About Us

Jungle Training Center is a company based in the city of Iquitos, in the Amazon jungle of Peru, born with the aim of preserving and spreading the knowledge of Survival in the jungle.

Our team of instructors has more than 20 years of experience, coming from military units of special forces, qualified as instructors in Survival, search and rescue, and emergency medicine in jungle terrain, all with experience in real combat and survival situations.

We also have indigenous instructors with ancestral knowledge in survival, which was applied in adversity situations to achieve survival.

Our trainings and challenges take place in the low and flooded jungle of the Amazon, one of the most challenging terrain to survive. This environment forces us to apply, discard, improvise and develop new techniques to survive in the jungle and thus be able to master the art of survival.


Strengthen the physical and mental capacity of the participant so that, in an emergency situation, they can act efficiently, quickly and safely, in order to preserve their life. In this way, an extreme situation will be “a challenge and not a tragedy”.



Jungle Training Center, has a select group of military instructors, experts in jungle survival, search and rescue, land navigation, cartography, river rescue and medical specialists in first aid.

All of our instructors have extensive experience in real situations in jungle terrain, which allows us to guarantee high quality programs for all participants.

Our military instructors comply with a rigorous permanent training; each technique is taught with the best practices to equip the participant with the necessary skills to fulfill the objective of the chosen program.

The native instructors are true indigenous people who contribute their knowledge in genuine techniques, passed down for generations. What for us is survival, for them is daily life.

Hector Vezirian


Hector is a naturalist and specialized in survival in the jungle. After his military training, he has spent more than 30 years leading jungle survival expeditions and exploring remote areas of the Amazon. This has led him to be chosen as organizer of expeditions for military personnel from different countries and producers of NatGeo, Discovery Channel, renowned photographers and international wildlife trackers.

Every year, Hector takes a month or two to venture into unexplored areas of the Amazon jungle. This is a personal challenge that allows you to apply his survival knowledge to achieve success.

He is the founder of Jungle Training Center and Amazon Explorer ( www.amazonexplorer.com ). His passion for nature has led him to found the NGO Jaguar Matsés Connection ( www.jaguarmatsésconnection.com ),which promotes the protection of the Jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Matsés National Reserve for the benefit of native communities, ecosystems and all vulnerable species. He has rehabilitated and returned many wild animals to the wild and has rescued abandoned cats and dogs in the Amazon city of Iquitos. He currently cares for 38 cats and 10 dogs at his shelter.

Dennis Reyna


Dennis is the son of Armando, both authentic indigenous people of the Matsés people. Like his father, he was raised as a tribal hunter. This led him to specialize in tracking wild animals and learning about the behavior and habits of wildlife.

He is an expert in indigenous jungle survival techniques. Dennis has become passionate about wildlife photography. Together with Héctor and Armando, he is always looking for a challenge in unexplored areas. Dennis and Armando have been with Hector for 20 years and are the most experienced native instructors at Jungle Training Center.

Armando Reyna


Armando is the son of an authentic leader and one of the greatest indigenous warriors of the Matsés ethnic group. He is Dennis's father and, like him, is a great hunter. He is an expert in tracking and understanding the behavior of wild animals, perfectly imitating the sounds of wildlife. He is a specialist in setting up traps and traditional weapons of the Matsés people.

Armando is the discoverer of most of the clay licks (deposits of clay containing mineral salts where a large number and variety of animals congregate) found in the Matsés National Reserve.

Armando became a defender and diffuser of endangered animals, together with his son Dennis they have been working with Hector for more than 20 years and are the most expert native instructors at the Jungle Training Center.

Dr. Luis Reategui


As a trained military doctor, Luis manages the Search and Rescue Brigade (SAR) in the Amazon. He has extensive experience and has participated in several rescues in hostile areas of the jungle.

He is an instructor in survival in the jungle, a medical leader of the Search and Rescue Brigade, and speaker on patient care in emergencies and disasters. During his career he has been Head of the Emergency Service and Head of the Epidemiology Office of the Air Force Hospital of Peru.

He has certification in survival in the jungle, in survival medicine, and in search and rescue. Luis is one of the main instructors of Jungle Training Center.

Desiderio Aguilar


Desiderio is part of the Search and Rescue Squad (SAR). He is one of the main jungle survival instructors and for more than 30 years he has been training new generations of survival instructors for the Peruvian armed forces.

He has provided Jungle Survival instruction to US military personnel, DEA personnel, as well as personnel from international military organizations. His experience is complemented by military and rescue operations in armed conflicts and aircraft crashes in the jungle.

Roberto Almeida


Roberto belongs to the Search and Rescue Squad (SAR) of the Special Forces group. He is an expert in combat and a principal instructor in courses on special operations and survival in the jungle.

He has taken courses for commanders of the Peruvian Army, on survival in the sea, survival in the jungle, combat rescue, diving, military parachuting, free fall, explosive devices and of Search and Rescue in High Mountain Division of the National Police of Peru. Roberto is one of the main military instructors of Jungle Training Center.

Marc Legionario


Marc is a member of the French Foreign Legion since 1997, leader of the infantry combat team. He has carried out operations in Kosova, Djibouti, Senegal, Ivory Coast, French Guiana, Central African Republic and Chad.

He has taken courses in command, explosives, shooting, urban and jungle combat, diving, parachuting and armored vehicle handling. He is also trained in Krav Maga and Close Combat. Marc is the specialist in extreme survival for Jungle Training Center.

Fernando Pereira


Fernando has been dedicated to the Japanese and Filipino combat arts for over twenty years.

He is a specialist in edged weapons and a direct student of Grand Tuhon Leopoldo T. Gaje Jr. and Tuhon Mick Alcaraz. He trained in the Philippines as a Pekiti-Tirsia Kali instructor. He is one of only two instructors in this combat system in South America. Every year he travels to the Philippines to study; He teaches international courses to civilians and military in Close Combat techniques. In some courses he accompanies us as a specialist instructor in knife techniques for jungle survival.