whales, orcas, sea lions and penguins.
The Paracas National Reserve – located on the Pacific coast, 265 from the capital city of Lima – is a perfect example of a Pacific subtropical coastal desert that contains nearly 100 archaeological sites from the Paracas indigenous people!
In Paracas and the Islas Ballestas you have the unique chance to observe many rare animals: whales, orcas, sea lions, penguins and sea otters are among the 36 species of marine and land mammals found in the reserve. Other marine animals include scallops, crabs, abalones and octopuses, as well as green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles. More than 215 species of migratory birds spend at least part of their lives in Paracas, and approximately 60 of these species migrate between Peru and the United States. Enjoy a beautiful daytrip with Dos Manos watching a great variety of unusual species!
But the region offers even more: close to the Islas Ballestas, you can find Ica and Nazca, two small coastal towns located in the Peruvian dessert. Nazca is well known for the famous Nazca Lines. But even more travellers are heading to Ica, where they have discovered the great opportunities for sand boarding and taking a buggy ride.
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III – Tambopata National Reserve
See the Sunset on Monkey Island and exploring the virgen forest to find caimans, turtles and the Magestic Peruvian Jaguar
The Tambopata National Reserve is a remote, wild, but still easily accessible area in the Amazon Rainforest that has become one of the global hotspots for ecotourism. The jungle tours through the Tambopata National Reserve allow you to experience the magic, diversity and tranquillity of one of the most diverse locations on earth! The Tambopata Reserve is smaller than Manú National Park, but it is still stock full of beautiful diversity!
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Hidden beneath the dense trees of the Amazon Rainforest are troops of monkeys, toucans, brilliantly coloured macaws and even jaguars! You never know what you are going to spot in the rainforest of Tambopata! Situated on the southern side of the Tambopata River, the huge area of beautiful lowland rainforest is home to an impressive selection of biodiversity. The number of species that make their homes in these rainforests demonstrate why the Tambopata region is often referred to as the most biodiverse place on Earth!
In Tambopata we can count more than 10,000 species of plants, over 670 species of birds, more than 1,000 butterfly species, 200 species of mammals and well over 100 species of amphibians and reptiles. Of course we can also find literally thousands of species of insects.
Tambopata National Reserve is the perfect place for birdwatching. The comfortable ecological lodges provide an extraordinary wildlife experience with Dos Manos. Enjoy canoe rides, guided tours through the natural habitats, baths in the Amazonian pools and observing the amazing wildlife!
We hope our article “Wild Peru: Peru’s National Parks During or After the Pandemic” has given you inspiration to plan a trip to Peru!
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Parques Nacionales en Peru para visitar