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Tales From The Rainforest

Merin McDivitt
The Five Weirdest Animals in the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is a tough place for animals to survive — after all,..

Merin McDivitt
The Ese Eja People of Infierno: A Unique Community Partnership

After a quick drive past jungle farms lush with papaya and cacao trees, our..

Adela Indriago
Harpy Diaries: Elpis and the Anaconda

As a fascinated newcomer to this part of the Amazon jungle, I'd like to tell..

Juan Diego
Make Science Happen in the Amazon Rainforest

We’re now offering a fun, interactive activity in the heart of the Amazon..

PeruNature.com
PeruNature.com
These Jungle Frogs May Hold the Key to Life-Changing Medicines

Deep within the Amazon jungle, an incredible group of frogs perches high..

Aaron Pomerantz
Observe, Explore, Discover: How to Become A Citizen Scientist In The Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is full of mysteries. Given the fact that it's the..

George Olah
The Jaguar That Discovered Man
Our expedition ventured into the deepest corners of the Peruvian Amazon to..
Juan Diego
Why Scarlet Macaws could be in trouble in the near future

As the dry season begins, rain falls only every other week, the heat during..

Juan Diego
Harpy Diaries: Remembering the first steps of Elpis, the Harpy Eagle!

Hi everyone. Normally Dani was writing about the Harpy Eagle monthly, now is..

Kurt Holle
How a Chestnut Fronted Macaw photo led to a scientific discovery

In 2011, scientists noticed something strange in one of Gary Bartollotis..

Kurt Holle
What is an Osteoderm? And how it helped caiman survive humans

Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) have well developed osteoderms. Well..

Kurt Holle
Travel to Tambopata or Manu or Iquitos?

Introduction

It’s worth asking: is it the right question? Are we leaving..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries : Elpis, The Harpy Eagle Chick Is 9 Month Old

Hello everybody from the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest ! I hope..

Gabriela Orihuela
Achieving a DREAM: The Macaw Project Approaching 30 years

It was the late 80s when Rainforest Expeditions’s founder, Eduardo Nycander..

Paul Bertner
The Essence Of Wildlife Photography - Part I

The who, what, where, why, when of a wildlife photographer ranks rather..

Kurt Holle
Bat falcons may have used fire before humans

Ive heard stories from natives about birds carrying fire. They sounded to me..

Kurt Holle
Kurt Holle
Anhingas: Bad Floaters, Great Sinkers

Anhingas are waterbirds with no buoyancy. In other words, they are bad..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries : Is Elpis, the harpy eagle chick, male or female ?

Hello Everybody! Greetings from the Tambopata river, in the heart of the..

Kurt Holle
A skin allergy unraveled why Blue and Yellow Macaws visit clay licks.

Why is eastern Peru a clay lick hotspot? See the heat map below. Alan Lee..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries : Elpis, The Harpy Eagle Chick Gets Her Wings

First, congrats to the winner of the Harpy Chick Naming contest! I want to..

Ash Card
If it Looks Like an Ant and Smells Like an Ant... Batesian Mimicry in the Amazon Jungle

Over 150 years ago, in the steamy jungle of the Amazon Rainforest, the..

PeruNature.com
The Scarlet Macaws Need Your Help

Since 1989, Rainforest Expeditions has been an ardent supporter of macaw..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries : Chick Spreading Its Wings

Hello everybody one more time from the heart of the Peruvian Amazon!

Paul Bertner
Crimson Forest: A Vampire Tale

I hadn’t originally intended to cover vampire bat facts in one of these blog..

Pat ODonnell
Three Easy Options for Solo Travel in the Peruvian Amazon

When we make plans for a trip, one of the first things we have to figure out..

Pat ODonnell
Where Can I See Macaws in Peru?

Macaws are one the first birds than come to mind when we dream about a trip..

Paul Bertner
Insane in the Membracidae: Discovering Mutualism between Ants and Treehoppers

When you think of the Amazon Rainforest – what do you think of? Usually, the..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries: Dad Swoops in During a Storm – But Why?

Greetings from Refugio Amazonas – I have just returned to our research site..

Paul Bertner
Rainforest Research: The Bigger Picture

I'm an explorer, biologist and wildlife photographer specializing in..

