‘The Longest Source of the Amazon’
A Talk by Andrew Mitchell
At the Peruvian Embassy, 52 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SP
Tuesday 28th March, 7pm.
The Amazon is the world’s largest river by every measure, but it used to be thought that the Nile was longer. Now a source high in a remote part of the Peruvian Andes proves that the Amazon is also the longest. The distinguished conservationist Andrew Mitchell describes a tough journey to that source, with Peruvian scientists and shamans who blessed this sacred place. Andrew also describes efforts to get it protected as a national park. He uses his great experience of international climate negotiations to describe efforts to alleviate the impact of climate change in the high Andes.
Advance Tickets only: £10.00 members / £12.00 non-members / £8.00 students & over 65.
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The arts are sponsored through concerts by Peruvian musicians and singers, many of whom are world-class, exhibitions by painters, sculptors and photographers, and talks by literary figures.

There are excursions to places of interest, including museums and learned societies with a Peruvian connection. The Society  participates in the Anglo-Latin American Fiesta (ALAF). There are also  bridge evenings, and tennis tournaments.

A Young Member’s Group of under 35’s brings together younger Peruvians, Anglo-Peruvians or those with an interest in Peru. It holds its own programme of parties, lectures, films and other activities in an informal environment.



There is a full programme of  lectures and films, on all aspects of Peruvian life: cultural heritage, archaeology, spectacular scenery and wildlife, folklore and festivals, food and music.
An annual Expeditions Evening has reports about research explorations, mountaineering or adventure sports in remoter parts of Peru.

Social Events
The Society is a meeting place for people with experience of an affection for Peru. This is done through a wide range of social gatherings.
There are wine-and-canape  receptions after all lectures and a pisco-sour reception after the Annual General Meeting.  Every summer, Peru’s “Fiestas PatriasNational Day is celebrated by a mass and reception. A Christmas Party is held in the Peruvian Embassy or the Ambassador Residence.  Every two years there is a delightful black-tie dinner-dance* with conventional and Andean music

Charitable Work

One of the Anglo-Peruvian Society’s missions is “to relieve poverty and sickness among the people of Peru”.


To this end, The Society raises funds and collects aid in kind to help a wide range of charitable projects. These include children´s homes, hospitals and special medical programmes, vocational training, workshops, schools, nurseries and orphanages, community centres, soup kitchens, etc.
Recipients are located in areas of greatests need throughout Peru, from Lima to the altiplano.


The Society also supports expeditions investigating Peru´s rich ecology, environmental conservation, archeology and human geography.

Grants have gone recently to groups studying rainforest dynamics, dry coastal forests, ornithology, botany, zoology, and the rehabilitation of Inca drainage and terracing systems.