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Reconnect with Nature: Explore in the Amazon Rainforest

March 6 - May 9

| $1,775


Tamandua Expeditions was founded on the idea of making your travel mean something. The Amazon is known for its stunning biodiversity and vast wilderness, and this is the chance to explore it on your terms.

We are proud to offering the most hands-on and authentic way to experience the world’s greatest jungle. You’ll be joining a team of local and international experts at a remote research station in the jungle where you will be immersed in ancient trees and superlative numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. But unlike a ‘rainforest tour’ you are not here to just be guided and go home. We believe that the best way to experience any wilderness is to raft the rivers, hike the trails, climb the trees, and interact with wildlife. We believe that people need nature and that is why we provide these trips to people from every corner of the world, at every skill level and every age.

These trips are a crucial part of protecting the Las Piedras River, where logging and development are a constant threat. By joining our team in the field you’ll get to help us as we do Ranger patrols, biological inventories, exploration, mapping, cutting trails, wildlife rehab, and the various other roles that are a part of working in the wild. Our daily activities include riverine transects at dawn. Canopy work. Nocturnal hikes. Camping. Rafting. You’ll learn tracking, indigenous skills such as medicinal plants and rope making. If you are a photographer we’ll help you get the most amazing shots of your life (just check out our social media!).

It is also crucial to know that by coming on this trip, you are creating jobs for local people, and supporting the big picture conservation efforts that are protecting tens of thousands of species and thousands of acres of wilderness.


It is time to reconnect with Nature. In a time when fifty percent of people across the world live in cities, we are further and further distanced from the ecosystems and wild places we come from. Where better to rekindle old connections than a place with the greatest array of life on earth: the Amazon Rainforest. At a remote research station, participants will be immersed in pristine forest, a biological reservoir of unmatched diversity, beauty and of course, ADVENTURE!

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. Here you will have access to places no one has ever set foot. Where the quiet thrumming of the forest is a roar of life. The Amazon is also home to trees, streams, waterfalls, wildlife, and more stars in the sky than you have ever seen before! It is in this incredible, life-altering abundance that you will have the chance to become immersed in nature at a level rarely felt.

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 place 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 pis 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.

Our activities include hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, tree climbing, wilderness skills, local knowledge hikes, and a variety of experiences designed to bring you close to the environment. Amidst the raw materials of life – water, sun, clean air, and biodiversity – you will be reconnected to the simple and utterly fantastic orchestra of the rainforest landscape.

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.



Take Off!

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.


Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Land at the airport and take a short cab ride to the hotel. 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 before resting up in a hotel room for the next day’s adventure.


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.

Our first day in the jungle will be an exciting one as the group will be introduced to the primary rainforest that surrounds the research station. The group can join our guides for a walk along the extensive trail system, which is a great way to spot wildlife. Feast your eyes on the gigantic trees as our guides lead you through pristine rainforest, allowing the group to get familiar with their surroundings.

Monday – Thursday

The mornings begin with a 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.

Our guides will also lead night hikes. Night walks in the Amazon are an exhilarating experience, and yield an incredible wealth of nocturnal life. Many different types of reptiles, amphibians, and other mammal life are easier to view when the sun sets — you never know what you will find. Bring a headlamp, feel the excitement, and hear the sounds of the rainforest come alive at night.

There is a lot to do in the jungle. Our days will also include:

-Stream walks
-Macaw viewing
-Star gazing
-Boating/wildlife watching on the river
-Night campfires
-Hike to Mammal Colpa
-Swamp Exploration

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!


Morning Return to Puerto Maldonado

Pack your bags and say goodbye to the Amazon. The group will head back to Puerto Maldonado to enjoy a night out in town before turning in for the night in a hotel.


Fly Out!

Tamandua guides will see you off to the airport. Until next time!


$1,775 per one week trip. This includes transportation to the lodge once in Peru, food and accommodations at the lodge (double occupancy), personal guiding throughout the vast surrounding jungle, and hotels in Puerto Maldonado (double occupancy). Not included in this fee is airfare to Puerto Maldonado, Peru, meals in Puerto Maldonado, and travel insurance.

$3,250 to stay for two weeks. Choose any two of the back-to-back one-week expeditions and stay for both. Contact us to let us know which two trips you want to join.

Discount: We are offering a $150 discount to the first five people that sign up on each expedition. Enter discount code FIRSTFIVE when paying your deposit on our booking page to get the discount. Expeditions fill up quickly so book your trip first to secure the discount!


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March 6
May 9


Peru Retreat
Puerto Maldonado, Peru