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Overview

Tambopata Research Centre is the most remote lodge in the Amazon. There are no humans nearby so sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank! Tambopata Research Centre is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides. Choose from a range of stays from 2 nights or more. Contact us for details. 

Highlights Include:

Two Macaw Clay Licks – A trip to the Tambopata Research Centre includes a visit to the two most important clay licks in the region: Colorado and Chuncho. Visit these special portions of river bank while macaws and parrots make a raucous and colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story.

Jaguar Sighting – The four and half hour boat ride from Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Centre is your best chance for a jaguar sighting. 
5 Distinct Pristine Habitats – Close and easy hikes to bamboo, flood plain, terra firma, palm and riverine rainforest habitats.
Herds of White Lipped Peccaries – Tambopata Research Centre's location inside a huge and pristine rainforest means peccaries roam at carrying capacity. Herds of one hundred or more individuals visit the lodge garden frequently to gather nuts from its palm trees.
Macaw Research and Conservation – Much ground breaking macaw conservation research has been carried out from the Centre and you are likely to have the chance during your stay to talk with macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the Research Centre while they do fieldwork.
Canopy Tower – During your stopover at Refugio Amazonas you will be able to climb the 30 metre scaffolding tower for expansive views of the rainforest and sightings of colourful toucans and parrots against a green backdrop.

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Trip Code: PETSTR4

Travel Style: Tailor Made Journey.

Location: Peru

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to South America. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • You will be able to climb the canopy tower, an expansive tower that takes you above the canopy, providing views of the far-reaching rainforest stretching endlessly into the horizon. 

  • You will be introduced to incredible wildlife the likes of which you will not see anywhere else in the world. 

  • You will have the chance to spot the majestic yet illusive jaguar, a truly unique and incredible hunter. 

  • This itinerary is perfectly combined with experiences in the greater Peru, especially the incredible and mystifying journey to Machu Picchu. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

You will be met at Puerto Maldonado Airport to transfer by land and a two and a half hour boat journey to Tambopata Research Centre. The boat ride from the Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas takes us past the Infierno Community and the Tambopata National Reserve checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. A boxed lunch is provided to eat along the way.

On arrival you will be welcomed to the lodge and given a brief orientation.

After dinner at the lodge there is the option to join a night walk when most of the animals are active but sometimes difficult to see. The frogs are easier to see with their fascinating shapes and colours and sounds.

Arrival at Tambopata Research Centre

Tambopata Research Centre offers a range of activities that can be undertaken on a full day or half day basis.

A thirty minute walk from Tambopata Research Centre leads to the 25 metre scaffolding canopy tower, equipped with a staircase that leads to the platforms above. You can enjoy views over the treetops to spot toucans, macaws and raptors.

Back on ground level, we board a boat for the four and a half hour journey to Tambopata Research Centre in the pristine heart of the reserve. The journey travels deep into the Amazon, crossing the confluence with the Malinowski River, leaving behind any trace of human life, and replacing it with capybara, caiman, geese and macaws.

Two hours into the river journey and deep within the Tambopata National Reserve, we stop at the Chuncho clay lick. After a 5 minute walk, we should see dozens of macaws feeing on the sodium rich clays of the riverbank. This clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world. Please note that the birds do not visit when it is raining so the visit will be weather dependent.

On arrival at the lodge, you will be welcomed and given a brief orientation. In the afternoon we head out on a 3-5 kilometre walk to a view point with commanding views of the Tambopata as it winds its way to the lowlands. The walk takes us through a regenerating bamboo forest where we may see howler monkeys and dusky titi monkeys.

After dinner at the lodge, scientists will provide a detailed look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, breeding, theories for their use of clay licks, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Tambopata Activities Day 2

Tambopata Research Centre offers a range of activities that can be undertaken on a full day or half day basis.

At dawn we walk to the macaw clay lick, where on most clear mornings, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on the riverbank in a raucous and vibrantly coloured spectacle. We hope to see an abundance of scarlet, green-winged, blue and gold macaws and several species of parrots.

After breakfast at the lodge, we walk along the 5 kilometre Floodplain Trail, covering virgin rainforest, creeks and ponds. We may see squirrels, brown capuchin, spider monkeys and peccaries amongst the figs, ceibas and other vegetation.

We return to the lodge for lunch before venturing out to a pond platform so see waterfowl such as Muscovy ducks, sun bitterns and hoatzins, woodpeckers, flycatchers and parakeets.

After dinner there is the option to take a night walk to look out for nocturnal wildlife. Most of the mammals are active at night but hard to spot. You should see frogs with their many shapes and colours and fascinating sounds.

Tambopata Activities Day 3

Transfer by boat from the Research Center to Tambopata River Port and on to Puerto Maldonado for the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

Departure
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Why not amend your Amazon lodge stay and experience the incredible wonders of the Peruvian Amazon by river? Discover the incredible biodiversity of the flooded rainforest, spot the pink river dolphins of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, or simply enjoy the most exquisite Peruvian cuisine options on a luxury vessel. Find out more.

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Discover the traditional rural life of the lesser known Lares region. Experience the evolving role of the original Andean people as you move from unique lodge to lodge, experiencing daily hikes with panoramic views of waterfalls, snow peaks and turquoise lakes and discovering breathtaking sites of ancient Inca civilisation. Find out more.

  • Alternatively, your experience in Peru may follow the evolving story and experience of Peruvian cuisine. Internationally renown for its incredible gastronomy, Peru has a unique and utterly delectable flavour, carrying Oriental and Spanish influences. Discover the incredible diversity of Peru as you explore from the coast and the Andes.Find out more.

     

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

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Important Information

  • Accommodation 
    All meals 
    All tours, activity services and guides
    Transfer to and from airport of Puerto Maldonado 
    All river transportation 

    Exclusions

    International or domestic airfares
    Airport departures taxes or visas
    Excess baggage charges
    Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations 
    Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
    Medical/travel insurance
    Laundry expenses 
    Personal expenses

  • 2 (light adventure)
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  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

On this trip you will stay at the Tambopata Research Centre. Tambopata has a long history of sustainable resource use, reducing waste water, utilising recyclable water bottles and minimising plastic use. Tambopata works closely with remote indeigenous communities of the Amazon to preserve their way of life while also also offering shared experiences and learning with their guests. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE