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Peru's Rainforest Mammals

Tour Code: PER02

A natural history tour to Peru staying at the Amazon Rainforest Conservation Centre, from where we will look for the area's unique mammals and other wildlife.

9 days from £2795(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2095 SRS: £350 + an optional 5-day extension

On this holiday we head to Peru’s most southern Amazonian state, Madre de Dios, in search of a selection of the country’s special mammals, as well as enjoying some of the extraordinary doversity of other rainforest wildlife in this remote region. We’ll be based at the Amazon Rainforest Conservation Centre (ARCC) which protects 17,000 acres of the pristine rainforest surrounding the wildlife-rich Lake Soledad and offers some of the best wildlife watching in the Amazon Rainforest. Though the mammals here can be elusive, and many are nocturnal, we’ll be hoping to see a good variety of species, as well as birds, reptiles, plants and insects in this remote and spectacular location.

  • Giant River Otter, Black Spider Monkey & White-lipped Peccary
  • Inca Tern, Hoatzin, Sunbittern, Horned Screamer & Amazon Kingfisher
  • 8 species of Neotropical monkey including Red Howler
  • Reptiles include Spectacled Caiman & Side-necked Turtle
  • Capybara & Tayra possible
  • Sir David Attenborough-style vertical journey into the forest canopy
  • Night walk to see or hear Night Monkey, tree frogs, armadillos, & owls
  • Rainforest birds such as antbirds, puffbirds, macaws, tanagers & parrots
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides


Included in tour price, except lunch and evening meals in Lima.


Included in tour price.

Brown Capuchin Monkey (Peter Price)

Brown Capuchin Monkey (Peter Price)

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Day 1 In flight to Lima

Day2/7 Amazon Rainforest Conservation Centre

Day 8 Lima / In flight

Day 9 Arrive UK

Peru harbours some of the richest rainforests in the world, and its most southern Amazonian state, Madre de Dios, boasts many biodiversity world records. In Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Madre de Dios, the river Las Piedras is well known for its abundant fauna and has recently been scientifically proven to harbour over double the mammal densities of surrounding rainforest reserves. Las Piedras is also the longest and remotest in Madre de Dios, meandering 440 miles from its remotest headwaters to its confluence with the Madre de Dios at Puerto Maldonado. Far up river, on the banks of the upper Las Piedras, incredible to us in our microchip world, there are still un-contacted Indian populations hiding in isolation from the rest of the world. These small groups of Mashco-Piros still wander naked, hunting with longbow, collecting fruit, nuts and turtle eggs, whilst living in simple palm-leaf shelters. In 2002 the Alto Purus Indigenous Reserve was extended to protect the entire upper Las Piedras basin beyond the indigenous village of Monte Salvado, 220 miles from the mouth of the river. Half-way between Puerto Maldonado and the Alto Purus Indigenous Reserve, the locally owned Amazon Rainforest Conservation Centre, ARCC for short, was built in 2002 to protect 17,000 acres of the pristine rainforest surrounding the wildlife-rich Lake Soledad. Our tour will be based at the comfortable ARCC, where we will follow our naturalist guides on a variety of exciting excursions. Whilst ARCC offers some of the best rainforest mammal and bird watching in the Amazon Rainforest, mammals can still prove to be difficult to see at times. One can’st expect to see such large or numerous mammals as in Africa due to the low mammal density, the nocturnal habits of the majority of mammal species, and the dense rainforest vegetation. However during periods when mammals are proving difficult to spot, we will be kept entertained by the incredible diversity of other classes of vertebrates and invertebrates. While this tour’s focus and highlights hope to include threatened species such as Giant River Otters, Black Spider Monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries, we will also be looking at the plethora of birds, reptiles, plants and insects of this spectacularly-diverse rainforest.

