Located five hours by road and river northwest of Puerto Maldonado, the Los Amigos Biological Station is where the Los Amigos and Madre de Dios Rivers converge. Adjacent to the Los Amigos Conservation Concession, with world-famous Manu National Park to the west, Los Amigos is part of a watershed that includes millions of acres of protected wilderness in southeastern Peru. The landscape is a mosaic of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including palm swamps, bamboo thickets, oxbow lakes, and various types of flooded and non-flooded forests. Wildlife is abundant, including 12 globally threatened species and abundant Amazonian fauna including giant otters, spider monkeys and jaguars, with over 550 birds on the bird list. The area also contains 11 species of primates. By way of comparison, all of Costa Rica holds only four.
Get ready for some serious birding, with species such as Pavonine Quetzal, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, and the Pale-winged Trumpeter. Impressively, 308 birds were logged here on the 2015 Global Big Day and Sean Williams set a new record for most birds observed in a single day without a motorized vehicle here on July 23rd, 2015 with 345 species in 19 hours over 11 miles! Birders could spend several days or several months here and still see something new every day.
Other birds to look for include Purus Jacamar, Manu Antbird, Harpy Eagle, and Musician Wren.