The Taricaya Ecological Reserve is a 476-hectare (2 square miles) nature reserve on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, approximately one hour from Puerto Maldonado by boat and adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve area.
Since 2004, it has been owned by Projects Abroad, which runs various environmental conservation projects there. The main aim of these projects is to restore the reserve’s biodiversity from human disturbances in the past. The reserve is now considered a wildlife hotspot, recording extraordinary species figures.
The closest lodge to the reserve is Amazon Planet, which will take you on tours of the reserve. For those that wish to arrange a one-day visit to the reserve, contact Amazon Planet directly. If you want to be a volunteer and stay at Taricaya, contact Projects Abroad.