Based in the Americas? Why not use your downtime to explore a World Heritage site in the Amazon basin.
The ancient allure of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, the grandeur of the Colca Canyon and the buzz of Cusco – all classic stops on the Peru itinerary. This year, 2015, there is a new kid on the block. Leading tour operators – including Chimu Adventures, Steppes Travel and Journey Latin America – have added Manu to their itineraries.
Manu is in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon in the south-east of the country. It is home to the Manu Biopshere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site within the Amazon river basin. The reserve has the highest biodiversity in the world - more than 15,000 plant species and over 1,000 types of bird. Now, thanks to crees, a not-for-profit organisation based in Manu, it is more accessible to visitors: tourists, volunteers and researchers alike.
The new itineraries include specialist crees tours or tailored experiences that include overnight stays at crees Manu Learning Centre. Journeys through the rainforest are led by a team of expert guides, leading biologists and anthropologists and give visitors a real insight into the local area, the wildlife and the destructive effect that clandestine mining and logging is having on this part of the Amazon.
Any profit created from these tours is then fed directly back to crees, to help fund the work the Foundation is doing to restore the damaged rainforest and preserve it for the long term.