Due to our new boat schedules you can now visit one of the most remote lodges in the Amazonian rainforest on a shorter 4-day/3-night rainforest experience. If you are looking for a more in depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center is for you. Your itinerary is done on an ‘’a-la-carte’’ basis & you can decide on your activities with the help of your guide from a number of options.
Enjoy customising your itinerary with these activities. Below is a suggested and customisable itinerary. With the new routing the Deep Rainforest Experience is now available from 3-days/2-nights with a minimum of 4-days recommended to be able to enjoy a good range of activities.
Arrival & 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 6:1 ratio. 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 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 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, continuing into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare reserve.
Refugio Amazonas is a charming 32 bedroom lodge well placed immediately adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Each room has a private bathroom with hot shower. Prices given are for our Superior rooms with room upgrades available at extra cost.
Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Caiman Search: We will be out on the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
Macaw Clay Lick: 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 colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty metres from the cliff, we will observe green-winged, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Floodplain Trail: This five kilometre 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 squirrels, brown capuchin, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries. The lodge itself is located within this habitat.
Island Exploration & Pond: Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a small pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as muscovy duck, sun bittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond home. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the varieties of fish that live in the Amazon & may even get to see a caiman or two.
Rainforest by Night: Walking through the rainforest at night challenges all your senses. In deep darkness, surrounded by an array of jungle sounds and with the aid of your guide’s powerful spotlight, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. If fortunate, you will be able to find poison dart & other frogs, night monkeys, tarantulas and insects with the most unique adaptations to life under the cover of darkness.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.
Transfer by boat from the Tambopata Research Center 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 14:30 and your flights need to link up with these.
Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer out at about 5:00 AM in order to be on time for your flight out that should depart after 13:00 hrs please be sure not to purchase an early flight out of Puerto Maldonado to Cusco or Lima.
Private transport by bus and boat can be arranged at extra cost for families or groups.
Cost per person sharing from US$1127 + US$75 park entry fee
Single (if you are visiting solo): US$1495 + US$75 park entry fee
Extra nights available, please enquire.
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.
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