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Amazon In-Depth Exploration: Tambopata Research Center Experience (7 Days)

On this 7-day excursion deep into Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve, leave the final traces of human habitation behind you to explore the Reserve’s 2,700 square mile uninhabited nucleus. Stay with scientists at one of Peru’s most remote research centers and set out on daily excursions in nearly pristine wilderness where you’ll encounter outstanding wildlife and spectacular rainforest.

USD $2,320.00

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Discover Uninhabited Amazon with this In-Depth Tambopata Research Center Experience

If you’re seeking a dynamic, in-depth, and truly authentic Amazon encounter, look no further than this 7-day immersive Tambopata Research Center experience.  Tambopata is one of Peru’s most remote research stations. Its off-the-grid location and dedicated staff of researchers and naturalist guides offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the natural world.

The eighteen-bedroom lodge provides accommodation for travelers and researchers alike, and its infrastructure is designed for high research capability and low environmental impact.

In the Amazon, the deeper you travel and the longer you stay, the more the forest reveals its outstanding complexity and biodiversity. With this 7-day, in-depth Tambopata Research Center experience, you’ll cross the Malinowski River and leave final traces of human habitation behind you.

Within the 2,700 square mile (7000 kilometer) uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, you’ll set out on daily excursions in nearly pristine wilderness to encounter flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.

Highlights

  • Authentically and sustainably explore the Amazon at Tambopata National Reserve
  • Discover outstanding wildlife including the endangered Giant River Otter and the Caiman alligator
  • Witness the world’s largest gathering of Macaws at a macaw clay lick at sunrise
  • Observe world-class conservation and research in action with a Tambopata Research Center tour
  • Experience a truly in-depth encounter in the Amazon

Tour Information

Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights

Start/End Location: Puerto Maldonado

Departures: Daily

Seasonal Availability: Year-round

Fitness Level: Easy, low impact

Itinerary

Day 1: Explore the Amazon Refuge
Upon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado, your guides will pick you up and transfer you to the Tambopata River Port, where your Tambopata National Reserve tour begin.

You’ll take a 2.5 hour boat ride past the Tambopata National Reserve checkpoint, and enter the buffer zone of the 5,000 square mile (1.3 million hectare) protected natural area. Upon arrival at your lodge, you’ll be welcomed by the manager and provided with a brief presentation and safety information.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the lodge before returning to river to scan the banks with headlamps in search of the notorious “red-eye shine” of massive caimans.

Day 2: Visit Old-Growth Forest and Take a Boat to True Uninhabited Wilderness
At dawn, you’ll take a short 30-minute hike from Refugio Amazonas to the Canopy Tower. A secure staircase will lead you over 80 feet (25 meters) onto canopy platforms where you’ll encounter breathtaking panoramic views of the Tambopata National Reserve old-growth forest, as well as an abundance of toucans, macaws, and other canopy dwellers.

After breakfast, you’ll take a short walk to an old-growth patch of Brazil nuts — quite possibly harvested for centuries by native residents. Two months each year, local Brazil nut gatherers occupy the camp for harvest. With luck, you may have the opportunity to meet some of the local people and observe the outstanding collection, drying, and transportation processes.

Afterword, in mid-morning, you’ll transfer by boat 4.5 hours from Refugio Amazonas to the heart of the reserve — Tambopata Research Center. Near the midway point of your boat trip, you’ll cross the Malinowski River confluence and enter the reserve’s uninhabited nucleus where sightings of capybara and other large species will become more frequent.

Upon arrival at the Research Center, the manager will welcome you and provide a short orientation and Tambopata Research Center experience. From there, you’ll take a short 2-3 mile (3-5 kilometer) hike winding from high overlooks to the lowlands where you’re likely to see howler and dusky titi monkeys.

After dinner at the lodge, resident scientists will lead a fascinating lecture and Q&A on macaws and the world-renowned “Macaw Project,” within the reserve.

Day 3: Experience the Macaw Clay Lick
On most sunny mornings year-round, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and brilliant spectacle. Hidden just 150 feet (50 meters) from the bank, you’ll observe macaw species and other parrots descend on the banks to ingest mineral-rich clay as the sun rises over the rainforest. After waking up with the parrots, you’ll return to the lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast, set out along the floodplain trail — a 3 mile (5 kilometer) loop through prototypical rain forest. Among the colossal trees, rivers, and ponds, you’ll search for brown capuchin, squirrel, and spider monkeys.

As you return to the lodge, you’ll stop at the pond platform. Here, you’ll likely spot outstanding waterfowl like the muscovy duck, hoatzin, and sunbittern, along with other species that call the pond home. After dinner at the lodge you will be offered the chance to take part in a guided night walk in the forest, in search of nocturnal fauna.

Day 4: Hike the Reserve
Return to the Macaw Clay Lick in the morning to observe the macaws’ rowdy morning spectacle. Return the lodge for breakfast then set out along the Terra Firme Trail. Along the 3-mile (5-kilometer) trail you’ll encounter a strikingly different habitat, with thinner and smaller trees. You’ll walk along the outer limits of a nearby swamp in search of signs of the ubiquitous tapir.

After lunch at the lodge, set out along Palm Swamp Trail, where you’ll encounter aguaje palms that provide sustenance to an abundance of local life. The palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest — but commercial demand for the fruit as well as the excellent soil conditions where it grows have led to the rapid destruction of this habitat in much of the Amazon.

Day 5: Hike the Reserve and Discover the Forest’s Ecology
After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll take a 30 minute hike through Terra Firma forest to reach the nearby 55-foot (17 meter) Canopy Tower. From the tower, you’ll encounter outstanding views of the vast forest and gain a better understanding of the true size of the surrounding wilderness. You’re likely to see parrots, toucans, and macaws as well as large flocks of native species. If you’re lucky, you may see birds roosting on nearby treetops.

After lunch, you’ll take a hike along the creek trail, aptly named for the criss-cross of tributaries that feed the Tambopata River. As you walk, your naturalist guide will focus on the ecology of the creeks and the forest’s outstanding fauna.

Day 6: End your Tambopata Research Center Experience and Boat Back to Refugios Amazonas
After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll set out for the 3.5 hour return trip by boat to Refugio Amazonas. In the afternoon, you’ll visit a nearby oxbow lake and explore by canoe or catamaran. Keep a lookout for fresh water wildlife and animals coming to eat or drink by the water — including caimans, horned screamers, and giant river otters.

Day 7: Say Goodbye to your Tambopata Research Center Experience
Today, you’ll end your Tambopata Research Center experience and transfer back to Puerto Maldonado — on the river, you may spot multiple big cats, including jaguar. Upon your arrival to Puerto Maldonado, you’ll be transferred back to headquarters to pick up any luggage you’ve stored. The staff will take you to the airport for your onward journey.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights’ lodge (twin rooms)
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (1 guide for every for 6 participants)
  • Transport and entrance fees
  • Full board

What’s Not Included

  • International/domestic flights
  • Entrance fee to the park
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional nights at lodge due to bad weather or flight cancellations
  • Extra services such as additional snacks or soft drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Important Notes

Transportation: Boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.

Transfers to the Lodge: Please be aware that transfers between your Tambopata Research Center experience and Puerto Maldonado are only available twice daily. Do not book any early morning flights or late afternoon arrivals, as you will be unable to transfer as needed.

Transfers from Puerto Maldonado to Lodge: 2 departures daily — 13:00 and 14:30

Transfer from Lodge to Puerto Maldonado: 2 departures daily — 5:00 AM and 13:00

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