The Villa Carmen Biological Station is located on over 7,500 acres of land within the spectacular Manu Biosphere Reserve in Southern Peru. Spanning an elevational gradient of 1,600 to 4,000 feet above sea level, Villa Carmen hosts an incredible array of species found in a variety of habitats, ranging from cloud forest to montane and lowland rainforest.
The station neighbors several indigenous Wachiperi and Machiguenga communities as well as The Wachiperi Haramba Queros Conservation Concession, established with assistance from ACA as the first conservation concession in Peru run by an indigenous community. Villa Carmen Biological Station and the Villa Carmen reserve serve to promote sustainable agroforestry and aquaculture, host educational programs, serve as a biological research station, and further incorporate local communities into conservation efforts.
The station and reserve 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. Dotted with sparkling streams, rivers, and waterfalls, Villa Carmen is an ideal place to discover the beauty and bounty of nature.
Currently we offer five double cabins with private bathrooms, a dormitory with shared bathrooms, for a total capacity for up to 60 people. Wilderness camping is permitted. The Villa Carmen campus also includes a laboratory, a multipurpose meeting space, 24 hour electricity, hot water, and internet access.
"The tree fern garden was one of the most astonishing things I observed, and a vivid memory of my time at Villa Carmen."
Resident macaws (Ara macao) at the Hacienda. Photo: Adrian Tejedor
Clouds roll over the hillsides of Villa Carmen. Photo: Adrian Tejedor
Jaguar caught passing a camera trap at night at Villa Carmen in October 2011. Photo: ACA
Morpho helenor butterfly at Villa Carmen. Photo: Adrian Tejedor
Cave Swift Waterfall at Villa Carmen. Photo: Adrian Tejedor
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