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Tambopata Research Center (5 days)

Tambopata Research Center
Code : CP-S3
Duration : 5 days
Category : Rainforest
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From : $ 1473.00
 

If you are looking for an in-depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center is your best option. Known for the last 20 years for its macaw research, there is much more to see and experience at the Tambopata Research Center. The best rule to follow in the Amazon region is: the further away from the cities one goes and the longer one stays, the more the forest will reveal its complex life and provide opportunities to observe wildlife.
The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in Peru. Its remoteness offers adventurous travelers an unmatched opportunity to engage with the natural world. It is a comfortable eighteen bedroom lodge, built more than fifteen years ago to provide accommodation for travelers and researchers alike.
From the start, the Center's aim was the protection of the adjacent macaw clay lick, and to this day the uninhabited wilderness around the TRC continues to provide a safe haven to a stable population of endangered wildlife. With its dedicated researchers and naturalist guides, the Tambopata Research Center is the best starting point for in-depth exploration of the flora and fauna of the Amazon. The lodge is designed with the infrastructure necessary for the smooth running of the center, while keeping to a minimum any impact on the surrounding forest.

 

ACTIVITIES: Nature viewing with ecological focus


  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Prices

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado -  Refugio Amazonas
Day 2: Posada AmazonasTambopata Research Center
Day 3: Macaw Clay Lick
Day 4: Macaw Clay Lick
Day 5: Tambopata Research Center – Puerto Maldonado

INCLUDED SERVICES:

4 nights’ lodge (twin rooms), excursions as mentioned in the itinerary, including bilingual guide (1 guide for every for 10 participants), transport and entrance fees, full board.


NOT INCLUDED:

International/domestic flights, entrance fee to the park, travel insurance, additional nights at lodge due to bad weather or flight cancellations, extra services such as tips and soft drinks.

 

SEASON: All year
DURATION: 5 Days /4 Nights (Puerto Maldonado-Puerto Maldonado)
FITNESS LEVEL: Easy
DEPARTURES: Daily

 

 

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado - Refugio Amazonas

Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, you will be met by our guides and transferred to the river port, where our boat journey to Refugio Amazonas will begin. The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata river port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve checkpoints, before we enter the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare protected natural area. Upon arrival at the lodge, the manager will welcome the group and provide you with a brief presentation which includes safety information. After dinner, we will return to the river and scan the banks with headlamps and flashlights, in search of the red eye shine of caimans. 
Overnight stay at Refugio Amazonas (L/D)

Arrival & Reception by Guide-Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 6:1 ratio in Tambopata Research Center. This means groups smaller than 6 people will be merged with other groups under one guide.

 

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters, upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

 

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port, Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

 

Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas, The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. Boxed Lunch will be provided.

 

Orientation, upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

 

Caiman Search, We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

 

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (B-BL-D)

 

Day 2: POSADA AMAZONAS – Tambopata Research Center

After a Breakfast we will head to the next activity: Canopy Tower

A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.


Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to TRC, Four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent. Boxed Lunch will be provided.


Chuncho Clay Lick, Three hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.


Orientation, upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.


Overlook Trail, A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.


Macaw Project Lectures, after dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.


Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B-BL-D)

 

Day 3: Macaw Clay Lick

Early morning activity: On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. We will return to the lodge for a nice Breakfast.

 

Floodplain Trail, this five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.

 

Pond Platform, ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.

 

Night walk, you will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

 

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

Day 4: Macaw Clay Lick

On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. Breakfast will be served at the lodge.

 

Terra Firme Trail, an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

 

Palm Swamp Trail, growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice, makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats.

 

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

 

Day 5: TRC - PUERTO MALDONADO

Early transfer to return to Puerto Maldonado, this is a nice river journey with the possibility to spot some big cats like the Jaguar. Up on arrival, you will be transfer to the Headquarters to pick up your stored luggage. The staff will take you to the airport to catch the domestic flight. End of our service.

 

NOTES: Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

Boat Transportation, Rainforest Expeditions boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.

 

Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30

Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer out about 5:00 AM in order to be on time for your flight out that should depart after 13:00 hrs. please be sure do not buy early fly out.


We reserve the right to change the order of activities.

Included Services

4 nights’ lodge (twin rooms), excursions as mentioned in the itinerary, including bilingual guide (1 guide for every for 10 participants), transport and entrance fees, full board.

Not Included

International/domestic flights, entrance fee to the park, travel insurance, additional nights at lodge due to bad weather or flight cancellations, extra services such as tips and soft drinks.

Trip Cost 2017 in US$ per participant:

GROUP SERVICE
1 Participants 2-3  Participants 4-5 Participants
6 + Participants
Twin Accom.
$ 1,473 $ 1,308

CULTURAS PERU S.R.L.
Tandapata 354-A Cusco - Perú
Phone & Fax: +51 84 243629
marco@culturasperu.com
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