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US$ 635 Price per person, double occupancy in TRADITIONAL ROOM, includes all meals and excursions, transfers, entrance fees. Airfares not included.
Duration: 4 Days
Destination: Tambopata (REFUGIO AMAZONAS LODGE)
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Description

The Tambopata National Reserve is the gateway to one of the world’s most remote and extraordinary Amazon Rainforest environments. It is part of a 3.7 million acre reserve in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest created in 1990 by the national government working in partnership with local grassroots and international conservation organizations to protect the biological diversity of the entire watersheds of the Tavara and the Candamo Rivers and most of the watershed of the Tambopata River.

Refugio Amazonas is a 24-bedroom lodge located ten minutes walking-distance from the Tambopata River. Its location, two hours upriver from Posada Amazon Rainforest Lodge, is ideal for three-night experiences and for breaking the expeditions to and from Tambopata Research Center. Refugio Amazonas is built on a 200 hectare private reserve on the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is becoming integrated to the communities of Brazil nut extractors that surround it, attempting to extend the benefits of ecotourism to the families that commit to the sustainable use of the forest within this buffer zone.

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Itinerary

DAY 1

Flight Lima – Puerto Maldonado (departing at 08:05 and arriving at 10:45).

At your arrival, you will be transfered to the Tambopata River port, after a brief stop at 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 storage room. 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, then you will be transfered by Boat from 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 Tambopata river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Overnight in Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
(BL, D)

DAY 2

Oxbow Lake Visit

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

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.

Farm Visit and Ethnobotanical Garden

Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops (every plant and tree you will see serves a purpose).

Ethnobotanical Tour

You will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. You will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.

Nightly Lectures

After dinner, nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.Overnight in Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

(B, L, D)

DAY 3

Parrot Clay Lick

After breakfast, a fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck you will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. You visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.

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. You guides will demonstrate you the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.Overnight in Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

Mammal clay lick

Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.

Night walk

After dinner, 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.

(B, L, D)

DAY 4

Refugio Amazonas Lodge to Puerto Maldonado
Leave Refugio Amazonas Lodge to take a boat back to Tambopata River Port and then to Puerto Maldonado headquarters. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight Puerto Maldonado – Lima (departing at 11:25 and arriving at 14:15).
(B)

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

Prices

Refugio Amazonas Standard Lodge (1) (2) Price Per Person
Single – Traditional US$ 845
Double – Traditional US$ 635
Single – Comfort US$ 1,020
Double – Comfort US$ 755
Single – Amazon Suite US$ 1,240
Double – Amazon Suite US$ 880

NOTES:

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

2. As of 2017, Refugio Amazonas offers  “a-la-carte” excursions, at an additional price. You can take between 4-6 during your stay.

 

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.
Park entrance fees. Tips.
Boat rides and safety equipment.

* Note:  Currently, tours to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest are sales tax exempt (18.00%).

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