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|DURATION||5 days / 4 nights
(Puerto Maldonado - Puerto Maldonado)
|ACTIVITIES||Nature viewing with ecological focus|
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 so 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 its earliest days, the Center's aim has been the protection of the adjacent macaw clay lick, and to this day the uninhabited wilderness around the TRC continues to provide a safe haven for 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 Amazon flora and fauna. The lodge is designed with the infrastructure necessary for the smooth running of the center while keeping to a minimum any negative impact on the surrounding forest.
Arrival & reception by guide: Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless otherwise stated, our guides speak English. We assign guides at a 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 office: Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado office. While you enjoy your first taste of the forest in our gardens, we will ask you to pack only the gear you will need for the next few days, and leave the rest for safekeeping in our secure office facilities. In this way, we can keep the boats and cargo light.
Transfer Puerto Maldonado office to Tambopata river port, skirting Puerto Maldonado: We will drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata river port, entering the native community of Infierno. The port is a communally-run business.
Transfer by boat - Tambopata river port to Refugio Amazonas: The two-hour and thirty-minute 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 protected natural area. A box 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 go out along the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleaming reflection from caimans’ eyes.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
After breakfast, we will set off for our next activity: Canopy Tower
A thirty-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25-meter canopy tower. A secure staircase provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built on high ground, thereby increasing the field of vision across the 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 hours and thirty minutes by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. One hour and thirty minutes 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 Chuncho clay lick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will stop to observe the large macaws feeding on the special sodium-rich clays found at this part of the riverbank. Chuncho claylick is thought to attract more species of large macaw than any other clay lick 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.
Panoramic trail: A three- to five-kilometer hike will lead us to a position with magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail is good for howler monkeys and dusky titi monkeys.
Macaw Project Lectures: After dinner, researchers will offer an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, theories for clay lick use, breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and threats to conservation.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
Early morning activity: On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate at this high riverbank in a raucous and colorful spectacle that inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe green-winged, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws, as well as several species of smaller parrots, as they descend to ingest clay. This excursion requires a dawn start, when the lick is most active. We will return to the lodge for a good breakfast.
Floodplain trail: This five-kilometer trail passes through pristine rainforest 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. Thia is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy ducks, sunbitterns and hoatzins, as well as the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.
Night walk: You will also have the option of hiking at night, when most rainforest mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs, with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their individual natural histories.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate at this high riverbank 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, as well as several species of smaller parrots, as they descend to ingest clay. The clay lick is most active at dawn. Breakfast will be served later at the lodge.
Terra firma trail: This habitat is characterized by smaller, more slender trees atop hills and slopes. We will walk a five-kilometer trail through this ecosystem. Saddleback tamarins are frequently seen here. As we walk near the edge 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 and terrestrial mammals with fruit throughout the year, aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and local conditions which are perfect for planting rice have led to palm swamp becoming one of the rainforest’s most threatened habitats.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
Early transfer to return to Puerto Maldonado: This is a fascinating river journey offering the possibility to spot big cats, including jaguars. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the office to collect your stored luggage. The staff will escort you to the airport for your domestic flight.
End of our service.
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on airline schedules, the transfer from the lodge may require a dawn departure.
Boat transport: Rainforest Expedition boats are 20-feet long, roofed canoes. The outboard motors used are 60hp, 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.
Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to the lodge): We have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer out at around 5:00 am in order to be on time for your flight, which should depart after 13:00 hrs. Please be sure not to book an earlier return flight.
We reserve the right to change the order of activities in response to local conditions.
|TRANSPORT||Transfers and boat for tours|
|OVERNIGHT||Jungle Lodge 4 / Total nights 4|
|TOURS||According to program + expert guide|
|ENTRANCE FEE / PERMITS||To the attractions included in the program|
|TRANSPORT||International / domestic flights|
|EXTRAS||Travel insurance, additional nights at lodge due to bad weather or flight cancellations,tips, tours & meals not mentioned in the itinerary.|
2019 cost per person in US dollars
|Service||1 Pax||2-3 Paxs|