We are a community of people living in the amazon rainforest working together in the different projects to make a positive impact on rainforest conservation.
Our staff includes Peruvian locals as well as former volunteers who made Peru and Taricaya their home. With a variety of skills, degrees, and experiences we put our knowledge, passion and dedication together to make Taricaya a great place to live and work in direct contact with the nature we are helping to conserve.
why we do it?
The Amazon Rainforest plays a critical role in maintaining climate function regionally and globally, a contribution which every one of us depends on. During the last half century, the Amazon has lost at least 17% of its forest cover and many endemic species have been subjected to excessive resource exploitation.
In the region of Madre de Dios, Peru, there are 2 of the most biodiverse areas in the Amazon Rainforest, the Manu National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve.
Unfortunately, these protected areas and the surrounding rainforest are threatened by the human population.
Population growth, weak land-use/land-ownership rules and poor governmental law enforcement make the main economic activities in the region a major threat for the Amazon Rainforest.
As our climate continues to shift and further pressure is put on ecosystems, it is now more important than ever that proper restoration plans are established and we find alternative practices that enable us to live in harmony with nature while promoting sustainable human development in the region.
we do it
We are located in the southeast Amazon rainforest of Peru, province of Tambopata, region Madre de Dios. The capital and nearest city is Puerto Maldonado beside which the waters of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers connect.
An hour down the Madre de Dios river by motorboat with no road access, about 28 km from the city, on the right bank of the river, you arrive to the entrance of Taricaya. With almost 500 hectares of protected rainforest, we border the Tambopata National Reserve, a natural protected area identified by many scientists as one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.
From Lima and Cusco, you can take a flight to Puerto Maldonado arriving to the Padre Aldamis airport (check for LATAM or Skye airlines). We pick you up from the airport for a 20 minute car ride to our office and nearby port to take the boat to start the journey down river into the jungle until we reach the entrance to Taricaya.
From Cusco, you can also take a bus to Puerto Maldonado, along the interoceanic highway (10 hours´ ride) if you want to experience the change of ecosystems from the Andes to the Amazon and save some cash!
As a concession for ecotourism, we manage the natural area of rainforest under our care to maintain the essential ecological processes for life, to preserve biodiversity and to use natural resources rationally and sustainably.
We constantly innovate and apply a variety of techniques with a multi and interdisciplinary approach led by experts and professionals in different fields and carried out with the assistance of our national and international volunteers.