Today we travel to South America to visit a wonderful nation, Peru, we will dedicate more than one post in the future. Let’s start by saying that Peru is a nation that has 4 different ecosystems and that is the sea, the sierra, the selva and the desert. The sea is the Pacific ocean that lays all the west coast from north to south and at the naturalistic level are interesting Balestras islands, a small group of small islands just on front the Pisco town and just above Paracas National Reserve. In these islands, several animal species of the marine world are sheltered, including sea lions, darts, penguins and Blue-footed booby.
The desert ecosystem, however, develops along virtually all the coast from north to south and while being a common one is usually distinguished in two areas, the north and south where the north is called Sechura desert while the south coastal desert of Peru. To say that the desert area extends far beyond the Peruvian border in Chilean territory to form the famous Atacama desert.
The third ecosystem is the selva ecosystem and is a very important area for our planet, in fact it is nothing else then Amazon part in the Peruvian territory. The wilderness in Peru has two different bands, the first between the 1,500 and 500 meters of altitude, the second is the plain area where the great rivers gather the waters coming down impetuously from the great mountains of the Sierra and begin the slow running in meanders of the rain forest. Needless to say the importance of this area that all around the world should know as the green lung of the earth, our largest oxygen plant.
Last ecosystem is the sierra, that is the band that includes the cordillera the hills the big mountains. For those who do not know it, it is a real adventure ground, not only for experienced mountaineers but also for trekkers, in fact, the best trekking takes place around or in the vicinity of the big mountains and are characterized by the odds that can be reached simply by walking, they also take steps up to 5000 meters on footpaths or mule tracks. It is to be said that the Andean people inhabit these territories up to 4,500 altitude and therefore it is very likely that when you meet them you will feel small, you with their troubled breathing and those who move cheerfully without apparent effort. Obviously everything depends on the acclimatization that you will be able to do. Our advice for those who are willing to do these adventures is to prepare well and then spend some time on the acclimatization then leave for your hiking trip that it may last for weeks, but I hope in a future post to be able to better illustrate how to prepare and to live an Andean adventure.
To complete the country’s picture, though it’s not strictly related to the wild theme, we explain the other features of Peru as they are really many that match trekking with a cultural visitor to the country. Peru is rich in archaeological history, there are a lot of sites to visit to see what remains of ancient Inca civilization, in ruins because of ancient but above all for the unfortunate Spanish domination. The classical area to be visited includes Arequipa, Nazca, CuscPeru wildo which is called the heart of everything, a magical place I guarantee you, from where you go to visit the Sagrago Valley and the unmissable Machu Pichu, but if you still have a little do not miss Puno on Titicaca Lake which is at 3800 meters altitude and is the highest altitude water lake in the world.
The video we propose for this post concerns a commercial adventure, it’s rafting in the Apurimac River and we chose it for beautiful pictures but also to show that anything sporty or wild in Peru is definitely of a high standard, in this case rafting, for example, if possible to anyone, are facing fast to level V, we would like to point out that we have no business relationship with this company,
So as you see reasons to go wild or cultural in Peru there are many, we certainly recommend it and in the upcoming posts on Peru I hope to deepen the theme and knowledge of this wonderful country.