Peruvian Amazon Conservation Project

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Amazon Rainforest Volunteer / Animal Volunteer Projects / Community Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Amazon Rainforest Tours / Career Break / Wildlife Tours
Country: Peru
Location : Cusco
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Volunteer in Peru's UNESCO protected Manu Biosphere, one of the most biodiverse places on earth!

The Amazon Conservation Project is situated on the fringe of Manú National Park – a UNESCO recognised biosphere reserve and World Heritage Site, only a short journey from the Inca capital of Cusco.

It is home to over 1000 species of birds, as well as larger wildlife including jaguar, puma, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo and two and three-toed sloth. There are also 14 species of monkey, including marmoset, capuchin, tamarin, squirrel monkey, spider monkey and woolly monkey species.

Volunteers in Peru working on this project are sure to have an unforgettable experience, playing an integral part in conservation research and sustainable community initiatives in the remarkable environment of Manu National Park.


Day 1
Arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco and transfer to temporary accommodation in Cusco. Spend the day acclimatising to the altitude and exploring the city.

Day 2
Orientation will take place in the morning, and volunteers will be registered and introduced.

Day 3
Transfer from Cusco accommodation to the cloud forest temporary accommodation. Enjoy an informative presentation about the next day’s events and the aims of the project.

Day 4
Visit a cocoa plantation on the way to the learning centre in Manu National Park where the project is based. Arrive, and settle into accommodation.

Day 5-8
Training period: Volunteers learn about the aims of the project and the conservation tasks, as well as how to live in the Amazon jungle safely. Education will also centre on indigenous species and how to recognise them. Training will be mainly field-based, but will also involve regular presentations.

Day 9
Final training day which includes an early morning bird walk where volunteers will be able to practice their auditory and visual identification skills.

Day 10-31
These days will be spent working on the project. Tasks will vary according to which of the smaller projects volunteers are assigned to day by day. There are usually morning and afternoon work-sessions, interspersed with meals and breaks.

Day 32
Return to Cusco and spend the night in a city hotel.

Day 33
Transfer to the airport for return flight, or commence independent travel plans.

Project Activities

On this project you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

Monitoring and Data Collecting
Monitoring and registering forest biodiversity in Manu National Park (e.g. jaguars, tapirs, pumas, birds, monkeys, amphibians, reptiles and butterflies, etc.) So far 37 large mammal species including 13 individual jaguars have been recorded!

Night-time surveys
Volunteers carry out transect surveys by walking slowly along a 100m trail and looking for amphibians and reptiles. Any that are seen are caught, brought to the camp to be weighed and measured and then released.

Data processing
Processing and uploading data that supports international conservation projects and informs wider conservation strategies.

Identify the seasonal status and health condition of trees for long-term vegetation monitoring.


Building infrastructure for local family bio-gardens with community members.

Volunteers will help plant seedlings in bio gardens and check on growth rates, soil acidity and composting in existing bio gardens.

Help to create, plant, monitor and map reforestation plots. Volunteers have helped turn 17 hectares of degraded land into agroforestry plots.


Start Dates

The volunteer programme has fixed start dates so please enquire for details.

Costs / Benefits

15 Nights GBP 1395
32 Nights GBP 1,995
43 Nights GBP 2,595
60 Nights GBP 3,195
71 Nights GBP 3,795


This project involves a fair amount of manual work, mainly involved in construction tasks. There are also many treks involved in the programme, and so a fairly high level of fitness is advised. No specific tasks or qualifications are required to partake in this project, simply a positive attitude, ability to work in a team and commitment to the cause and its aims.

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