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Wildlife Encounter Tambopata Research Center

Peru

from $1,180
5 days

Trip Type

Land

Active Adventure (Moderate)

Small Group Journey

Private Journey

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Experience first-hand scientific field research and venture deep into a richly bio-diverse region of the Amazon within the remote Tambopata Reserve where naturalists will guide you to wildlife blinds, trails, rivers and parrot clayclicks. Home to several newly discovered species, Tambopata Research Center's in-depth Wildlife Encounter offers travelers the chance to engage with field researchers, biologists and the natural wonders of the Amazon. This 5 day Amazon Lodge program is a one of a kind adventure that can be done as a 'stand-alone' tour or can be added onto another travel program (such as a Peru land tour or Galapagos cruise). Additional land arrangements and flights from either Cusco or Lima can be arranged on request. Journeys operate year round on request and can start or end on any day of the week, based on availability. 

TRC guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, guides speak English and are assigned at a 6:1 ratio in Tambopata Research Center. Booked as a Small Group Journey, guests traveling together in groups of less than 6 people will be combined with other Center guests for daily excursions. If you are less than 6 travelers but would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please inquire as custom Private Journeys are possible at additional cost.

 

Activities
Hiking
Birding
Child Friendly
Culture
Photography

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Puerto Maldonado To Refugio Amazonas

Upon arrival, we will welcome you at Puerto Maldonado 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. The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno, the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. En route we will enjoy a box lunch. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

Tonight we can enjoy an optional trip to spot caiman, which entails travelling to the river's edge at night and scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes. [L/D]

Accommodation Details

Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Day 2

Refugio Amazonas To Tambopata Reserve

Very early in the morning we set off for a thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. From here we can enjoy likely views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors. On return to the lodge we will have breakfast. After breakfast we hike a few minutes from the lodge to a beautiful patch of brazil nut forest that has been harvested for decades. Here we can explore the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by brazil nut gatherers.We then return to the river for the 4.5 hour boat journey into the pristine heart of the reserve, and so to our base at the Tambopata Research Center. About 90 minutes into our boat journey, we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River and leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent. En route we will enjoy a boxed lunch.

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you with a program briefing. In the afternoon, a 3 - 5 km hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerated from old bamboo forest, is good for sightings of howler monkeys and dusky titi monkeys. 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. [B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

Tambopata Research Center & Lodge

Day 3

Tambopata Reserve

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 colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discreetly located 50 meters from the cliff, we will observe green-winged, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws and several species of smaller parrots that descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. We return to the lodge for breakfast. Later we can enjoy the Floodplain Trail: this 5 kilometre 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. 

We return for lunch and in the afternoon we can head to the Pond Platform - 10 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. After dinner we can enjoy a night walk. A night hike is possible tonight.  [B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

Tambopata Research Center & Lodge

Day 4

Tambopata Reserve

Weather permitting we can return to the Macaw Clay lick for another fascinating view. After breakfast we head to the Terra Firme Trail, an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

After lunch we visit the Palm Swamp Trail. Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as 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 also one of the most threatened habitats. [B/L/D]

Day 5

Tambopata Reserve to Puerto Maldonado

A very early start we retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport in time to check in for our onward flight. [B]

Dates & Rates

departure yeardouble/triple 2-6 guestssingle room supplement
2017$1180 PP$315 Additional

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double or triple occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of trip cost. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare Between Lima & Puerto Maldonado
  • Hotel, transfers and tours in Lima and/or Cusco

Included: Accommodations in Lima & the Amazon, meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, transfers to/from Puerto Maldonado Airport, daily program activities and excursions, excursion boots

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), meals not as described in itinerary, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, land services in Lima and/or Cusco, hotel extras, extra activities such as ropes climbing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

 

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations in Lima & the Amazon, meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, transfers to/from Puerto Maldonado Airport, daily program activities and excursions, excursion boots

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), meals not as described in itinerary, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, land services in Lima and/or Cusco, hotel extras, extra activities such as ropes climbing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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