Tambopata harbors some of the wildest, least impacted habitats in the world. In the one million plus hectare protected areas of this region, rain forests and tropical savannahs meet in a land where roads have never existed and rivers are the only means of access. This huge wilderness gets its name from the Ese-Eja words for “Tambopata” (Bahuaja) and “Heath” (Sonene). These are, in turn, names for two prominent waterways in the modern day Tambopata province.
In a part of Peru already known for wild rainforests, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park stands out for its vast, wild character. Buffered by the 274,690 hectare Tambopata National Reserve, the deep, wildlife-filled jungles are rarely visited by people, and very little access is given to the national park to preserve it as Amazonian wilderness.
Tambopata & Madidi Parks taken together, these parks are two-thirds the size of Costa Rica and protect the most species-rich natural habitats in the world (January 1994 and March 2000 cover stories, National Geographic Magazine). No other company can offer you as much wildlife viewing in the greater Tambopata-Madidi region.
Rainfall in the Tambopata Reserve is around 2500 – 3500 millimeters per year, with most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April. The average temperature in the National Reserve is 28° C (82° F), with daily highs of 34° C (94° F) and nightly lows of 22° C (72° F). During the dry season cold fronts from the South Atlantic (friajes) occur every month or so, with daily temperatures dropping as low as 16° C (59° F) and nightly temperatures to 13° C (55° F). Best season to travel: Late March through December.
A daily commercial flight from Lima (2 hours) and Cusco (30 minutes) brings you to Puerto Maldonado, a bustling frontier town and the gateway to the Tambopata National Reserve. Here one of our staff will meet you as you leave the airport arrivals area, and will remain with you until you return to the airport to board your flight back to Cusco or Lima. All our trips described here start and finish in Puerto Maldonado..