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Tambopata Research Center

Tambopata Research Center is the most remote lodge in the Amazon. There are no humans nearby so sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species are more frequent. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank! Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in-depth exploration of Amazonian nature and wildlife because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations, and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides.

Highlights

– Two Macaw Clay Licks – A trip to the Tambopata Research Centre includes a visit to the two most important clay licks in the region: Colorado and Chuncho. Visit these special riverbank sites where Macaws and parrots make the raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story.
– 5 Distinct Pristine Habitats – Close and easy hikes to bamboo, flood plain, terra firma, palm and riverine rainforest habitats.
– Herds of White Lipped Peccaries – Tambopata Research Center’s location inside a huge and pristine rainforest means peccaries roam at will. Herds of one hundred or more individuals visit the lodge garden frequently to feast on nuts from its palm trees.

– Macaw Research and Conservation –Much groundbreaking macaw conservation research has been carried out from the TRC and you will likely have the chance during your stay to talk with macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the TRC while they do fieldwork.
– Canopy Tower – During your stopover at Refugio Amazonas (see How to Get to Tambopata Research Center) you can climb the 30 meter scaffolding tower for expansive views of the rainforest and sightings of colorful toucans and parrots against a green backdrop.
– Natural Construction Rooms – Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing you to enjoy this diverse ecosystem even during downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge. With only 18 rooms, this rustic lodge is as intimately as you can connect with the jungle without camping.

icon-itinerary Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Puerto Maldonado – Refugio Amazonas

Transfer from the 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.
Next, we will drive you 20 kilometers to Tambopata River Port, entering the indigenous community of Infierno to board a boat for a 2h30mins journey to Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata National Reserve.
Boxed Lunch and orientation information briefing about the lodge, navigation and security tips. Dinner at the lodge
Night tour in search of Black Caimans: we will scan the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red reflection from their eyes.
Overnight in comfortable wooden cabins with private bathroom & mosquito nets at Refugio Amazonas.

Day 2

Refugio Amazonas- Tambopata Research Center.

After breakfast we will take a 30 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. From here views of mixed-species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely, you will also see the primary forest horizon extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve.
After that, we will take a 4.5 hour boat ride to Tambopata Research Center deep in the pristine heart of the reserve.
We will leave the final traces of human habitation behind after 1 and half hours as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River; sightings of Capybaras, Black Caiman, Geese, Macaws and other large species will be frequent within the 700.000 hectare inhabited nucleus of the Reserve.

Chuncho Clay Lick

Three hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho clay lick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the
chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium-rich clay of the riverbank. Chuncho probably attracts more large macaws 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.
Boxed lunch & orientation upon arrival: the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important information regarding your visit.

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 sightings.
Dinner at the Lodge.

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

Day 3

Tambopata National Reserve

Today we will have exciting excursions deep in the Amazon including:

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 descending to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Breakfast at the lodge.

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. Tambopata Research Center is located within this habitat.
Lunch at the lodge.

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, sun bittern and hoatzin
along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.
Dinner at the lodge.

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

Day 4

Early Breakfast and boat ride to Tambopata River Port. After that we will have a short stop at Pto Maldonado Headquarters before heading to the airport.

A 5 days & 4 nights include the following excursions

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 descending to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

Terra Firme Trail

An entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is transversed by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarin monkeys are frequently found here. As we walk near the edges of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for tracks of the rare tapir.

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 also makes the palm swamp one of the most threatened habitats.

The 6 days & 5 nights

add these excursions to the itinerary

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.

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 sightings.

Creeks Trail

This is a different kind of Terra Firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, we will focus on forest and creek ecology.

icon-itinerary Included

Included

– Assistance at the airport
– Round trip transportation by land and river (Airport / Lodge / Airport)
– Overnights at Refugio Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center
– All meals except B on Day 1 / Lunch & Dinner on last day of the program
– English speaking guides
– All excursions as outlined
– Basic equipment for each excursion
– Entrance fees to Tambopata National Reserve, US$ 75 per person

NOT Included

 

– Personal expenses
– Additional services
– Alcohol and soft drinks in the tour
– Additional nights, service, transfers & meals due flight cancellations in Puerto Maldonado
– Phone calls, internet, text messages, reconfirmation of flights
– Travel insurance of any kind
– Laundry Service

icon-itinerary Additional information

– Confirmation will be made within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
– For triple occupancy consider the same rate applied per person in double occupancy.
– Maximum one additional bed per cabaña, limited capacity
– Children under 12 when accompanied by one or two adults in the same cabaña – maximum 2 per cabaña
– We do not recommend children under 5, otherwise the guest must sign disclaimer
– Excursion schedules may vary depending on weather conditions and demand
– Rates subject to changes without prior notice
– Tour guides are biologists, tourism professionals or community members. Unless noted otherwise, guides speak English. Guides are assigned at 6:1 ratio in Tambopata Research Center. This means groups smaller than 6 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English, please let us know.

– Boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly with low emission motors.
– Transfer-in from Puerto Maldonado to lodge offers two departures daily at 13:00h and 14:30h
– Transfer-out from the Lodge to Puerto Maldonado are at about 5:00 AM in order to be on time for your departing flight, that should depart after 13:00 hrs (Do not book an earlier flight).
– Tambopata Research Center reserves the right to change the order of activities.
– Although not generally enforced in the rainforest area of Peru, we recommend that all foreign travelers bring their original passports in order to avoid the payment of national taxes (IGV 18%) at hotels.
– On Day 1 you will have the opportunity of storing and/or repacking your necessary gear for the excursions days, allowing us to keep the boats light.Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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