Amazon Expedition

founded in 2007
IPBio - Reserva Jutuara
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Coordinator | Imran
Coordinator | Imran
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Learn research technique like camera trap for mammals, search for frogs and glowing mushrooms, bird and forest inventories and much more
Lecture about: biodiversity, conservation in Brazil, science as a tool for conservation, Amazonian culture, bioluminescence, illegal wildlife trade, ecotourism and sustainable economic growth
Multiple boat tours for wildlife watching to see slothes, monkey and lots of other Amazonian species along with gorgeous beaches and native forest
Learn about Amazonia culture like Curimbo (traditional dance), cook and capoeira classes, Brazilian bbq on the beach
Visit gigantic sumauma trees of the Amazon, Visit Manatee Rehabilitation center, Kayak and much more
A 15-day all-inclusive expedition including biological research, tourism, wildlife watching, Amazonian culture and food, lectures as well as cooking and capoeira class. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Amazon Expedition occurs 3 times a year at the beginning of: August, October and December. August 2022 will not occur. Minimum of 8 participants and maximum of 12 (excluding coordinators of the expedition).

For more information, we will send the Amazon Expedition Info Pack.

IPBio’s primary goal is to teach our applicants about the wonderful biodiversity of the Amazon, so we truly grasp why it is worth protecting, as well as demonstrate field biology techniques so that our participants can understand how the scientific process works to diagnose issues that wildlife face. Moreover, as we are teaching, you are volunteering as we use all the data collected to compare over each expedition to understand trends in biodiversity. We also discuss how this data is used and applied to take action to preserve species and habitats across the globe. 

Although our main focus is biology, we believe to comprehensively understand these issues we need to put it in a larger context so we wanted to bring our students into Amazonian culture as a whole. Taste the Amazonian fish. Watch the traditional dances such as curimbo. To prescribe environmental policy without understanding the geography, history and culture of a region is a recipe for disaster. 

And our last goal is to show the wonderful nature that the Amazon has to offer and how eco-tourism has become a source of economic sustainability in towns where historically you found many harsh environmental practices such as deforestation, hunting, illegal trafficking of wildlife and monocrop plantations as the main source of economic revenue which jeopardized biodiversity.

Highlights Include:

Lectures and Discussion on:

  • “IPBio – Biodiversity Research Institute and the Work We Do”
  • “The Brazilian Conservation Dillema – the world wants us to stop, we want to develop”
  • “Amazonian Culture and the creation of the martial art form Capoeira during the period of slavery”
  • “Science as a tool for Conservation”
  • “Bioluminescence – glowing in the natural world”
  • “Illegal Trade of Wildlife, Hunting and Threats to Manatees”
  • “Threats to the Amazon and Conservation Solutions”
  • “From Hunters to Guides – a story of eco-tourism as a source of sustainability for forest communities”
  • “The History of Henry Ford creation of the town of Belterra and Fordlandia for rubber extraction”

Training in Scientific Methodologies & Field Techniques

  • Camera trap for mammal monitoring
  • Bird Inventory for species identification
  • Habitat Monitoring – use of bio-indicators to understand the health of the environment
  • Forest Inventory – mapping out level of forest conservation through the flora biodiversity
  • Mushroom Inventory and Bioluminescent Mushroom Nocturnal Search
  • Active Nocturnal Search for Amphibians – understand the decline in amphibians globally
  • Fish Inventory 

Amazonian Culture, History & Food

  • Brazilian “Capoeira” Martial Arts Class
  • Watch traditional Amazonian dance of Curimbo
  • Cooking Class – How to Make Brazilian food
  • Trying the Incredible Indigenous Amazonian cuisine
  • Classic Brazilian BBQ experience beach at sunset (with veggie options)
  • Visit Belterra, created by Henry Ford for rubber extraction
  • Visit the local fish market and potentially see pink river dolphins
  • Visit the Community of Coroco who produce honey and care for turtles
  • Experiment all of the Amazon’s delicious fruits

Tourism & Trips

  • Visit the gigantic Sumauma trees of the Amazon in the National Park of Flona
  • Trail to see monkey and sloths (and maybe even an anaconda)
  • See the famous Amazonian water lily and even eat it
  • Gorgeous sunsets and star gazing
  • Boat trips to visit countless stunning beaches
  • Visit animal rehab center of manatees
  • See the encounter of the Amazon River with the Tapajos River
  • Wildlife watching
  • 2 day boat tour - sleep on a boat and wake up to gorgeous sunrise over the lake
  • Kayaking and Stand-Up on the river and feeding turtles

Typical day

We have added Day 1 to Day 6 out of 15 days so you can get a feel for what the expedition is about!

