Santa Cruz Field Site

In August 2011, a second station was built to provide more convenient access to the riverfront, and to facilitate a wider range of opportunities for researchers and ecotourists.
Taj Mazan -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
              view from below
Originally intended to be a small way station to the main field site, a half-hour walk up into primary rainforest, it gradually increased in scope during the planning and building process, and was affectionately dubbed the “Taj.”  Skimping on construction costs in this environment returns everything to the jungle within a few short years.  Concrete, PVC pipe and even sand had to be brought by boat from Iquitos and Lima.

The building is situated above the flood plain, surrounded by a young nursery of native fruits, palms and useful wood trees, as well as many establised mature native fruit trees including cacao, aguaje, sinamillo, uvilla, guayaba basilera and prolific caimito.

On the upper level, the Taj has a common area and three bedrooms, each with two beds.
TajBedMaster        Taj Bedroom Twin

On the ground level are, left to right, bathroom / shower, almacen (storage area) and kitchen (early picture, not finished here).
Taj Bath Taj Storage Room  Taj Kitchen

Left: front view, nearing completion, and with fruit trees ready for planting!  Right: back view with prominent water tank.
Taj Front  Taj Back Side

Below: views from the upper level of the Taj: left – the Mazan River, right, bridge toward caretaker’s house and trail to upper field station.

Taj View to<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
              Mazan River   Taj View<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />              Toward Bridge

A 100-meter wood bridge made of durable Ana caspi leads over the flood plain to the caretaker’s house.

         SC Bridge to<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />              Caretaker's House

The caretakers are local families who live on the property on a rotating monthly schedule.   They are paid a stipend to keep up the properties, and their constant presence is a deterrent to would-be illegal loggers.   The young children clamber up the trees to pick fruit.

Santa Cruz<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
              Caretaker House    SC Boy Picking<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
              Caimito    SC Sinamillo

It’s about a 25 minute walk along a well-maintained trail up to the main field station (longer if you stop to smell the flowers and look for wildlife!

Field Station Central

Main buildings, bath and kitchen ahead.  Just beyond the tree line is the new fish pond and reservoir.  Behind the picture (not shown) are the sleeping tambos.  The night sounds are incredible.  You can’t get any closer to nature (at least safely!)

The fish pond / reservoir (not shown) was finished in December.  Also completed was the kitchen in the Taj.

Updated January 2012.  Next update March 2012.

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