Amazon Rainforest Tour Tambopata Research Center Standard Lodge

Destination: Amazon Rainforest Peru, Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Tour Type: Nature
Price per person based on double occupancy. Includes transfers, excursions, meals and lodging. Does not include domestic flights and entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (US$ 65.00 per person).

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport to take your flight Lima – Puerto Maldonado. 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. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

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If you are looking for a more in depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center suits you best. After staying the first night at Refugio Amazonas, reach one of the largest known macaw claylick on the second day of your trip and explore the trails of the Tambopata Research Center in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve.

ITINERARY

DAY 1
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport to take your flight Lima – Puerto Maldonado. 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. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

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.

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.
(BL, D)

DAY 2
Canopy Tower

A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banister 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.

Brazil Nut Trail and Camp

A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

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.

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

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.

Floodplain Trail

This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed 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
Time – off

Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity.

Transfer Boat – TRC to Refugio Amazonas, a three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.

Oxbow Lake Visit

We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

Tambopata National Reserve Lectures

Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
(B, BL, D)

DAY 5
Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port.

Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters.

Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
(B)

LEGEND
B Breakfast
S Snack
L Lunch
D Dinner
BL Boxed Lunch

Lima

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central part of the country, on a desert coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population approaching 9 million, around one-third of the Peruvian population, Lima is the fifth largest city in Latin America. Lima is home to one of the largest financial hubs in Latin America. It has been defined as a beta world city by GaWC international ranking.
Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as la Ciudad de los Reyes, or “the City of Kings”. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru.

Miraflores Park (5 Star deluxe)

Sensational seafood beside the tumbling Pacific waves

The scent of the sea is borne on the breeze, ceviche and other great fish dishes are highlights of the menu. Stylish restaurants are part of the mix of old colonial treasures and cool, contemporary living that make modern Lima one of South America’s liveliest places to be.

JW Marriott (5 Stars)

The JW Marriott Hotel Lima awaits with a stunning central location, awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views. Towering above grand, oceanside cliffs in Lima, Peru’s Miraflores district, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima offers sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from every guest room. The hotel’s 25-story, ultra-modern glass tower makes a grand statement as the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima luxury hotels. Our spacious ocean-view rooms feature new bedding from Marriott with designer duvets and extra-plush pillows, air-conditioning, in-room safe and mini-bar. Superbly suited for business and pleasure, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima is home to a 5-star gourmet restaurant and over 18,000 SF of meeting space. Enjoy the first-class service and facilities that include a health club spa and fitness center, swimming pool (open from late Dec to March) and gift shop. Whether your trip entails business or leisure, you’ll find a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation at the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Lima.

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (5 Stars)

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once the Miraflores César’s, Lima’s fondly remembered, original five-star hotel, this modern icon was dramatically transformed in 2008 into the capital’s newest luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeño flavor reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations.

The 17-story hotel, with views over Miraflores and the Pacific coast, offers 148 sophisticated, contemporary luxury rooms and suites, with soundproofing and LCD flatscreen TVs in every room. First-class amenities include a heated, covered pool and breezy terrace, gymnasium with the latest exercise equipment, prestigious Joop salon & massage room, business center, and 5 multimedia-equipped corporate event & meeting rooms.

Radisson Decapolis Miraflores (4 stars)

The Radisson Decapolis Miraflores is located in the city’s upscale Miraflores district, known for its shopping, parks, beaches and entertainment. Our convenient location provides easy access to a number of local attractions and sights, including Huaca Pucllana and Larcomar.

Costa del Sol Ramada (4 Stars)

Located within Jorge Chávez International Airport, the Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada offers guests first class infrastructure and service that will make their stay in the capital a true pleasure.

Thanks to its strategic location, you will be able to save time during your stay and optimize your rest. In this way, you will benefit from a perfect combination of time, pleasure and relaxation.

The hotel also offers the Spa Express, a complete spa facility which is the ideal option after a long journey, and before catching your next flight.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Select (3 Star Superior)

Ideally located in Miraflores, Casa Andina Select – Miraflores is the perfect choice for sophisticated business and leisure travelers who expect efficiency, excellent service, and comfortable, contemporary styling, all at reasonable rates. This new, 11-story construction with 155 rooms is within walking distance (or a short taxi ride)of banks and offices, as well as top restaurants, attractions and shopping.

With a style that’s urbane and warmly modern, androom décor inspired by the local environment, it’s a touch more sophisticated than Casa Andina Classic, while more accessibly priced than top-of-the-line Private Collection hotels. Rooms come equipped with LCD TVs, writing desks, soundproof windows and blackout curtains, while suites feature comfortable separate sitting rooms.

