Peruvian Amazon Wildlife Fact File
The Location of the ProjectThe Peru Wildlife Sanctuary is based near the city of Puerto Maldonado, less than 1 hour by plane or 10 hours by bus from Cusco. On arrival in Puerto Maldonado all volunteers are met by a member of the project team and taken by road to the project HQ.
The project itself is located on 10 hectares of land, approximately 11 kilometres outside of the city of Puerto Maldonado. Here you will be surrounded by nature but also be close to the city where you can find internet cafes, restaurants and other stores. If you need to go into town for any reason a taxi ride is roughly 10 Soles (about US$3.50 or £2.25) each way.
Accommodation at the Peru Wildlife SanctuaryThe accommodation is simple, but comfortable with shared rooms for 2-3 people each and shared bathrooms on site at the project.
Despite being close to the town of Puerto Maldonado, the project is located in a very rural area. The accommodation is basic but comfortable, clean and well ventilated with screens and mosquito nets.
Volunteers share comfortable rooms at the project which sleep 2-3 people each. There are shared bathrooms, and although there is no hot water, there are cold showers which can be very refreshing as the temperature in Puerto Maldonado is approximately 30 degrees Celsius for most of the year.
All our volunteers are provided with three nutritious meals per day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - prepared and served by local staff. Please inform us if you have any allergies or food restrictions.
Depending on availability at the Wildlife Sanctuary Project, you may also stay at a nearby guest house.
There is no internet at the project but there is a mobile signal which will allow you to go online should you need to. Electricity is available for a few hours each evening.
Getting to the projectThe nearest airport to this project is Puerto Maldonado, Peru (Airport code PEM).
To help you find the best air fares Globalteer has formed a partnership with a division of The Flight Centre Group who will tailor make your travel arrangements for you at a competitive price.
You can contact them for a free, no obligation travel quote by calling 0844 560 9944 from within the UK, or if you are outside the UK you can call +44(0)203 056 1146. Make sure you mention Globalteer when you call and if you do purchase your travel through them, Globalteer will receive a small donation. However, don’t forget that it’s up to you to make sure your travel arrangements are right for you and your project.
The weather in the region is hot and humid all year with the average high ranging from 30°C to 33°C and the overnight lows between 19°C and 22°C. The rainy season runs from October to April with the wettest months being December and January. Rainfall during the rainy season averages between 130mm and 249mm so make sure to bring a rain jacket and rain pants. The work on the project continues regardless of weather conditions.
For more information read When is the best time to volunteer in Peru?
Daily Volunteer Schedule at the Peru Wildlife SanctuaryAn example of a typical working day is:
7:30 – Breakfast. After breakfast, wash and prepare breakfast for animals and deliver dishes to enclosures. Rinse water dishes in the enclosure and fill with fresh water. Collect the food dishes and wash them at the washing station next to the house. Collect leaves for the monkeys and food for other animals.
12 – Lunch. After lunch, wash and prepare last meal for the animals and deliver it. Do special projects, such as building enclosures.
6:30 – Dinner.
Please be aware that this is a dynamic project and this is just an example of a typical day, volunteer duties may change during their placement.
The work can be hard in the very tropical climate, but the project staff are warm, welcoming and enthusiastic and will make sure you feel part of the team. They are sensitive to the capablities of each volunteer and as always, the more you put in, the more you will get out of this unique and rewarding experience.
No matter what you are capabale of you can be sure that by the end of your stay you will really feel like you have made a contribution to protecting and conserving the animals of the Amazon rainforest.
Extra ActivitiesVolunteers are expected to work six days per week at this project. You will have one day off per week when you can visit Puerto Maldonado and the surrounding rainforest.
There is a pleasant communal area at the project with books and games for volunteers and occasional social activities such as barbecues are organised by the staff.
In Puerto Maldonado there are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants and a very good ice cream parlour. There are also lots of tour operators who can organise activities in the local area including night time caiman tours, canopy walks and boat trips.
Before or after your time in the Jungle you may wish to visit other parts of Peru such as Lake Titicaca or Machu Picchu. You can get to Machu Picchu from Cusco by train, trek the amazing Inca trail high in the Andes or take any other number of routes all ending at the lost city itself.
Globalteer works closely with several well respected agencies in Cusco which can arrange services such as visits to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca as well as many other amazing trips in Peru before or after your time volunteering. Southern Crossings
General facts about PeruCountry name: Republic of Peru
Area: Total: 1,285,220 sq km
Terrain: Western coastal plain, high and rugged Andes in centre, eastern lowland jungle of Amazon Basin
Population: 28 million
Age structure: 0-14 years: 30%, 15-64 years: 64%, 65 years and over: 6%
Life expectancy at birth: 70 years
Ethnic groups: Amerindian 45%, mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 37%, white 15%, other 3%
Religions: Roman Catholic 81%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.4%, other Christian 0.7%, other 0.6%, unspecified or none 16.3%
Literacy: Male: 93.5%, Female: 82.1%
Languages: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara, and a large number of minor Amazonian languages
Government type: Constitutional republic
Major International airports: Lima & Cusco
Currency: Nuevo sol
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