This program gives forest patrons and guests from all over the world the opportunity to experience the primary ecosystems of the rain forest and to be part of front-line conservation efforts.
This conservation reserve is maintained thanks to the ongoing patrolling and monitoring activities of our forest guardians, the online microfinancing provided by our Forest Defender Patrons, and other participation programs with allies in sustainable development in the river basin. Our refuge on the banks of the Las Piedras River is a center that serves as a base for achieving conservation objectives through research, studying sustainable living, technological innovation, and creativity.
The expedition begins
with an early departure from Puerto Maldonado and a drive along the Interoceanic Highway to Sabaluyoc. From there, we will take an unpaved road through the forest to the Las Piedras River. At the port of Sabaluyoc we will board our boat and begin our four-and-a-half-hour journey on the river.
Along the way, we will offer you an aperitif and you will have the opportunity to enjoy river flora and fauna. We’ll watch the birds living along the river, such as orioles and their hanging nests, herons, and others that may fly by such as macaws, toucans, etc. Occasionally we may also see mammals, such as capybaras, and reptiles, such as white caimans and yellow-spotted Amazon river turtles, resting on the banks.
When we arrive at the Arbio refuge, the group will be received by the forest guardian and the guide will give instructions to keep in mind in order to enjoy your stay.
In the afternoon, we will walk around the area and visit the vegetable garden and the hundred-year-old mango tree to observe the flora and fauna surrounding our station.
During your stay, you will be able to take part in program activities such as forest hikes, encounters with thousand-year-old trees, walks to mammal feedings stations to check the camera traps, night walks, harvesting fruit, collecting seeds, and more, depending on group availability and coordination. For more details, see Activities.