Amazonian Forest: Research, Conservation, and Sustainable Development in the Manu Reserve in Peru


It is within the Peruvian Amazon Forest, in the Manu Reserve, that you can participate in a comprehensive program of conservation, scientific research, and support for local economic development. In one of the richest biodiversities in the world, you will contribute to ongoing programs in the heart of the forest, and to local eco-development initiatives. You will participate in the creation of a Sustainable Amazon, where Man and Nature live in harmony.

DUREE : 16 days minimum

DATES : all year

ACTIVITY : Full Nature, Tropical Jungle

SPECIESbirds, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, mammals ...

WORK LANGUAGE : English (minimum level A2)

PHYSICAL LEVEL : moderate to intense

INVOLVEMENT : 6 days a week, 8 hours per day

PUBLIC : Any public over 18 years, individuals, eco-solidarity holidays, students


The Amazon rainforest is one of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity in the world where animals and plants abound and where their abundance is more than half the world's tropical forests! Unfortunately, the destruction of this exuberant nature also exists, it is mainly due to human. Today the majority of the equatorial forests of our planet is heavily impacted or destroyed. To fight against this disaster many local and global equities over to stop the abuse of the Amazon rainforest. In parallel, it is also important to conduct studies to assess the regenerative capacity of these damaged ecosystems and the extent of conservation efforts that need to be implemented.

This mission follows a scientific research program and specific conservation to try to better understand the regenerative capacity of the Amazon rainforest, and actions for it to be optimal. The project is conducted with international research laboratories, including the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. To this end, the project has set up a research station in the Amazon forest, in a Biosphere Reserve, World Heritage UNESCO, Peru.

Since 2009 project collects naturalistic and ecological information including at clay saline Where do parrots pecking and in different ecosystems of the forest. The comments relate to many species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and mammals (presence, relative abundance, distribution ...). databases, constantly fed thanks to the work of eco-volunteers, used to conduct studies on the long term. This will allow one hand to understand the current potential of forest regeneration, but also its adaptability and future changes.

As qu'écovolontaire you will live an extraordinary experience in a mission to both scientific and social. This program was designed so that local people can directly benefit and that jobs are created, the contribution of eco-volunteers is an additional aid, not a replacement of local human resources.

Location / Habitat

The project is located in the Biosphere Reserve of Manu, in the southwestern region of the Amazon Basin in South Eastern Peru. This region is known as one of the richest in biodiversity, with a significant share of primary forest.

The Biosphere Reserve of Manu, which takes place in this mission is a rainforest reserves the largest in the world, with a surface representing half the size of Switzerland. The region is located in the basin of the Amazon River, at the intersection of the rivers Manu and Madre de Dios, in 3800 meters above the level of the sea.

This region is one of the world's richest in terms of biodiversity. It is possible to observe all varieties of ecological levels found in the Amazon, making it one of the most important regions. On a single hectare, there can be up 250 different species of trees. In the Manu Biosphere Reserve, 222 1005 mammal and bird species have been recorded.

This area offers an ideal setting to conduct research, thanks to its location in the foothills of the Andes, where the mountains come join the plains region poorly studied so far.


The study area comprises 3 major forest types: regeneration, secondary, and primary. Secondary forest regeneration area is protected for over 40 years. It offers fantastic opportunities to study for knowledge building and regeneration process of tropical forests after periods of destruction by humans.

By studying the diversity of plant and animal species and their distribution, it is possible to measure the conservation potential of secondary forests and regeneration, an essential step for their protection. The research conducted so far, as part of the project showed that 90% of the species observed in the primary forest are also found in secondary forest! This goes well beyond the estimates made so far.

The rainy season or low season runs from January to March, but unexpected rainfall can be observed throughout the year. In the lowlands, temperatures can range from 35 ° C the day 20 ° C at night.

