Lonely Planet Writer

Get closer to nature by staying at a working research station in the Peruvian rainforest

A new eco-tourism facility wants to give ordinary travellers an experience of the Peru Amazon like never before – at a working field station where they can see and research wildlife in their natural habitat.

Get up close and personal with spectacular wildlife in Peru. Image by Inkaterra
Get up close and personal with spectacular wildlife in Peru. Image by Inkaterra

Inkaterra have been organising eco-tourism trips in Peru since 1975 and they even train their own guides to help make the most of your trip and help protect the rainforest. Now they’ve opened up their own research and training Field Station in the middle of the Tambopata National Reserve, previously only accessible to their staff and researchers.

Situated in an accessible tropical rainforest stretching to nearly 275,000 hectares, the Inkaterra Guides Field Station experience is described by the company as “intense and scholarly”. There is a learning centre and research room that will allow visitors to examine soil and local flora and fauna in a laboratory.

Explore the Peruvian rainforest in the Amazon Basin. Image by Inkaterra
Explore the Peruvian rainforest in the Amazon Basin. Image by Inkaterra

Included in your stay are excursions with the resident explorer guides where you can get a chance to spot the animals in the wild for yourself, including exploring the rainforest and river by night, walking across the canopy walkway and exploring the trails and wetlands.

When you’re not outside in the rainforest, there will be limited electricity and Wi-Fi back at the station. Expect fresh buffets for every meal made with local ingredients as well as a bar for adult guests with beer and a cocktail hour, there will also be table games to pass the time when the electricity is off.

Excursions on the river are included in your trip. Image by Inkaterra
Excursions on the river are included in your trip. Image by Inkaterra

Inkaterra’s eco-tourism activities help to fund the NGO’s research into how to protect the rainforest and wildlife, stop deforestation and assist local communities. If you prefer a more leisurely trip, they have a number of other hotels and luxury lodges in the region to take your pick from, including one near Machu Picchu.