Herping in the Madre de Dios Region

      Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      14 reviews
      Jan 10 - 17, 2024
      Group size: 5 - 11
      Herping in the Madre de Dios Region
      Puerto Maldonado, Peru

      14 reviews

      Jan 10 - 17, 2024
      Group size: 5 - 11

      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!

      Lead Guide - Ian Breland

      Ian Breland is a Wildlife Filmmaker and Conservation Photographer with a burning passion for helping show others the Amazon's infinitely biodiverse ecosystems and the bottomless depths of adventure that the jungle provides. He is a Reptile and Amphibian specialist, with years of experience in the relentless pursuit of the ones that call the Peruvian Amazon home. Throughout his career Ian has amassed a wealth of knowledge and curiosity regarding all kinds of Neotropical flora & fauna, and will learn alongside you as we push forward into the unknown.

      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. 

      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 10th
      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
      14 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.


      We had the best time over at the Amazon rainforest! The team is spectacular and we were well taken care of during our stay. Marcos and Willen are excellent guides and we got to see both the rainbow and emerald tree boa :) Highly reccomend!!!
      By Dan N for Herping in the Madre de Dios Region on Feb 17, 2024
      This trip was a dream come true! The remoteness of this location alone is enough to put you in another state of mind. The Treehouse rose above the canopy as macaws flew by and howler monkeys drowned out the sound in the morning. You need to experience it for yourselves!
      By Lawrence A for Exclusive Jungle Experience with Paul Rosolie on Nov 14, 2023
      This was the trip of a lifetime. The food was amazing and the camp was comfortable. The people who work there made this trip though. From start to finish it was just amazing. You have to come see for yourself. I will definitely be back
      By Zachary B for Become a Junglekeeper on Jun 12, 2023
      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 J 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 P for South Africa on Nov 14, 2022
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