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Tambopata Research Center
Rainforest Expeditions
5 days / 4 nights


 

The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is a spartan yet comfortable 18 bedroom lodge which was built fifteen years ago with the object of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick. 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, Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife.

Tambopata Research Center is located in a half hectare clearing in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata National Reserve, adjacent to the Bahuaja National Park and 500 meters from the world’s largest macaw clay lick.

Tambopata Research Center is four hours upriver from Refugio Amazonas. To get to TRC you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 30 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board the boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. From Refugio Amazonas, TRC is four hours upriver, and a few minutes walking from the river.  

Tambopata Research Center requires at least four nights because of the travel time. One consecutive afternoon and morning are spent on the way to and from the lodge, so unless you plan on spending at least two nights at TRC, the hours in the boat are not worth it. However, TRC is the ideal option for in depth explorations of the rain forest lasting four or more nights because:

  • The seven hour upriver drive takes you 150 kilometers into the uninhabited heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, where the surrounding wilderness is untouched. The largest known macaw clay lick is five hundred yards from the lodge. Dusky headed titi, squirrel, brown capuchin, howler and spider monkeys, as well as capybara, caiman, and agouti are seen frequently. Although very difficult to see, herds of peccary, tapir and jaguar are all at their carrying capacity.

  • Two state of the art, long term research projects are based out of TRC: the macaw project and the areas project (see Conservation Impact Sheets).

The combination with Refugio Amazonas allows you to experience the canopy tower and the oxbow lake

 
Tambopata Research Center - Rainforest Expeditions
 

 
First Day: PUERTO MALDONADO - REFUGIO AMAZONAS    
   

 Arrival and Reception. Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to Lodge's Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens you will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps keeping the boats and cargo light.
 Puerto Maldonado 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.
 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.
 Boxed Lunch.
 Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
 Dinner.
 Caiman searches. We will be out at the 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.

   
Tambopata Tour - Rainforest Expeditions
 
   

Second Day: REFUGIO AMAZONAS - TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER

   
   

 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.
Breakfast.
 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. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
 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 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.
 Boxed Lunch.
 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.
 Dinner.
 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.
 Overnight in Tambopata Research Center.

 
  Tambopata Tour - Rainforest Expeditions
 
   
Third Day: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER    
 

 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 colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters 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.
 Breakfast.
 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 we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. Tambopata Research Center is located within this habitat.
 Lunch.
 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.
 Dinner.
 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 in Tambopata Research Center.

 
Macaw Clay Lick - Rainforest Expeditions
 
 
Fourth Day: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER - REFUGIO AMAZONAS

 Time off: Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail or repeat your favorite activity.

 Breakfast
 Tambopata Research Center to Refugio Amazonas. A three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.
 Boxed Lunch.
 Oxbow Lake Visit: We 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.
 Dinner.
 Tambopata National Reserve Lecture. Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
 Overnight in Refugio Amazonas.

 
Tambopata Program -  Rainforest Expeditions
 
 
Fifth Day: REFUGIO AMAZONAS - PUERTO MALDONADO


Breakfast.
Return to Puerto Maldonado and Departure. We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, Lodge's office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

 
Guides at Refugio Amazonas & Tambopata Research Center. Guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. Refugio Amazonas assigns guides at 10:1 ratio. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. Tambopata Research Center assigns guides at 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.
Boat Transportation. All boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors. Daily arrivals and departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline´s arrival and departure with a maximum two hour wait.
 


The program includes:  

04 nights at the lodge– program based on double occupancy
Transfer from and to the Airport of Puerto Maldonado

All ground/river transportation as specified in the program

All excursions and guided visits with Bilingual speaking official guide (English/Spanish)

All meals as specified in the program


Does not include:

International or domestic airfares; airport departure taxes or visa fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses; tips; personal insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls or messages; reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature; others not specified in the program.
 



PRICE PER PERSON

Tambopata Research Center 5 days / 4 nights Program

 Single Room USD 1,219
 Double Room USD 939
 Triple Room USD 939
 Children Rate (2 - 12 years) USD 749

 

NOTE: Add USD 65.00 per person for Park Entrance Fee subject to changes according to SERNANP regulations.
 
Children Rate: applies for families with children aged 2 to 12 ONLY when sharing Triple Room
 

 

Tambopata Research Center - Infrastructure and services

 

Tambopata Research Center is built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and architecture and modern day eco-lodge technology. The lodge consists of one wing of 18 rooms connected by raised boardwalks to eight shared bathrooms, the research quarters and a dining room. The dining room is an open building that doubles as a bar. 

Rooms are small and hold two beds. The walls dividing each room are built using cane, and extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters height making each room private. The side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind, acting as a large window facing the forest. The reason they have been able to incorporate this "luxurious" design into lodge is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the rain forest. Doors are replaced with drapes. Rooms are not soundproof. Each room has beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers. Bathrooms are shared, and have no hot water.

The research quarters is a two story building usually full of scientists and their assistants from the macaw project.

Meals: Tambopata Research Center provides self-serve three course meals. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. Tambopata Reasearch Center also provides at all times unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.

 

Communications: Tambopata Research Center is in daily HF radio contact with its offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima from where they are able to communicate by email, fax or phone with the rest of the world.

 

Lighting and electricity: Tambopata Research Center has no electricity. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights.

 

 

   
 

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