Day 1

08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30: Meet and Greet/ Icebreakers

10:30 – 12:00: Lecture “IPBio – Biodiversity Research Institute and the Work We Do”

12:00-13:30: Lunch (provided by Pousada Amazonia)

13:30-14:15: Presentation on “Rules and Safety” and Signing Paperwork

14:15 – 15:00: Transport Pousada Amazonia to Alter do Chão (CAT Boat Dock)

15:00-19:00: Visit Lago Verde, Enchanted Forest, Moça beach, Lake of Piraña, Lake and Beach of Jacare and sunset at Ponta do Cururu beach with Lecture and Round Table Discussion on “The Brazilian Conservation Dillema – the world wants us to stop, we want to develop so why should we?”

19:00 – 21:00: Traditional Brazilian dinner at Restaurant Lago Verde (in Alter do Chão)

21:00 – 21:45: Transport Restaurant Lago Verde (in Alter do Chão) to Pousada Amazonia

Day 2

07:15 – 08:15: Breakfast

08:15 – 09:00: Transport Pousada Amazonia to Alter do Chão (CAT Boat Dock)

09:00 – 19:00: Full Day Boat Ride to Ponta de Pedras for lunch and Canal do Jari including: bird inventory; trail to see monkeys and sloths, and visit Vitória-Régia lily pads with tasting. Pack dinner on the boat.

19:00 – 20:15: Transport Alter do Chao (CAT Boat Dock) to Pousada Amazonia

Day 3

08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45: Transport Pousada Amazonia to IPBio – Reserva Jutuarana

09:45 – 10:45: Set up camera traps on the reserve for mammal monitoring

10:45 – 12:00: Flora and Forest Inventory Techniques (set up trail, mark trees, photograph, measure and check for fruiting)

12:00 – 13:30: BBQ/Pack Lunch by the river

13:30 – 16:00: Habitat Monitoring of River (water samples and bio-indicators)

16:00 – 16:45: “Science as a tool for Conservation” lecture and discussion

16:45 – 17:30: Transport IPBio – Reserva Jutuarana to Pousada Amazonia

17:30 – 19:00: Shower and Break

19:00 – 21:00: Traditional Carimbó Dancing and Amazonian Dinner at Pousada Amazonia

Day 4

08:00 – 10:30: Free Morning - you can have breakfast earlier but it will also be provided at 10.30

10:30 – 12:00: Late breakfast buffet and Lecture Bioluminescence – “Glowing in the Natural World” (using TV at Pousada Amazonia)

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch (provided by Pousada Amazonia)

13:30 – 14:15: Transport Pousada Amazonia to IPBio – Reserva Jutuarana

14:15 – 18:00: Diurnal Mushroom Inventory

18:00 – 19:30: Pack Dinner

19:30 – 21:00: Amphibian Night Search

21:00 – 22:30: Bioluminescent Mushroom Inventory and UV light Search and Star Gazing

22:30 – 23:15: Transport IPBio – Reserva Jutuarana to Pousada Amazonia

Day 5

07:00 – 8:00: Breakfast

08:00 – 9:30: Transport Pousada Amazonia to Fish Market

9:30 – 11:00: Visit the Local Vegetable and Fish Market (try the wonderful fruits of the Amazon)

11:00 – 12:30: Transport to Restaurant and Lunch on the Orla

12:30 – 13:45: Transport to Zoounama and Lecture “Illegal Trade of Wildlife and Hunting and Threats to Manatees”

13:45 – 17:00: Zoounama - Visit Quarantine Center and Manatees Rehab

17:00 – 18:45: Transport to View Point and see Encounter of the Amazon River and the Tapajos River

18:00 – 18:45: Transport to Restaurant on Boardwalk

18:30 – 20:30: Traditional Dinner of Amazonian Indigenous Food in Touristic Fluvial Center

20:30 – 22:00: Transport Santarem to Pousada Amazonia

Day 6

07:15 – 08:15: Breakfast

08:15 – 09:00: Transport Pousada Amazonia to Alter do Chão (CAT Boat Dock)

09:00 – 19:00: Boat to Flona National Park; Hike to See Enormous Trees and Wildlife. Lunch in community.

