Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC)
Together–for research, conservation & exploration in the Amazon
Accommodations and Facilities
Rustic | Comfortable | Low Impact | Wild Nature Immersion
LPAC’s Conservation Basecamp
Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC) is a base for conservation, research, sustainable development and exploration, located in the spectacular Las Piedras watershed. LPAC was built to bring together people from around the world – to safely explore this pristine and biodiverse rainforest ecosystem, to learn about its importance, and to conserve it. The design of LPAC is simple and functional, with a central ‘basecamp’ where resident scientists and forest rangers carry out some of their work, relax and enjoy meals alongside guests and volunteers. The infrastructure was created using responsibly and locally sourced hardwood timber and abundantly-growing cane, upcycled vinyl billboards, rammed earth and a few removable cement blocks. The creation of LPAC’s Conservation Basecamp was generously funded by LUSH Cosmetics North America
LPAC’s Amazon Explorer Platforms (EcoTourists)
Due to strong demand, in 2018 LPAC began operating ecotourism for a select number of people who were interested in visiting the center to explore Las Piedras and enjoy this unique rainforest environment. Just two purpose-built ecotourism accommodations were constructed — LPAC’s Amazon Explorer Platforms. The platforms were designed with a Medicine Man-style charm, completely open to the rainforest surrounds where a beautiful array of birds and plants can be viewed from your bed. Raised a meter off the ground, each wooden platform provides comfortable sleeping space for 1-4 people. Each platform has its own private outdoor ecological bathroom, with an outdoor shower, basin and very comfortable composting toilet. Western toilets are a short walk from the platform too. The platforms were built with the support of Plimsoll Productions, to house their videography team during the filming of a prominent National Geographic wildlife documentary.
LPAC’s Amazon Researcher Platforms
Researchers, volunteers and education groups make up the core of our residents and visitors at LPAC. There are three large researcher platforms which each provide shared accommodation for researchers, volunteers, student groups, workshop participants, local community members and staff. The Amazon Researcher Platforms were designed to maximise space, needing as little forest clearing as possible and allowing for occupants to wake up and go to sleep with the rainforest at arm’s length. As with all the accommodation, sustainable materials were used to create them. Each platform has a private composting toilet, outdoor shower and basin, and access to shared western toilets. Construction of the researcher platforms was sponsored by 223 private donors through a crowdfunding campaign.
LPAC’s Protected Rainforest Concession
LPAC is the starting point for more than 50 kilometers of hiking trails and research transects which extend across the 4,560-hectare (11,000-acre) private protected area. Wildlife is abundant within the reserve and around the camp. Rare Amazonian wildlife such as jaguar, harpy eagle, spider monkey and anaconda all live in healthy populations within the LPAC concession, roaming freely, studied by our research teams and sometimes seen on trails. The concession protects wildlife-rich streams, mini oxbow lakes, waterfalls, mammal and macaw clay-licks, hundreds of Brazil nut trees, thousands of giant hardwood trees, hundreds of bird species, 60+ mammal species (including 10+ primates), 80+ snake species, 80+ amphibian species, 8+ lizard species, 4 caiman species and hundreds of plant and animal species still to be recorded. LPAC is the perfect base to explore the Las Piedras River, the longest in the region of Madre de Dios, steeped with a rich cultural and natural history. ARCAmazon received management rights to the land and began to protect it thanks to the tireless support and generous funding from WildFF and the Zamierowski Family.
Las Piedras EcoTours & Expeditions
Explore Las Piedras–one of the most pristine biodiversity frontiers on Earth.
All-inclusive rainforest conservation tours
3 Day Tours – from $410
4 Day Tours – from $495
7 Day Tours – from $833
10 Day Tours – from $1,180
LPAC Research and Volunteer Programs
Make a lasting impact in the Peruvian Amazon.
Undertake your research at LPAC.
Learn new skills and participate in frontline conservation action.
TROPICAL FUNGI CONSERVATION RESEARCH
Cultivate and Learn about Tropical Fungi Ecology and their uses in Sustainable Food Systems
CAIMAN AND HERPETOFAUNA CONSERVATION RESEARCH
Study Population Dynamics, Behaviors, and Population Status of Four Caiman Species
PERMACULTURE AND FORESTRY VOLUNTEER
Build and Improve Onsite Sustainability Systems to Help Reduce our Ecological Footprint
Tropical Mammal Conservation Research
Research Terrestrial and Arboreal Wildlife such as Tapirs, Anteaters, and Ocelots
Drone Mapping and Spatial Ecology
Participate in Conservation-Based Drone Mapping and Spatial Monitoring
PRIMATE CONSERVATION RESEARCH
Study Primates with a Specific Focus on the Endangered Peruvian Black Spider Monkey
ARCAmazon is looking for volunteers and interns to assist us with applied research of wild and endangered primate groups in the remote, primary rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon. Volunteers and interns will support the vital work of our Primate Conservation Research Team, based at the Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC). Our task is to better understand the current status–and support conservation action–of the endangered Peruvian black spider monkey (Ateles chamek) and at least 9 other species of primate found in the Las Piedras Watershed. Research undertaken by the primate team helps us determine conservation strategies for ARCAmazon and its partners…
Forest Ranger Program
Join the team on the Frontline of Forest Conservation
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