Our Los Amigos Biological Station is located in lowland Amazonian forest at the base of Peru’s southern Andes.
The station sits at the tip of a peninsula on a high terrace between the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos Rivers and provides easy access to various forest types and aquatic habitats. The Los Amigos Biological Station was established in 2000, on the conviction that the greatest forest on earth deserves the best research centers in the world.
Los Amigos is a leading training site for young scientists and conservationists. In addition to muddy-boots field experience in the 360,000-acre Los Amigos Conservation Concession (LACC), adjoining our 1,119-acre biological station, these young scientists benefit from regular presentations by visiting researchers, involvement with the station’s long-term ecological monitoring program, specialized training as part of field courses, access to a large scientific library, and immersion in a vibrant scientific community.
The station has hosted more than 213 research projects and produced 223 publications, including biological inventories of more than 30 types of organisms. It truly is a hub for research on this vital ecosystem.
Los Amigos offers visitors the resources necessary for cutting-edge science in a tropical wilderness, including:
Located five hours by road and river northwest of Puerto Maldonado, or a two-day boat trip from our Villa Carmen lodge, Los Amigos is situated where the Los Amigos and Madre de Dios Rivers converge.
Adjacent to the Los Amigos Conservation Concession, with world-famous Manu National Park to the west, Los Amigos is part of a watershed that includes millions of acres of protected wilderness in southeastern Peru.
The landscape includes habitats unique Los Amigos: a mosaic of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including palm swamps, bamboo thickets, oxbow lakes, and various types of flooded and non-flooded forests. Wildlife is abundant, including 12 globally threatened species and abundant Amazonian fauna including giant otters, harpy eagles, spider monkeys and jaguars, with over 550 birds on the bird list.
The area also contains 11 species of primates. By way of comparison, all of Costa Rica holds only four.
Get ready for some serious birding, with species such as Pavonine Quetzal, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, and the Pale-winged Trumpeter. A whopping 308 birds were logged here at the 2015 Global Big Day!
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All prices above include meals and 18% Peruvian sales tax (IGV).
If you are not a researcher or course but would like to bird or explore the Amazon with us, visit this site for more information!
Los Amigos is our most remote location and features 7 cabins with basic accommodations: comfortable beds (your choice of single or double) with mosquito nets, private bathroom, luggage and clothes rack, a deck with hammock or lounge chairs, and 24-hour solar powered electricity.
The dining hall has a lounge area for reviewing bird lists at the end of the day. Limited internet is available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in common areas.
Smoking is prohibited indoors. Los Amigos is not handicap accessible; there is a staircase of over 100 steps from the boat dock up to the lodge facilities, paths are fashioned from a variety of materials including loose gravel or dirt. Physical limitations should be considered when contemplating hikes or other excursions.
Meals include local, fresh Peruvian cooking with ingredients from the kitchen garden. If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) please inform the reservation staff prior to your arrival to the station. Given the location of stations, it may be difficult to accommodate all dietary preferences and the variety of food may be limited.
Los Amigos is located five hours by road and river from Puerto Maldonado, or a two-day boat trip from our Villa Carmen station (with a stopover at Manu Wildlife Center).
From Puerto Maldonado, a shuttle can pick you up from the airport or your hotel, and take you on the 45-minute drive to the port town of Laberinto, where you will board a boat for an almost four-hour trip up the Madre de Dios River to Los Amigos.
If you are coming from Villa Carmen, a shuttle takes you to the port town of Atalaya, where you board the boat for Manu Wildlife Center where you stay one night, then continue your journey to Los Amigos the following day. We can arrange for the ground and boat transportation for your trip.