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US$ 850 Price per person, double occupancy, all meals and excursions, transfers, entrance fees. Airfares not included.
Duration: 4 Days
Destination: Tambopata National Reserve (TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER)
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Peru Amazon Tour Description

In this Amazon Tour package, you will be staying at the Tambopata Research Center (TRC), one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America.  You will have an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon while staying in a comfortable 18 bedroom lodge built with the goal of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick.

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.

Other species you have a strong chance of spotting during your stay include: Dusky titi monkeys, Squirrel monkeys, Brown capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, Capybara, Caimans, Agouti, White lipped peccary among others.  Although very difficult to see, jaguars, tapirs and harpy eagle are also occasionally glimpsed by guests. You can even photograph a recently discovered species of decoy spider and a still yet to be named new species of spider that builds strange web towers and fences.

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

 

Itinerary

DAY 1

Flight Lima – Puerto Maldonado (departing at 08:05 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 our 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. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

Caiman searches: 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.

Meals included: BL, D

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Jungle Lodge.

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, 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.

Chuncho Clay Lick: 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 tip

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 the Howler Monkey and the 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 Jungle Lodge.

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 descending 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. The 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 Jungle Lodge.

DAY 4

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$ 1,050
Double – Superior US$ 850
Single – Comfort US$ 1,275
Double – Comfort US$ 970
Single – Amazon Suite US$ 1,500
Double – Amazon Suite US$ 1,135
Single – Deluxe Suite US$ 1,665
Double – Deluxe Suite US$ 1,260

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.

Included

Included in Tour Price Not included in Tour 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$ 65.00 per person. Adventure activities such as kayak, tree climbing, mountain biking

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

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