Peru Tambopata Research Centre
Day 1: Pureto Maldonado - Tambopata Riverport - Refugio Amazonas (L,D)
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.
You will be transferred 20km to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business. You will then be transferred by boat from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas taking you 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.
Day 2: Refugio Amazonas - Tambopata Research Centre (B,L,D)
Canopy Tower Walk (before breakfast)
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.
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.
Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Centre
Upon arrival after lunch, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. You will then take the 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.
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.
Day 3 Tambopata Research Centre (B,L,D)
Macaw Clay Lick (before breakfast)
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.
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. TRC is located within this habitat.
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.
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.
Day 4 Tamboapata Research Centre - Refugio Amazonas (B,L,D)
Before breakfast take time to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity.
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.
Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Day 5 Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Tambopata River Port where you will meet your next transfer to Puerto Maldonada Headquarters. You retrace the river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
Dates & Prices:
Prices Person US$
Inclusions: Accommodation, local services fees and hotel taxes, meals as indicated in the itinerary, excursions and transfers as specified in the itinerary and all river transportation.
Exclusions: National Park entrance fee US$60.00, International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, tips & gratuities, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, items of personal nature.