A note from Paul Rosolie, head guide of this trip:
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.
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.