The Amazon Research and Conservation Center, or ARCC (in operation since 2002) was established to save a 25,000 acre area of biologically diverse, old-growth Amazon rainforest located in the middle reaches of the Las Piedras River. ARCC is achieving long-term conservation of this rainforest by providing a focal point. We drive the active conservation of wild nature by monitoring wildlife population, managing the potential threats of deforestation and poaching, and by education and awareness-building opportunities. Profits from ARCC go directly towards these conservation activities.
The ARCC offers quality nature-based tourism, research, volunteer, and training workshop programs that run alongside ARCC forest stewardship and conservation activities.
We provide three itineraries ranging from 2 to 5 night stays at ARCC. Tours can be easily customized all you need do is get in touch with your requirements. Come, join us and share in this Amazon rainforest conservation effort!
Located at the foot of the Andes in untouched, primary tropical rainforest, ARCC is one of the world's premiere birding destinations. That's why we have a specialist itinerary for our specialist birders.
If you have questions about particular target species, do get in touch!
Included: All meals, accommodation, transfers to and from the Puerto Maldonado airport, boat transport, tour guide, Lectures and other nature interpretation services, rubber boots, and non-bottled beverages.
Not Included: Airfares, bottled beverages (sodas, beer, wine, bottled water), travel and medical insurance, laundry, additional nights and transfers costs due to flight cancellations.
Transfers on arrival and departure: Trips from Puerto Maldonado to ARCC leave daily at 12:00 pm (midday), so please schedule flights to arrive in Puerto Maldonado in the morning. The return trip from ARCC to Puerto Maldonado leaves at 5:00 am on the last day, so please schedule flights to depart Puerto Maldonado in the afternoon on this last day.
Activities: The order of activities may change at short notice due to weather conditions and safety considerations.
Meals: We provide set course dishes at mealtimes, including vegetarian and vegan options that combine Peruvian and international recipes. Filtered water, fruit juices, as well as optional Peruvian coffee and imported teas are the usual beverage accompaniments.
Fitness level: This program is set at an intermediate level of fitness. Visitors should be able to walk 5 km. or 3 miles over sometimes uneven terrain and up/down flights of 20 steps.
Packing list: Daypack, flashlight, spare batteries, water bottle, binoculars, camera gear, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain coat or rain poncho, first aid kit and personal medications, swim wear and towel, long trousers, long-sleeved tops, T-shirts, shorts, fleece or warm jacket (for early morning boat trips), sandals or indoor shoes, hiking boots (remember rubber boots are provided), toiletries and other personal hygiene products.
Personal valuables: Valuables should be given to the ARCC manager for safe keeping on arrival.
Mosquito netting: For your comfort and wellbeing mosquito netting covers all Windows both in the cabins and the main buildings, and mosquito nets are provided for all beds.
Smoking: Smoking is permitted on the verandah and stair area of the main lodge building, and on
the verandahs of the cabins. No smoking is allowed in the dining room, at the bar and sitting room area, in any of the toilets, and inside your cabin. All cigarette butts must be disposed of properly in the bins provided.
Telephone: We do not have a telephone at the lodge. All long-distance communication is done via radio but we have satellite internet only for people applying when making reservations under a cost that the client must assume.
Medical themes: Malaria is very rare in this region of the Amazon, but we recommend you always follow your doctor's advice; Yellow fever injections are recommended before travel to Puerto Maldonado; Leishmaniasis is a skin disease transmitted by small biting flies, prevent it by using insect repellent and wearing long trousers and long tops.
Emergencies: We have well-rehearsed emergency procedures requiring rapid transport of visitors to Puerto Maldonado (emergency travel time 3 hrs.). The lodge also has a general purpose first aid kit for minor issues.
Power: Electricity (220 Volts) is provided by gasoline-driven generators and is available from outlets in cabins, dining room, bar and sitting room areas of the lodge. Propane gas is used to power the cooking stoves in the kitchen as well as the hot water system for the showers in the cabins.