The Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC) is predominantly a base for research and conservation action. In 2016, LPAC opened its camp for nature-loving people to enjoy the forest and experience Las Piedras under the guidance of our ecologist guide team. Guests are now able to explore LPAC’s extensive network of trails which traverse 4,460 hectares of spectacular primary forest within our reserve. While based at LPAC, guests will also have the opportunity to stay at smaller satellite camps setup within the reserve. This will allow those who enjoy long hikes the chance to see even more of the different ecosystems and forest types on the land. While hiking through the forest there is a good chance of encountering many of the great species which live on the reserve, including some 9 monkey species, 500 bird species, and elusive terrestrial mammals such as Jaguar, ocelot, short-eared dog, giant ant-eater, tapir and peccary.
Camping tours and expeditions will often include trips to see the waterfalls that drain into the Las Piedras River on the northern border of the LPAC reserve. Activities may also include a boat ride to the macaw claylick located on the banks of the Las Piedras River just 2 km north of the reserve, which is frequented by up to 40 Red-and-green macaws (Ara chloropterus) and about 5-6 other species of parrot. The Central Stream that runs diagonally across the reserve allows for kayaking trips in the wet season, and is known to be a good habitat for Dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus trigonatus) and Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus). Just across the Las Piedras River from the reserve is a high, sheer cliff. From the top of this cliff one gets panoramic views across the forest canopy and from which it is possible to see clearly across a large portion of the reserve. In the northwestern part of the reserve is located a
large mammal claylick
. The mammal claylick may be visited to observe for numerous mammal and large bird species that come to feed on the salt and clay particles in the soil here. At several points on either side of the Central Stream are to be found small, miniature-sized oxbow lakes to watch Hoatzin birds, kingfishers, and herons. Our partner Brazil nut concession provides a perfect opportunity to see how this regionally important nut is collected, bagged, and transported to market for sale. The nearby communities of Lucerna and Palma Real offer the opportunity to experience real lives of local people who live from the resources that the land and forest can provide them. Visits to meet community members to pick and sample agroforestry products such as bananas, papaya, pineapples, cacao etc. is an excellent learning activity and helps generate much needed income for locals. Within the heartland forests of the reserve there are large tracts of high canopy forest containing large charismatic trees; the epitome of Amazon rainforest.
Guests will be led through the rainforest by an experienced ecologist guide and may also have the option of going out with researchers to take part in wildlife monitoring activities on the reserve.
There are 3 different accommodation options for camping tours and expeditions:
- While based at LPAC guests may be allocated a bed on one of the camping platforms in the main camp area. There are 8 beds on each platform, so guests will share with up to 7 others at a time. Bathrooms are shared.
- A 3-4 man tent will be provided for 1-2 people sharing (in your group). Guests will be provided with one of our ground tents. Bathrooms are shared.
- Guests may bring their own tent. Tents can be pitched in the designated camping area and in some cases on one of the raised camping platforms. Bathrooms are shared.
- Guests may stay in one of our Tentsile tree tents which are suspended between 2-10 meters above the ground in the trees. Bathrooms are shared.