Biodiversity Research In The Amazon Rainforest

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Coordinator | Christian
Coordinator | Christian
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Experience the magic of being in one of the most biodiverse places in the world!
Practice your Spanish with local guides during our expeditions!
Feel the passion for what you do while surrounded by pure nature!
Enjoy unforgettable moments in the Amazon jungle!
Visit Indigenous Communities, The Boiling River, local caves and plantations, crystal water streams and much more!
El Sira Communal Reserve is home to at least 300 bird species, 124 mammals and 140 reptiles identified to date, although the real numbers are believed to be higher. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

People with special knowledge in the field of Biology could help us by observing and documenting different species in this rural area of biodiversity. The idea of this project is to be able to document all kinds of possible biodiversity through photos and videos in order to develop different types of teaching materials to share with the community and different Peruvian and international schools.

El Sira Communal Reserve


One of the places in Peru that biologists, birdwatchers and explorers cannot miss is, El Sira Communal Reserve (Spanish: Reserva Comunal El Sira).
This is a protected area in Peru created on 23 June 2001 and located in three regions: the Huánuco Region (Puerto Inca Province), the Pasco Region (Oxapampa Province) and the Ucayali Region (Atalaya Province and Coronel Portillo Province).

The whole area is extremely rich in birds including many localized lowland and foothill birds such as Blue-headed Macaw, Curl-crested Aracari, Sulphury Flycatcher, Black-capped and White-bellied Parrots, Wing-banded Wren, Crested and Band-bellied Owls, Solitary Eagle, Koepcke's Hermit, Black-streaked Puffbird, Creamy-bellied Antwren, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Cerulean-capped and Jet Manakins, Fiery-throated and Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Olivaceous Piha and Rufous-brown Solitaire.

Of the mammals in the El Sira Communal Reserve, 54 species are of special importance due to a threat category, such as: giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), pacarana (Dinomys branickii), river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), tapir (Tapirus terrestris), Amazon River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), manatee (Trichechus inunguis), bush dog (Speothus venaticus), spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth), jaguar (Panthera onca) and otter (Lontra longicaudis).

In addition, 203 species of BIRDS have been registered, especially the Passeriformes with 63 species. The Sira is one of the greatest areas of bird endemism of the planet (Peruvian East Andean Foothills). Among the most representative endemic species of birds is the Paujil del Sira or Piurí (Pauxi unicornis koepckeae), a subspecies of horned curassow that lives only in the El Sira mountain range.
The Sira curassow, a large bird in the Cracidae family is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Also endemic are the Sira tanager (Tangara phillipsi) and the Sira hummingbird (Paethornis koepckeae).

Picture yourself walking among the ear-deafening noise of hundreds of parrots and macaws, an unforgettable cacophonic experience as you explore the Amazon jungle. Imagine having a close encounter with a beautiful male toucan, with his powerful and long beak, or seeing the colorful macaws as they soar above the trees. Experience the overwhelming image of a Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) hauling his coin-sized tail discs or moving through the bushes at 14,000 feet.
There is also a large possibility of future scientific discoveries of species and subspecies of birds in areas of the reserve that are relatively inaccessible and that, as a consequence of their remoteness, may add new records of species not previously encountered.

In addition, some 105 species of reptiles have been reported, of the families of the Amphisbaenidae, saurians and especially snakes. Also 68 species of amphibians, mostly toads and frogs of the families Hylidae and Leptodactylidae, are known from the reserve. Finally, 111 species of bony fish have been reported, the most diverse being Characiformes.

Some 190 species have been collected, including 8 endangered species, such as tall or red cedar (Cedrela odorata), mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), quinilla (Manilkara bidentata), ceiba (Ceiba pentandra), ishpingo (Amburana cearensis) and palo rosa (Aniba rosaeodora). In the high parts the vegetation consists of trees with thin stems and small crowns, with a high presence of epiphytes: Bromeliads, orchids, ferns, Piperaceae, lichens, Sellaginaceae and mosses; while in the lower part there are taller and more vigorous trees with diameters exceeding 1.5m, in whose branches there is a varied plant community, composed of bromeliads, ferns, orchids and anthuriums, among others. There are 44 registered orchid species.

Typical day

We will spend 10 days in the Amazon Jungle with a experienced guide who have worked with different international expeditions. The Expedition includes porters to transport our gear, enabling us to focus exclusively on looking for biodiversity and increasing the chances of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We will use camera traps to capture as much wildlife as possible.

Free-time activities

The following activities for volunteers are included:

-Hiking at the Amazon rainforest - Swimming at local streams and rivers -Visit local plantations -Trek to local caves

-Salsa lessons (1 day, 1.5 hours) - Camping in the rainforest, 10 days (fishing, bonfire, exploring, documenting, etc.) - Fishing at local stream with local fisherman using a net.

 Volunteers can also do the following activities during their free time:

 -Explore the Amazon rainforest - Play sports with locals such as soccer or volleyball - Yoga with our deputy manager, Anne Poenisch -Ayahuasca Ceremony with local shaman - Fruit picking around the village - Bonfire around the Pachitea riverside - Fishing -Swimming - Birdwatching - Visit indigenous communities (with previous permission) -Visit the Boiling River - Visit Austro-German Community - Boat trips and more...

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)
Education Requirements
Biololgy, Biotechnology, Environmental, Zoology, Botany at University level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Team work
-First aid
-Communication and navigation techniques
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Semillas Life

By volunteering with us, you get a unique chance to experience the stunning natural diversity and experience the beautiful local culture beyond a busy tourist industry. At the same time, you will help us to achieve our goal in giving back to our local community. We co-operate with a range of local people. Therefore, all booking fees go either straight to people in our community such as, farmers, taxi  and tuc tuc drivers, hostels, restaurants, groceries, boat and tour guides, artisans, etc.  You will also help to cover the expenses of our project.

Airport Pickup at Capitan Rolden Airport

Transportation is included from Pucallpa´s airport or bus station to Puerto Inca. The taxi colectivo drivers will wait at the airport/bus station with a poster with the name of the volunteers so, the volunteers can recognize them. The ride from the city of Pucallpa to Puerto Inca takes about 2.5 hours.

Transportation expenses during our excursions are also included

Volunteers can either take a bus or flight from the city of Lima to the city of Pucallpa. Buses take about 20 hours long and flights take 1 hour to get to Pucallpa. (Not Included)


Accommodation is included for all our programs. Volunteers stay in a family hostel. Two same gender volunteers share a bedroom. All bedrooms have proper bathrooms and beds. Working with local families is part of our project to boost the local economy.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Food and Drink are included for all our programs. We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday through Friday. For breakfast, we provide coffee or tea, bread, eggs, fruit juice, butter, jam, fruit salad. For Lunch and dinner, we provide Peruvian dishes, (starter + main dish + juice) with chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc. We also provide vegetarian and vegan meals with previous requirement. Volunteer will eat at local restaurants as part of our project to boost the local economy.

The village of Puerto Inca has no running water. People use water wells to get water. Former volunteers and us have drunk this water without problems. However, we recommend volunteers to bring a portable water filter to make sure they are drinking good water at any time like in our trips to the jungle.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Capitan Rolden Airport (PCL) in Pucallpa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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 Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

At the moment we are on standby due to the Covid19 pandemic. We will restart our project by May 1, 2021. After we restart our activities, volunteers can arrive any day of the year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

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8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,078 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Semillas Life will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Biodiversity Research In The Amazon Rainforest

El Sira Communal Reserve is home to at least 300 bird species, 124 mammals and 140 reptiles identified to date, although the real numbers are believed to be higher.


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