Nowhere on Earth is as mysterious and awe-inspiring as the Amazon jungle. Its massive size and prolific biodiversity make it one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Towering tropical trees and winding rivers are home to a stunning array of flora and fauna found nowhere else. Welcome to the world of lesser explored Amazon Rain Forests. the Amazon contains an unmatched variety of flora and fauna. Common sightings include species such as macaws, capybara, toucans, caiman, tapir, monkeys, frogs, snakes, and some of the 3,000 species of butterfly that reside in the Basin. Rarer finds include species such as the jaguar, and the Amazon’s largest predator, the black caiman & the green anacondas.
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. 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 realise 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.
iTravel offers the chance to enter this world as part of a team committed to protecting it. Our expeditions are operated in the remote headwaters of the western Amazon, where biodiversity and adventure are unmatched and definitely challenging to say the least. This one’s definitely not for the light hearted!!!!
The Las Piedras Biodiversity Station is located in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. An abundant amount of wildlife seeks refuge in its seemingly limitless expanses of towering rainforest trees. We can confidently say that your presence at our station will not only place you in one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet but it will also make you an important part of it’s security for generations to come. Accommodations are comfortable, with running water, showers, flushing toilets, and private rooms with comfortable beds. On the deck of the station there is a small library, containing field guides and biodiversity surveys, and a collection of hammocks – a great place to read, relax, and enjoy the sounds of the forest. There is a delicious menu of local organic meals to keep everyone happy and well fed during our time in the forest. Some of the food provided is grown on location, which includes fruits such as papaya, mangos, bananas, and pineapples. Rice, beans, pasta, and vegetables, supplemented by fish from the river, make up a large part of the diet. We enjoy family style meals around a big table on the main deck. We have a fully staffed kitchen and employ local chefs who cook authentic local cuisine that will help power your mind and body.
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. 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.
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.
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The adventure of jungle life is another important focus of our expeditions. Groups travel by jungle road and river to reach our remote location. Once at our destination, we operate without the help of electricity or regular communication with the outside world. Working deep in the lowland tropical rainforest at the base of the Andean range, expedition members are immersed in one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. Once on site we begin our projects along with swamp walks, canopy climbs, raft making, and even solo expeditions. Journey off the tourist trail, get your boots wet and your hands dirty in an environment that will challenge and inspire you.
Our expeditions work closely with indigenous communities, and rely on their expertise and support. Expedition members have the opportunity to work with members of these communities and experience a way of life completely different than their own. They experience what it is like to live off the forest: finding food, creating shelters, making brooms and baskets. It is our goal to run fun, exciting, and safe expeditions that have purpose. Projects often focus on data collection related to populations of mammals and other species such as reptiles and amphibians, birds, and insects. We are committed in the fight to help save the world’s largest rainforest, and the wildlife and cultures it is home to.
- Day 1 16th April 2019 – Depart for Peru
- Day 2 17th April 2019 – Arrive in Puerto Maldonado
- Day 3 18th April 2019 – Travel to Las Piedras Biodiversity Station/intro to the jungle
- Day 4 19th April 2019 – Intro to tracking and wildlife Afternoon: Begin fire making prep
- Day 5 20th April 2019 – 5am trek through the jungle. Afternoon: Riverine fauna tracking
- Day 6 21st April 2019 – Introduction to Jungle Navigation and Tracking
- Day 7 22nd April 2019 – Camping on beach – fire making first test/fishing
- Day 8 23rd April 2019 – Survival in jungle (Solo Night Out Experience)
- Day 9 24th April 2019 – Raft back to station
- Day 10 25th April 2019 – Free last day to enjoy the jungle
- Day 11 26th April 2019 – Back to Puerto Maldonado
- Day 12 27th April 2019 – Fly out.
PS: As any outdoorsmen knows, the weather and the jungle will determine what actually happens while we are out there. The plan mentioned above is tentative and is subject to change based on any unexpected conditions.
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), all Resource Personnel fee, iTravel Tour Manager
Airfare to Puerto Maldonado, Peru (airport code PEM) Meals in Puerto Maldonado, Travel insurance and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
- One Backpack with Rain Cover (Preferably) with Extensive rain gear including Jackets, Caps and any other requirements
- Multiple Socks, Sport/Trekking/Gum Shoes as per your convenience
- Full pants/Jeans/Tracks along with Full Sleeve Tees (at least 3-4 pairs)
- Camera Gear (Cameras, Tripods, Lenses etc) with full Rain Cover protection.
- Any medication, insect repellant sprays or tubes that may be required as directed by your physician
- Any basic food items like biscuits or wafers if required, Plastic Pouches for Mobile phones or Wallets or Any other personal requirements which may not have been covered.
- The iTravel Group is a branded trademark and wholly owned by M/S RAV Travels LLP. All payments will need to be done in favour of RAV Travels LLP and we shall be not responsible for any payments otherwise.
- This experience is purely on an educative content as requested and we shall ensure the objectives are achieved. All our instructors are trained experts in handling wildlife and are always geared up to handle sensitive situations.
- The trip will be lead by an exclusive iTravel tour leader from Mumbai and will be joined later by our nature expert’s team at the location. This experience is supported and led by our local support team, Tamandua Expeditions, led by Paul Rosalie.
- The tour leader will lay down certain rules primarily keeping in mind the group safety & well being. The tour leader’s word is final in all dispute situations.
- This expedition is one of the extreme experiences and we request you to read through as much as possible with regards to the terrain. Also be prepared to expect some of the harshest weather conditions alongside various sorts of insects including all types of reptiles and wildlife. Basic instructions would be provided to ensure your safety and well being.
- Please understand that the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station is an environmental education & research station and not a resort. Kindly set your expectations accordingly. Electricity may be a challenge so prepare accordingly. Please carry fully charged batteries for your cameras, torches, laptops and other equipments. Having spare ones will help. Phone and internet connectivity may be challenge and we do not guarantee any reception.
- 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.
- Everyone is expected to wash their own plates, glasses and tea-cups after every meal and personally ensure that the washrooms are ke[t clean and tidy and useable by the next person.
- To help us manage waste we encourage you to separate organic and inorganic wastes and use the respective dustbins. Please carry all inorganic waste back with you.
- Please take care of your belongings and ensure to keep your cameras and other electronic equipments dry.
- Bonfire and loud music is prohibited in view of avoiding any disturbance to animals.
- Handling, agitating, or disturbing any wildlife will warrant strict action. Collection of any kind of flora or fauna is not permitted
- Exercise caution, control and care during observation and photography in the forest to avoid stressing species or exposing them to danger
- Respect the culture and sentiments of locals.
- Kindly avoid carrying plastics and in case it is unavoidable we request that you carry back plastic waste with you. E.g. Pet bottles, plastic bags etc.
- Room service is not available at the camp site.
- Detailed terms & Conditions would be shared upon confirmation.