Eine Schlange dient der Amphibienforschung bei einem Rangerkurs im Amazonas

Your trip at a glance


  • Live and learn surrounded by the Peruvian rainforest
  • Study the reptiles and amphib­ians of the Amazon Basin
  • Famil­iarise yourself with essential methods of data collec­tion and recording
  • Go on fasci­nating nocturnal hikes and jungle boat trips
  • Be part of an inter­na­tional research group
  • Experi­ence the biodi­ver­sity of the Amazon rainforest


Amazon Rainforest
Ein kleines Krokodil wird zur Anschauung von einem Ranger gehalten
Ein Frosch sitzt auf einem Blatt waehrend eines Kurses zu Amphibien im Amazonas
Ein Frosch sitzt inmitten von Blaettern im Regenwald des Amazonas
Eine Gruppe von Studenten bei einer von einem Ranger gefuehrten Bootstour durch den Amazonas
Ein Frosch dient bei einem Naturkurs als Beispiel fuer typische Amphibien aus dem Amazonas

Reptile and amphibian research in Peru

As a participant in this research course you immerse yourself into the world of reptiles and amphibians in the Peruvian Amazon Basin and, in this way, receive a fascinating training surrounded by the South American rainforest.

Studenten eines Rangerkurses waten durch ein flaches Flussbett im suedamerikanischen Regenwald

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in the Amazon rainforest

You initially fly to Puerto Maldonado International Airport, where you will be met by an employee. You stay the first night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before you travel to Laberinto by taxi the next day. From here, you reach your accommodation, the Los Amigos research station after having sailed along the Madre de Dios River by boat, this taking a number of hours.

Ein Frosch sitzt inmitten von Blaettern im Regenwald des Amazonas

Topics of the course on Peru's herpeto­fauna

In this course, participants will develop an understanding of the natural history, anatomy, ecology, and conservation of neotropical reptiles and amphibians. We will additionally examine the roles of chemicals in herpetological studies, focusing on defense, food capture, aboriginal use, and modern pharmacology. Moreover, the students will learn about different field-research methods such as telemetry and implementation of field studies. There will be a focus on practical work during daytime and nightly lectures which convey theoretical knowledge. Grades and certificates of completion are based on participant’s assignments and short exam. After successfully completing the course, all of the participants are issued with a certificate. Depending on your university or college you might be able to get credit for this course.

Eine der Unterkuenfte im Amazonas waehrend der Rangerausbildung im Regenwald

Accom­mo­da­tion in South America

On your arrival and departure day you will stay one night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado. These two days breakfast will be prepared for you at the hostel. For lunch and dinner you may visit downtown Puerto Maldonado for some culinary experiences. During your stay in the project you will reside at the Los Amigos research station. The station is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest. The research station has two dormitories in which you will share bunk beds with other course participants. The station also has shared bathrooms. During the day you will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Eine Haengebruecke dient bei einem  Rangerkurs als Pfad durch den Regenwald

Leisure time as a research student in the rainforest

In between there is always time for own activities. It is advisable to bring some movies, TV series and books. The whole property is surrounded by trees and bushes and covers an area of two hectares. Sometimes a small group of monkeys comes to visit the site. Relax together with other course participants or simply enjoy the surrounding nature. The station also has its own library.

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    1. Amazon Rainforest

    About 13% of the approximately 5,500,000 km² Amazon rainforest is located in Peru. As in other countries in South America where the Amazon rainforest is found, the Amazon rainforest in Peru is a real biodiversity hotspot due to its many endemic animal and plant species.

    The avifauna in particular is one of the richest in species worldwide. With over 1800 species, more birds live here than in Europe and North America together. But also large numbers of insects, reptiles and mammals can be found in the green depths and make the jungle of Peru an absolute must-see for all South American travellers and nature lovers.

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Background of the herpetology course in Peru

This Wilderness Experience in the Peruvian rainforest will allow you to interact actively with the nature and its inhabitants. The rainforests of southeastern Peru shelter more species of plants, insects, birds and other animals than anywhere else, but many of them are seriously endangered. Thus, research as well as broad monitoring-programs are important tools to ensure their survival. You will have the chance to work in a beautiful and unique environment, in the middle of untouched nature.

Around the project site you can undertake boat trips on the Los Amigos River, explore the river branches or go on some nocturnal hikes to spice up your free time. This experience will leave you with more than average travel memories.
When participating in this research course you will have a wide knowledge of the most important aspects of tropical biology and herpetology at the end of it. Experienced scientists will provide you with valuable nature and species conservation expertise to further your professional career.


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