Field Course Peru: Tropical Biology
Take part in this fascinating research course in South America and discover an area considered as one of the most biodiverse places on earth – the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Within two weeks you will stay at two different research stations and take part in expeditions into the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to explore the unique plant life.
To top off your introduction to rainforest ecology conservation theoretical lectures will be combined with practical activities. You will follow canopy tours around the thick Amazon rainforest, spot amazing wildlife during adventure river tours, discover several different ecosystems and at the same time receive a unique training in the midst of untouched nature.
- Enjoy a research adventure surrounded by Peru’s rainforest
- Go on daily excursions in the jungle
- Study the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin
- Live and learn together with people from all over the world
- Experience the incredible flora and fauna of the Amazon region
Field course on tropical biology in Peru
As a participant in this course you travel to South America and discover one of the areas with the largest plant biodiversity worldwide – the lowlands of the Amazon rainforest.
Arrival and orientation in the Amazon rainforest
You first travel to Puerto Maldonado from where you take a short boat ride to get to the research station. Together with other course participants you will stay there for a week.
Course topics: Rainforest ecology and field botany
During this one week stay you will go for hikes through the rainforest with the other participants and take part at other practical activities and theoretical lectures. After six nights, you travel back to Puerto Maldonado and travel by boat to the next research station, situated in the southeastern parts of the Madre de Dios River. During your stay at the second research camp the group will go for excursions in the surrounding biotopes and do vegetation surveys.
Two weeks after the start of your rainforest adventure you will head back to Puerto Maldonado and visit a herbarium. In the evening, you can take part at a farewell dinner with the other participants before the course ends.
All practical and theoretical lectures focus on the fascinating biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, the key factors and different processes of the formation and preservation and the impact of human activities in this important eco system.
Accommodation during your stay abroad in Peru
After your arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will need to take a 45-min-boat ride to get to the first research station which is situated right by the Madre de Dios River. You will share a room with one, two or three other participants. Each room is equipped with a bathroom. The second research station in the southeastern parts of the Madre de Dios River is divided into a lecture room, a sleeping area with several rooms, shared bathrooms, a kitchen plus eating area and a laundry area.
At both field stations, you will be provided with three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Leisure time as a course student in South America
During the course there is always time for own activities in between. Bring some TV series, movies and books. Or simply relax together with the other course participants and enjoy the nature you are surrounded by.
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“The experiences you can gain are unique – especially when roaming the bush on foot.”
“Learning so much was more than great – not only about nature on site, but also about things like communication, group management and feedback culture, as well as practical things that you might need everyday like patching up car tyres.”
“During these excursions our practical skills got tested: Guiding, driving, tracking, trees, animal behaviour – we literally dealt with anything that crossed our path.”
“My expectations have definitely been exceeded. I will never forget my time on North Island.”
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.
Background of the research course in Peru
The Peruvian Amazon rainforest offers a unique abundance of species and is a real biodiversity hotspot. During your expeditions as part of the course by foot and boat you will discover a lush and green vegetation diversity and at the same time you have the chance to see fascinating wildlife. Enjoy an unforgettable educational adventure surrounded by unspoiled nature and gain a deeper knowledge about the flora and fauna of the South American rainforest.