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Wild Tambopata

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This Amazon tour combines two jungle lodges in the remote Tambopata Reserve, the largest uninhabited tropical forest in the world. Visit some of the most pristine jungles in the Peru Amazon Basin, where you learn about the local ecology from scientists and indigenous guides. One of the highlights is a visit to the largest known macaw lick in the Amazon.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Lima
Day 2 : Fly Amazon | Refugio Amazonas
Day 3 : Canopy Tower | Chuncho Clay Lick
Day 4 : Macaw Clay Lick | Floodplain Trail | Pond Platform
Day 5 : Macaw Clay Lick | Terra Firme Trail | Palm Swamp
Day 6 : Overlook Trail & Creeks Trail
Day 7 : Fly Lima and Return Home


  • Climb a 60-foot tower to view wildlife in the canopy
  • View dozens of macaws and parrots at a riverside clay lick
  • Hike though the rainforest to see nocturnal animals
  • Journey into the heart of reserve and stay at the Tambopata Research Center

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A curious monkey found during a wildlife tour of the Amazon And so it begins!  On the canoe, heading upriver to our first stop, Refugio Amazonas. Scarlet Macaw Up close with an Amazon parrot in Ecuador Hear no evil, see no evil Keep your binocs handy...you never know what youll see! White-lipped peccaries roaming around TRC.

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today. After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Wyndham Costa Del Sol Airport Hotel. Settle into your room and rest up after your travels. You have an exciting trip ahead, filled with some of the wildest parts of the Amazon in existence!

Day 2 Fly Amazon | Refugio Amazonas

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your Amazon tour with an early morning flight to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado. From here travel up the Tambopata River to Refugio Amazonas, located in a 120-hectare private reserve surrounded by the community of Condenado. Refugio Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 24-room lodge built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and modern eco-lodge technology. Arrive at the lodge and settle into your cabin.

Day 3 Canopy Tower | Chuncho Clay Lick

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, a 30-minute walk from the lodge brings you to the canopy tower, a 75-foot high structure from which you can catch glimpses of toucans, macaws, and raptors. The tower offers multiple levels to allow you to get as close to wildlife as possible. After the canopy tour, it's off to the Sachavacayoc oxbow lake, where you take a tranquil canoe ride in search of resident giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds.

After your canopy tour, transfer by boat to the Tambopata Research Center. The 4.5 hour boat trip takes you into the pristine heart of the reserve. Leave all traces of human habitation behind as you enter the confluence with the Malinowski River. Within the 2,702 square mile reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species become more frequent. On the way, make a stop deep in the Tambopata National Reserve at the Chuncho clay lick. Chuncho attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world. The details of this stopever will depend on weather.

Upon arrival at the Tambopata Research Center, enjoy a brief orientation and settle into your room. You can go in search of howler and dusty titi monkeys this afternoon - hiking the overlook trail which overlooks the entire reserve.

Relax this evening at the Research Center and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest as you drift off to sleep.

Day 4 Macaw Clay Lick | Floodplain Trail | Pond Platform

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise very early this morning to visit the 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 150 feet from the cliff, you can observe green-winger, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest the nutrient-rich clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

Return to the lodge for breakfast. Afterward, hike the floodplain trail which covers 3 miles. This trail covers the prototypical rainforest ecosystem with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos you can find squirrel, brown capuchin monkeys, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries.

This afternoon, take a 10-minute ride upstream to the pond platform. This is a great location to spot waterfowl such as moscovy duck, sunbittern, and hoatzin along with woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.

Day 5 Macaw Clay Lick | Terra Firme Trail | Palm Swamp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will have another opportunity to return to the clay lick this morning, if you wish. If not, sleep in and enjoy a more leisurely morning. After breakfast, it's time to see an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Hike the Terra Firme trail to see saddleback tamarins and the tracks of the rare tapir.

In the afternoon, visit the palm swamp. Growing in the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits through 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 also one of the most threatened habitats found here.

The evening is free for a night walk. You have the option of visiting the rainforest 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 6 Overlook Trail & Creeks Trail

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A three to five kilometer hike will lead you to an overlook with magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is a good place to spot Howler Monkeys and Dusky Titi Monkeys.

This afternoon features a different kind of hiking experience, in the Terra Firme forest. While walking in the opposite direction of the river, cross several creeks that flow into the Tambopata River. This hike will focus on learning about forest and creek ecology. You will also have the oportunity to look for many different wildlife species.

Day 7 Fly Lima and Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Retrace your river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, where you board a plane and fly to Lima. With more time, extend your trip to see other areas of Peru!

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 5 Nights Lodge
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
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  • Internal Flights
    • Lima-Puerto Maldonado-Lima


  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $33 Airport Departure Tax
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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