Las Piedras Biodiversity Station

Members of the RARE team travel from Radford to Peru where they meet with Tamandua Expeditions, a conservation and ecotourism group devoted to the protection and conservation of the Peruvian jungle. The Amazon provides an unforgettable experience—within Las Piedras, Peru, students expore the surrounding rainforest.


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.
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Life in Las Piedras

The Las Piedras Biodiversity Station is home for students for almost a month during their research. See what makes the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station such an amazing place to learn and discover, from the food to the wildlife.

Las Piedras Biodiversity Station

Students live and work at the remote Las Piedras Biodiversity Station, but also travel to different locations within Las Piedras to conduct their research.

Peruvian Food

The Las Piedras Biodiversity Station includes a full kitchen with a chef cooking classic Peruvian dishes like tacacho, made with plantains, beans, cilantro, sausage and rice.

Meet Panchita

Panchita is a collared peccary, a wild pig that lives in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. She is just one of the many animals students meet in the Amazon rainforest.