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Wilderness Survival and Tracking: Amazon Rainforest

April 17 - April 27

| $2,450


This trip will take your connection to wilderness to whole new level. Our expert guides have been working and surviving in the Amazon for decades and treat the jungle with a profound respect. Once you set foot in the rainforest you will realize you are home. The lush primary forest is bursting with wildlife and adventure. This journey will take you into the most competitive ecosystem on earth and render the opportunity to explore, track, and learn skills that will change your life forever.

This is what you will learn:


Going down river the sun can be to your north, then your east, and then your south. So sharp are the swings in Amazonia. In the jungle the canopy towers over a hundred feet above, making it impossible to site landmarks, or get a view. If you can navigate in this environment then you can navigate anywhere on earth.


Mud and leaves, sandy beaches – all are filled with the signs of life. Where a jaguar has stalked in the night. The places where deer have stopped to drink. Learn how to think like an animal and anticipate their movements. We will identify the sounds of the rainforest: howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, and more. The forest is full of life and in a dense environment sound becomes a vitally important method for communication – and for understanding what is happening around you. Our trails are a wealth of information – jaguar tracks, tapir, ocelot, and some more mysterious and cryptic creatures.


Survival manuals tell people lost in the jungle not to even bother making fire – because even with matches or a lighter it is often too wet to get it started. Even the most accomplished campers have been defeated by the waterlogged sticks of Amazonia. We will teach you how to overcome this. How to build a fire in the worst and wettest conditions.


Get out to safety. Learn how to use natural fiber from the balsa tree to make rope that is so strong it can lash logs together. We’ll build rafts from forest materials – and nothing else.

MEDICINE and edible plants:

Our guides grew up in the jungle. Juan Julio Durand knows the plants that can cure infections, parasites, and that can fuse bones together. There are plants in this forest whose sap is almost pure hydrocarbons, which means in a pinch you can pour it into a diesel motor and start your truck. And while the ‘explorers’ of antiquity often called the jungle a ‘green hell’ or ‘green desert’ because they could never find food, the indigenous tribes of the Amazon know that there are plenty of edible fruits and fungus and creatures – if you know where to look.


As any outdoorsmen knows, the weather and the jungle will determine what actually happens while we are out there. But the rough plan runs as follows.

Tuesday, April 16 – Depart for Peru
Wednesday, April 17– Arrive in Puerto Maldonado
Thursday, April 18 – Travel to Las Piedras Biodiversity Station/intro to the jungle
Friday, April 19 – Morning: Intro to tracking and wildlife Afternoon: Begin fire making prep
Saturday, April 20 – Morning: 5am track through the jungle. Afternoon: Riverine fauna tracking
Sunday, April 21 – Introduction to Jungle Navigation and Tracking
Monday, April 22 – Camping on beach – fire making first test/fishing
Tuesday, April 23 – Course exam: survival in jungle (you’ll spend a night out with minimal equipment)
Wednesday, April 24 – Raft back to station
Thursday, April 25 – Free last day to enjoy the jungle
Friday, April 26 – Back to Puerto Maldonado
Saturday, April 27 – Fly out.

Why the Quality of Your Guide Matters

You wont find a course like this anywhere else. The reason for this is that most ‘guides’ do just that, they guide. But for the staff at Tamandua, wilderness is a way of life. You’ll be working with people that have grown up in the bush, spent weeks surviving solo.

Juan Julio Durand Torres is an indigenous conservationist and tracker, who grew up on the banks of the Tambopata River, on the outskirts of the native community of Infierno. His knowledge of ethnobotany, medicinal plants, animal tracking, bird identification, and bush skill are second to none.

Paul Rosolie is an American by birth but has spent over twelve years in Amazonia learning from Juan Julio and other indigenous experts. Paul has spent weeks solo in the Amazon (something considered near suicidal to most outdoorsmen), hiking, rafting and exploring remote tributaries.

Together these guides represent over fifty years of experience. They have traveled unnamed places in the Amazon, caught the largest snakes on earth, survived, and also managed to bring hundreds of people over the years into a place that was once thought an environment too hostile to survive. They will keep you safe and informed during close encounters with large and potentially dangerous fauna. But also allow you to take risks, push your limits, and get as intimate and deep into the Amazon as is humanly possible.
Our accommodations are rustic but comfortable. We have beds, mosquito nets, running showers, sinks, and toilets. But most importantly the accommodations are constructed to maintain constant and VERY close contact with nature. The back wall of each room is open, allowing for the jungle sounds to be all around you day and night.


$2,450. This includes transportation to the station once in Peru, food and accommodations at the station (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 (airport code PEM), meals in Puerto Maldonado, and travel insurance.


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April 17
April 27


Peru Retreat
Puerto Maldonado, Peru