Where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon rainforest in Peru, the Earth’s richest biological communities thrive. Our three biological stations offer a unique opportunity to explore and discover the outstanding biological and cultural diversity of this region. Spanning an altitudinal gradient from 820 to 11,500 feet (250 to 3,500 meters), along the eastern border of Manu National Park, our stations are active centers of learning and discovery, attracting researchers, university courses, volunteers, and visitors from around the world.
The stations provide ACA an on the ground presence where we conduct our conservation work, and where the work of researchers contributes to the local scientific community, raises awareness about tropical ecology and conservation, and informs our conservation decisions.
Learn more about each of the stations:
Your stay at the stations comes with miles of trails and rivers to explore, as well as a variety of lodging types. Amenities include restroom facilities, internet access, electricity, and an option for three meals a day prepared fresh by our on-site chefs. To inquire about specific accommodations and pricing, please email .
PIONEERING A NEW KIND OF TROPICAL SCIENCE
The Amazon Conservation Association believes the world’s most diverse forests should also be its best known forests. Each year, hundreds of researchers, educators and students visit our stations and pioneer a new kind of tropical science—a research and education program that strengthens the local scientific community, shares data openly, and informs conservation decisions.
Much of this research conducted at ACA’s stations is important for its direct application to conservation work on the ground, including work involving species monitoring, conservation corridor design, protected area establishment, community engagement, reforestation, agroforestry, and more. The presence of these research stations in sensitive areas also directly leads to enhanced conservation.
ACA’s BIOLOGICAL STATIONS:
Lowland Amazonian Forest: Los Amigos Biological Station
In 2001, ACA established the Los Amigos Biological Station at our Los Amigos Conservation Concession, the world’s first private conservation concession which protects more than 360,000 acres of Amazonian ecosystems in southeastern Peru. The Los Amigos Biological Station is located in a biodiversity hotspot, where the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos Rivers converge. Research programs at the biological station focus on life and social sciences research, natural resource management training, and environmental education.
Andean Foothills: Villa Carmen Biological Station
Established as a biological station and reserve in 2010, Villa Carmen is located in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, and is particularly esteemed for its bird activity, with 600 known species identified in the area. The station supports a wide variety of habitats including old-growth rainforest, lower mountain forest, secondary forests, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and a highly diverse flora and fauna. This mid-elevation research station promotes sustainable agroforestry and aquaculture, hosts educational programs, and further incorporates local communities into conservation efforts.
Andean Cloud Forest: Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station
In 2005, ACA created Peru’s only permanent field station focused on cloud forest ecology and management. The Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station serves as a buffer to world-renowned Manu National Park, located where the eastern slopes of the tropical Andes meet the Amazonian lowlands. This complex topography allows a variety of habitats to thrive and supports a wealth of species, including more than 200 species of orchid. The Manu Cloud Forest Canopy Walkway located at the station allows researchers and students to study the cloud forest canopy from nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above the Amazon basin.
View from the communications tower at CICRA. Photo: Gabby Salazar
Researchers with a captured tapir that they’re about to fit with a radio collar. Photo: Mathias Tobler
Seed pods and field notebook. Photo: Raechel Running
Researchers study in a palm swamp at CICRA. Photo: BRIT
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