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US$ 955Price 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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THE TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE

Visit the depths of the Tambopata National Reserve in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, for a truly authentic Amazon experience. This rich Amazon reserve is home to several newly discovered species.

You will stay at the Tambopata Research Center (TRC), one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America. Situated in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, it offers adventurous travelers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon. It is a comfortable 18 bedroom lodge 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 Tambopata National Reserve is an adventure unlike any other!

TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE PROGRAM ITINERARY

DAY 1

Take your flight Lima – Puerto Maldonado (departing at 8:05 and arriving at 10:45).  We will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to the 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. The rest will be left in a safe storage room to help keep the boats and cargo light. 

Transfer from Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to the Tambopata River Port.  Skirting Puerto Maldonado, you will advance 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 you 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. Arrive at your lodge.

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 lodge.

DAY 2

Canopy Tower:
A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter (80 ft.) scaffolding canopy tower. A banister staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From here, enjoy amazing views of the reserve as well as flocks of mixed species, toucans, macaws and raptors.

Transfer Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center:
The Tambopata Research Center lies in the pristine heart of the reserve, four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas. You will leave all traces of human habitation behind as you reach the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve. Here, sightings of capybaras, caimans, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

Chuncho Claylick:
Three hours into your boat ride, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve, you will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk you will encounter dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium-rich clays of the riverbank. This claylick attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world, and the sight is truly unforgettable. The experience will depend on the weather, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it’s raining.

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

Overlook Trail:
Later that afternoon, a 3-5 kilometer hike will lead you to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. The forest, on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for the Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.

Macaw Project Lectures:
After dinner, scientists will provide an in depth look at the macaws. Learn about their biology, feeding habits, their breeding, 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, 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 a 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 rainforest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst them are the fig, ceiba and shihuahuaco trees. We will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries.

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 ducks, 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

Terra Firme Trail:
This five-kilometer trail covers an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As you walk near the limits of the swamp keep your eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

Palm Swamp Trail:
The aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. They grow on the remains of an oxbow lake and provide both arboreal and terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice, make 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
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE PROGRAM PRICES

Tambopata Research CenterPrice Per Person
Single – SuperiorUS$ 1,200
Double – SuperiorUS$ 955
Single – ComfortUS$ 1,500
Double – ComfortUS$ 1,095
Single – Amazon SuiteUS$ 1,805
Double – Amazon SuiteUS$ 1,320
Single – Deluxe SuiteUS$ 2,060
Double – Deluxe SuiteUS$ 1,505

NOTES:

  • 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 IN PROGRAM

Included in PriceNot included in Price
Lodging accommodations 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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