This expedition intends to observe and understand the challenges currently facing the life-giving systems of the Amazon Rainforest. At a remote research station, participants will be immersed in near-pristine forest, a biological reservoir of unmatched diversity and beauty – and the key to global sustainability. The Las Piedras watershed is located in the sacred headwaters of the Amazon Basin, the system that contains 1/5 of our planet’s fresh water, produces 1/5 of global oxygen, sequesters a substantial amount of the world’s carbon, and is home to more biodiversity and threatened cultures than anywhere else on earth. Sadly, participants will bear witness to a changing landscape that may not remain for future generations to experience unless action is taken. This crucial ecosystem is being transformed by the Trans-Amazon Highway and the metastasizing extraction roads that connect to it, allowing loggers, miners, and poachers to penetrate a unique ecosystem that was, less than a decade ago, total wilderness. Literally, we will be exploring the front lines of a changing planet. Join us to see how a positive presence in the area can aid in keeping the environment healthy.
Accommodations and Setting
We will be staying at the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station, located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. This area is the most bio-diverse places on earth, containing some of the most stunning flora and fauna in the world. There are 90 species of mammals, ~600 species of bird, and ~150 species of reptile and amphibian that seek refuge in the seemingly limitless expanses of towering rainforest trees.
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 7,000 hectares of primary rainforest reserve, you 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. You 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 Las Piedras Biodiversity Station is fully equipped with running water, toilets, and showers. We have comfortable beds with mosquito nets and hammocks to relax in. On the main deck you can find a library of field guides and biodiversity surveys. We have a fully staffed kitchen and employ local chefs who cook authentic local cuisine that will help power your mind and body. We can confidently say that your presence at the station will not only place you in one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet but it will also make you an important part of it’s security for generations to come.
$2,125. This includes transportation to the lodge once in Peru, food and accommodations at the lodge, and personal guiding throughout the vast surrounding jungle. Not included in this fee is airfare to Puerto Maldonado, Peru, and hotel accommodations within Puerto Maldonado.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Grab your bags and head to the airport. Time to set off for an inspiring journey to Peru! Your trip will be a once in a lifetime adventure in the Amazon Rainforest.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Land at the airport and take a short cab ride to your hotel (Tamandua will give recommendations on where to stay). In the evening, our guide will meet the group to discuss the plans for the expedition. Spend some time in town to absorb the local culture and cuisine and rest up in a hotel room for the next day’s adventure.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Travel to Las Piedras Biodiversity Station
Set your alarms because today we will begin our trek to the lodge. The group takes a car ride for about 4 hours then an hour boat ride through pristine rainforest directly to the station where the group will settle into their rooms and get acquainted with the station and surroundings. The group can join our guides for a walk along the extensive trail system, which is a great way to spot wildlife.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Introduction to Primary Rainforest
Our first full day in the jungle will be an exciting one as the group will be introduced to the primary rainforest that surrounds the research station. Feast your eyes on the gigantic trees as our guides lead you through pristine rainforest, allowing the group to get familiar with their surroundings.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Early Morning Mammal Walk and Macaw Lick Observation
The morning begins with chorus of avian songs along with morning hikes, quietly walking through the forest to get a chance to see more wildlife. You will have the chance to walk the forest, and the many diverse environments it has to offer. With the use of trails you will have access to many rare species of flora and fauna. A unique feature located close to the station is the macaw clay lick where you will have a chance to see hundreds of macaw, parakeets, and other beautifully ornamented birds.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Loretillo Stream Excursion
Join our guides to explore a unique stream system in the area which will give the group a great opportunity to see wildlife. Rare mammal species such as Neo-tropical Grison and Aquatic Opossums have been spotted multiple times and roosting birds like the evasive Pygmy King Fisher and Trogons are frequently encountered along the low-lying branches of the streams.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Lucerna – Extractive community
Today we will take a boat ride down river to visit Lucerna, one of the largest communities north of Puerto Maldonado. Our guides will show the group around the community, highlighting ways that it is affecting the surrounding rainforest.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Selective Logging and Implications for Ecosystem
Today the group will spend time in the forest with our guides and talk about the environmental issues affecting the Amazon. Selective logging – the act of removing one or two tree species while leaving the rest of the forest standing – is one act that is practiced in the jungles of South America. Learn from our guides how this and other issues affect the ecosystem when they are put into practice.
Wednesday, June 14 – Thursday, June 15, 2017
Last Days at Las Piedras
The last days in the rainforest will be open to choice. We want everyone to have a personal journey, so if there is an activity that someone would like to experience we will work to make it happen. Enjoy your time in the jungle!
Friday, June 16, 2017
Early Morning Return to Puerto Maldonado
Pack your bags and say goodbye to the Amazon. The group will head back to Puerto Maldonado where we will enjoy a night out in town before turning in for the night in a hotel.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Tamandua guides will see you off to the airport. Until next time!