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Tambopata Research Center
Rainforest Expeditions
6 days / 5 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 our 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.
 

 
First Day :    
     

 Arrival and Reception. 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 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.

     
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Second Day:

   
     

Breakfast.
 Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake: A two hour hike takes you to SachavacayocLake. You will then paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of five giant river otters (seen by about 30% of lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. We hike out at dawn - when otters are active. Don’t forget the two hour return hike! For those who do not want to take the long hike CondenadoLake, thirty minutes from the lodge, is an option.
 Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center. Four and half hours by boat from Posada Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center.One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the MalinowskiRiver, 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.

     
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Third Day:    

 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 immensetrees 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. TRC 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 for the late afternoon where we whiddle away the remains of the day as we 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.


Fourth Day:

 Time - off. Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, wander off on your own, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity.
 Breakfast
 Terra Firme Trail: An entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks.
 Lunch.
 Palm Swamp: A thirty minute hike from TRC brings us to the palm swamp. Dead aguaje palms serve as nests to Red-bellied and Blue-and-gold macaws. An elevated boardwalk and scaffolding tower allow for eye level observation of the macaws as they fly in and out of their nests.
 Dinner.
 Overnight in Tambopata Research Center.

 

3 nights at Tambopata Research Center :: Tambopata, Peru


Fifth Day:


 Time- off. Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, wander off on your own, 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.

 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.
 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.

 

Sixth Day:

Breakfast.
 Return to Puerto Maldonado and Departure. 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.

Naturalist Guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. All are trained in-house with a four month process that includes one month of field classes and a three month internship. Unless noted otherwise, guides speak English. Rainforest Expeditions assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas, and at a 6:1 ratio at Tambopata Research Center. This means groups smaller than 10 people or 6 people in TRC will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide, a specialist 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.

NOTE: Lodge reserves the right to change the order of activities

3 nights at Tambopata Research Center :: Tambopata, Peru
 



The program includes:  

02 nights at Refugio Amazonas - program based on double occupancy

03 nights at Tambopata Research Center - program based on double occupancy
All meals
All river transportation
Transfer from and to the Airport of Puerto Maldonado

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 6 days / 5 nights Program

 Single Room USD 1,469
 Double Room USD 1,119
 Triple Room USD 1,119
 Children Rate (2 - 12 years old) USD    895


NOTE: Add USD 65.00 per person for Entrance Fee to National Park 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. Bathroom 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 Research 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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