Mammals and Wildlife of Amazonian Forest in the Tambopata Reserve in Peru


In the Amazon rainforest of Peru, you participate in research conducted by a team of local specialists, on biodiversity in general and more specifically on primates and bats. Hosted in a research station, in one of the richest environments of fauna and flora of the world, you participate in the daily activities of the project in the heart of the jungle. A unique adventure that contributes fully to the conservation of the Amazon rainforest!

DUREE : 2 minimum weeks

DATES : all year

ACTIVITY : Full Nature, Tropical Jungle

SPECIES : primates, bats, wild species

WORK LANGUAGE : English (minimum level B1) or Spanish


INVOLVEMENT : 5 days 1 / 2 per week, 6 to 8 hours per day

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



The hosting project is responsible for the conservation of the biodiversity of a concession of 200 hectares, contiguous to the National Reserve of Tambopata. This region of the world is one of the hotspots of global biodiversity and conservation measures are a priority to reduce the illegal logging of the forest and preserve particularly sensitive and endangered species. This project was created in 2016 and many programs are being run together to ensure its development. It follows several objectives:

  • Better understand the impact of human activities on Amazonian wildlife.
  • Collect information for decision-makers to promote the implementation of protection measures for the Amazon rainforest.
  • To have a positive and measurable impact on the concession.

This project is run by local biologists specializing in jungle biodiversity, especially primates and bats. Field studies depend on ongoing research and can be highly variable. Some research topics are conducted in the long term such as the behavioral study of the spider monkey, Ateles chamek, or gray Callicèbe, Callicebus moloch ; the botanical study of the trees and the monitoring of their illegal exploitation ... the volunteers will be integrated into the current research programs, they will also be able to take part in the maintenance and the development of the research station, the networks of paths, and from the organic farm.

Location / Habitat

This mission takes place in a concession of 200 hectares contiguous to the National Reserve of Tambopata. This region is known for its high level of biodiversity, which can be explained by several environmental features such as:

  • a climate transition area between "humid tropical" and "subtropical forest",
  • a very variable altitude (from 200 to 2000 meters),
  • rapid changes in temperature,
  • rainy and very marked seasons,
  • patches of savannah (meadows or "pampas") particularly well preserved,
  • ...

The rains are regular all year, but the driest season remains from May to October, and the wet season from November to April, the months of December to February being the rainiest.
Between April and August, some "cold" days can be observed with a temperature of 9 - 13 ° C.
For more information on local weather conditions


The wild fauna and flora is particularly abundant, scientific estimates reveal more than 1500 species of plants, 160 species of mammals, 1200 species of butterflies, and 100 species of amphibians. It is notably possible to observe: jaguar, Panthera onca, cougar, Puma concolor, tapirs, the fierce harpy, Harpia harpyja, the peccary with white lips, Tayassu pecari, and many other species of monkeys, birds, frogs, bats, insects ...

The project is particularly interested in the spider monkey, Ateles chamek, which was reintroduced to the area in 2011. It follows a long-term study on this species.

Involvement ecovolunteer

As an ecovolunteer you are fully involved in long-term research and monitoring programs. The team consists of qualified and experienced biologists who will share their knowledge with participants on:

  • Wild fauna and flora, the ecosystem of the rainforest,
  • Threats and human pressures on the forest, climate change,
  • Deforestation and the solutions proposed by the biology of conservation,
  • Orientation and survival in the jungle,
  • ...

Your activities will be very variable and depend in particular on the season:

  • Jungle patrols and trail tracing,
  • Collection of data on fauna and flora and biodiversity in general,
  • Monitoring illegal poaching activities,
  • Helps maintain and develop the research station.

Eco-volunteers will also be able to help trainees and researchers in their research project. Time will also be spent on the computer entry of the information collected.
You follow a weekly work schedule, averaging 6 at 8 fieldwork hours per day, and a day and a half free per week.


The project accepts trainees. Applications must be made at least 6 months in advance and will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the availability and profile of the candidate. If the student does not have a research subject, the project may propose one, in consultation with the student and his / her university.

The internships must take place on 4 weeks minimum. The trainees will have a scientific supervisor on site but will have to be very autonomous in their work to carry out their subject.

