www.crees-expeditions.comCrees Expeditions

Sustainability in the rainforest!

CREES (Conservation, Research, & Environmental Education towards Sustainability) is a Peruvian rainforest conservation and community development nonprofit organization. Crees Expeditions believes that humans and nature can support one another through balance, respect, and innovation. They achieve this with strategic, proactive, and ecologically sound eco-tours, expeditions, and volunteering programs developed to support community projects, educate participants on sustainability, contribute to scientific research, and offset carbon emissions.

The world renowned Manu Biosphere Reserve located in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest was established by UNESCO in 1977. To date, biologists have documented close to 1,300 species of butterflies, 800 species of birds, 160 species of mammals, 140 species of amphibians and reptiles, 250 species of freshwater fish, and 25,000 species of flowering plants. The Manu National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. The Manu Learning Centre (MLC) run by CREES has obtained the Rainforest Alliance Verification for high standards of sustainability and is the most sustainable eco-lodge in Manu, Peru. Encompassed within the Manu Biosphere Reserve, MLC features comfortable and airy accommodations, an environmentally-sound septic system, gravity-fed water pumps, and top-level research facilities.

Baby boomer families will enjoy expeditions that combine adventure, cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities that are led by a team of expert biologists, anthropologists and well-seasoned tour guides. Cultural experiences include staying overnight in traditional lodging, visiting and learning about indigenous communities, and participating in farming, cooking, and religious ceremonies. Philanthropic opportunities include rebuilding a school, teaching English, establishing micro-organic farms, and participating in reforestation projects. Educational programs allow you to learn about rainforest species and ecosystems and help with endangered species projects, habitat conservation, and restoration projects. Activities feature trekking or mountain biking through the Andes, white-water rafting, and canopy climbing. Eco-tours expose you to lowland rainforests, Andean grasslands, cloud forests, and species of butterflies, birds, mammals, and magnificent flowering plants to name just a few.

Tours can be customized to baby boomer tastes. Volunteers learn invaluable skills while being productive and they have fun along the way. Volunteers can take a break from project work and enjoy Optional Add-On Activities like trekking to hot springs, white-water rafting, camping in the rainforest, and touring the Sacred Valley. Programs include Conservation Volunteer Work and Community Development Projects. Got your passport up-to-date? What are you waiting for?

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