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 9,880 feet (270 to 3,100 meters) along the eastern border of Manu National Park in southeastern Peru, 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:
Our first biological station was established in 2000 on the conviction that the greatest forest on earth deserves the best research centers in the world. Collectively, our three stations are the single largest facility for field research in the Amazon, and attract over 50 researchers annually from prestigious universities in Peru and around the world, including Wake Forest, Duke, Oxford, British Columbia, and others.
We are a leading institution in research on forest ecosystems and wildlife, with trained scientists to support you in your project, and promote excellence in research by providing premier facilities and logistical support, and facilitating communication and collaboration among researchers, communities, decision-makers and other actors. Research conducted at the stations informs conservation work on the ground, which has included species monitoring, conservation corridor design, protected area establishment, community engagement, reforestation, agroforestry, and more. Our stations:
If you are thinking of conducting research at our stations, begin by reviewing our Researcher Guide, which provides an overview of how to prepare to conduct research at our stations, including information on pre-fieldwork planning and research application procedures, what to expect during your stay at the stations, health and safety considerations, as well as post research follow-up information. The following are additional documents and forms you will need to conduct research at our stations (please submit at least three months in advance of your anticipated arrival):
Our stations are ideal for conducting research, and include comfortable dorms, restrooms, limited internet, and the option for three hearty meals a day for $40/night. Our Wayqecha and Villa Carmen sites offer campsites starting at $10/day. Please see the individual station pages above for more details about each location.
If you have any questions regarding research at our stations, please contact our Director of Science and Research, Dr. Renzo Piana, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stations host several university courses and workshops throughout the year that provide students a guided learning experience in a variety of topics in tropical ecology, climate change, biodiversity and more. Some examples of schools currently offering course programs at our stations include: the School for Field Studies (full semester), Field Projects International, the University of Minnesota, and many others. Please contact the individual programs for more information. If you are interested in organizing a new course, please contact our Director of Science and Research, Dr. Renzo Piana, at email@example.com.
Interested in volunteering abroad? Learn more here.
Not a researcher or student? We welcome birders and other naturalist visitors to experience our three biological stations firsthand. Learn more here.
Rev. Aug. 2015
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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