19:00 – 20:15: Transport Alter do Chão (CAT Boat Dock) to Pousada Amazonia

20:15 – 20:45: Showers

20:45 – 22:45: Dinner Pousada Amazonia

Free-time activities

Our expedition is jammed with activities already but on the few days you have free time we can give you advice on some interesting hikes and water sports although keep in mind the expedition already includes a lot of these type of activities anyways so you may want to use your free time to actually rest.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV and Interview
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
IPBio does not ask for any formal educational requirements from participants, however, we have limited space on the expedition so we will not be able to accommodate everyone who applies therefore we require candidates to submit their CV and conduct a short interview for the selection process. IPBio takes conservation and our work seriously and therefore we want serious applicants who want to learn and use their time on this expedition to truly expand their horizons.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by IPBio - Reserva Jutuara

The IPBio – Amazon Expedition is all-inclusive. Once you arrive at the airport, EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED. Airport pick-up, tours, food and transport so you genuinely do not even need to take your wallet. Of course, it is always good to have some cash for an emergency and if you wish to buy an extra snacks or souvenirs at shops. IPBio does not cover visa or flight costs.

             I.                  If we accept your placement on the Amazon Expedition, we will send you a confirmation email at which time you will requested to make a deposit of 50% of the total fee via our paypal non-profit donation link  (NON-REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES unless we do not make our minimum number of applicants to conduct the expedition) and ask you to pay the VolunteerWorld commission (also refundable if expedition doesn't meet minimum number of applicants)

          II.                  Once we have confirmed enough applicants, we will reach out to confirm the Expedition is going ahead. At this time, we will ask applicant to purchase the flight tickets and send us the booking details. Moreover, we will ask you to pay the remaining 50% payment at this time.

All transportation and tours are hosted by Selvagem Tours. Their service, quality of boats and punctuality makes them a perfect partner for IPBio. For most of our boat tours, we will be on the “Selvagem Sol Boat”, a double decker boat with a comfy area to sit on puffs on the top floor. Downstairs there is a bar, 2 bathrooms, tables and more couches.

On the boats, fresh fruit and juices are served free of cost. Moreover, they have provided us with a private van which will be used to take the group to all the destinations on land.

Airport Pickup at Santarem-Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport

We will ask for your booking details so we can set up airport pick up. Details of flights should be discussed before purchase to make sure they are compatible the program.


Pousada Amazonia is one of the highest rated hotels in the region. Moreover, it is owned by Joseph Newnham, a British ex-volunteer at IPBio – Betary Reserve in São Paulo, who visited the region with IPBio staff years ago and loved it so much he decided to stay and open up a hotel in the Amazon!

The luxury resort-style hotel has gorgeous wooden rooms with air-conditioning, swimming pools, a restaurant and extra features like a large BBQ area and a ping pong table. Participants will stay in shared rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. Room allocation is decided by IPBio for the most appropriate assortment considering the applicants for each expedition taking into account factors such as age, gender and more.

*Note: Hotel provides laundry service for 50 reais a load for cleaning and ironing, if requested by participant.

*Note: if you wish to extend your stay in at Hotel Pousada Amazonia to do more tourism after the expedition simply let us know and we can organize the extra nights but keep in mind they get booked up far in advance.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included for every day of the tour from DAY 1 – 14. DAY 0 food will be included depending on the arrival time of each participant. And DAY 15 only breakfast is included before your flight out. 

For all meals, the food is already selected for the group (considering the groups dietary restrictions expressed in the “IPBio Amazon Expedition Interest Form) and Amazonian fruit juices and water are served with all meals.

Any drinks, except for water and juice are not included and will have to be paid separately but only coordinators are allowed to order at restaurants so all this information is noted down to settle bills if any extras are ordered. 

Alcohol is strictly forbidden for lunch or on nights where there are nocturnal activities. 

At the Hotel Pousada Amazonia, you will also be allowed to create a tab if you wish to purchases extra stuff from the hotel but this will be paid by the participants before departure at check-out.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Santarem-Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport (STM) in Santarem. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

IPBio hosts 3 expeditions a year, the application deadline means at that time if the minimum number of applicants is not met then the deposit is refunded. If the applicant minimum is met, we will give the go ahead to book flights and request the remaining fee.

Fly in 1st – Fly out 16th of August: deadline - need minimum of 8 applicants by the 15th of June 

Fly in 1st – Fly out 16th of October: deadline - need minimum of 8 applicants by the 15th of August

Fly in 1st – Fly out 16th of December: deadline - need minimum of 8 applicants by the 15th of October 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
15 days (min. stay)
15 days (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,232 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. IPBio - Reserva Jutuara will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with IPBio - Reserva Jutuara during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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