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Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station

Wayqecha buildings
View of Manu National Park from Wayqecha Biological Station by Trond Larsen

In 2005, Amazon Conservation created Peru’s only permanent field research station focused on cloud forest ecology and management. This 1,450-acre research center, called Wayqecha (“brother” in the local language of Quechua), sits at 3,000 meters above sea level. The station is located in the Kosñipata Valley in the department of Cusco, in southeastern Peru, where it serves as a buffer along the southern edge of Manu National Park.

The Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station is one of the world's best sites to explore the lush cloud forest ecosystem. A constant supply of moisture supports a remarkable diversity of plants, which in turn supports thriving populations of birds, amphibians, orchids, and mammals.

Wayqecha Biological Station at a Glance

  • Location: Kosñipata Valley, Cusco, Peru
  • Year established: 2005
  • Area of reserve: 1,450 acres (587 ha)
  • Trail system: 9 miles (15 km)
  • Geographic Coordinates: (-13.174800, -71.587200)
  • Elevation: 6,500-9,875 feet (2000-3010 m)
  • Annual Precipitation: 67 inches (170 cm)
  • Temperature: Average of 54.5°F (12.5°C), with evenings considerably colder and damp
  • Species recorded to date: 625
  • Number of grants awarded to work at Wayqecha: 56
  • Research projects hosted to date: 80+
  • Peer-reviewed papers based on work at Wayqecha: 28

 

Facilities

The Wayqecha Biological Station is an ideal venue for workshops, field trips, service projects and more. The station offers:

  • Accommodations and dining facilities for up to 50 visitors
  • Delicious, organic meals made with local ingredients
  • A multipurpose meeting space with lab tables and benches
  • Access to 15 km/9 miles of well-maintained, geo-referenced trails, including an orchid trail
  • A scientific library including in-house field guides to local plant and animal communities
  • Easy access to Manu National Park, one of the most important protected areas in Peru
  • Limited internet and electricity
  • Restrooms and hot showers
  • A state-of-the-art canopy walkway, the first of its kind in Peru, where you can observe the forest from 65 to 144 feet above.

 

Prices

Current Prices

Researcher

Course

Dorm with shared bathroom

$40

$60

Cabin with private bathroom

$75/person
$80/person

All prices above include meals and 18% Peruvian sales tax (IGV).

If you are not a researcher or course but would like to bird or explore the Amazon with us, visit this site for more information!

 

Sample Publications Featuring Research Conducted at Wayqecha

  • Dehling, D. M., Töpfer, T., Schaefer, H. M., Jordano, P., Böhning-Gaese, K., & Schleuning, M. (2014). Functional relationships beyond species richness patterns: trait matching in plant–bird mutualisms across scales. Global Ecology and Biogeography23, (2014) 23, 1085–1093. doi:10.1111/geb.12193
  • Feeley, K. J., Silman, M. R., Bush, M. B., Farfan, W., Cabrera, K. G., Malhi, Y., … Saatchi, S. (2011). Upslope migration of Andean trees. Journal of Biogeography38, 783–791. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02444.x
  • Giardin, C. A. J., Malhi, Y., Aragão, L. E. O. C., Mamani, M., Huasco, W. H., Durand, L., … Whittaker, R. J. (2010). Net primary productivity allocation and cycling of carbon along a tropical forest elevational transect in the Peruvian Andes. Global Change BiologyA(A), 3176. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02235.x
  • Lloyd, H. U. W., Ríos, S. S., Marsden, S. J., & Valdés-Velásquez, A. (2012). Bird community composition across an Andean tree-line ecotone. Austral Ecology37(4), 470–478. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2011.02308.x
  • Lutz, D. A., Powell, R. L., & Silman, M. R. (2013). Four Decades of Andean Timberline Migration and Implications for Biodiversity Loss with Climate Change. PLoS One8(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074496
  • Maveety, S. A., Browne, R. A., & Erwin, T. L. (2011). Carabidae diversity along an altitudinal gradient in a Peruvian cloud forest (Coleoptera). ZooKeys. doi:10.3897/zookeys.147.2047

 

Interested in Doing Research or Conducting a Course at Wayqecha?

  • Email us for site availability and logistics questions at reservas@conservacionamazonica.org
  • Email our Science Director Aimy Cáceres, PhD for any science and research related questions at acaceras@conservacionamazonica.org
  • Visit our social media pages to see the latest of what is going on at Wayqecha! Follow us at our Wayqecha Facebook.

 

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Student dorm

Student dorm, built 2014. Photo: Robinson Palomino

Photo of Golden-Collared Tanager

Golden-collared Tanager (Iridosornis jelskii) at Wayqecha. Photo: Francisco Llacma

Hummingbird photo

Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) at ACA's Wayqecha Biological Station. Photo: Trond Larsen

Cloud forest

Cloud forest trees covered with lush vegetation. Photo: Adrian Tejedor.

Photo of orchids

One of the hundreds of orchid species found at Wayqecha. Photo: Megan MacDowell

Photo of cabins

Cabins overlooking the cloud forest at Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station. Photo: ACA

View from cabin.

View from cabin at Wayqecha. Photo: Cesar Moran

 



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