Virtual Travel to Latin America in Times of Coronavirus

 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected everyone around the world and travel has been put on hold temporarily.
While you cannot visit Latin America personally, we invite you to connect with our favorite destinations virtually.

Pierina lives in Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to Tambopata, the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. She tells us how you can experience Peru and Tambopata while you cannot travel and even contribute to scientific research in the Amazon Rainforest from your home.

How Is the Situation in Your Region?

These are definitely hard times for humanity, but under all the craziness and problems the emergency has brought to the world, on the bright side here in Tambopata the nature remains pristine and we had a great science season. Macaw chicks already fledge from the nests and the forest is blooming with live in the mist of a pandemic. In this context I realize how lucky I am to live in a place that has the secret for sustainability and resilience. Just watching how the forest interacts, we can learn how to overcome any situation and how important it is to protect ecosystems like ours, that hold the secrets of the largest diversity, including water and oxygen reservations. I feel blessed to live in a small town and be surrounded by nature during these hard times.

It is the first time in 30 years our lodges are closed to the visitors so wildlife has the forest all by itself. The Peruvian government declared state of emergency and mandatory quarantine since March 16th and we find ourselves taking care of our homes and waiting patiently to be able to share the wonders of the Amazon with the world again. Our challenge is to come back even better and stronger than before!

How Can People Bring Peru to Their Home While They Can't Travel?

Peru is a country full of colors and flavors and there are many ways how we can continue sharing it’s richness, like preparing one of its world famous dishes at home. Miracle Food Peru is a website with recipes that are easy to make, with ingredients found anywhere. 

Another great way to keep you connected to the Amazon is our “Citizen Science Program”, which is open to anyone interested in assisting our researchers on different conservation programs. With Wired Amazon you can contribute to cutting edge research in the Amazon Rainforest without leaving your armchair!

I also highly recommend a new BBC wildlife series filmed by naturalist David Attenborough: Seven Worlds, One Planet. The series showcases the rich diversity of the world’s seven continents and the episode about South American (episode 3) will take you to Tampobata and the clay licks located in the surroundings of our lodges. These are among the largest clay licks in South America and attract big numbers of colorful parrots and macaws! The series is now available on Netflix.

What Is Your Personal Travel Tip for Post-Corona Times?

This crisis has definitely shown us as humans to cherish the really important things in live and appreciate what we took for granted before, human connection, and this is top priority to consider now in our travels.

Now more than ever responsible travel is key when planning our future adventures. We should do some real effort, to research and learn about the local culture of the places we want to visit and choose wisely local operators that work with real sustainability policies and offer authentic experiences.

Try to choose new paths, going beyond the common trails and gain experiences that transcend in your life, connect and respect the places we have the luck to go through.

Big Hug from Tambopata and safe travels!!

How is the situation in your country? Would you like to tell us your personal “coronavirus story”? Or is there anything else you would like to share with us? Drop us a line, we look forward to hearing from you!

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