Conservation in Peru
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where?Taricaya Ecological Reserve, Amazon Rainforest, Peru
This project offers a unique chance to experience the rainforest environment and participate in important conservation activities. This is a chance for your group to truly get away from Western civilization and embrace the Peruvian rainforest, deep in the heart of the Amazon.
Your group will be given a full orientation and receive an introduction to the project from one of our conservation staff on arrival at the Taricaya Lodge, our jungle base. This exciting Conservation Project currently includes wildlife observations from our viewing platform high in the jungle canopy, night observation walks along the extensive network of trails and work on our animal release programme. It’s rich wildlife means that volunteers can work with a range of animals including spider monkeys, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, jaguars, pumas, tapir, peccaries, vampire bats and lots more!
Our volunteers also participate in environmental education community work at local schools, universities, and in an indigenous community. We also run a pilot farm in which we grow chilies and various fruits, including bananas, citruses and avocados.
Your group will experience many different species either by observing them in the wild or feeding and caring for animals before releasing them back into the wild. There is also an incredible chance to work with indigenous people from the Ese'eja tribe.
As a group you will live together at the lodge in shared rooms or small bungalows. During the weekend trip there is an opportunity to go camping down the river or a visit to Puerto Maldonado via a boat journey, where you can relax in more luxurious surroundings and have an enjoyable evening at a traditional Peruvian restaurant and see a local show. You can also visit the Amazon Planet Lodge next to Taricaya which is either 5 minutes away by boat or a 15 minute walk.
"Taricaya the reserve was great as was the entire project, all the students experienced all elements of the itinerary as promised! They are a phenomenal team with such a clear aim and cause being promoted for indigenous wildlife and in situ conservation. The project was well organised and had a good flow as all of our students were constantly occupied either conducting surveys, caring for the animals in the rehabilitation reserve or being lectured on conservation methods . The staff are incredible and accommodating. We were thrilled with it all and cannot wait to return to the Peruvian rainforest! Such a great great experience!"
Evangelos Achilleos, Capel Manor College Group Leader
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.