Herping in the Madre de Dios Region

      Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      21 reviews
      Jan 4 - 11, 2025
      Group size: 5 - 10
      Herping in the Madre de Dios Region
      Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      21 reviews

      Jan 4 - 11, 2025
      Group size: 5 - 10

      About this trip

      On this first-of-its-kind expedition, we'll not only learn about the impending threat of illegal resource extraction in the amazon, but the trip will be extremely focused on tracking down some of the Amazon's most cryptic and elusive lifeforms- Reptiles & Amphibians (Herps). We call searching for them "Herping" and as a group we'll dive into the jungle every night to find, photograph, and appreciate as many of them as possible. Diversity trumps quantity in the jungle, so we'll see new kinds of herps every single night- many either undescribed or understudied. We'll do early morning walks as our cold-blooded friends bathe in the soft sunlight and search for all 4 species of caiman in the region by boat. 

      Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the expedition will be a consistent, committed and muddy search for the unrivaled king of the jungle- the Green Anaconda. Anacondas can grow up to 20 feet and are the heaviest snakes on the planet. While able to attain massive sizes, they're incredibly hard to find, imperiled in the region due to habitat loss, climate change, and local myths & legends leading to uneducated killings. We'll have access to pristine Anaconda habitat of which many behemoths have been spotted in the past, and will work our hardest as a team to get a once in a lifetime look at these apex predators. 

      One more notable snake in the area we'll search for is the Bushmaster, another cryptic predator often residing in primary rainforest and Brazil Nut concessions. They're the 2nd largest venomous snake in the world, and maybe the closest we can get to seeing dragons in real life. We'll also hold extensive and fun wildlife photography workshops to help those interested in best capturing the beauty of these animals attain the most awe-inspiring shots as possible. Buckle up!

      Payment Terms

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

      The balance of payment is due on December 1st and is non-refundable for any reason at this time. 

      Travel 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. 

      To enter Peru, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay. 

      What’s included

      • Puerto Maldonado Hotel
      • Jungle Accommodations
      • Jungle Meals
      • Guides and Staff

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Not Included
      • Puerto Maldonado Meals
        Not Included
      • Travel Insurance
        Not Included. This is required to go on an expedition

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      Deposit: $900


      January 4th
      Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      Arrive in Puerto Maldonado (airport code PEM) and take a short taxi ride to the hotel. Tamandua guides will welcome you into the jungle town and make sure you are settled in your hotel. We’ll all go out for dinner and an orientation before getting a good night of rest before tomorrow. 

      Your Organizer

      Tamandua Expeditions
      21 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.


      Wow, where do I even start on this one! Hands down some of the most humble and amazing people that I have ever met in my life. Every single one went above and beyond to make sure we all had the most amazing experience. Can’t thank enough to Pico, William, Victor, Paul, Pedro, and all of the team! Sorry I don’t have everyone’s names to thank you personally here but these humans are incredible. Their dedication to this project is something truly special! I have been fortunate to have done many trips around the world and I don’t say lightly that this is one of the best experiences that I have ever had! One thing that impressed me was their dedication to the Amazon and making sure that the local people are being involved and truly cared for, not to mention the fact that they will 100% adapt the tour for your needs and your energy. I honestly can’t recommend it enough! Truly expect to have an adventure of a lifetime that will forever live with you. Not to mention how incredible it is to wake up in the treehouse. No words can describe that. To the Tamandua team and Junglekeepers my forever thank you for everything you are doing for the Amazon and for your love to me and my group members! I will without a doubt be back. I feel like I made some friends there for life. You guys rock! Big love, your friend, Miguel.
      By Miguel R for Exclusive Jungle Experience with Paul Rosolie on May 15, 2024
      We had an amazing experience. The Tamandua staff are incredibly accommodating and fun to be around. My wife and I met an incredible group of like minded individuals that were an absolute joy to be around. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable about every aspect of the fauna and flora in the jungle. We explored the jungle during early morning adventures while it was still dark and into the night. The day was packed with activities and we experienced sites and sounds that will be in our minds for ever. We highly recommend this expedition as it will be an experience you will treasure for ever. The people that served and guided us will live in our memories as we genuinely felt like we were among friends.
      By Lorenzo P for Become a Junglekeeper April 2024 on May 09, 2024
      Unbelievable experience. Every team member went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible. It was an honor to see the untouched jungle and learn about the work that is being done to save it. Would definitely do this trip again!!
      By Abbey K for Become a Junglekeeper April 2024 on Apr 24, 2024
      An adventure of a lifetime! A dream come true with the best team possible. Very knowledgeable, caring, entertaining… delicious food! Paul and JJ’s mission in the Amazons is admirable! We need to preserve this Jungle with its perfect harmony and equilibrium. A constant reminder of our existence.
      By Amparo I for Exclusive Jungle Experience with Paul Rosolie on Apr 18, 2024
      Epic adventure! Huge personal challenges. The Peruvian Amazon is a different world! Site staff was knowledgeable and supportive. Delicious meals!
      By Rob B for Herping in the Madre de Dios Region March on Mar 26, 2024
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      Went on the Operation Malinowski herping trip with Ian and William in March 2024. It was an amazing experience! They were both super knowledgeable and skilled at finding and handling the reptiles and amphibians that we found. I always felt safe, while still being able to admire the amazing animals that we found. Plus the accommodations were great, and food was amazing. Would definitely recommend the opportunity to enjoy the amazing ecosystem while supporting a great company!
      By Jacob D on 26 Mar, 2024