Photo by MD USFQ
Visitors are housed in any of several cabins that are located within 100m of the central lab building. Each cabin has two rooms with large screened windows, for ample ventilation and light. In the scientists’ section of camp, each room has two single beds; in the students’ section of camp, each room has two bunk beds. Each room has a full bath with a flush toilet and shower; we do not have hot water but the weather is generally warm. Towels are changed twice per week and bed linens are changed once per week. Laundry service is available to visitors that stay for more than one week. Generally speaking, there is no need for camping gear and mosquito nets.
Our facilities include a laboratory building of 600m2 (6000 ft2) fitted with wireless internet access, divided into two floors and distributed as classrooms, library, offices and research space.
Our dining hall is located at about 100m from the lab building and overlooks the river. The spacious open-air building can comfortably seat over 60 individuals. The menu is rather international for the most part, but we have incorporated a few typical Ecuadorian dishes that have proven to be popular with all our guests.
An observation tower (45m) in terra firme forest provides access to the uppermost parts of the canopy.
A network of well-marked trails extends for about 40km (25 miles) and allows access for all visitors to all habitats. Several restricted trails and long-term research plots (two 1km2 areas separated by about 1km in upland forest, each with a 100m grid system and geo-referenced) are only available to investigators and their collaborators.