The Andes Mountains of Peru, seemingly endless valleys, deep river gorges, and snow-capped mountain peaks, birth the headwaters of the Amazon basin.With the cooperation and support of the San Juan de Yanayacu Indians 100-acres of their land was granted to Amazon Refuge for the construction of a research and conservation center.
Flowing from the eastern slopes of the Andes two mighty rivers converge.
With the union of the Maranon and Ucayali rivers the Amazon River is born.
Here a one million-acre Amazon rainforest reserve is protected by a handful of Indian communities.
Small tributaries webbed from the surrounding lowlands flow into the Amazon River.
One, the Yanayacu de Yacapana River, is home to the San Juan de Yanayacu Indians, and the northern buffer zone of their community reserve.
The reserve area is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
Monkeys, jaguars, untold numbers of reptiles, birds, and insects, live amidst jungle flora and fauna just as they have for countless generations.
Parts of the Reserve consist of flood plains, rivers, streams, lakes and upland primary forest each supporting rich localized ecosystems.