Black Spider Monkey (Kiera Griffin)Squirrel Monkey (Kiera Griffin)Giant River OtterBrown Capuchin Monkey (Peter Price)Giant River OtterMouse Opossum (Kiera Griffin)Black Spider Monkeys (Kiera Griffin)Amazonian Rainforest (Kiera Griffin)Amazonian Rainforest (Kiera Griffin)Macaws in flight (Kiera Griffin)White Caiman (Kiera Griffin)Hoatzin (Kiera Griffin)White-throated Toucan (Roger Wasley)Diaethria neglecta (Kiera Griffin)Red & Green Macaw (Kiera Griffin)Ironwood Tree Platform (Kiera Griffin)Caterpillar sp. (Kiera Griffin)Spider sp. (Kiera Griffin)Butterfly sp. (Kiera Griffin)Black Caiman (Kiera Griffin)Lizard sp. (Kiera Griffin)Lake Soledad (Kiera Griffin)ARCC Lodge (Kiera Griffin)Capped Heron (Joao Quental)Blue Morpho butterflyTayra1Hypsiboas geographicusMasked Crimson TanagerParadise TanagerCollared Puffbird (Mike and Karen Galtry)Black Skimmers (Peter Stott)
September 2014
Excellent and well informed guides, smooth transfers and fantastic wildlife.
I particularly enjoyed the night walk in the rainforest around the ARCC - marvellous views of a common opossum and lots of wonderful insects and spiders. The oxbow lake is superb - loved the Hoatzins, they are straight out of Jurassic Park!!
This holiday was amazing and, after looking at others on offer, proved to be the closest experience to Amazon living that is available. Grateful thanks to Naturetrek, our Amazon guide John, and all staff involved.
Overall an excellent holiday, well organised and very enjoyable – good value as well. Thank you.
A fantastic holiday experience, thank you.
E.S. & J.W.
Overall - truly a holiday of a lifetime - fabulous.
A.H. & A.O.
South Yorkshire
The whole Naturetrek trip was fantastic - we are used to independent travel but this was the 2nd trip weve taken with yourselves and I could get used to it! Jose Antonio, the brilliant - very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. All the staff were fantastic.
Local guides were knowledgeable...Extension guide...excellent and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm for birds & orchids [was] infectious...Enjoyed her knowledge of birds & orchids in the hotel grounds...Great thanks to Angela who sorted out our travel from Manchester.
I just wanted to say that I had a great time, it was a wonderful experience. Flying over the Andes was worth the trip alone. We were really well looked after by the staff at ARCC. As a vegetarian I have never been so well taken care of. It was nice to eat something other than salad on a holiday. This is the third time I have travelled with Naturetrek and cant imagine travelling with anyone else again. Thank you.
The trip up the river was the most interesting part of the trip. The monkeys were fabulous...The camp is wonderfully designed and the day-to-day running of it is very good...Hot water was an unexpected bonus and much appreciated! The agents were excellent...The staff at the Sheraton Hotel were wonderful to me...The two birding trips run by your local experts in Cusco & Lima were fabulous. I am now investigating joining a bird-watching group.
L.T. & G.C.
Saw so much and loved it all. Whilst the A grading is correct it leaves out the scrambling up vertical walls of mud and crossing planks without hand rails. Fell in and got soaked, but traversing the flooded forest was great fun.
H.J. & M.B.
West Sussex
The ARCC element of the trip was outstanding; a truly memorable experience which was made even more enjoyable by the guides Juan & Jocelyn and the superb staff who catered for us in exemplary fashion. The array of local produce and dishes was wonderful.
This was an adventure holiday of a lifetime, action packed with each day bringing something new. Never have I had such an exciting time! And thats just the river journey to get there. Add the wildlife and wow, what a wonderful place the rainforest is.
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Wed 12th September 2018 - Thu 20th September 2018



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Wed 11th September 2019 - Thu 19th September 2019



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Flights: Flights are included in the tour costMore info

Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £2195 More info

Room sharing options: More info

Tour extension: Machu PicchuMore info

Visiting: Peru

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Excellent and well informed guides, smooth transfers and fantastic wildlife.
Z.M., September 2014