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Field Courses

COVID-19 Update: Due to the global pandemic, summer courses are cancelled for 2021. Check back here for future scheduled courses.

Typically, two courses are offered during summer: 

Limnology of Amazonia 

  • Biological, chemical, and physical features of the waterways in the Peruvian Amazon

  • Applications must be received by: TBD 

Tropical Fish Biology 

  • Introduction to behavior, ecology, and taxonomy of fishes in the Peruvian Amazon

  • Applications must be received by: TBD

Courses will be open to all students and will be taught in English, regardless of education level or age and will have both classroom and field components. Students will have a chance to sample from three different river systems in the Iquitos region (Rio Amazon, Rio Itaya, and Rio Nanay​).


One Course $1250.00

Two Courses $2500.00


  • *All inclusive: room (double/triple occupancy with A/C, bathroom and internet, hot and cold running water), washer and dryer, 3 prepared meals a day, boat fees, etc. 

  • *Cancellations occurring greater than 45 days prior to the class will receive a full refund. *Cancellations occurring between 45 – 30 days will receive a 50% refund. 

  • *Cancellations occurring less than 30 days will not be refunded 

  • A $25 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.


Not included: Airfare


All courses will be taught at the Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes in Iquitos, Peru.

Things To Bring:

  • Personal toiletry articles (shampoo, soap, disposable razors, etc.)

  • Insect Repellent with DEET

  • Anti-Malarial Medicine

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses (with polarized lenses)

  • Camera (Disposable Waterproof Camera?)

  • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb (a good head lamp is a great replacement)

  • Alarm Clock

  • Small personal first aid kit with various medicines (Pepto-Bismol, Benadryl, anti itch cream, Aspirin, Imodium, antiseptic ointment e.g. Neosporin, Antibiotics)

  • Water Bottle

  • Fannypack or small backpack, weather proof.

  • Ziploc bags to make things water proof


Clothes To Bring: (keep in mind that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors):

  • T-Shirts

  • undergarments

  • Swim suit

  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt (A TRUE LIFE SAVER)

  • Lightweight pants

  • Old tennis shoes that can get wet

  • Tennis shoes or other canvas-topped shoes….(dry quickly, with rubber soles. These should be broken in already; you don’t want to get blisters on your Amazon trip) OR Comfortable “hiking” shoes

  • Lightweight hat with a brim

  • Avoid jeans and other heavy items of clothing which take a long time to dry.




The Iquitos area, is 4 degrees south of the Equator, is characterized by strong tropical sun and a warm humid climate. The dominant vegetation is rain forest. Temperature varies from the mid- to mid-high 90's F during the day, night-time temperatures can drop some 10 degrees. Rain normally occurs during the afternoon or night, and humidity levels are high (90-100% every day).