Expedition Amazon - March 1, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Jason Goldman
Photo Credit: Steven Acres
Photo Credit: Steven Acres
Photo Credit: Steven Acres

Expedition Amazon

from $4,215 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 14
  • Challenging
  • Outdoor Expedition

What does it take to discover a new species? Do butterflies really drink turtle tears? And why do birds and monkeys like to chow down on clay? These are just some of the questions that drive scientists to spend weeks, months, and sometimes years living in the jungle. Get a unique opportunity to experience this lifestyle by spending a full week with scientists in some of the most remote rainforest eco-lodges in the world, deep in the Peruvian Amazon.

This isn’t your typical Amazon tour. With the help of local tour guides and expert wildlife biologists, you’ll enjoy a rainforest experience unlike any other. Learn how real-life field biology works, have a chance to discover and observe new species, and get a living lesson on the ecology and conservation of one of the planet’s most important habitats: the Amazon rainforest. 

  • Incredible wildlife
  • Conversations with experts and researchers
  • Night hikes in the jungle
  • Canopy climbs and sunrise boat rides


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Jason Goldman
Dr. Jason G. Goldman is an award-winning science journalist and expedition leader based in Los Angeles. He’s collared foxes on California’s Channel Islands, been sneezed on by iguanas in the Galápagos, tracked lions in South Africa, rode a yak across Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, and searched for rare lizards in the cloud forests of Ecuador. He's written for Scientific American, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, Teen Vogue, and elsewhere, and is co-author of Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature In and Around Los Angeles. He’s been leading wildlife trips with Atlas Obscura since 2017.
Phil Torres
Phil Torres has been bitten by an anaconda, tackled a tiger shark, and gotten lost in a forest full of quicksand… all in the name of science. As a researcher and science communicator, he spent two years living in the Amazon and has worked in Mongolia, Venezuela, Sweden, the Bahamas, the Arctic, and the bottom of the ocean. He is the creator and host of The Jungle Diaries and has hosted more than 70 episodes of TechKnow on Al Jazeera. He also hosts Ready, Set, Pet on The CW network and Big Metal Bird for United Airlines. Phil has made several significant discoveries as a field biologist in South America, including the decoy spider, a thieving butterfly, and silkhenge; this research and wildlife photography has been featured by National Geographic, Wired, and the BBC. He’s been leading wildlife trips with Atlas Obscura since 2017.
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Amazing opportunity to experience the rainforest with people who are knowledgeable about and who get truly excited by plants, animals, birds, insects and spiders; and who care deeply about conserving the environment and fragile ecosystems; and want to support sustainable practices around ecotourism.
—Julie S. (March 2018)

Additional Info

Activity Level

We recommend that you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. Be prepared to walk up to five miles per day through thick, muddy jungle terrain. Keep in mind this will be much more taxing than five miles of flat pavement. Throughout our time on the river, explorers will be getting in and out of our boat, and you will also have the opportunity to climb multiple canopy towers, which involve several flights of stairs. While Rainforest Expeditions excels at catering to travelers, and the lodges are quite nice and the food is delicious, please keep in mind we are venturing deep into the Amazon jungle to facilities only accessible by boat. We’ll be walking several miles per day through warm and humid jungle habitats on trails that in some places are covered in ankle-deep mud. Visiting this part of the world requires moderate physical effort, but the reward when you see your first wild macaws or catch a glimpse of an elusive tapir is well worth it. That being said, our days should not feel exhausting; you’ll be hiking just hard enough to get a very good night’s sleep every night.

Health & Safety

Please keep in mind that we are venturing deep into the Amazon jungle to facilities only accessible by boat. If you have any medications, don’t forget to bring enough with you, sealed in plastic Ziploc bags. The rooms at all three lodges are open to the rainforest on one side so you can fall asleep watching the fireflies and wake up to the throaty calls of howler monkeys. The beds all come equipped with heavy mosquito nets. Don’t forget to put the nets down before you head to dinner each night. In terms of disease risk, malaria and zika are rare, but they are present; travelers should consult their own doctors about potential preventative measures. Leishmaniasis is present as well (and is treatable). All of this is why DEET and long sleeves are required, especially at night. Finally, a yellow fever vaccine is not required, but travelers may wish to consult their own doctors. Other CDC recommendations for travel in Peru may be found by clicking here.

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), please note that you should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on March 1, and depart on March 7 after 8 p.m. (On our return flight from Puerto Maldonado, we anticipate landing in Lima around 4:30 p.m.) Please note that if you would like to join the Natural History Museum tour on March 1, you should plan to arrive on February 29. Should you like to spend any extra days in Lima before or after our week together, we're happy to arrange extra hotel nights for you, and will provide the option in your final payment.

Dates and Prices

Mar 01–Mar 07, 2020
Shared Room
$4,215 USD per person
Single Room
$4,635 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $4,215 A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $3,625 will be due by December 4, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $420 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • All meals and accommodation during your stay.
  • Internal flights between Lima and Puerto Maldonado, your Tambopata River point of embarkation.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • Tips for the local Amazon guides.
  • Company of two expert guides in the field of biology, conservation, and science journalism as well as local guides on each of your rainforest excursions.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Lima.
  • Transportation from the Lima airport to the group hotel.
  • Individual travel insurance (recommended).

Additional Dates

Trip FAQ

Peru does not require any immunizations for entry, although it recommends vaccination against Yellow Fever. Travelers may wish to consult their own doctors. Other CDC recommendations for travel in Peru may be found by clicking here.

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