About Las Piedras Biodiversity Station

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The Radford Amazonian Research Expedition (RARE) takes place at the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station. Some fast facts about the Las Piedras region:

  • The rainforest in the area of the Las Piedras river enjoys a hot, humid climate. The average annual temperature is 26 °C (78 °F).

  • During the dry season (May-August), the phenomenon of the “Friaje” may cause unusually low temperatures. Friajes are cold fronts that come up from the south, bringing cool temperatures, strong winds and rain. These cold fronts typically occur 6-10 times a year and last 2-4 days. Temperatures can dip below 10º C although 15º C is more likely.

  • Las Piedras is a river in southeast Peru, part of the catchment area for the Amazon basin. It meanders for more than 600km from its origin at Alto Purus, through majestic rainforest with beautiful riverside scenery, including huge river cliffs and beaches, waterfalls and green canyons.

  • The native people living in the Las Piedras rainforest are Piro Indians.

  • The rainforest accessible from the Las Piedras River is largely unpopulated, and the native people live in small communities by the riverside which affords their main means of transport.