Wilderness Experience Primatology in Peru

Research Course in South America

Primatology in South America

You always wanted to travel through the South American rainforests and experience their fascinating flora and fauna close up? Then go on a wilderness experience in Peru with NATUCATE and expand your knowledge of nature in a unique research programme: in this course, you learn basic exploration methods that are aimed at protecting and researching primates and discover Peru’s incomparable biodiversity. Lessons and lectures that introduce you to important species protection and tropical biology fields on the basis of selected research literature, are linked to the training of practical skills such as animal observation, data recording, data processing and the direct handling of animals. You are also provided with the opportunity of conducting and presenting your own research project on a subject of your choice. Supervised by experienced scientists, you gain valuable knowledge in the areas of nature conservation and species protection, you therefore experiencing professional basic and further training. Additional boat trips on the Los Amigos River, explorations of river branches and nocturnal hikes turn your wilderness experience in the Peruvian rainforest into an unforgettable experience.

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. Experienced scientists will provide you with valuable nature and species conservation expertise to further your professional career.

Services Our Services


  • Placement in the course
  • Accommodation during the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • All meals during the course
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Course-related equipment
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 support throughout the course
  • Airport pick up and drop off

Not included

  • Flight to/from Puerto Maldonado
  • Meals in Puerto Maldonado
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions
  • Visa fees


Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.PER-001
2 Weeks 2.050 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.



You do not need any special prior or specialised knowledge – the only thing that counts is your enthusiasm for biodiversity and the nature and the readiness to learn and participate actively. All of the participants are to be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English, enabling them to understand the instructions given by the course supervisor and the research literature. The application documents include a curriculum vitae, a document concerning your state of health and a vaccination certificate. You will also requested to provide references from your university or employer. The application process also includes Skype interviews with the NATUCATE team and our partner organisation.

We recommend that you apply early as experience has shown that your chance of obtaining a place in the project is better if you do so.


Everyone interested in the our field courses in Peru aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.

Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions but require effort. But if you are interested and also willing to learn something completely new, the challenges and tasks will be manageable for you. You should not get discouraged – feel free to contact us so we can discuss the detailed learning plan and explain the general procedure of the courses to you.

Details Primatology in Peru


Field Course Primatology

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.

The course is so designed that you will have a wide knowledge of the most important aspects of tropical biology and primatology at the end of it. 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 you gaining theoretical knowledge of major subject areas such as botany, ornithology, primatology, entomology and mammology on the basis of selected research literature. Parallel to this, your practical skills are also developed: you gain an insight into behavioural research, telemetry, data recording and data evaluation, in addition to you learning the direct handling of rainforest fauna. 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.

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. The best thing would be for you to contact your university and ask whether the course can be accredited in your case. We would be pleased to be of assistance with this.


We realise that some of the people on our projects want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.



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 accompanied 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 day – breakfast, lunch, dinner – during your stay in Los Amigos, these being taken in the large dining room. The food supply is relatively balanced, even if fresh vegetables are not always available, so that a purely vegetarian diet is also possible. You should inform us of this in advance, however. Snacks are also available between meals. In addition to the dormitories and the dining room, Los Amigos also has a laboratory, a classroom and a library. The property that is surrounded by bushes and trees covers an area of two hectares and is occasionally visited by small groups of monkeys. 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. A good and satisfying meal can be obtained for just a few euros.


Everybody interested in our field courses abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

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