Nancy Barrickman
A Citizen Scientist’s Amazon Experience

A tropical rainforest inspires wonder no matter who you are. It is teeming..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries: The Story of Setting up the HarpyCam in Tambopata

Once you try the waters of Tambopata, you always come back!

Back in 2015, I..

Varun Swamy
The Succession Rhapsody: from sand to Amazon rainforest

I step off a boat and set foot onto a beach, my feet sinking slightly into..

Daniel Couceiro
HarpyCam is Live!

The world´s first HarpyCam in Tambopata, Peru is powered by Rainforest..

Daniel Couceiro
Harpy Diaries - The Story of How Daniel falls in love with Tambopata and the majestic Harpy Eagle

Its vision captivates your brain and heart. It is so majestic, so powerful,..

Pat ODonnell
Why First Time Travelers to Peru Should Consider the Amazon on Their Itinerary

Thinking of going to Peru? Congratulations on picking one of the most..

Varun Swamy
Strangler figs: Silent assassins, diversity engines, rainforest timekeepers

(Borrowing from a J&B whisky commercial from the 1990s…)

Tradition says: "A..

Pat ODonnell
Can I Travel to the Jungle Alone?

The jungle! According to popular culture, tropical rainforests are deep,..

Varun Swamy
Ghosts of Megafauna Past

I distinctly remember the first time I accidentally stabbed my hand on the..

Varun Swamy
Charismatic megaflora of the Amazon rainforest

Mention the words "Amazon rainforest" to the layperson, and it is likely..

Pat ODonnell
Our Tambopata Team is Ready for the Global Big Day!

This weekend, Rainforest Expeditions is participating in a global event..

Pat ODonnell
A Few Target Birds at the Tambopata Research Center

There are literally hundreds of bird species waiting to be seen in..

Varun Swamy
The boom-and-bust rainforest

With gusting winds and a sharp plunge in temperature, the first friaje of..

Varun Swamy
The Amazon is Wired: Citizen Science is plugged in and chugging along at Rainforest Expeditions

 What a difference a year makes! In February last year, a group of us got..

Pat ODonnell
Five Bizarre Birds from Posada Amazonas

The rainforests of Tambopata, Peru harbor more bird species than most places..

Pat ODonnell
Three Odd Facts About the Hoatzin

For most of us, rainforests are synonymous with bizarre bugs and exotic..

Pat ODonnell
How to See Exotic Birds in the Peruvian Amazon

The rainforests of the Amazona are home to several hundred bird species. At..

Pat ODonnell
Beautiful River Birds of Tambopata Peru

Literally hundreds of bird species live in the rich rainforest habitats of..

Pat ODonnell
Birds to Look for at an Oxbow Lake

There's much more than one type of habitat in the Amazon rainforest...

PeruNature.com
My Heightened Senses in the Rainforest

Despite being legally blind in my right eye, I can see more clearly than..

PeruNature.com
Sound Recordings from the Amazon Jungle

Gordon McGladdery is a musician and sound designer from Vancouver, Canada...

PeruNature.com
Animal Collective Nouns

Can you find a company of parrots on your next tour of Tambopata?

Phil Torres
Researching the impact of roads in the amazon jungle
Walking 2 hours on a dusty road with trees felled to the side and the sun..
Kurt Holle
Side Necked Turtles - Two Hundred Years Ago

Our guides spot and point at little side necked turtles (taricayas,..

Aaron Pomerantz
Amazon Rainforest Fragrance Extraction
Fragrance extraction refers to the extraction of aromatic compounds from..
Aaron Pomerantz
What's this Bizarre Katydid Parasite in Tambopata?

Some of my favorite hikes take place late at night in Tambopata. The..

Aaron Pomerantz
Top Jungle Critter Encounters in 2015 - Tambopata, Peru

Welcome to the Amazon Rainforest

I've been fortunate this past year to log..

PeruNature.com
Gateway into the Amazon by Nicole Lizares

Nicole Lizares works for conservation organizations in the Philippines and..

Aaron Pomerantz
Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs: Discovery in the Amazon of a New Caterpillar-Ant-Parasitic Plant Relationship

“Huh, that’s weird”, I muttered as I trudged through the mud in the..

