Day 1 Arrive at Tambopata Research Center
From Lima or Cusco, begin your Amazon tour with an early morning flight to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado. You are met by the lodge at the airport for a one-hour road trip by bus, followed by a tranquil two and a half hour boat journey along the Tambopata River and in to the Tambopata National Reserve. Within the 2,702 square mile reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws, and other large species become more frequent. Arrive at the secluded Tambopata Research Center lodge, enjoy a brief orientation and settle in to your room.
Relax this evening at the Research Center and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest as you drift off to sleep.
Day 2-4 Activities at Tambopata Research Center
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
During your stay at the lodge, choose from a wide range of onsite activities each day depending on your interests and activity level! Go at your own pace and create your own, custom experience. Between 3 and 4 activities during your stay are possible, depending on the activity's duration. Some highlights include:
Macaw Clay Lick - Colorado
On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots and parakeets congregate in a raucous and colorful spectacle on a cliff located near the lodge. This spellbinding spectacle inspired a National Geographic cover story. Viewing is possible on the opposite side of the Tambopata River at approximately fifty meters (165 feet) from the cliff. From an unobtrusive spot and with the assistance of powerful telescopes and weather permitting, you are able to observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots and parakeets as they descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the clay lick is most active.
Learn how to become a keen birdwatcher. The bird world at Tambopata is astoundingly diverse and the ideal place to catch the bird watching fever. During your outing with an expert birding guide, learn about the proper use of binoculars and telescopes, the basics about bird watching techniques, how to identify the main families, recognize sounds and their different habitats.
The World of Butterflies
The Tambopata region holds the record for more species of butterflies in the world. Tambopata Research Center researchers and guides have identified their favorite habitats according to the species. Large, small, colorful, transparent...you are in for a delightful visual experience. Also this is a great chance to photograph these colorful creatures. Apart from witnessing an extraordinary nature show, you will have the opportunity to learn about their behavior and amazing adaptation methods of surviving in the rainforest.
Embark on a hike on the Ceiba trail. The highlight during this hike is the encounter with the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba. The native people consider these trees sacred. Druing the hike, focus on the natural history of this majestic tree and learn why they are so special.
Walking through the rainforest at night challenges all your sense. 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 frogs, night monkeys, tarantulas, amphibians and insects with the most unique adaptations to life under the cover of darkness.
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 the beautiful Agami heron, Capped heron, the rare curassow, Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzins along with woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home. Enjoy an opportunity to also learn about the varieties of fish that live in the Amazon. If you are fortunate you may even get to see a caiman or two.