About This Reserve

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.

Accommodations

  • Los Amigos Cabins

    Los Amigos is in a remote location and features 7 cabins with basic accommodations: comfortable beds (your choice of single or double) with mosquito nets, private bathroom, a deck with hammock or lounge chairs, and 24-hour solar powered electricity. The dining hall has a lounge area for reviewing bird lists at the end of the day, and serves local Peruvian fare. Limited internet is available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in common areas.

  • Los Amigos Cabins

    Los Amigos is in a remote location and features 7 cabins with basic accommodations: comfortable beds (your choice of single or double) with mosquito nets, private bathroom, a deck with hammock or lounge chairs, and 24-hour solar powered electricity. The dining hall has a lounge area for reviewing bird lists at the end of the day, and serves local Peruvian fare. Limited internet is available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in common areas.

  • Cabin Room

    Los Amigos is in a remote location and features 7 cabins with basic accommodations: comfortable beds (your choice of single or double) with mosquito nets, private bathroom, a deck with hammock or lounge chairs, and 24-hour solar powered electricity. The dining hall has a lounge area for reviewing bird lists at the end of the day, and serves local Peruvian fare. Limited internet is available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in common areas.

  • Dormitory

    Los Amigos also has a dormitory for student groups and researchers.

  • Biological station

    Spacious research labs and offices are also available for visiting researchers.

  • Canoeing

    A 200-foot observation tower makes for great views and photography opportunities!

  • Observation tower

    Take a canoe out onto the Los Amigos River for a different birding perspective and lovely sunset views from the water.

Dining Available
Guide Available
Observation Tower
Overnight Accomodation
Restrooms Available
Trails Available

What You'll See

  • Blue-crowned Trogon

    Warren Cooke

  • Harpy Egale

    Greg Homel

  • Mottled Owl

    Greg Homel

  • Orange-headed Tanager

    Bertrando Campos

  • Razor-billed Curassow

    Fabrice Schmitt

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