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Tambopata Research Center

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Tambopata Research Center is the most remote lodge in the Amazon. There are many chances to spot monkeys, macaws, and other large species. If you are lucky you may even be able to spot a jaguar! Enjoy exploring the uninhabited wilderness, hiking through the flood plains, and going on a sunset cruise down the Tambopata River. Learn about the rainforest from your guides as they teach you about the importance of the native plants and animals. This 4-day tour of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest will make you want to extend your stay!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive at Refugio Amazonas
Days 2-4 : Activities at Tambopata Research Center
Day 5 : Depart for Home


  • Climb a 30-meter tree with a rope, harness, and jumar in to the canopy
  • Watch the sunset while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres
  • Visit the Colorado clay lick to search for macaws

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Keep your binocs handy...you never know what youll see! Tambopata Research Center And so it begins!  On the canoe, heading upriver to our first stop, Refugio Amazonas. Scoping for wildlife White-lipped peccaries roaming around TRC. Breakfast at TRC...were really going to miss these folks! Tambopata Research Center

Day 1 Arrive at Refugio Amazonas

Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, you are welcomed at the airport and driven to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters. Take a 20-kilometer drive to the Infierno Community Port to board a motorized canoe. Head upstream for 2.5 hours to Refugio Amazonas and stay there for the night. You have the option of hiking at night to listen to the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. The next morning depart for Tambopata Research Center. 

Day 2-4 Activities at Tambopata Research Center

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Over the next three days you are able to partake in many different activities. These activities are subject to change depending on the weather.
  • Canopy Tower - Climb the 25-meter scaffolding tower for expansive views of the rainforest and sightings of colorful toucans and parrots against a green backdrop.
  • Macaw Clay Lick - Take a trip to the Tambopata Research Center, including a visit to the two most important clay licks in the region: Colorado and Chuncho. Visit these special portions of the river bank while macaws and parrots make a spectacle.
  • Canopy Climbing - Climb a 30-meter tree with a rope, harness, and jumar into the rainforest canopy, where all the action is! 
  • Floodplain Trail - Hike the five-kilometer trail that covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos you can look for squirrel, brown capuchin, spider monkeys, and peccaries. 
  • Terra Firme Trail - Hike a different kind of Terra Firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, focus on forest and creek ecology.
  • Palm Swamp Trail - Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal and terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice makes the palm swamp one of the most threatened habitats.
  • Sunset Cruise - Take out a canoe and float down the Tambopata River while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres.
  • Jungle Night Walk - Hike out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Find frogs with bizarre shapes and sounds.

Day 5 Depart for Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Travel back to the airport to begin your journey home. 

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
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    • Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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