Volunteer in the Peruvian Amazon and Tour Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru Sports & Recreation

Program

Description

The Amazon rainforest is more than two million square miles of jungle. It spans nine separate nations and offers home to 390 billion trees. There are 2.5 million separate species of insects buzzing and crawling through the foliage, and at least 2,000 different types of birds and mammals make the Amazon their home. Some places have never been seen through human eyes, and there is every reason to believe that deep in the jungle, there are animals yet to be discovered.

This natural treasure makes up more than half of the world’s remaining rainforests, but it is under attack. Deforestation and climate change threaten this center of biodiversity. When you join the Bamba Experience’s Amazon Voluntour & Machu Picchu Experience, you have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the health of the Amazon. Combine this with a chance to explore the wonders of Machu Picchu — along with a bit of adventure — and you can look forward to the trip of a lifetime.

Impact

When you aren’t exploring, you can look forward to making an important impact on some of the most critical issues facing the Amazon rainforests today. Your volunteer time is spent at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, a leading local non-profit devoted to all things Amazon. Under the guidance of staff members that include trained biologists and local nature experts, you may participate in any or all of the following projects:

Biodiversity Research — Support the study of Amazon flora and fauna. Once compiled, this research is used to create better education and preservation programs for the diverse plants and creatures living in the areas.

Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release — The Taricaya Rescue Center offers shelter and care for wild creatures that were illegally removed from the rainforest. Often, animals arrive at the Center weak, ill, injured or malnourished, and they must be nursed back to health before they are returned to their natural habitat. Some of the animals you might encounter include jaguars, monkeys, tapirs and pumas.

Turtle Repopulation — Unfortunately, turtle eggs are a luxury menu item in the area, and turtle populations have been drastically reduced as a result. When you volunteer with Taricaya’s Turtle Project, you will help collect eggs (from July to September) for relocation to the reserve’s protected beaches. If you arrive in October or November, you can see the tiny turtles hatch. You will assist with releasing them into their natural habitat.

Building and Trail Maintenance — Rapid plant growth and moist air wreak havoc on man-made buildings and trails. As a volunteer, you will help keep these important structures safe and accessible for visitors, staff and scientists. Enjoy an opportunity to visit some of the observation platforms in the reserve, including the extraordinary Canopy Walkway, a suspension bridge, and the platform that sits on top of a 300-year-old Kapok tree.

Field conditions

It practically goes without saying that when you visit the rainforest, you can expect to be hot. And wet. The rainy season runs from November to May, but that only means a 10 percent increase in downpours. No matter when you go, expect temperatures in the high 80s (Fahrenheit), along with significant humidity. When you visit Machu Picchu, expect a little of everything. The location of the ruins means weather is influenced by competing forces coming from the rainforest and the highlands. Within a span of hours, you can have bright sun, deep clouds or strong wind gusts.

Arrival and orientation

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING:
There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.

PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN:
Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general. 

Time schedule for meetings will be: 
- Inca Trail and Lares 6pm 
- Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm 
- Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm 

Bamba Experience is located at: 
Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru 
Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily 
Tel: +51 84 205234 Emergency Tels: Darwin +51 9984 44933 - +51 9842 85801, Anderson +51 9231 25342   

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Depending on the package you select, you have a choice between local hostels or three- and four-star hotels for the duration of your experience. Hostels are a budget-friendly option for lodging, because you share some aspects of your accommodations with other travelers. While no two hostels are exactly alike, examples of the conditions you might experience in hostels include shared bathrooms, dorm-style bedrooms and community kitchens. Many travelers consider hostels an essential part of the adventure experience. You are far more likely to meet fellow explorers and make new friends from every part of the globe in these family-style quarters.

Location

Volunteers have a choice of staying in a hostel or hotel.

Cost

from $1165 USDper week

from $1165 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Tour leader/guide for tours

  • Maras & moray 4x4 motorbike tour including equipment

  • Entrance fees to motorbike, sacred valley, and macchu picchu tours

  • 6-day volunteer experience including lake sandoval day trip

  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

  • 12 nights accommodation (5 nights cuzco, 6 nights taricaya shared rustic bungalows, 1 night aquas calientes)

  • Accommodation pick-up and transportation to volunteer site and tours

  • Round trip night buses cuzco - puerto maldonado

  • Cuzco airport pick-up & drop-off

What’s not included

  • Airfare

  • Machu picchu mountain (optional hike, 48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance

  • Huayna picchu (optional hike, 48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance

  • Maras & moray entry fees: moray archaeological site (70 soles) and salt mines (10 soles)

  • Travel insurance

  • Guide for bus & train transfers (these portions are on your own)

  • Tips

  • Personal expenses

  • Other meals & drinks

Start dates

Projects start every Friday and are available year-round.

Independent travelers with an interest in Latin America choose Bamba Experience for its experience and expertise in the field. Whether you participate in a volunteer “Voluntour” program, an adventure trip and trek, a hop-on/hop-off travel package or you create a custom itinerary, you can count on Bamba Experience to support you from start to finish.

Bamba Experience is committed to making the travel experience easy so that you can enjoy every moment as you explore the world. Whether you choose to make your own schedule and plan your own route or you register for a guided tour, you can count on Bamba Experience to remove language barriers and work through the bureaucracy of developing countries to smooth your way.

The experts at Bamba Experience offer a single point of contact, where you can quickly connect with English-speaking guides. They assist with bus bookings, travel arrangements, itinerary changes and day/multi-day excursion bookings. You don’t have to be fluent in the local language when you have the personal assistance of Bamba Experience. Staff consider themselves living guidebooks, able to get you information on schedules, departure points and detailed data on destinations in moments.

The Bamba Experience is full-service, responding to your needs real time. You can ensure you spend more time traveling and less time on logistics with this group on your side.

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