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US$ 760Price per person, double occupancy, all meals and excursions, transfers. Airfares and entrance fees (US$ 75 per person) not included.
Duration:4 Days
Destination:Tambopata National Reserve (TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER)
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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 adjacent to a macaw clay lick.

The TRC’s isolated location–inside an uninhabited area of the Tambopata National Reserve and next to the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park–means that the rainforest ecosystem around it remains pristine. Much groundbreaking macaw conservation research has been carried out from the TRC . You will likely meet macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the TRC while they do fieldwork.

Other species you’ll have a strong chance of spotting include a variety of monkeys: the Dusky Titi, Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, Howler, and Spider. You’ll also likely see Capybaras, Caimans, Agouti, White-lipped peccaries, and more.  Although very difficult to see, jaguars, tapirs and harpy eagles are occasionally glimpsed by guests. You may even be able to photograph a recently discovered species of spiders.

AMAZON TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Flight Lima/Cusco – Puerto Maldonado (arriving BEFORE 13:00).

Arrival & Reception by Guide: Our guides are 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.

Night Walk:
You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

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.

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 Jungle Lodge.

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 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 trees, 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/Cusco (departing AFTER 13:00).

Meals included: B

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

 

AMAZON TOUR PRICES

Tambopata Research CenterPrice per person
Single – SuperiorUS$ 960
Double – SuperiorUS$ 760
Single – ComfortUS$ 1,185
Double – ComfortUS$ 875
Single – Amazon SuiteUS$ 1,405
Double – Amazon SuiteUS$ 1,040
Single – Deluxe SuiteUS$ 1,575
Double – Deluxe SuiteUS$ 1,165

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.
  • You must add an entrance ticket of US$ 75 per person.

INCLUDED IN AMAZON TOUR

Included in Amazon Tour PriceNot 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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