Catch sight of an Orange-breasted Falcon, traverse the famed Manu Road, and experience the most incredible birding in the world at our lodges. But birds are not all that you will see during your visit with us. Our birding lodges are nested within biological stations, which are learning centers for researchers, students and volunteers from Peru and around the world. Spanning the eastern border of world-famous Manu National Park—a global biodiversity hotspot and home to 10% of the world’s birds—and located in distinct habitats from the Andean cloud forest to the Amazonian lowlands, our three stations serve as bases for ACA’s on-the-ground research and conservation efforts. Owned and operated by our Peruvian sister organization Conservación Amazónica–ACCA, the biological stations offer access to over 100 miles of trails, rivers, and waterfalls—unspoiled habitat for birdwatchers and scientists alike following Manu Road.
During your stay at our stations, you will witness southeastern Peru’s rich wildlife and see 15 years of science-driven conservation in action. At Wayqecha, Villa Carmen, and Los Amigos, you can share your passion for nature over meals and evening talks on the latest in science and conservation led by researchers or staff…before you retire to your comfortable cabin for an early morning of birding. As you are walking a trail, you may catch site of a researcher checking on a camera trap that monitors spectacled bears, jaguars tapirs, ocelots and other wildlife. En route to the lounge to review your day’s sightings, you may cross paths with professors and students who can share their research on primate behavior, climate change, rare butterflies, or amphibian conservation, or witness a volunteer testing new agriculture technologies to slow the slash-and-burn cycle.
From training local schoolchildren in conservation to providing scholarships to Peruvian university students who otherwise could not afford field research, we are also supporting education for the future stewards of this landscape. Over 260 scientific publications have been generated from research at our stations, and numerous new species have been discovered.
You are our partner in conservation; your stay with us directly supports our work protecting bird habitat, tracking climate change responses, species monitoring, training future conservationists, and more.
Thanks to this scholarship, I was able to obtain valuable information that will serve not only as a basis to evaluate forest health after disturbance by illegal mining, but also reveal how bird communities are contributing to the regeneration process. This experience has inspired me to continue learning and take on new research.
-Vania Tejada, Peruvian university student, ACA scholarship recipient