Our aim is to discover and share the value of the Amazon, to conserve and protect it, and to inspire the global community to connect with rainforests.


The ARC Amazon Project

We work to bring people to rainforest and share rainforest with the World.


We invite you to join this alliance of individuals, groups and organizations who believe in the importance of the Amazon.

We’re making it fun to protect rainforest.


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Las Piedras

Our story begins deep in the wilderness where we lost our way and found ourselves: The Las Piedras River System.

We’re currently working to protect Las Piedras. Las Piedras (‘Stones’ in English) is a river system that forms part of the Amazon-Andes Biodiversity Hotspot and an important area for its beautiful landscapes, rich fauna and flora, and fascinating native communities.
When our research teams began studying the Las Piedras River System they were blown away at the diversity and abundance of wildlife, as well as the raw wilderness which is still found abundantly in the region. The team found a thriving Brazil nut forest where locals happily harvest the very Brazil Nuts that eventually reach us in chocolate, oil and cosmetic products. Las Piedras is home to a number of remarkable communities, some indigenous to the region, some remote and unconnected with the outside world and others formed with the sole purpose of extracting the forest’s resources. The team was surprised and concerned to learn that this pristine area is under increasing pressure from a the extraction of timber and the rapid conversion of forest into agriculture and pasture land. More so, that there is little to no private or government environmental policy enforcement in the area. For this reason, ARCAmazon has decided to pioneer a large conservation effort to begin dealing with the issues currently threatening Las Piedras.
Our medium-term goal in Las Piedras is to begin buffering the more remote reaches of the river system by playing a key part in the creation of a corridor (or strategic zone) of protected forest across the lower and more threatened reaches of the river system. We kick-off by creating a 4,460 hectare private conservation area which we protect using a mix of responsible business practices and community participation. We are also developing the Las Piedras Amazon Center which encourages sustainable living and livelihoods through demonstration and setting a good example for others. The center provides a space for guests from all over the world who are serious about rainforests and their conservation. The center also provides opportunities for local people in rainforest conservation and ecotourism, while supporting the sustainable harvest of forest products such as fruit and Brazil Nuts.
  • Wood Storks in the Las Piedras River | © Tom Ambrose

  • Tapir in the Las Piedras River | © Tom Ambrose

  • Big Trees Along the Las Piedras River | © Jason Scullion

  • Timber Extraction Along the Las Piedras River | © Jason Scullion

  • Waterfalls Along the Las Piedras River | © Juan Carlos Huayllapuma

  • Native Community on the Las Piedras River | © Zoe Cole

  • Community Farming on the Las Piedras River | © Juan Carlos Huayllapuma

  • Jaguar on the Las Piedras River | © Tom Ambrose

  • Community School on the Las Piedras River | © Zoe Cole

  • Oxbow Lake on the Las Piedras River | © David Kellner

  • Scarlet Macaws over the Las Piedras River | © Tom Ambrose


Who We Are

ARCAmazon is a Peruvian not-for-profit organization.

The organization was created in 2014 by eleven conservationists with a common passion for the Peruvian Amazon and a dream to protect Las Piedras. The founders and partners of the organization dedicated 2 years to the setup of ARCAmazon to ensure a robust back-bone and transparent governance within the Peruvian law system.

Charity No. (SUNARP): 11131166.

501(c)3-equivalent Tax Exoneration No. (SUNAT): 2790050000030.

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ARCAmazon’s Board of Trustees

The members responsible for oversight of ARCAmazon in Peru have dedicated their lives to protecting wildlife, wild places, indigenous people, local heritage and local culture. Together, they amount over 40 years of work in Peru’s rainforests, specializing in education, sustainable business, environmental law, volunteers, ecotourism, scientific research, permaculture, land management, biodiversity conservation, awareness creation, animal welfare, marketing and web.

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Where We Are

ARCAmazon is based in the Western Amazon Basin.

Our headquarters are located in the ‘jungle city’ of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru. We’re 1 hour away from Cusco by plane (10 hours by bus) or a 3 hour flight from Peru’s capital city, Lima.


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