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US$ 1,045 Price per person, double occupancy. Includes transfers, excursions, meals, lodging and entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (US$75 per person). Does not include domestic flights.
Duration: 5 Days
Destination: Tambopata National Reserve (TAMBOPATA RESERACH CENTER)
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Description

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 clay licks on the third day of your trip, and explore the trails of the Tambopata Research Center in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve.

Home to several newly discovered species, 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 a few years ago) with the goal of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick.

A journey to the Tambopata Research Center in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is an adventure unlike any other!

Itinerary

DAY 1

Take your flight Lima – Puerto Maldonado (departing at 8:05 and arriving at 10:45).  At your arrival, 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 the gardens, we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe storage room to help keep the boats and cargo light. 

Transfer from Puerto Maldonado Headquarters 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 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.

Caiman searches: You 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.

Meals included: BL, D
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 2

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.

Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center: 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, you 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.

Chuncho Claylick: 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.

Meals included: B, BL, D
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

DAY 3

Macaw Clay Lick (located at the Bahuaja Sonene National Park): 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.

Meals included: B, L, D
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

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.

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.

Meals Included: B, L, D.

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

DAY 5

Transfer Boat – TRC to Tambopata River Port. Then, transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight Puerto Maldonado – Lima (departing at 15:40 and arriving at 18:30).

Meals included: B.

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

Prices

Tambopata Research Center Price Per Person
Single – Superior US$ 1,295
Double – Superior US$ 1,045
Single – Comfort US$ 1,595
Double – Comfort US$ 1,190
Single – Amazon Suite US$ 1,900
Double – Amazon Suite US$ 1,415
Single – Deluxe Suite US$ 2,155
Double – Deluxe Suite US$ 1,600

NOTE:

  • Rainy season is from mid-October to mid-March and the heaviest months of rain are January and February.
  • The first night in this itinerary is spent at the Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Pricing is based on a TAMBOPATA TRADITIONAL (Classic) room, however upgrades are available only at this lodge.

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 Spanish or English. Airport Taxes.
All tours and intermediate transfers. Drinks.
Boat rides and safety equipment. Tips.
Park entrance fee of US$ 75.00 per person. Adventure activities such as kayak, tree climbing, mountain biking

NOTE: Currently, tours to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest are exempt from local sales taxes (18.00%).

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