The 3-day / 2-night Amazonas Adventure
Only have three days available and have always wanted to visit the Amazon rainforest? The Amazonas Adventure gives you an authentic rainforest experience within a private community reserve and includes a variety of activities such as canopy tower and oxbow lake visits, an ethnobotanical tour and a visit to a parrot clay lick. A number of extra activities can be added to your itinerary to order including kayaking, canopy climbing and mountain-biking.
Arrival and Reception by Your Guide. Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at a 10:1 ratio. This means groups smaller than 10 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 from the Airport to our 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.
Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata River Port. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometres to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a local community venture.
Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas. The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve.
Posada Amazonas is a rustic 30 bedroom first-class community partnership eco-lodge that is jointly owned with the Ese-Eja community of Infierno. Each room has a private bathroom with hot shower. A limited number of special superior rooms are available, please enquire for details on this upgrade.
Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Canopy Tower: A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 37-metre high scaffolding canopy tower. A staircase with banister running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From on top you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed specie canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
Ecotourism Lecture. A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas.
Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake: Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.
Parrot Clay Lick: This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty metres away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as mealy and yellow-headed Amazon, blue-headed parrot and dusky headed parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is most active at dawn and during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
Ethnobotanical Tour: A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines from forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their small clinic. They have designed a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
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.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas.
Transfer by Boat from Posada Amazonas to the Tambopata River Port.
Transfer from the Tambopata River Port to our Puerto Maldonado Headquarters.
Transfer from our Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to the Airport. We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
* IMPORTANT: Transfer times. Due to our set program start and end times, we will send you suggested flights for your rainforest experience. Other flights incur extra fees for private boat transfers which would need to be added at your cost.
Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:00 and your flights need to link up with these.
Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00
Private transport by bus and boat can be arranged at extra cost for families or groups.
Cost per person sharing double, twin or triple room: US$490
Single (if you do not wish to share accommodation): US$650
More luxurious room upgrades also available
Included: All meals, accommodation, and services as detailed above, all river transportation, as well as transfers from and to the airport in Puerto Maldonado.
Not Included: International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of a personal nature.
Boat Transportation: Our boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engines are 75hp 4 stroke, eco-friendly, low emission motors.
We reserve the right to change the order of activities or trails due to weather or other local conditions
A number of add-on activities are available at the different lodges, please contact us for more details, to confirm availability and to book:
At Posada Amazonas
Jungle Mountain Biking, cost US$75 per person.
Our ride of 10 kilometres long goes through the Ese’Eja community protected land. Your chances to spot wildlife are high and on your way you will find loops, slopes, wooden bridges and creeks. Our ride can take you directly to the Nape botanical garden in order not to miss any regular activity.
Kayaking on the Tambopata River, cost US$75 per person.
A boat will take us upriver and then we will paddle down a portion of the Tambopata River with some rapids, although most of the progress presents low difficulty. At the shores we will observe fragmented parts of the forest and come across local people who work at the few farms in the region. To finish our experience, we´ll stop on a sandy beach and have a well deserved swim. No previous experience is required, only swimming knowledge.
Canopy Climbing up a 30m-high tree, cost US$75 per person.
Replicating the daily work of macaw researchers, we will climb a 30-metre high tree with a rope, harness and jumar. From this vantage point we will have a macaw’s-eye view of the forest. This demanding exercise is perfectly safe and requires no previous experience.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding on the Tambopata River, cost US$75 per person.
We will paddle up a portion of the Tambopata River that presents no difficulty. At the shores we will observe fragmented parts of the forest and be accompanied by the sounds of nature. Some of the wildlife we may observe includes birds, caimans and turtles. To finish our experience, we´ll stop on a sandy beach and have a well-deserved swim. No previous experience required, only swimming knowledge.
Rainforest Tatoo, cost US$30 per person.
At the lodge, we will prepare a paste from the fruit of huito and achiote to draw dark blue and red tattoos on ourselves. They last several days.
A variety of holistic treatments ranging from aromatherapy to mud baths, massages, herbal baths and meditation. Available at the Wellness Center.