Amazon Birding Station
Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, Villa Carmen is the last Amazonian Lodge accessible by road in Manu National Park. Birdwatchers and adventure guru’s from far and wide visit this unique Biological Station to witness some of Earth’s most rare species. Covering more than 7,500 acres and spanning an elevational gradient of 1,600 to 4,000 feet above sea level, this Biological Station is a mecca for exploration in the Peruvian rainforest.
Amazon Conservation Association (ACA)
Pioneering the environmental conservation movement in Manu National Park since 1999, ACA works directly with Villa Carmen Biological station to protect the world’s most diverse biosphere while training the next generation of local conservationists. Year after year students, volunteers, and Wildlife Biologists from far and wide venture to Villa Carmen Biological Station in partnership with ACA to study the surrounding environment. Programs like this are who make eco tourism in this region possible by protecting the indigenous cultures and the fragile ecosystem. By staying at Villa Carmen Biological Station, you are promoting cultural and environmental sustainability while simultaneously giving back to a great cause.
Wachiperi and Machiguenga Communities
Another interesting aspect of this lodge rests among their neighboring tribal communities. Before the road was built to Pilcopata through Manu National Park, the local tribes of the surrounding jungle were completely disconnected from the outside world. After the road was built, many logging, mining, and pharma companies began entering the region and coming into contact with the tribes. Villa Carmen Biological Station and ACA work directly with The Wachiperi Haramba Queros Conservation Concession in Peru, a conservation program operated by a nearby indigenous community. During your visit to Villa Carmen Biological Station, you will have the opportunity to visit a local tribal community to learn about their ancient traditions as well as current biological agroforestry and aquaculture programs. These types of activities help preserve the community’s living, vibrant culture!