Become a Junglekeeper

      Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      5 reviews
      Apr 13 - 20, 2024
      Group size: 5 - 10
      Become a Junglekeeper
      Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      5 reviews

      Apr 13 - 20, 2024
      Group size: 5 - 10

      About this trip

      A note from Paul Rosolie:

      If you were reading this, I want you to know how incredibly important your role and protecting this forest is. Protecting Amazonia has always been my calling but in the wake of Covid, when the fires have gotten worse and invasions are at a new high, more than ever it is important that we continue to keep these ancient ecosystem safe. The last year has been hard on our local team of rangers and conservationists. But now we are making the rally to begin again and pick up where we left off. These trips are the first ones that will give life to these projects and work to our local conservationists. JJ and I are looking forward to welcoming you to the Amazon, and want to say thank you in advance for being so intrepid to come and help us protect all of this great ancient wilderness. We couldn’t do it without you it’s going to be a hell of an adventure! 


      The loss of biodiversity has been described as the defining issue of our time, on this expedition we will be entering one of the most critical conservation areas on the planet. During this expedition we will be collaborating with Junglekeepers to give a true experience of the daily life of Junglekeeper rangers while they do their work to protect the forest. Participants in this expedition will have the opportunity to participate in patrols and work directly with the rangers. 

      Junglekeepers is helping to create a conservation area in the vitally important Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. Junglekeepers works to protect one of the most biodiverse and pristine areas of this region: the Las Piedras river corridor, one of the last remaining untouched rainforests on earth. 

      Junglekeepers, in collaboration with local partners, has helped protect an initial 4,906 acres along Las Piedras river which is actively protected from resource extraction and destruction.

      Forest Rangers monitor the concession and report any illegal activity. For local Peruvians the ranger program also offers an employment alternative that protects the land rather than harms it.

      It is central to the Junglekeepers ethos to employ and train local and indigenous community members in the active protection of land that is ultimately theirs. Forest Rangers monitor the concessions, maintain trails and report any illegal activity occurring on the land being monitored. Rangers also track wildlife to contribute to broader scientific datasets in the region.

      For local Peruvians, the Ranger Program also offers an employment alternative to protect the land rather than being forced to participate in harmful activity due to economic pressure. The current and past rangers say this work is a great source of pride as it empowers them in the stewardship of their homeland.

      Payment Terms

      The deposit to secure your spot on the trip is non-refundable for any reason. 

      The balance of payment is due no later than 30 days before the trip begins. The balance of payment is non-refundable for any reason 30 days or less before the trip begins. 

      Flight Information

      The meeting point for this trip is Puerto Maldonado, Peru (airport code PEM). Please wait to hear from us before booking your flight. 

      You will be staying at a hotel in town on the day of arrival and the night before departing, so your flight times can be any time during the day. 

      What’s included

      • Puerto Maldonado Hotel
      • Jungle Accommodations
      • Jungle Meals
      • Guides and Staff
      • Airfare
        Not Included
      • Puerto Maldonado Meals
        Not Included
      • Travel Insurance
        Not Included. This is required to go on an expedition.


      April 13th
      Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      Land at the airport and take a short cab ride to the hotel. Our guide will meet the group to discuss the plans for the expedition. Spend some time in town to absorb the local culture and cuisine before resting up in a hotel room for the next day’s adventure.

      Your Organizer

      Tamandua Expeditions
      5 reviews
      Tamandua Expeditions originally began running trips out of the Peruvian Amazon Basin over 10 years ago. Today, we offer adventure-packed, hands on, expeditions through some of the most beautiful and challenging wilderness on earth. With locations in Peru and India. Our focus on wildlife research, conservation, and responsible adventure travel.


      It was amazing - the team leader (Empe) was fantastic, Ian was so knowledgeable and great at finding snakes and amphibians and making everyone feel like they could do it too, the camp hosts and family (Borian) were spectacular hosts and cooks and guides, and the camp was comfortable and fun. I couldn’t have had a better time!
      By Amy Jordheim for Operation Malinowski: Herping in the Tambopata/Malinowski Watershed on Jan 24, 2023
      This was my fourth trip with Tamandua Expeditions. If you have an adventurous spirit this is the team you want to go with. My most recent trip to Africa provided more wildlife encounters with Africa's big game, endangered and at-risk animals all within a huge yet well-protected wildlife reserve. It gave me hope seeing the work being done here, and to see so many magnificent animals living within a healthy ecosystem.
      By Grant Phelps for South Africa on Nov 14, 2022
      The trip to South Africa with Paul and the VetPAW guys was an incredible experience! They get you up close and personal to give you raw wildlife exposure, while always maintaining control of your safety and respecting the animals. Paul and Sterling are authentic and welcoming people who go above and beyond to give you the best trip possible. 10/10 recommend any Tamandua trip.
      By Laura Kinsel for South Africa on Nov 13, 2022
      Trips with Tamandua are always one of a kind, adrenaline pumping dventures! It's the people, the places the wildlife! Can not recommend them highly enough for anyone looking for a one of a kind, life changing experience!
      By DEBBIE GREEN for South Africa on Nov 08, 2022
      Awesome trip!! It was everything I dreamed about and more. Staff and guides were professional, knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. Food was delicious and there was something different each day. Accommodation was clean and comfortable, I had the best night sleep over there. It definitely was the most unique trip I ever been on and you really get to experience Amazon rainforest at its best. I would recommend it to everyone and most surely will go there again. Thank you!
      By Anni Uusivirta for Tamandua Premium: Luxury in the Rainforest on Jun 14, 2022