Wildlife Observation Orchid Watching

Wild Orchids

The beauty of the orchids attracts thousands of people keen to see these flowers in their natural setting. Their color, shape, size and scent are determined during pollination and curiously, many species of orchid resemble the shape of the insect that pollinates them.

Peru’s varied geography and microclimates are hosts to 3,000 species of orchids that grow in the tropical rainforests on the eastern slopes of the Andes, in the high jungle area and in the clouded forests. Orchids also grow on the north coast in the departments of Tumbes and Piura. In the mountains of Áncash and Huancavelica visitors can admire rarely beautiful orchids of exceptional color and size, like the Cattleya máxima, with its large and violet flowers. A wide variety of orchids can also be found in the San Martín department, an area known as the ‘land of the orchids’. Here swallow species abund (Cattleya rex) and are regarded the most emblematic flower of the region’s wild flora.

Specialised agencies offer tourists orchid observation trips in different regions of Peru. The Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, which houses over 200 varieties, is the perfect setting to combine both natural and historic tourism.

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary

Considered as one of most important archaeological jewels in the world, the Inca city of Machu Picchu is surrounded by bountiful nature in the high jungle area, with abundant flora and fauna.

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Huascarán National Park

A high Andean zone formed by the White Mountain Range, the highest tropical mountain range in the world, with 27 peaks measuring over 6,000 meters (19,685 feet) above sea level.

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The climate and location of the capital of the Amazonian department favors the growth of beautiful and exotic flowers.

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Río Mayo-San Martín

Heavenly is the only word to describe the number, color, quality and shape of the orchids that grow in the area.

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Chanchamayo Valley

In the High Jungle, the Chanchamayo Valley road is the habitat of numerous orchid species, including: Masdevallia ayabacana, Masdevallia echo, Masdevallia bicolor, Masdevallia jarae.

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