Aaron Pomerantz
Rise of the Orb-Weaver Spiders

Spiders! They’re creatures you’re almost certain to see in the Peruvian..

Aaron Pomerantz
Look, Don't Touch: The Spiny, Bright & Venomous Caterpillars of Peru

When you think of a caterpillar, your mind usually turns to an image of a..

Aaron Pomerantz
Putting a Foldable Microscope to the Test in the Amazon

Discovering the Foldscope

A couple of months ago, I received an interesting..

Aaron Pomerantz
Purple “Donald Trump” Caterpillar Spotted at the Tambopata Research Center

It’s not something your cat coughed up. And no, it’s not really Donald..

Jeff Cremer
Photographing A Harpy Eagle + Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens review and Live View Focusing Technique
Harpy Eagles are the AH-64 Apache gunship helicopters of the jungle:
  • ..
Geoff Gallice
Brown Capuchin Monkey Economics

That human intelligence is superior among the living world is almost a..

Aaron Pomerantz
Bioluminescence in the Peruvian Amazon: Like the Avatar Movie, but in Real Life

If you're familiar with the 2009 science fiction film, Avatar, you may have..

Aaron Pomerantz
Journey to a Rare Harpy Eagle Nest

Timing is everything in the Amazon rainforest. So when Jeff and I heard that..

Aaron Pomerantz
We found (and yelled at) a crazy tentacled caterpillar

On my recent travels through the Peruvian Amazon, I came upon the craziest..

Aaron Pomerantz
Portraits with One of the World’s Deadliest Spiders

As biologists and general biodiversity enthusiasts, coming across something..

Aaron Pomerantz
Deception in the Jungle: the Ant-mimicking Spider Aphantochilus rogersi

Things aren't always as they seem in the jungle. As the sun was setting and..

Aaron Pomerantz
Wrapping up 2014 with Rainforest Expeditions

Every year, people from all over the world venture to the Southeastern..

PeruNature.com
4 Footballers Who Remind us of Rainforest Animals

By: Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

Jeff Cremer
35 Awesome Photos of Rainforest Animals and Wildlife

Lucas Bustamante recently visited our lodges in Tambopata, Peru for a few..

Jeff Cremer
Peru Jungle Lodge Adds Three New Luxury Room Types

 

At our stunning Amazon lodges in Tambopata, Peru, we at Rainforest..

Jeff Cremer
How studying the Red and Green Macaw can save the Amazon

How studying Macaws can save the Amazon

It’s one of the most stunning sights..

Aaron Pomerantz
Expedition to Candamo: Venturing into ‘The Last Rainforest Without Men’

For most people seeking a secluded part of the Amazon to spend their time,..

PeruNature.com
Short-eared Dog

The Short-eared Dog (Atelocynus microtis) is a rare, little known canine...

Phil Torres
We Solved An Amazon Rainforest Mystery (w/Video)

About six months ago, graduate student Troy Alexander took photos of this..

Phil Torres
What the heck is going on in this picture?

 

This toad appears to be a fan of Star Wars... or is it using blinders...?..

PeruNature.com
Scientists Stumped: What Is This Strange Web Like Structure?

Grad Student Discovers Unexplained Web Structure

Phil Torres
A 'Faena' - Community Teamwork To Rebuild A Roof

How is it possible to maintain such large lodges in the middle of the..

Phil Torres
The Greatest Hawk? The Great Black Hawk

The Great Black Hawk, Buteogallus urubitinga, is one of the many birds of..

Phil Torres
How Many Tapirs Visited This Claylick In 24 Hours ?

 

recent study on the Tambopata region showed that we are truly in a Tapir..

Phil Torres
This UNBELIEVABLE Moth Cocoon

While Destin from Smarter Every Day was visiting us here at our jungle..

Phil Torres
Birding in the Rainforest, Without Even Leaving the Lodges

For us that work at Rainforest Expeditions, there are at times days when..

Phil Torres
The Bridal Veil Mushroom

 

The Bridal Veil Mushroom is odd in so many ways...

Phil Torres
Bike Riding on Amazon Trails

Ever wonder what it's like to ride mountain bikes through the Amazon?

Jeff Cremer
How to measure the distance to an object in a photo?

