Staying at Las Piedras Amazon Center
Rustic accommodation, educational experiences, spectacular rainforest, and you.
The Camp at Las Piedras Amazon Center is designed for expedition-style research, tours and learning programs. It has a rustic Medicine Man-style charm. For those who love nature and raw wilderness, this is the perfect place for immersion into the wild. The camp is located near beautiful streams and waterfalls. It’s surrounded by trail networks and research grids. The camp is surprisingly comfortable with raised camping platforms, a central work/dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is running water, limited electricity, outdoor showers and composting toilets. The camp can hold up to 25 guests at a time.
ACCOMMODATION / SLEEPING
The camp consists of raised wooden camping platforms, each able to hold 1-4 tents. The platforms are covered with tarpaulins and the sides open to the spectacular forest surrounds. Guests may prefer to camp on the forest floor in the designated zones. Camping mattresses, hammocks, bedding and mosquito nets can be arranged for those without their own tents.
The Research Station at Las Piedras Amazon Center is an ever-evolving project. It is a co-creation project by our guests and local partners who are slowly building a set of incredible green-living demonstration structures. There is limited space at the center while it’s being built. In the meantime for our guests and participants who prefer not to camp, the forest trail systems can be easily accessed from our partner research station, the oldest in the region. The station is an appealingly rustic, quiet and comfortable wooden set of structures built upon stilts. It is located just a few kilometers north of The Camp and can hold up to 30 guests at a time.
ACCOMMODATION / SLEEPING
The station is made up of adjacent rooms with large windows which are always open to the beautiful jungle outside. There are 1-4 beds in each room (max 4 people sharing on volunteer programs, private rooms for eco tour programs). Each bed is equipped with clean sheets and a mosquito net. The rooms are connected to the bathrooms and central area via raised walkways.
The camp has six outdoor showers and composting toilet facilities which minimize the impact on the forest. There are clothes washing facilities near the bathroom area and lines to dry washing in the sun.
The camp has 2 expedition-style areas for living, dining and work. This is where, among other activities, guests can interact and play games, meals are served and data is downloaded and entered. There are a number of hammocks dotted throughout the surrounding forest.
The kitchens are always hubs of activity and our excellent chefs are usually happy to have company and helping hands. We know that food is our secret weapon for getting into the hearts of our clients, the most important ingredient to a happy stay with us. Our chefs are undoubtedly the best in the region and the envy of some of the top ecolodges in the Amazon. Helping our chefs in kitchen will give visitors an opportunity to learn about cooking with local ingredients and practice local Spanish lingo. Meals are served in the common areas. The kitchen at the camp may also be used by those who prefer to prepare their own meals.
Electricity is provided from generators which are active during only some parts of the day. Guests will have opportunities to recharge electronic items and use electronic equipment in the early mornings, midday and evenings after dark. At 9pm the lights go out and the Amazon Center goes into quiet mode to allow guests to soak up the sound of the forest at night and get well rested for the following day’s activities. Guests are provided candles and are encouraged to bring personal battery powered lights/torches with enough power for their stay.
Due to the remoteness of the Amazon Center there is no phone signal and no internet. The Amazon Center staff communicate with the administration team in town twice a day via a longwave radio. The field-based team is able to get messages to and from loved ones through this means if required. In general we find our guests receive a ‘much greater connection’ without wifi!
Amazon Academy Volunteer and Internship Programs
Make your trip to the Amazon worthwhile by exchanging your time for new skills and a once in a lifetime experience
Forest Ranger Program
Join the Amazon's First and Only Forest Ranger Program and Assist in Directly Protecting Rainforest
Work alongside, support & learn from ARCAmazon's forest rangers during their daily mission to study and protect 4,500 hectares of important forest in Las Piedras
Wildlife Research Volunteer
Learn How to Research and Monitor Wild Species in a Mega-Diverse Ecosystem
Volunteer alongside wildlife researchers in the Amazon rainforest and learn valuable neotropical wildlife monitoring skills
Field Research Internship
Ask Your Own Questions and Undertake Your Own Field Research Project in the Amazon Rainforest
This is an opportunity to run your own mini field research project from start to finish in the Amazon rainforest with the guidance and support of our field research teams
Wildlife Care Volunteer
Help Care for and Rehabilitate Rescued Wild Animals at a Busy Animal Shelter
Volunteer at a busy animal rescue and rehabilitation center based near Puerto Maldonado and get up close and personal with some of the species at the center
Community Outreach Volunteer
Support the Education Needs and Help Improve the Lives of a Rainforest Community
Support the development and education needs of a remote rainforest-based community while helping to build better relationships between ARCAmazon and the local people of Las Piedras
Community Engagement Internship
Co-Develop and Implement Projects Together with Rainforest-based Communities
Get a deeper understanding of a rainforest-based community and help us understand the people's needs while co-developing projects and systems to support and improve their lives
Green Living Program
Co-Create a Demonstration Center with Green Living, Earth Building and Permaculture Practices
Help us reduce our impact on the rainforest by supporting the on-going improvements to the living environments at the Las Piedras Amazon Center and neighboring communities
Creative for Conservation
Get Creative to Protect Amazon Rainforest with Media, Art and Writing
Creative media such as video, photography, music and art, is one of the most successful tools for engaging people in conservation. If you have creative talents, join this program.
We know research in the Peruvian Amazon. Let us work with you to deliver the perfect research project.
Researcher Facilities & Services
Use Amazon Center for research and logistics experitise in the Peruvian Amazon
Let us help you with the challenging logistics associated with research in the Peruvian Amazon
Co-create projects with conservation researchers based locally in the Peruvian Amazon
Help advance key research themes in the Madre de Dios Region. Choose projects that are important, locally.