Explore the Spectacular Nature and culture of the Peruvian Amazon!

Mark Your Calendar for CECCOT’s 2019 Programs

We provide programs in Birding, Photography & Beyond

Our programs offer you the amazing opportunity to be part of conservation, education, and community engagement in one of the most biodiverse regions on our planet!


March 22 - 30, 2019

BIRD SURVEYS, MIST NETTING, BANDING & CONSERVATION PROGRAM

Rufous-fronted Antthrush.   (Formicarius rufifrons)  - banded during bird diversity surveys .  Documenting the bird species at  CECCOT  is an exciting way to learn more about the local environment and ecology.   Explore the brilliant diversity of birds in one of the most biodiverse regions on earth!

Rufous-fronted Antthrush. (Formicarius rufifrons) - banded during bird diversity surveys. Documenting the bird species at CECCOT is an exciting way to learn more about the local environment and ecology.

Explore the brilliant diversity of birds in one of the most biodiverse regions on earth!

Join us for 8 days of bird surveys and bird-banding as we document the avifauna of our conservation area. You will take part in longterm research and add valuable data to CECCOT’s conservation efforts. Ursula Valdez, an expertly trained ornithologist and native of Peru, will lead this program.

CECCOT’s conservation reserve covers a mosaic of secondary and primary forest, palm swamp and some farmed land along the Madre de Dios river in southeastern Peru. You will have the opportunity to be trained in bird banding techniques and survey avifauna diversity in the various habitat types around the reserve. There will still be time for birding and independent exploration of the rainforest. There is so much to see, so make sure to bring good binoculars and a camera to take it all in!

An overnight field trip to Lago Sandoval, one of the best places in the world to see Giant River Otters, as well as an excursions to a nearby parrot lick to see colorful macaws, and a visit to local sustainability forest projects are included within the program.

Setting: The program will take place at the Centro de Education, Ciencia y Conservacion Tambopata (CECCOT) - Hacienda Herrera. Our mission is to promote conservation education and research of the region’s natural history with a minimal human footprint. The facilities are jungle-inspired with thatch-covered shared rooms, a large and comfortable common area, excellent food (natural & fresh, local, mostly vegetarian and sustainable), and with plenty of purified water (and fresh coffee!). You will be comfortable!

Lodging facilities: Shared rooms with indoor bathrooms. Solar-powered electricity is available. We don’t have Wi-Fi, but some cell phones are able to connect (Be assured that we have an emergency phone one in site, along with local cell coverage in the field).

Weather: Potential rain and muddy trails, mosquitoes, and heat . . . it is the rainforest! Our center is not a luxury lodge, but rather a place that is designed to blend with nature.

Requirements: Interest in tropical birds and a desire to experience the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon. Good mobility and a healthy sense of adventure. Positive attitude and respect for all participants and local partners. Willingness to stay in rustic (yet comfortable) shared conditions. ** All levels of experience are welcome! Must provide proof of travel insurance and yellow fever vaccine.

Number of participants: max of 15, space is limited: APPLY NOW!

Questions? You may submit questions and express your interest in our program on our contact form. We will respond promptly.

Please note that your final confirmation can not be established until your deposit is received. Registrants will receive a receipt, details of course and logistics, accommodation information, and pre-course reading material upon acceptance and receipt of deposit. You will have all of your questions and concerns addressed well in advance!

Cost: US $950
Included: All transportation once you meet us in Puerto Maldonado early on June 28, shared accommodations, all meals, bird watching with leaders, field trips and field research training.
Not included: Travel to and from Puerto Maldonado or lodging outside of the program dares.

For more information or to determine availability, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Payment Schedule: $450 deposit due January 14, 2019 Remaining balance of $500 due February 18, 2019


Cancellation Policy:
Last date to cancel and receive a refund is February 22, 2019

Optional trips: If you are interested in expanding your stay before and after the program (other locations within the area or other regions, i.e. Cusco and Machu Picchu), ask us as our Peru staff can help organizing those trips.

 

JUNE 23 - JULY 2 2019

BIRD BANDING, CONSERVATION & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

There are plenty of opportunities to journey off the beaten path, seek adventure, and take   lots of photos   when you participate in one of  CECCOT's  Peruvian Amazon programs.   It's hard to imagine a better place to take photos of the natural world!

There are plenty of opportunities to journey off the beaten path, seek adventure, and take lots of photos when you participate in one of CECCOT's Peruvian Amazon programs.

It's hard to imagine a better place to take photos of the natural world!

Immerse yourself in biodiversity while learning hands-on skills of bird studies, conservation science, and nature photography.

You will:

  • Learn hands-on from professional ornithologists, ecologists & photographers.

  • Contribute to important conservation research in the Amazon Rainforest.

