Peru- The Amazon Jungle – 13 Day Teen (& Family) Learning Community


Peru: The Amazon rainforest and jungle retreat with an emphasis on conservation, sustainability, ornithology, ethnobotany and biology.

A 13-day learning community retreat centered in Peru’s Amazon Jungle

We are partnering with Tambopota Research Center & Rainforest Expeditions for this retreat, details below:

When:  March 11-  March 23, 2016

Where:  Puerto Maldonado, the Amazon, Peru

Status:   1 space left!

 – All inclusive

Who: 8 or more participants (ages 12-20) unschooolers, homeschoolers, worldschoolers and teens & young adults who are self-directed.
For this retreat only, we are open to family members and younger participants too. Please contact us with your questions.

A minimum of 8 participants are required to produce this learning community retreat


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Full accommodations for the duration of the learning community retreat
All airport transfers
All ground transportation
Roundtrip flights Lima to  Puerto Maldonado and back
Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
Entrance fees to the national reserve
All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes throughout the retreat.
Filtered drinking water to refill your water bottles (water bottle not included).

Does not include: International airfare, laundry services, snacks, and meals during travel days:  March 11 & March 23. Also not included are  extras such as souvenirs, toiletries, batteries, insect repellent or other personal items.


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Schedule: *

Day 1  – Arrive in Lima- Meet and greet
Day 2 – Ceviche & Ice Breakers
Day 3 – Explore Lima – Culture & History
Day 4 – Travel to Puerto Maldonado- Travel by boat to Refugio Amazonas, orientation + circle of fire
Day 5 – Visit the canopy tower, after travel by boat to Tambopata Research Center, visit the Chuncho Clay Lick, hike the Overlook Trail & night Macaw Project Lectures by attending scientist
Day 6 – Macaw Clay Lick, hike the Floodplain Trail, visit the Pond Platform for exotic bird watching
Day 7 – Hike the Terra Firme Trail & the Palm Swamp Trail in search of indigenous mammals living in the Amazon
Day 8 – Trip to the canopy tower to view the toucans, parrots and macaws, hike the Creeks Trail to explore the creek ecology
Day 9  – Clay lick monitoring with the researchers, registering data such as start time, point of sampling, meteorological conditions, number of birds observed by species, and conduct characterization
Day 10 – Boat transfer to Refugio Amazonas, learn about the Brazil Nut harvest and camp + farm visit to the indigenous Amazonian community of Condenado for an ethnobotanical tour
Day 11 – Visit to Oxbow Lake, observe the lake ecosystem including spotting piranhas, hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers and otters- afternoon session learning about the rainforest tattoo and natural dyes
Day 12 – Visit both the Parrot Clay Lick & the Mammal Clay Lick
Day 13 – Morning boat back to Puerto Maldonado, flights back to Lima, and catch our evening international flights back home

*Schedule is subject to shift




Explore the Amazon with us, learn about the rainforest through engaging activities that blend aspects of nature and culture in the Peruvian Amazon. This is a hands on experience that will change you to the core and see the world, just a little different.



Our group will be in the  Miraflores district in Lima for three nights before we head to the Amazon. We always stay in reputable hostels that are registered with the tourism organizations in Peru. All rooms during this trip will be shared among our group. In Lima, we will stay in a private mixed dorm room with our group only.

During our stay at the  Rainforest Expeditions eco-lodges, our accommodations will be shared, with up to three from our group in one room. Each of the rooms are equipped with mosquito nets and have the unique feature of having one wall open to the surrounding jungle.


During our stay at Rainforest Expeditions, we will be served fresh meals, sourced from the surrounding jungle and farms in the area. Breakfast and dinners will always be served buffet style, fresh juice available and there are always an abundance of vegetarian options. During our daytime activities or travel days, we will be provided with tasty packed lunches. For specific food requirements, please be sure to mention that on your application.


Safety is our highest priority at Project World School. This was the primary reason we partnered with Rainforest Expeditions in order to assure the highest level of safety possible. Rainforest Expeditions is known for  their safety record and has highly trained staff on hand. We felt it was necessary to have this assurance before we committed to taking a group of teens into the Amazon jungle.

First Aid and Emergencies

In case of emergencies Rainforest Expeditions has a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Their guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emergencies (such as an appendicitis).


For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, they have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.

Yellow Fever Inoculations

Yellow fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata, but not required. Please do your own research on this topic and make a decision that feels right for you and your family. If you have questions please feel to contact us here.


Malaria is present but extremely rare. If you wish to take medical precautions against malaria consult your physician or a specialist in tropical medicine. Again, make an informed choice, do your own research. If you have questions please feel to contact us here.

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Tambopata Research Center Room Amenities

Our rooms are unique due to the fact that one side of the room opens out onto the surrounding rainforest acting as a window into the forest allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even from the comfort of their hammocks and enabling you to view animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge. The reason we have been able to incorporate this “luxurious” design into our lodge is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the rain forest.

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Rooms amenities at the Rainforest Expedition eco-lodge:

  • Natural Construction – A simple, airy lodge built from traditional materials such as wood, palm fronds and clay.
  • Rooms – Eighteen bedrooms, eight shared bathrooms and a common area including for dining. Bedrooms are separated from one another by light cane fencing, with drapes instead of doors. Rooms are private but not soundproof.
  • Electricity – A 110V generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous lamps and candles.
  • Hot Water -Hot water is available in this and all of our other lodges.
  • Communication – TRC is in daily contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima via internet, satellite phone and HF radio.
  • Mosquito Nets – All have rooms mosquito nets on beds, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.
  • Jungle Views – Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even on their downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge.

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In order to qualify for the early bird discount, you must get your application in by December 1 AND pay the $1,000 deposit to hold your space. 50% of your deposit is refundable if you cancel 60 days prior to the retreat.

Please contact us for family discounts. For this retreat only, we will consider younger learners with an adult participant but there are restrictions. If you are interested, please contact us for details before submitting an application. 


Our partner for this retreat is Rainforest Expeditions
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