Student Groups

Student Groups

University-based student groups make up a large proportion of our visitors. Visits range in length from a few days to several weeks, depending upon the wishes of the organizers and participants. TBS is pleased to provide opportunities to learn about tropical rainforests to students from all over the world.


Procedures and basic information for student/educational groups

Student groups or their directors are responsible for the collection of funds from participants and must deliver payment in full at least 21 days before entrance to TBS.

To confirm reservations, a deposit of 25% of the total must be received by TBS within 15 working days of initial conversations/confirmation with our personnel. Cancellations made within two weeks of the planned entry date are only eligible for a 50% refund and groups that cancel reservations within 7 days of the entry date can only recover 10% of their payments.

All student groups must submit a schedule of activities planned for their stay at TBS by the time final payment is made. These proposed activities will be evaluated for approval depending upon their compatibility with management plans for TBS. Proposals will only be approved if acceptable scientific or educational activities are scheduled to occupy an appropriate proportion of time at the Station. It is understood that flexibility is necessary but spontaneous improvisation will not be tolerated. Any changes in schedules must be approved directly through administrators on site and previous to carrying out the changes.

Activity schedules must mention any expected support from TBS personnel in the form of special presentations concerning selected topics or participation in the direction of individual projects. The direct participation in or supervision of student activities by TBS staff requires discussion of details in advance. With advance notice, TBS can provide educational/research supervision for an additional fee.

All student groups must be accompanied by at least one teacher or professor per every 10 participants. Without such supervision, the group cannot be considered a "student" group and is not eligible for "student" rates. All supervising teachers or professors must submit a proper CV or resumé to TBS administration along with the schedule of activities.

Student groups that expect to perform projects of any type (individual studies, nature experiments, collections or manipulations) at TBS must submit a formal request for permission to do so in writing as part of the proposed schedule of activities. Final permission for each and every individual project must be requested verbally through the director or administrator on site before beginning the work. All such studies are subject to greater restrictions than those presented in "General Policies and Guidelines for Research at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station". Generally speaking, all such projects should be observational and non-invasive.

A list of all participants with passport numbers and nationality must be made available for TBS administration at least 10 days prior to the entry date. A pdf version of the passport photo page of each member of the group should be sent at this time as well. Each person must have his/her own identification in hand for entry to the Station.

To expedite passage through military and park checkpoints, the person in charge of the group should carry 3 copies of a list of participants including passport numbers during travel to the Station.

All participants must have an official record of a currently valid vaccination against yellow fever.The original should be carried by each person during the trip to the Station.

An ID and the vaccination record may be reviewed by Repsol/YPF (the oil operation) personnel at the entrance to their operation in Block 16.

Due to industrial restrictions, no one under 16 years of age will be allowed to visit TBS.

All visitors have the responsibility to protect and maintain the environment in and around the Station as well as during trips to and from TBS. You are expected to obey all rules that apply to our staff and for visiting scientists. Violation of rules can result in fines or in permanent expulsion from the Station with no right to reimbursement.

Summarized, the rules include total control of trash, minimizing noise, not smoking in buildings or on trails, not importing alcohol or other drugs, not capturing, collecting or exporting specimens (dead or alive), not molesting, injuring or damaging flora or fauna, and not importing plants or animals that are not native to the area.

Group leaders or professors are responsible for making our rules and policies known to all participants in their charge.

Nature walks

Nature walks

Take a hike of one to three kilometers (up to 2mi) during a morning or afternoon with a professional guide to see flora and fauna as well as to receive explanations about the rainforest and the people who live in surrounding areas. Your guide will show you fascinating aspects of the forest, and will point out any possible dangers along the way. (These are far less common than most first-time visitors might expect and your experienced guide will know how to handle any situation that might arise.) Please follow your guide’s instructions, stay with your group and be quiet. Always take some water and your rain gear. This activity can be done at night as well in order to see a very different group of organisms.

Boat float

Boat float

Travel along the Tiputini River slowly (mostly without motor) to see wildlife from the same perspective as those early Spanish explorers back in the 1500s. This activity may be done daytime or night. During daytime floats, it may be possible to also swim alongside the canoe, to cool off and to get a different look at Amazonia. Life jackets must be used in such cases without exception.

Visit the canopy


You can climb to the top of one of our towers or the canopy walkway system to get another perspective of the forest. Once again, this means a different kind of access to different species that can only be heard or barely seen from the forest floor.

Visit the lagoon


Another different habitat is available for exploration by small dugout.

Visit a black-water stream

black-water stream

This ecosystem is quite unique in this part of Amazonia and is home to species that are not likely to be seen in other parts of the forest.