You have always dreamt of traveling the breathtaking Amazon rainforest and experiencing its fascinating animal and plant life from up close? Then join a unique educational adventure and get to know the primates, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians of the Amazon Basin in Peru! 


In the end of the course you will have a wide knowledge of the most important aspects of tropical primatology, ornithology, herpetology, entomology as well as tropical biology – depending on the focus you choose.

In the beginning, you are taught the basic skills to orientate and navigate yourself in the rainforest. You will learn about safety and behavioural rules that are imperative when living and working in the jungle. Afterwards theoretical lessons will provide you with knowledge of major subject areas in primatology, ornithology, herpetology, entomology and tropical biology on the basis of selected research literature. In addition to this you will train your practical skills: through hands-on research activities you gain an insight into behavioural research, telemetry, data recording and data evaluation. You also learn to handle the animals of the Amazon Basin. Nocturnal hikes through the rainforest, journeys along the Los Amigos River and securing animal tracks will be part of your rainforest adventure as well.

As a primatology course student, you will be familiarized with basic exploration methods aiming at protecting and researching primates – in this way you can discover Peru’s incomparable biodiversity. Ornithology students will get to know a variety of approaches to gain a deeper understanding about bird taxonomy, ecology and conservation methods. You will spend most of the time in field activities and participate in nightly lectures. Herpetology students will become familiar with numerous approaches to gain a deeper understanding about taxonomy and ecology of reptiles/amphibians as well as conservation methods. In the entomology course, you will explore several approaches that used to find out more about of insect diversity, ecology, and conservation around the research station. Most of the time will be spent in the field studying actual insects in the tops of towering trees and at the bottom of oxbow lakes. As a student of the Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany course you will learn basic exploration methods that are aimed at protecting and researching the Amazon plant life and discover Peru’s incomparable biodiversity. 


As a course participant you will be accommodated in a research station, located in the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Southern Andes. Before arriving at the station, you will spend one night in a hostel in Puerto Maldonado – and one after you have left the station. In the research station, you will sleep in one of the two dormitories together with other course participants. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as snacks each day. The station also has a classroom, a library and a laboratory. During your stay at the hostel that is two days in total, you will be provided with breakfast. Lunch and dinner are excluded, though.


Dates, Services, Cost


Start dates upon request


  • Placement in the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick and drop off
  • Accommodation during the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Course-related equipment
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project


  • Primatology – 2 weeks: 2.280 EUR
  • Ornithology – 2 weeks / 3 weeks: 2.280 EUR / 2.950 EUR
  • Herpetology – 2 weeks: 2.125 EUR
  • Entomology – 3 weeks: 2.280 EUR
  • Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany – 2 weeks: 2.280 EUR

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