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Expeditions in the Andes for the study of wildlife in Peru


Several scientific expeditions are organized every year in order to collect information on the large mammals of the Amazon rainforest: puma, jaguar, bear ... as well as the other remarkable and endangered species living in the study area. This project takes place in the Andes in Peru, in a conservation area on the edge of the Manu National Park. Participants are immersed in the wilderness for 7 days, and will be able to discover the incredible biodiversity of the region.

DUREE : 1 week

DATES : 3 sessions in June, October, and December

ACTIVITY : Full Nature, Tropical Jungle

SPECIES : big cats, birds

WORK LANGUAGE : English (minimum level B1)


INVOLVEMENT : 6 days, 10 hours per day

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



The objective of these research expeditions is the study and protection of the Amazonian forest and Andean wildlife. The project started in Brazil in 1993 and continues today in Peru. The contribution of ecovolunteers in the field has been for more than 25 years the essential element for further research on large mammals and wildlife. All the information collected has enabled the writing of many significant scientific publications for better conservation of endangered wildlife, including pumas and jaguars.

Today's research in Peru is taking place in a community conservation area on the edge of Manu National Park. The Amazonian forest is under strong permanent pressure, notably due to deforestation. All the species that inhabit it are directly impacted by the disappearance of their habitat and the depletion of their prey.

The research focuses on large mammals: Puma, Jaguar, Bear, and Wild Cat of the Andes; and also about wildlife of interest. Many endangered and iconic species are present in the study area and there is still a lack of information on their distribution and biology to effectively protect them.

These expeditions are organized and supervised by a South American research team. Ecovolunteers will have the opportunity to learn a lot about biodiversity, species identification and field data collection. The data collected will, as the week goes by, be pre-analyzed by the whole team and will allow a first interpretation of the ecosystem.

Location / Habitat

This mission takes place in a community conservation area on the edge of the Manu National Park. The natural environment is mainly composed of alpine forests (Puna) and temperate forests, whose altitude varies from + 2500 to + 3000 meters.

The climate is dry during the winter, the month of July being the least rainy. Summer is wetter, with rains up to 200 mm during the month of January. Daily temperatures fluctuate around 20 ° C all year round.

For more information on local weather conditions.


The Manu National Park region is exceptionally rich in biodiversity, with more than 4000 plant species and 250 tree species; 160 species of mammals, more than 1000 bird species, 155 species of amphibians, and 132 species of reptiles.

Research is particularly focused on iconic and endangered wildlife, such as:

  • The Puma (Puma concolor) North and South American species whose population is whose population in the wild is in constant decline due to habitat fragmentation and hunting.
  • The Jaguar (Panthera onca), a species that lives in the dense Amazonian forest and whose wild population is threatened by habitat loss and poaching.
  • The Glasses Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the only living bear in South America, and particularly in the Andes, whose population is now threatened (the population is estimated to be less than 2000 wild individuals) through deforestation and hunting.
  • The Cat of the Andes (Leopardus jacobitus) is a species of South American feline living at high altitude in the arid and cold areas of the Andes. They are now threatened with extinction because of the reduction of their habitat and the scarcity of their prey
  • Many other species of mammals and primates.
  • Birdlife (birds).

See the complete list of studied species

Involvement ecovolunteer

Ecovolunteers are involved in collecting data in the field. Several working methods are used: transects of 4-5 km to inventory the species, photo-tracking, search for traces ...

Ecovolunteers are trained during 1 ½ day to collect data in the forest, as well as the application of safety rules. No special skills are required to participate.

Field trips start early in the morning and until about 4 PM. A time will be spent in the evening to collect the information and photographs collected during the day, and complete the maps and graphs.

Note that the species studied are extremely difficult to see in nature. It is likely that you only observe the traces they leave or the photos taken by the cameras!


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.

The internships must take place on 1 field week. Trainees will have a scientific supervisor on site.

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 know how to speak English, the minimum level of English required is B1, consult the 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: see details for self-assessment
Spanish is a plus.

Conditions for minors

Minors are not accepted.


1 Day: Meet in Cusco, drive to the camp, first explanations and exploration.

2 Day: learning about species, methods, and safety rules. First field data collection

3 day at 5: days in the forest in small groups. Go to the camp at 16h and debrief after a rest period.

6 day: collecting information from locals, by car. Visit of tourist sites.

Days 7: return trip to Cusco


The base camp offers rustic accommodation. You will sleep in a tent (for one person), and you will have "hot" showers and toilets.

Tents, with mosquito net, are provided by the project. You must bring your sleeping bag and an inflatable mattress.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the camp. Lunch is usually taken in the field. A cook is responsible for preparing meals at the camp.


The project hosts up 15 ecovolunteers both.


3 shipments are held annually. Each expedition lasts 7 days and takes place during fixed dates.


  • 15 at 21 december

To participate in this mission you will have to extend your stay in Peru for a minimum total of 15 days.

Covid-19: postponement of dates

Following the Coronavirus Pandemic, participation in this mission will only be possible from December 2020. See information related to Covid-19.

Travel Information

You go on your own to Cusco in Peru. On the first day of your mission, the entire team has a meeting in the lobby of a hotel in Cusco in the morning, then the project will take you to the camp by car (count 3 hours drive).

On the last day, the project takes you back to Cusco, to the hotel or airport, to 18h00.

It is best to plan a night in Cusco the day before the first day and the last day. These nights are your responsibility.


Your eco-volunteer participation is added to your biodiversity donation. For each mission, the amount of the Biodiversity Donation is calculated according to the needs of the project and, if you go on a mission, this donation varies according to the time you will spend on site. Your donation will be used to cover its material, personnel and reception needs for 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. For this, we no longer accept entries of less than two weeks (outside Europe). In order to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of your trip, Cybelle Planète has set up specific measures : minimum duration of 2 weeks of participation for long-haul flights, territorial and carbon compensation fund, amount of reduced donations for missions of duration of 3 weeks minimum ...

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. For participations of less than 3 weeks, a lump sum of € 100 is added to your biodiversity donation and will be dedicated to our compensation fund. Cybelle Planète will thus finance carbon offset programs and the development of new missions that fall within the scope of territorial offset.

Amount of Don Biodiversity

  • 7 Days Shipping: 1749 €

tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 1749 € will only cost you 594 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 1749 € will only cost you 699 €.

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,
  • coaching and training of ecovolunteers,
  • your return transfer from Cusco to the camp on the first day,
  • transfer from camp to Cusco on the last day.

Will remain at your expense:

  • your trip to Cusco,
  • 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


An ECOVOLONTAIRE T-shirt is offered for any registration to an ecovolunteer mission.

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

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