For more information on local weather conditions


The biodiversity of the reserve of the biosphere of Manu is one of the richest in the world. There are more than 800 200 species of birds and mammals. The altitude area (Puna) is home to species like the Lama and Alpaca. In the mountain forest (cloud) it is possible to observe the magnificent Rooster-de-Roche Peru, bears, ferns and dense. The bottom elevation is inhabited in turn by the Black Caiman, Giant Otter, 13 monkey species and more than 1000 birds. This abundant wildlife is largely unknown. In recent years 10, 1150 near new plant species have been identified in the park, and in a limited area! It is very likely that the number of species living in this area is undervalued.

The study area is home to many species known to be rare and / or endangered, such as the blue-headed macaw, the Jaguar, the Tapir Brazilian, the Armadillo, and woolly monkeys. In Peru we can observe 10% of mammal species, 10% of amphibians, and 20% of birds and butterflies in the world. To this can be added to many species of fish, reptiles, invertebrates (with 500 arthropod species).

This makes this mission unique place to discover fauna and wild flora and lush!

Involvement ecovolunteer

Participation 16 days

Your experience will not be the same whether you participate 2 weeks (16 days) or more. Participation two weeks will not allow you to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively help the various projects of research and conservation. However, you can accompany more experienced volunteers and researchers and project members involved in community development programs. A great opportunity to understand and learn about conservation work in tropical forests.

Participation 33 days or more

You will have the opportunity to train you to participate effectively in research and conservation. On arrival, you will begin your mission by 7 day program during which you will receive the necessary training to be able to work in the jungle and understand the various ongoing programs. (This training is reduced for 2 weeks of missions). Then you can participate, as appropriate, to the various research programs and eco-development in progress under the direction of project staff (2 activities per day on average):

  • Tracking Aras Coulons: comments clay saline near the beaches at dawn: these clay cliffs are a gathering place for thousands of parrots that come ingest and assimilate the earth and its minerals,

  • Monitoring of birds in different areas of the forest regeneration: daily transects and census of bird species, trappings

  • Projects herpetology (amphibians and reptiles): transect counts, trappings ...

  • Tracking butterflies trappings at different levels of the forest canopy high, medium, and soil.

  • Monitoring of mammals at different levels of the forest canopy high, medium, and soil (including tapir, howler monkeys, peccaries): laying and collecting cameras.

  • Study of the regeneration of the forest, followed by biomass produced, phenology, canopy .... The samples are weighed and dried.

  • Contribution to the local eco-development: you help the development of local initiatives to reduce poverty and malnutrition due to destruction of forests, mines, and over-development of agriculture.

  • Participation in the maintenance and development of vegetable gardens with women, which contributes significantly to reducing malnutrition.

  • Participation in agroforestry programs, combining crops and tree plantations.

Requirements and constraints

To participate in this mission:

  • You must be over 18 years
  • You need to speak and understand English: The minimum required level of English is A2: view details you self-assess
  • You must be in good physical condition
  • You must be able to live at altitudes of over 3500 meters above the sea level
  • You must have a positive attitude toward field work and group life.

Before you register:

  • It is important to read the detailed documentation to download.
  • When booking you will need to provide Cybelle Planet (This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) "Theapplication form »Available at the end of the additional document
  • You will need to return the medical fitness form (attached to the detailed documentation) completed and signed by you and your attending physician.
  • When booking you must provide a CV and motivation letter in English (by email This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Subscribing to a travel insurance / cancellation is mandatory.
  • You must be vaccinated and update reminders against: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Yellow Fever.
  • The project recommended (non-compulsory) vaccination against: Tuberculosis and Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and Rabies.

Language (s) used (s)

The working language is English. The minimum required level of English is A2: view details you self-assess

Spanish is a plus.

Conditions for minors

Minors are accepted from 6 years. They will be accompanied by their parent. This should, however, be accepted by the project.

The project recalls that the rainforest is not an environment with all optimal safety conditions. Minors must stay with their parents to be the ones responsible for their actions.

For participants minors, parents must provide a disclaimer to Cybelle Planet.


