The Civil Partnership Chontachaca Ecological Reserve (REC) is an association of environmental, ecological and non-profit groups. The association was created in Peru with the aim of working for the defence and conservation of the Amazonian forest and all the beings that inhabit it.
The REC is composed of professionals, employees, volunteers and nature lovers, all with experience in ecology, health and education. People, who for years and for different reasons have been involved in the wonderful world of the Amazon.
REC Association is registered in the Public Registry of Peru with registration number 2009-00021784 and has been focused on reforestation in Manu since 2006. We were legally established in the year 2009, with the determination to change, improve, contribute and take part in human behaviour and its relationship with nature.
There is now an urgency to take on new sustainable approaches that have evolved from utopian solutions to real solutions while simultaneously continuing to review our methods.
For us it is important to maintain a constant search for new actions aimed at a lifestyle that connects us back to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth), to make us understand that there was never such a need to degrade, or over-exploit her.
We firmly believe that the connection with Mother Earth should be the aim of this new relationship between man and nature.
The REC has 200 hectares of forest on the campus of Palmaceda, Chontachaca (Qosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve) which is currently being reforested.
Since 2006 we have planted more than 3000 trees of native species and there are several communities and populations as well as individuals in the area that want to join our effort. To do our job we have the support of students in biology from the University San Antonio Abad of Cusco and volunteers who for periods of time reside in Palmaceda. Students from several Universities also carry out environmental projects and environmental volunteering.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteering Abroad in Chontachaca-Manu (Cusco-Perú): Manu, located in the southeast area of Peru, is one of largest parks in South America. The area of the park encompasses parts of the Andean department of Cusco and the jungle department of Madre de Dios. Manu protects 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres) of a territory rich in flora and fauna species, and a variety of habitats including high Andes, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests. UNESCO officially recognizes this natural paradise as a world heritage site.
Work Schedule: Monday-Saturday, 5 hour per day.
Help in all activities relating to reforestation, impact studies, flora inventory, and transport and planting of mature sapling, follow up studies of mature sapling, value studies, and fauna impact studies.
- Monitor flora and fauna
- Assist in creating an inventory of flora and fauna
- Photograph flora and fauna
- Manage the ecotourism lodge in a sustainable
Fees include food (3 meals a day) and accommodation:
* 48 US $ per day
* 880 US $ per full month
* 580 US $ per month when you're three months
* 480 US $ per month when you're 6 months plus
Requirements: 18 years +, Basic Spanish knowledge, an able body and caring spirit.
Reserva Ecológica Chontachaka
"Palmaceda" lands, Qosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Cusco, Perú.
Tel: 0051 984933615 or 0051 964220020
Location:Manu Biosphere Reserve, Cusco, Perú.
Average cost per day:$15 (based on 6 months)
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Basic Spanish knowledge