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Who are we

Asociación Green Tours is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of nature and the wellbeing of the people living in the natural areas where Green Tours regularly runs its tours within Peru.

After several years of professional tourism operation in every corner of Peru, the founders and employees of Green Tours felt that it was time to increase the level of commitment and responsibility with the local people living in natural areas where the company was working. Indeed, the non-profit organisation model is helping Green Tours to improve its strategies for nature conservation, environmental education, enhancement of tourism services, and improving the dynamism of small local economies.

Conservation projects

Peruvian Plantcutter conservation project. An important project in west-northern Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter, a Peruvian endemic bird restricted to the dry forests of the Pacific coast of northern Peru. The project is led by Peruvian-British conservationist Jeremy Flanagan. We are helping Jeremy since 2017 with the production of mesquite tree seedlings and other native species used to repopulate degraded areas of the forests.

Arena Blanca Conservation Area. This is a private conservation initiative located near the small town of Aguas Verdes, in the San Martin department in northeast Peru. The property, 12 hectares of white sand forest, belongs to Norbil Becerra and his family. After three years of hard work, Norbil has positioned Arena Blanca as a major birding hotspot in northern Peru. He has hummingbird feeders visited by more than twenty species, and a Tinamou feeder visited by at least two species of Tinamous and one species of Wood-Quail. Since the number of birders visiting the area is increasing year after year, Asociación Green Tours is helping Norbil with some aspects of his accounting, and improving the quality of the services he is offering to the visitors.

Learn more about Norbil’s conservation story here

El Rejo Conservation Area. A family owned patch of about 30 hectares of mountain humid forests above the Río Marañon valley. In 2017, a team of Green Tours visited the area and discovered what could be very important populations of the very rare Cajamarca sub-species of Rufous Antpitta, and the also rare Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant. The owners are already improving the entrance road and the trails inside the property, and are very keen to establish a formal nature reserve.

Loma de las Perdices Conservation Area. This is a former agricultural land nowadays dedicated to the conservation of the characteristic vegetation of the Río Marañon valley. The property is located near the town of San Marcos, in the Cajamarca department in northern Peru. The whole area is known for its population of the endangered Great Spinetail, but in the conservation area Green Tours had identified five endemic species of birds: Buff-bridle Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Black-throated Woodpecker, Marañon Gnatchatcher, and White-rumped Black-Tyrant. Currently, Asociación Green Tours is working on improving the access road, and planning to buy more land to increase the surface of the protected area.

Activities

Birding at the school

Committee for the birding and nature tourism development in the Alto Mayo and Huallaga valleys, northern Peru

New book: Watching birds in northern Peru

In 2017, Green Tours along with other institutions, published Jeremy Flanagan’s book “The Northern Peru Birding Routes”. This year, thanks to the support of Wilson Diaz and Carlos Calle, we are working on preparing a new, fresh, and completely different edition of the book, with more photographs, maps, and more places to go birding. Subscribe to our blog to keep updated.

Donations

Green Tours is donating 10% of its benefits to fund the association’s activities and conservation projects. Additionally, if you are a participant of any of the company’s birding tours, US$ 50 of your money will go to the association.

If you wish to give an extra donation, please send an email to asociacion@greentours.com.pe

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