Peru Ecological Travel Eco Tours in Peru Ecology Peru Peruvian Ecotourism Travel Guide by e-Peru Travel
 
Butterflies in Peru
Peruvian Flora and Fauna

Cusco, Land of the Incas
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Puno and Lake Titicaca
Nazca Lines
Choquequirao Peru
Royal Tombs of Sipan
The Kuelap Fortress
Colca Canyon in Arequipa
Mountaineering in Peru
Manu National Park
Paracas National Reserve
Machu Picchu Cusco
Lima Peru

Destinations in Peru

Abancay
Arequipa
Ayacucho
Cajamarca
Colca Valley
Cusco
Chachapoyas
Chiclayo
Huancavelica
Huancayo
Huanuco
Huaraz
Ica
Iquitos
Lima
Machu Picchu
Manu
Moquegua
Moyobamba
Nazca
Ollantaytambo
Paracas
Pasco
Piura
Pucallpa
Puerto Maldonado
Puno
Sacred Valley
Tacna
Tarapoto
Trujillo
Tumbes
 


For those in the know, to talk about butterflies is to talk about Peru. One of every five species of butterflies in the world is found here. However, more than just another world record of bio-diversity, this constitutes one more reason to encourage nature lovers to take a journey through the Peruvian forests.

Today, butterflies make up the best-known group of land invertebrates and much of this knowledge is attributable to scientists working in the remote jungles of Peru. In recent years, theories stating that the natural diversity of the Amazon region increases in relation to its proximity to the Andes have been proven true by overwhelming statistics.

For example, the extraordinary number of species (1 300) were recorded in the community of Pakitza, in the Manu National Park, in southeast Peru and only 235 km away, in a small hostel on the Tambopata river, 1 260 species were recorded. What is amazing about these findings is that only 60% of the entries of both places overlapped! Researchers estimate that the total diversity of butterflies in the country must be over 4 200 species, of which 3 700 have been registered. The scale of this figure can be appreciated when making comparisons of total number of species with other parts of the world: Australia (396), Europe (441) and North America (679).

The narrow band of coastal desert with its agricultural valleys, as well as the Andean highlands at more than 5 000 masl have relatively few but very interesting species that have adapted to their rigorous environment.

Tropical forests are the environments that by far are home to the greatest variety of butterflies. In the high-jungle, as well as in the Amazon lowlands, there are areas where diversity is such that that a nature lover could be kept busy for weeks on end. These places range from the northeastern jungles (Tarapoto and Moyobamba), to the southern jungles (Tambopata and Manu), passing through the Chanchamayo Valley and the area surrounding Tingo María, famous for its importance as part of the great butterfly collections made by botanists at the turn of the century.


Peru Pictures - Images and Photos of Peru




 

National Parks
National Reserves
National Sanctuaries
Historical Sanctuaries
Reserved Zones
Protection Forests
Hunting Areas
Communal Reserves
Rivers in Peru
Lakes and Lagoons
Waterfalls in Peru

Flora and Fauna
Birdwatching in Peru
Primates
Marine Mammals
Wildflowers
Butterflies
Orchids
Andean Camelids

About Peru

Peru Facts at a Glance
Destinations in Peru
Archaeological Sites
Historical Legacy
Nature and Ecology
Peru Culture & Traditions
Adventure Sports in Peru

Useful Peru Travel Info

Peru Festivities Calendar
Travelogues
Peru Weather
Embassies & Consulates
Airlines in Peru
Peru Pictures
Useful Tips

Contact Us
Peru Ecological Travel Eco Tours in Peru Ecology Peru Peruvian Ecotourism Travel Guide by e-Peru Travel
 

www.perutravels.net ¦ www.perubudgettours.net ¦ www.peru-viajes.net
www.e-peru-travel.com