And it has all the facilities, services and conveniences a business traveler demands, including executive meeting facilities, business center, and secretarial services.

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Miraflores (3 Star)

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Miraflores in Lima, Peru is a cozy hotel with exceptional customer service and comfortable rooms. Located in the heart of Lima’s fashionable Miraflores district, the Posada is close to important financial institutions and five minutes from the beach.

Boutiques, restaurants, cinemas, coffee shops, art galleries, artisan markets and parks are all nearby the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Miraflores. Larcomar, Lima’s newest shopping and entertainment center overlooking the Pacific Ocean, offers a myriad of exciting activities.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro (3 Stars)

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travelers keen to be in the midst of Lima’s greatest density of restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

While Miraflores is a traditional, residential neighborhood, it has also become the most fashionable, upscale district of Peru’s cosmopolitan capital, renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene.

Allpa (3 stars)

Allpa Hotel & Suites provides spacious and modern rooms with the latest technology and comfort for today’s guest demand, integrating a magnificent environment of trends, decoration and art.

Our location makes us an excellent choice. Nearby you can enjoy the best of Lima, and you can find excellent restaurants, upscale boutiques, the most important banks, shopping malls, handicrafts markets, cultural attractions. Also, at a walking distance from the hotel you will have a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

Casa Wayra (B&B)

The popularity of Bed & Breakfast is fast growing; so at Casa Wayra we decide to follow this exciting new trend to satisfy all travelers who are looking for a comfortable, clean and safe place, including all necessary services to enjoy your stay with the best location available to easily get to all that Lima has to offer.

Wayra: Means voice of the wind…is a Quechua expression used since ancestral times in the Andes of Peru.

Casa Wayra provides you with simple, clean & comfortable rooms, all with a private bathroom and most of them with garden view; and a common area with a spacious living room including TV with cable and DVD, a dining room with fridge, microwave and a nice terrace with a relaxing atmosphere.

American Breakfast is included for all the guests as well as computer with free internet access and Wi-FI connection in all the areas.

Tambopata

The Tambopata–Candamo Reserved Zone was created on January 26, 1990, to protect the forests adjacent to the rivers: Heath and Tambopata which have two important ecosystems.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (Luxury Lodge)

Satisfy the call of your inner explorer. Discover the magic of our amazon rainforest lodge, Inkaterra authentic style, with brilliant bouquets of butterflies and a treetop canopy bridge. At Inkaterra´s private Amazon Basin reserve, elegant accommodations blend seamlessly with nature; expert guides lead incomparably memorable adventures.

Posada Amazonas (Standard Lodge)

Posada Amazonas is a 30-bedroom rainforest lodge perfect for your first taste of the Amazon’s natural wonders.
Just a 45-minute boat ride from the town of Puerto Maldonado, this spacious lodge offers an excellent combination of convenience and comfort with outstanding opportunities to see Amazonian wildlife, all during a short break of as little as two nights.

Refugio Amazonas (Standard Lodge)

The Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.
Because it takes a half-day to travel from Puerto Maldonado to Refugio Amazonas, we recommend visitors spend three nights to make their trip worthwhile. Travelers to the Tambopata Research Center also stop off at the Refugio on the way to and from the TRC.
Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism.

Tambopata Research Center (Standard Lodge)

The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America, offering adventurous travelers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon. It is a comfortable 18 bedroom lodge which was built more than twenty years ago (and rebuilt only 5 years ago) with the object of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick. 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, Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife.
The TRC’s isolated location, inside an uninhabited area of the Tambopata National Reserve and next to the Bahajua-Sonene National Park, means that the rainforest ecosystem around it remains pristine, while the populations of wild animals are all at carrying capacity. 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.

Prices

Refugio Amazonas Standard Lodge Price Per Person
Double Room US$ 865

Single Supplement

(additional price for single room)

US$ 190

Triple Room

(for families including a child up to 17 years of age)

US$ 865

Note: Rainy season is from mid-October to mid-March and the heaviest months of rain are January and February.

INCLUDED

Included in Tour Price* Not included in Tour Price
Lodging accomodation according to itinerary. International and domestic flights.
Meals according to itinerary. Visas required for entry.
Tour guide in English. Airport Taxes.
All tours and intermediate transfers. Drinks.
Boat rides and safety equipment. Tips.
Park entrance fee of US$ 60.00 per person.

* Tours to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest are sales tax exempt up to date.

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