The minimum duration of participation is 2 weeks (days 16 / 15 nights). But it is strongly recommended to participate 4 weeks to make the most of this unique experience! 

Example Program for participation of 2 weeks:

  • 1 day: Arrival at the airport, acclimatization
  • 2 Day: Day in Cusco
  • Day 3-4: Travel from Cusco to the research center
  • Day 5-6: presentation of the research center and acclimatization
  • 7 days: day off, visiting hot springs
  • 8-13 days: participation in the ongoing programs
  • 14 day: rest day
  • 15 day: return trip to Cusco
  • 16 Day: summary and departure

Example Program for participation of 4 weeks:

  • 1 day: Arrival at the airport, acclimatization
  • 2 Day: Day in Cusco
  • Day 3-4: Travel from Cusco to the research center
  • Day 5-6: presentation of the center for research and preparation
  • 7 days: day off, visiting hot springs
  • 8-9 days: training and preparation
  • 10-31 days: participation in research (except Sundays)
  • 32 day: return trip to Cusco
  • 33 Day: summary and departure


The first two nights are spent in Cuzco in a hotel with comfortable rooms (breakfast included).

The following days, the research center, in the forest, offers a comfortable but modest accommodation in bungalows on stilts. Each bungalow has 2 beds, the rooms are open on the forest (for a great view). The bathrooms are outside a few meters of the rooms. Electricity is available once a week, during 2 hours (to recharge batteries).

The center has a solar internet connection (very sporadically), and a toilet system and water pump environmentally.

Meals are prepared 3 times daily using local products: rice and vegetables, and occasionally meat and fish. Vegetarians are welcome, they should report it to the project prior to arrival.


The project hosts a maximum of 12 ecovolunteers on both the research center.


Your participation is possible all year, the minimum duration is 16 days and maximum 89 days. You can program your arrival (in Cuzco) at one of the dates below:


  • August 16 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • 11th October
  • November 08, 2021
  • December 06, 2021


  • 3 janvier
  • 31 janvier
  • February 28
  • 28 March
  • 25 April
  • 23 May
  • 20 June
  • 18 July
  • 15 August
  • 12 September
  • 10 October
  • 07 November
  • 05 December


  • 2 janvier
  • 30 janvier
  • February 27
  • 27 March
  • 24 April
  • 22 May
  • 19 June
  • 17 July
  • 14 August
  • 11 September
  • 09 October
  • 06 November
  • 04 December

To calculate your project start date:

This project proposes different durations of fixed assignment: 

  • 16 days / nights 15
  • 33 days / nights 32
  • 44 days / nights 43
  • 61 days / nights 62
  • 72 days / nights 71
  • 89 days / nights 88

To calculate your return, you must add the number of participation days to your arrival date the project (counting out the first day of participation!).

For example: if you arrive at the January 08 project and you plan to stay 16 days, your departure date will be the January 23.

Travel Information

You you make your own way to the Cuzco airport in PeruWhere a project member will meet you on the day of arrival. You will spend the first two nights in a hotel in Cuzco (included in the entry fee).

After 2 days in Cuzco, you will begin your journey to the research station in the heart of the forest (by car). You will cross the Andes mountains, and will spend a night. The next day you will continue your journey to the forest valley in a river village. You will have to take a boat for a crossing of 45 minutes to the research station.


Your eco-volunteering mission involves your voluntary participation in the project as well as your biodiversity donation. For each mission, the amount of the Biodiversity Donation is calculated according to the needs of the project and the time you will spend there. 70% of your donation is donated to the hosting project, it will largely be used to cover its material and personnel needs for its sustainability, and also to cover the hosting costs of eco-volunteers. learn more about Don Biodiversity

The costs of the ecovolunteers' missions consist of : your biodiversity donation and your membership in the mission, and non-tax deductible costs (ex: insurance, additional heating costs, over-classification of your accommodation - if offered)

Compensation for the impact of your trip

Cybelle planet pledges to reduceimpact of long-haul flights on the environment. In order to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of your trip, Cybelle Planète has set up specific measures :

  • We no longer accept entries of less than two weeks involving long-haul travel.
  • Flat-rate contribution of 200 € to a territorial and carbon compensation fund for missions of less than 3 weeks.

