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Puerto Maldonado

Location: Peru

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Located in the department of Madre de Dios, Puerto Maldonado is the entrance gate to the southern Amazon Forest, where several national parks and natural reserves are located. Puerto Maldonado has alternately been the Peruvian center of rubber, logging, gold and oil exploration and extraction. Presently, the main economic activities taking place in this region are chestnut cultivation, eco-tourism, and mining.

This trip is an immersive experience in the Southern Peruvian Amazon Forest. Students will experience high humidity and extreme temperatures in the middle of an amazing natural environment surrounded by rivers, lakes, animals and local flora.

Students will visit the amazing Guacamayo Collpa, a hill where several species of parrots come to eat every morning. They will also take a guided hike among the forest, learning about the local species of plants and animals, along with a nocturnal walk to observe insects and night animals in their natural habitat.

Optional in the following sessions