Wilderness Experience Tropical Entomology in Peru

Research course in South America

Tropical Entomology Course

In this course students will explore a variety of approaches that can be used to make sense of insect diversity, ecology, and conservation at Los Amigos, in the heart of the beautiful southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Most of the time will be spent in the field studying actual insects in the tops of towering trees and at the bottom of oxbow lakes. Around the project site you can take 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.

This wilderness experience in the astonishing 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 and other animals than almost anywhere else. This beautiful region is home to over 1.300 species of butterflies. Research shows that almost 700 butterfly species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss. Experience Peru’s unique nature – Go NATUCATE.

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-004
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.



If you want to be part in this course you don’t need expert knowledge or any prior experience – you only need a lot of motivation and enthusiasm for biology and nature related topics. For a successful project you have to be ready to participate and learn actively in the courses. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have certain knowledge of English to understand the course instructions and research material. You need a CV, medical and vaccination certificates to complete your application documents. We also need you to send us a reference from your university or employer. To get to know the participants skype interviews with the NATUCATE team and the partner organization are requested.


Everyone interested in our field courses in Peru must be 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 Tropical Entomology – Peruvian Amazon


Tropical Entomology in Peru

A team member from the course will pick you up at Puerto Maldonado International Airport and take you to your first research station of the project, located in the Madre de Dios region in southeastern Peru. This will be your home for the next few days before you will make your way to the second station, situated at the foot of the Andes, about one week later. During the course you will be actively involved in research. The course focuses on two main areas: providing you with advanced training in the areas of insect diversity, physiology and ecology, and training you in research methods and nature conservation measures. You will also be given an introduction to the wide-ranging topic of the aquatic and on land habitats of the insects. The course is as active as possible, so you will spend most of the time researching outside in the treetops or at the bottom of an oxbow lake. The course also involves some literature related to theoretical and applied tropical biology and entomology, as well as species and nature conservation. You will be given a certificate confirming that you took part in the course once it is finished.


Course Topics

  • Field Ethics, Safety Precautions, Rules, and Useful Tips
  • South American Ecosystems
  • The Los Amigos Conservation Concession
  • Forest Navigation
  • EBLA Trail System
  • Understanding Primary Scientific Literature
  • Neotropical Insect Diversity
  • Insect Ecology and Natural History
  • Field Techniques in Tropical Entomology

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 course you will reside in two research stations in the midst of the Amazon rainforest. In both research stations you will share dormitories and bathrooms with other course participants. During the day you will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the meals will be taken together with the others in a large dining room. Thanks to the balanced food supply a vegetarian diet is also possible, even though fresh vegetables might not be available daily. Always inform us about your choice of diet in advance. Snacks as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also available throughout the day.


Everyone interested in a Wilderness Experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, flexibility and the ability to adapt are very important. The facility might not be what you expected and cannot be compared to European standards. In the jungle equipment and furnishings are limited; air conditioning is not available. Power blackouts or water outrages might occur occasionally – depending on where you are. Please contact us if you have further questions about your stay. We are happy to provide you with detailed information to make you feel 100 % prepared.

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