We consider that a stay of at least 3 weeks, during which you have a positive action for local biodiversity (ex: eco-volunteering mission), and where you adopt a responsible mode of travel, partially offsets your emissions at the regional level. 

Amount of Don Biodiversity

  • 2 weeks of participation (16 days / 15 nights): 1678 €
  • 4 weeks of participation (33 days / 32 nights): 2375 €
  • 6 weeks of participation (44 days / 43 nights): 3117 €
  • 8 weeks of participation (61 days / 60 nights): 4354 €
  • 10 weeks of participation (72 days / 71 nights): 5096 €
  • 12 weeks of participation (89 days / 88 nights): 6827 €


tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 1678 € will only cost you 570 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 1678 € will only cost you 671 €.

Annual fee

Cybelle Planète is a French law association 1901, ecovolunteer stays are reserved for members who are members of their annual subscription of 50 €. This membership automatically gives you access to insurance (including liability, repatriation, medical expenses). Membership in Cybelle Planète is subject to a tax receipt. Learn more about memberships

Your budget

The hosting project supports:

  • accommodation and food,
  • supervision by members of the project,
  • your transfer to and from the airport to the project,

You remain at your expense:

  • your trip to Peru,
  • expenses incurred (drinks, restaurant, ....) that remain at your expense,
  • your complementary travel insurance (mandatory), including a Cancellation, Air / Train Delay, Baggage, Interruption of Stay.

Date modification fee:

Last minute date changes are very penalizing for this mission. Thus, for any change in the date of your share, a change fee will be charged (not tax deductible) and will be calculated as follows: 

  • Change to more than 121 days from departure date, no change fee
  • Modification occurring less than 120 days before the departure date, 60 € change fee will be requested.

Travel arrangements

You must organize your own trip to the project: transport, visa, vaccinations if necessary, ....

You will find on our website information concerning visas.

Cybelle Planet can arrange for you to book your airline ticketsThis service is optional.

Conditions of participation

The general conditions of participation in eco-volunteering mission from Cybelle Planet are available online.

Commitment ecovolunteer

Before committing yourself as a Volunteer, you must have read and accepted the charter of ecovolunteers.

Car insurance

In addition to the insurance included in your membership, you must take out cancellation insurance, loss or damage to luggage, and flight delay. Cybelle Planète will offer you insurance during your pre-registration or you can subscribe one by yourself. A certificate of insurance will be required before departure. To learn more about insurance

ethical commitments Cybelle Planète

The Cybelle Planet associationcommitted to the ecovolunteering charter. We have always chosen sharing, equity and solidarity for all our actions.

Tax deduction

Participation in our eco-volunteering mission is reserved for our "support" members.

Ecovolunteers pay Cybelle Planète a Biodiversity Donation in addition to their commitment in the field. 

Only the Biodiversity Gift and membership entitles you to a tax deduction (For companies or persons subject to corporation tax or income tax in France).

Medical fitness form

Your registration can not be validated unless we have received your medical fitness form completed and signed by you and your attending physician.

In order to avoid possible difficulties, we ask you to describe to us, as honestly as possible, your physical and emotional state.
Regardless of the medical situation, all projects are designed to accept as many participants as possible. For this reason, they remain attentive and are very understanding of the various health problems a candidate may have. All solutions are considered to enable the candidate to participate in the project, regardless of his or her state of health, and to the extent possible.
The consequences of misleading and / or omitted medical declarations can be very restrictive for the entire team involved in the mission, and in some cases dangerous (missions on the high seas, in very isolated sites, etc.). So, Any false declaration, omission or false information may be sanctioned by the immediate and definitive exclusion of the participant At its own expense and upon the exclusive and unilateral decision of the project. 

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