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Isolated deep in the lowland rainforests of Peru, the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station is a comfortable and safe place at which we base our operations. Surrounded by 7000 hectares of primary rainforest reserve, volunteers will have the opportunity to be truly immersed in the rainforest. Because of the remote location and pristine forest, wildlife is extremely abundant. Often the morning is filled with the calls of parrots, toucans, and howler monkeys. Volunteers can expect to have regular sightings of macaws, caiman, peccaries, capybara, parrots, snakes, frogs, toucans, and eight different species of monkey. Other more difficult to spot wildlife includes jaguars, ocelots, Brazilian tapirs, giant armadillos, giant anteaters, and deer. However, careful planning and soft quiet footsteps can reveal many of these species.
The area includes approximately 90 species of mammals, and over 600 species of birds, including the harpy eagle. There are over 1200 species of butterflies, including the mythical blue morpho. Over 120 species of reptiles and amphibians walk these forests, including the largest predator of the Amazon, the black caiman, and the world’s largest snake, the anaconda. These amazing creatures live amidst the most extreme botanical biodiversity on earth. Needless to say, the Amazon is the ultimate nature lover’s dream.