  • Photograph nature in one of the most amazing places on earth.

  • Add dozens of birds to your Life List.

Are you ready for 10 days in the Amazon Rainforest of Southeastern Peru? Have you ever dreamt of helping protect rainforests? Would you like to learn about birds and nature photography while taking part in meaningful biodiversity conservation research?

Join us to be trained by in bird banding and survey techniques including mist netting, species identification, sexing and aging birds, and data collection methods. There will also be breakout sessions in wildlife and nature photography, as well as sessions in “birding by ear” and stargazing. This experiential workshop will expand your appreciation of nature while also adding to your resume.

Your leaders will include career ornithologists, ecologists, educators, and an exceptional photographer. Along with our United States staff, we will have experienced local Peruvian assistants in the field.

In addition to learning hands-on, your work will contribute important data to our conservation efforts, as we continue to monitor biodiversity and bird populations in our region. CECCOT is a nonprofit fully dedicated to conservation, sustainability, and education in the Madre de Dios of Peru. There will be significant interaction with the local community.

There will also be time to explore the jungle! This includes hiking and some canoeing. We will visit a clay lick to observe colorful parrots and macaws. Abundant wildlife viewing is at every turn.

One overnight trip to Lago Sandoval will be included. This is one of the best places in the Amazon to see GIANT OTTERS and even more species of birds!

Setting: The program will take place at the Centro de Education, Ciencia y Conservacion Tambopata (CECCOT) - Hacienda Herrera. Our mission is to promote conservation education and research of the region’s natural history with a minimal human footprint. The facilities are jungle-inspired with thatch-covered shared rooms, a large and comfortable common area, excellent food (natural & fresh, local, mostly vegetarian and sustainable), and with plenty of purified water (and fresh coffee!). You will be comfortable!

Lodging facilities: Shared rooms with comfo shared bathrooms. Solar-powered electricity is available. We don’t have Wi-Fi, but some cell phones are able to connect (Be assured that we have an emergency phone one in site, along with local cell coverage in the field).

Weather: Potential rain and muddy trails, mosquitoes, and heat . . . it is the rainforest! Our center is not a luxury lodge, but rather a place that is designed to blend with nature.

** ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE WELCOME TO APPLY

Qualifications:

1. Eagerness to contribute to conservation of biodiversity

2. Ability to spend 10 days in the Amazon Rainforest

3. Experience with hiking and camping is useful

4. Further academic or volunteer experience is not required, but should be noted if relevant

5. Yellow fever vaccine required

6. Travel insurance required

7. Digital camera, preferably a DSLR but all formats are welcome

(We will help you with any questions regarding logistics with vaccines, insurance, and further travel issues.)

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Questions? You may submit questions and express your interest in our program on our contact form. We will respond promptly.

Excited & ready to start you application?

HOW TO APPLY

Email Astacianna Hatcher at info@ceccot.org with a letter of interest. Resumes and CVs will be reviewed, but not considered unless a letter of interest is included.

At a minimum, please address the following:

1) Why does this opportunity excite you?

2) What do you hope to gain from the experience?

3) What outdoors or wilderness experience do you have?

4) Why would you be an awesome member of our team?

5) What are your interests in nature & wildlife photography training during your 10 days with us?

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SIGN UP EARLY and SAVE MONEY

** Your program fee is $1095 if you sign up and pay a $500 deposit by January 21. **

By January 21 total cost is $1095

After January 21 total cost is $1250 with $500 deposit due immediately upon acceptance

All final payments are due by March 11, 2019

A $500 deposit is required to hold your place once you have been accepted into the program. Those who receive early acceptance will have until January 21 to pay the deposit. Anyone accepted after January 21 will need to pay the deposit right away. All food, water, lodging is covered!!

Refund policy:

We know that you want to come have the adventure of a lifetime in the Amazon with us, but understand sometimes life happens and plans change. We will miss you and hope to see you next year!

Full refunds will be issued if you cancel by April 1, 2019.

50% refunds will be issued if you cancel by May 6, 2019.



The SKY is the LIMIT for VOLUNTEERS at CECCOT! 

 

We are open to a variety of ideas for volunteering.

It is our goal to engage with local and international communities and work together toward our common goals.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas and questions regarding volunteer opportunities with CECCOT and Hacienda Herrera.

From teaching local children, working in the organic gardens, helping with trail maintenance, volunteering in the town of Puerto Maldonado, starting your own unique project, and more.


Bird banding Photos

It's an amazing experience to hold a bird in your hand and value its place in the ecosystem & the world!

Ursula Valdez     ,    co-founder of CECCOT   ,    leads a group in banding birds within our conservation area.

Ursula Valdez, co-founder of CECCOT, leads a group in banding birds within our conservation area.

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