• Peru
    • Iquitos
6 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Price per day, current minimum commitment six weeks required. Includes accommodation and meals at the Tapiche Reserve, one round-trip transportation transfer between Iquitos and the Tapiche Reserve (approx 400km each way), and a contribution towards maintenance and operating costs of the reserve.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
Jul 02, 2022
May 13, 2022
0 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Every year thousands of turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of the Tapiche Reserve from June-September. The turtles and their eggs fetch a high price on the black market and are heavily poached outside of the reserve. We carefully collect eggs from the beaches, incubate them at our hatchery, and raise the babies in our nursery until they are strong enough to start their lives back in the wild. We may monitor the beaches before sunrise, midday, and especially late afternoon/evening. We collect data like nest location, species of turtle (Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle-Podocnemis unifilis, Six-Tubercled Amazon River turtle-Podocnemis sextuberculata, Arrau turtle-Podocnemis expansa), how many eggs, time of day, relative air and water temperature and moon phase. In September when the eggs start hatching, we feed the babies with water lettuce collected from the lagoons, keep their nursery clean, and then start releasing them in small groups from February through April.

Video and Photos

Program Highlights

  • Direct Conservation Impact - Protect Endangered Species
  • Immersive Jungle Experience
  • Contribute to Scientific Knowledge

Program Impact

Volunteers will have direct conservation impact on species survival, collect scientific data to inform future conservation plans, and set positive conservation examples for surrounding areas, maintaining good relations with local communities.

Related Programs

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 1 review
  • 5 rating 100%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews
Default avatar
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

This place is amazing - you learn a lot about the environment with its flora and fauna. You will be highly involved in all activities especially excursions into the jungle with the visitors and a local guide, have responsibility for the customers and their experiences. The sounds at night are absolutely mind-blowing, just as all the animals you get to see. You should be into nature and not be afraid of staying in simple huts where lizards sneak in and where water from the river is used for showers. Then you will be fine and have an unique experience with all your senses.

  • Gain environmental awareness
  • Learn about native plants and animals and their habitats
  • Experience an orchestra of birds, frogs, insects, porcupines…
  • Mosquitos
  • Mosquitos
  • Mosquitos
68 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers