Where We Work
The Purús — Manu Mosaic: A One of a Kind but Threatened Landscape
Southeastern Peru and across the border in Acre, Brazil is among the most remote and inaccessible parts of the Amazon. Comprised of core-protected areas, titled indigenous lands, and forestry concessions, this 10-million hectare (25-million acre) mosaic of protected areas and indigenous lands harbors both world-class biological and cultural diversity.
Our first project, started in 2006, is located in the northern part of the mosaic in a region referred to as the Alto Purús Complex. It includes the headwaters of the Alto Purús, Yurua, Inuya and Sepahua rivers. At it’s core is the 2.5 million hectare Alto Purús National Park, Peru’s largest park, which is surrounded by two protected reserves for isolated tribes, and dozens of titled communities representing 10 different indigenous tribes including the Juni Kuin (Cashinahua), Sharanahua, Yaminahua, Yine, Culina, Amahuaca, and Ashéninka.
Accessible only by plane, the region is one of the best-preserved and perhaps most important wilderness corridor in the entire upper Amazon, harboring a full spectrum of Amazonian flora and fauna, including numerous rare and endangered species such as the jaguar, giant river otter, and harpy eagle. It is also home to one of the highest concentrations of isolated tribes anywhere on earth.
In addition to the Alto Purús Complex, UAC also works on the Tamaya River, a tributary of the Ucayali River to the north.
Maps of the Ucayali Conservation Corridor, the Alto Purús Complex, and the Alto Purús, Yurúa and Tamaya Regions