Wilderness Experience Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany in Peru

Tropical Field Botany in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Discover the Amazon Rainforest

Take part in this fascinating Wilderness Experience 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 and - 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.

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.

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
  • Project-related transport
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 24/7 support throughout the course

Not included

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


Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.PER-006
2 Weeks 2.280 €

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.



As a participant of this wilderness experience course you need to be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English, enabling you to understand the research literature and the instructions given by the course supervisor. You do not need any prior or specialized knowledge – it is more important for you to be enthusiastic about biology and nature. Moreover, you should be eager to learn and participate actively. Due to the tropical climate and daily activities you should be in a good physical condition. Therefore, we need a medical certificate from your doctor which states your current health status and shows your vaccinations. Furthermore, you need to get travel health insurance.


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 Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany in Peru


Field Course in Peru

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. 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.


Course Topics

  • Rainforest soils and nutrient cycling
  • Primary riparian succession and the development of diversity
  • Hyperdiversity: creation, maintenance, processes and patterns
  • Phenological cycles, keystone resources and climate change
  • Primer to Neotropical plant systematics and taxonomy
  • Conservation & Sustainable use of Amazon forests

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.



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. You will also have access to cookies, crackers, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate throughout the day (while you are at camp). Even though you are provided with a balanced diet it is not possible to serve fresh vegetables each day. A vegetarian diet is still possible, though. Please let us know if you have special dietary requests.


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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