Internship applications must be made to Cybelle PlanèteWe will help you in your efforts.

Requirements and constraints

  • You must be at least 18 years old,
  • You must have a real interest in conservation biology and environmental issues,
  • You must be able to work in a team,
  • You must be able to walk 10 km a day in the rainforest (5 hours) while wearing a backpack,
  • You must have made all necessary health checks before your arrival,
  • You must know how to speak English, the minimum level of English required is B1, view details
  • You must be prepared to live in a very isolated area in tropical jungle, and live in basic conditions.

Before you register:

  • It is important to read the detailed documentation to download.
  • You will need to return the medical fitness form (attached to the detailed documentation) completed and signed by you and your attending physician.
  • In order to optimize your experience, you will need to send us a letter written in English explaining your motivations, specific skills and / or interests.
  • You must have full travel insurance.

Language (s) used (s)

The working language is English. The minimum level of English required is B1: view details you self-assess

Spanish is also accepted.

Conditions for minors

Minors are not accepted.


Progress of a 15-day mission:

  • Day 1: reception at the airport and travel to the research station
  • Days 2 to 7: activities related to current research and conservation programs,
  • Day 7: ½ day of rest,
  • Day 8: day of rest,
  • Days 9 to 13: activities related to current research and conservation programs,
  • Day 14: ½ day of rest,
  • Day 15: return to Puerto Maldonado.


The biological station is rudimentary and suitable for research in the jungle. It is the ideal place for those who like to live close to the wild nature. The station has a common area for rest, work and meals. There are also several hammocks available in the resort. Two bungallows are dedicated to the accommodation of 4 ecovolunteers and are equipped with a shower and toilet.

You share a dormitory with 1 to 4 other ecovolunteers, as well as a bathroom with (cold) shower. You are responsible for cleaning your dormitory and bathroom, as well as all the common areas of the biological station.

Electricity is provided by generators that are only active for a few hours during the day. You will be able to charge your electronic equipment in the evening, and at 19h00, the lights are off.
The kitchen is common and the meals are taken together. Ecovolunteers participate in turn in the preparation of meals. The food is simple but healthy and local style. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome, they should report it when they register.

The races are done once a week in Puerto Maldonado. Ecovolunteers will help unload the boat and transport supplies to the station.


The project hosts up 10 ecovolunteers both.


Your arrival and departure must take place on a Wednesday or Saturday.

The project is open all year round to ecovolunteers, a minimum participation of 2 weeks is required for ecovolunteers, and 4 weeks for trainees. The maximum duration of participation is 6 months.


Due to the pandemic, Cybelle Planète has set up specific conditions for participation. Please consult our conditions of participation before signing up for a mission.

See information related to Covid-19

Travel Information

You go on your own to Puerto Maldonado, by plane, from Lima or Cuzco, or by bus from Cuzco. On the day of your arrival, on a Wednesday or a Saturday, a staff member will come to meet you at the airport or the bus station, and will accompany you to the biological station in the heart of the jungle.

The airport is 15 minutes drive from the city of Puerto Maldonado. There, you will take a boat that will take you to the place of the project (1 boat time).

On the last day, Wednesday or Saturday, a project member will escort you to Puerto Maldonado.


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: 745 €
  • 3 weeks: 805 €
  • 4 weeks: 1040 €
  • Per extra week (5 weeks and over): 195 €


  • 4 first weeks: 805 €
  • Per extra week: 195 €

tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 745 € will only cost you 253 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 745 € will only cost you 298 €.

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 return transfer from the airport to the project on the first day,
  • transfer of the project to Puerto Maldonado on the last day.

Will remain at your expense:

  • your trip to Puerto Maldonado,
  • the taxi from Puerto Maldonado to the airport on the last day (about 3 €),
  • expenses incurred (drinks, restaurant, ....) that remain at your expense,
  • your complementary travel insurance (mandatory), including a Cancellation, Air / Train Delay, Baggage, Interruption of Stay.

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.


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. 

Download the form for a francophone mission

Download the form for an English speaking mission


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Note that no resumption or exchange is possible, we invite you to consult the description and the size guide .

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