NATIONAL PARKS TOURS PERU

HIGHLIGHTS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW TO VISIT THEM


 

 

ANDES TREKS PERU

Andes Treks Peru

The Sierra is the commanding feature of Peru's territory, reaching heights up to 6,768 meters and an ideal setting for Andes Treks, Peru. Hundreds of snow-capped and glaciated mountains and volcanoes tower over the valleys and the altiplano. The Pacific flank of the Andes is extremely dry, supporting only a sparse villages around infrequent wells. On the other hand, the Amazon flanks of the Andes are rain-drenched, supporting exuberant cloud forests, which, because of their isolation and difficult access also are sparsely populated. Between these extremes, at the foot of these mountain chains, lie the intermontane valleys (kichwa) and the grassy puna or Altiplano plateaus.

 

About one third of the people of Peru live in thousands of small villages and hamlets in the highlands of Peru.  This population of mostly Indian descend, it the most colorful of the country, with many women still dressing in their traditional costumes.

 

The Andean highlands make up about 34% of Peru's territory, or 437,000km2, but only 4.5% is suitable for agriculture, which still is more than half of the country's productive land. A variety of edible native tubers have developed at altitudes from 2,800 m - 4,000 m, such as some 4,000 varieties of the potato, oca, and olluco, as well as the gluten free grain "quinoa".

 

A large part of the Andes - most land above 4,000m is used for rangeland grazing with snow-caped mountain peaks and volcanoes dominating the landscape, providing these areas fantastic wild landscapes for Andes Treks Peru.

 

Our National Parks Tour gives you a great impression of the different environments of the Andes, where you get to enjoy both  nature and culture of the Andes as you explore the national parks and cultural highlights of the country.

 

Why consider booking our  Peru National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Peru is so famous, and on top of that, you get to see 9 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Peru can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Lima Cusco, Machu Picchu module, Manu National Park module, National Parks Module, All modules.

Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site LimaWorld Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

 

CLIMATE TITICACA

CLIMATE OF TITICACA: INFO ON SEASONS & WEATHER. Graphs: hours of sunshine, overcast, rainfall, temperatures, etc.

Climate Titicaca

The data of the climate of Titicaca and Puno come from Juliaca Airport which lies at about the same elevation and 30km away. It is indicative of the Puna, or altiplano regions, although on the altiplano temperatures and rainfall vary with the elevation.

 

Why consider booking our  Peru National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Peru is so famous, and on top of that, you get to see 9 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Peru can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Lima Cusco, Machu Picchu module, Manu National Park module, National Parks Module, All modules.

Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site LimaWorld Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

Climate data for Juliaca airport, elevation 3825 m (1961–1990)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

16.7
(62.1)

16.7
(62.1)

16.5
(61.7)

16.8
(62.2)

16.6
(61.9)

16.0
(60.8)

16.0
(60.8)

17.0
(62.6)

17.6
(63.7)

18.6
(65.5)

18.8
(65.8)

17.7
(63.9)

17.08
(62.76)

Average low °C (°F)

3.6
(38.5)

3.5
(38.3)

3.2
(37.8)

0.6
(33.1)

−3.8
(25.2)

−7.0
(19.4)

−7.5
(18.5)

−5.4
(22.3)

−1.4
(29.5)

0.3
(32.5)

1.5
(34.7)

3.0
(37.4)

−0.78
(30.6)

Precipitation mm (inches)

133.3
(5.248)

108.7
(4.28)

98.5
(3.878)

43.3
(1.705)

9.9
(0.39)

3.1
(0.122)

2.4
(0.094)

5.8
(0.228)

22.1
(0.87)

41.1
(1.618)

55.3
(2.177)

85.9
(3.382)

609.4
(23.992)

Source: Hong Kong Observatory

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Rainfall on the altiplano also varies with its west (dryer) - east (wetter) position, due to the effects of the Humboldt current. The climate of Titicaca is chilly, often with temperatures below 0 °C at night while rarely reaching comfortable temperatures in daytime. One should always have a sweater and a jacket at hand, as the temperatures my drop in minutes when a cloud moves in.

 

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Snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers tower of the valleys and altiplano of Peru.

 

Andes trek, Peru: Cushion plant Andes highlands.

Andes trek, Peru: Hoodoo formation in the Andes.

Yareta (Azorella compacta, or "Llareta") grows in the Andes from Peru, to  Argentina. The plants form beautiful mounding cushions with tiny flowers, often covering otherwise bare soil.

Fascinating rock formations and hoodoos linger the landscape in Saladas & Agua Salada National Reserve.

   
Andes trek, Peru: Puya bromelia of the higlands Peru Andes trek, Peru: Puya bromelia of the Andes

Primitive bromeliads abound on the slopes of Colca Canyon, which drops down some 3,400 m at its deepest point.

   
Andes trek, Peru: White Angels Trumpet of the Andes. Andes trek, Peru: Pink Angels trumpet of the Andes

Angel's trumpets are beautiful flowers native to the Andes.

   
Andes trek, Peru: White flower bush of the Andes Andes trek, Peru: Yellow legume of the Andes.

Colorfull shrubs and bushes line the landscapes of the Andes.

 

Andes trek, Peru: Heliconia Andes trek, Peru: hummingbird

On the Amazon flanks of the Andes, Heliconias are spectacular jewels of the jungle.

Hummingbirds are among the most widespread families in the Andes.

   
Andes trek, Peru: Northern Viscacha, Lagidium peruanum qqqq

While some mammals are conspicuous and can be seen most everywhere, others live a life in the hiding, like the spectacles bear.

 

Andes trek, Peru: Vicuñas Andes trek, Peru: Guanaco

After almost having gone extinct in the 1960s, the Vicuñas - the wild ancestors of the Alpaca - have undergone a remarkable recovery and now roam the Altiplano with some 200,000 individuals, and you can see them along many roads across the altiplano. You will see many as you join us on our Andes trek of Peru National Parks Tour.

Guanacos - the wild ancestor of the Lama - prefers living at lower elevations than the Lama, but can still be found as high as 3,500 m. It is extremely draught tolerant and can be found in deserts from Peru to Southern Argentina.

   

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