Ecotourism Development in the Peruvian Amazon
Areas recognised for their natural beauty and or the presence of interesting species of plants and animals are ideal for the development of tourism. Ecotourism is a good sustainable development alternative specially in areas that are popular for visitors to come and enjoy the natural environment without destroying it. This is also the chosen development alternative in and around protected areas, where there are statuary restrictions to certain development projects such as extractive activities (mining, oil and gas) and infrastructure building such as big hotels and factories. This is also an important from of livelihood for local communities in areas popular for tourism activities.
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In this occasion we are working with a land owner who has the statuary duty to plan the sustainable use of their 1700ha of land in the region of the Amazon in Peru. So they need to collect data to plan/further the development of Ecotourism in the area.
The aim of this project is to help them conduct geographical surveys on the natural resources of the area to better understand the potential of their concessions for ecotourism development. During this project you can take part in several activities.
The activities include but are not restricted to:
Explore the concession looking for sites of interest
- Record GIS coordinates of sites reported.
- Maintain trails.
- Create new maps of identified objects and or edit existing maps of the concessions.
This project provides the opportunity to put into practice some of the theoretical skills you may have on GIS and other spatial management kills.
You will be provided with training needed for the application of recording methods and the use of technology such as GPS. Basic knowledge of GIS is needed.
You will be working in one of the most exiting areas for ecotourism in the world due to the array of plants and animals that exist in there.
In this corner of the Amazon there are important points for gathering of wildlife such as clay licks (where animals come to eat the minerals off the soil) and lakes timing with fish otters and other wildlife. So you will be able to learn about the local tourism attractions, as well as assessing new possibilities and put into practice some of your skills with maps etc, to help inform sustainable use of natural resources in the Amazon.
Volunteers stay at Venado Eco House which is located about one hour from Puerto Maldonado. All accommodation is shared dorm style rooms unless a request is made for a private room (extra cost) both room types share a bathroom.
Food will be provided by Eco Decisions and volunteers may help prepare meals.
3 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
£968 £ 1,246 £1,865 £ 2,302
The price includes: Accommodation and food + airport transfer to hotel on arrival (other transport is not included).