I recently took a video of a White-bellied parrot eating brazil nuts on top..

Phil Torres
What Animal Can 'Say' 14 Different Words?

A juvenile makes 14 distinct sounds, each with a different meaning, just shy..

Phil Torres
How to use a telephoto lens to film macaws

Jeff Cremer our in-house photographer and photo tour guide, is a master of..

PeruNature.com
Steve Gettle Tambopata Photography Trip Report

Steve Gettle just returned from a great trip to Peru where I visited the..

Phil Torres
A Turtle Drowning In Butterfly Kisses

This is a colorful example of how odd behaviors can evolve in the face of a..

Phil Torres
When It’s Macaws Breeding Season, Researchers Get To Action

By studying these populations, their breeding, and their genetics,..

Phil Torres
Phil Torres
Two Seconds In The Amazon

Watch this amazing video put together by Rainforest Expeditions' photo tour..

Phil Torres
"Best" High Solar Halo Photos Ever Captured in Tambopata

A boat ride down the Tambopata River in Peru this September took an..

Phil Torres
New Species of 'Decoy Spider' Likely Discovered

Come to Peru and Visit This Spider!

 

From afar, it appears to be a medium..

PeruNature.com
16 Gigapixel Machu Picchu Photo Sponsored By Rainforest Expeditions

Photography tour guide for Peru’s Rainforest Expeditions Captures the..

PeruNature.com
The Tambopata Macaw Project: 2012 Update

The Tambopata Macaw Project: 2012 Update

PeruNature.com
Purple Pleasing Fungus Beetle

If you stop to think about it, purple is one of the least common colors in..

PeruNature.com
Extraordinary Beaks

by Iva Petrovchich, Pandemonium Aviaries intern

PeruNature.com
Why are some leaves not green?

While walking around the rainforests of Tambopata you will see some leaves..

PeruNature.com
Why is the rainforest so diverse?

In the 10 short minutes it takes you to step off the canoe and walk up to..

PeruNature.com
The Turtle and the Jaguar

The Turtle and the Jaguar

PeruNature.com
Butterfly Basics, Part 1

Butterflies, one of my favorite groups of organisms to work with, are..

Phil Torres
"You're Welcome, Amazon" -Africa

On an epic voyage, dust from a single valley in Africa takes a 5000km flight..

PeruNature.com
A New Face Around the Lodges...

It’s my first morning at Posada Amazonas, and I just spent two hours..

PeruNature.com
Tambopata Photo Journal by Photographer Luana Luna

Luana Luna from Conservation International visitedRefugio Amazonasin April...

PeruNature.com
Three famous visitors to the Amazon I bet you did not know about

This is not about celebrities. It’s about historical figures. You know,..

PeruNature.com
Hot Water Is Now Available In All Our Lodges

We are happy to anounce that starting from today all our the rooms in all..

PeruNature.com
Leafcutter ants retire when they grow old

Leaf-cutter ants "retire" from

PeruNature.com
Global Ecotourism

When Rainforest Expeditions started, no one knew where ecotourism would take..

PeruNature.com
Ants, Plants, and Bodyguards

Here in the rainforests of Tambopata, we see many interesting relationships..

PeruNature.com
The Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons), master of bluff

The Black-fronted Nunbird, master of bluff

Phil Torres
Exclusive Art Gallery Coming to Refugio Amazonas- Oscar Vilca

We at Rainforest Expeditions are pleased to announce the opening of our art..

Phil Torres
In Photos- The White Lipped Peccary

The term 'ecosystem engineer' refers to an animal that significantly..

Phil Torres
The Answers to the "All in One Afternoon" Wildlife

Congrats to Mary Bremner who guessed all of these animals right on our..

Phil Torres
In One Afternoon, All Of This Amazon Rainforest Wildlife

I've been working in theTambopata rainforest for almost a year now and I'm..

Phil Torres
Three Great Reasons To Visit Tambopata: Jaguar

Just this week we saw a record THREE jaguars on one boat ride on the..

Jeff Cremer
Phil Torres
6 Incredibly Important Pictures of Baby Macaws

Because the world needs more adorable macaws.

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Red-and-green macaw..
Phil Torres
Welcome to Tapir Eden

A group of scientists recently came together with park rangers and native..

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