Nahaufnahme eines Primaten aus Peru waehrend eines Natur- und Rangerkurses

Your trip at a glance


  • Live and learn surrounded by the Peruvian rainforest
  • Study the primates of the Amazon
  • Famil­iarise yourself with essential methods of data collec­tion and recording
  • Go on nocturnal hikes and jungle boat trips
  • Work together with people from all over the world
  • Conduct and present your own research project
  • Immerse yourself into the fasci­nating depths of the Amazon rainforest


Amazon Rainforest
Nahaufnahme eines Primaten aus Peru waehrend eines Natur- und Rangerkurses
Ein im Baum sitzender Primat wird von den angehenden Rangern zwecks Forschung beobachtet
Ein kleiner Affe klettert durch den Regenwald und wird von Teilnehmern des Natur- und Rangerkurses beobachtet
Ein Affe sitzt im Geaest des Regenwaldes in Suedamerika und dient der Primatologie des Rangerkurses
Ein Bruellaffen Weibchen und ihr Junges klettern durch das Geaest des Amazonas

Research course on primates in Peru

As a participant in this research course in the Peruvian rainforest you acquire detailed knowledge about the primates of the Amazon Basin – a must-do for all those interested in wildlife and tropical biology.

Zwei Studentinnen halten Ausschau nach Primaten im Dickicht des Regenwaldes in Peru

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in Peru’s 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.

Studenten des Primatenforschungskurses in Suedamerika posieren fuer ein Foto vor der Regenwaldkulisse

Research topics of the prima­tology course

In the beginning, you are provided with the basic information you need to orientate and navigate yourself in the rainforest. You will also be provided with safety and behavioural rules that are imperative when living and working in the Amazon rainforest. This is followed by gaining theoretical knowledge of major subject areas such as botany, ornithology, primatology, entomology and mammology on the basis of selected research literature. At the same time, your practical skills are also developed: you gain insights into behavioural research, telemetry, data recording and data evaluation, in addition to you learning the direct handling of rainforest fauna.

Nahaufnahme eines Affen im Geaest des Regenwaldes im Amazonas bei einem Ausflug des Rangerkurses

In addition to this, you accompany a group on nocturnal hikes through the rainforest, take journeys along the Los Amigos River and concern yourself with the securing of animal tracks. Depending on how long you stay in the course and how experienced you are, you will also be provided with the opportunity of organising and presenting your own research project. You hypothesise, collect and analyse suitable data materials and last but not least, presents your results to the other course participants.
After successfully completing the course, all of the participants are issued with a certificate. The course can also be credited in the form of credit points, depending on the university.

Eine Huette im Regenwald dient den Teilnehmern des Primatenforschungskurses als Unterkunft

Accom­mo­da­tion in the South American rainforest

During your stay in the project, you will be accommodated at the Los Amigos research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest. You will be spending one night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before arriving at the station and one after you have left it. At the research station, you will be accommodated in one of the two dormitories together with other course participants. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms. You will be provided with three meals per
During your stay at the hostel that is two days in total, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to obtain your lunch and dinner yourself.

Primatenforschung im Rahmen eines Natur- und Rangerkurses im Regenwald in Peru

Leisure time during your research stay in Peru

In between there is always time for own activities. We recommend you bringing some movies, TV series and books. 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

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    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 prima­tology course in Peru

The tropical rainforest in Peru is the backdrop for this wilderness experience. Additional boat excursions on the Madre de Dios river, river branch surveys and night hikes will make your wilderness experience in the Peruvian rainforest an unforgettable experience. This is an opportunity to research exotic flora and fauna right outside your door.
When joining this research course you will have a wide knowledge of the most important aspects of tropical biology and primatology 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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