Tambopata Research Center

TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER + THE LARGEST MACAW CLAY LICK IN THE WORLD: 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

TRIP AT A GLANCE

Travel from only: US$175 per day - 5 days starting only at US$875 per person


Tambopata Research Center is the most remote lodge in the Amazon. There are no humans nearby so sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank! Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides. Highlights include: Two Macaw Claylicks, 5 Distinct Pristine Habitats, Herds of White Lipped Peccaries, Macaw Research and Conservation, Canopy Tower, Natural Construction Rooms.
DETAILED ITINERARY
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO MALDONADO - LODGE. (BxL,D)
Arrival & Reception by our guides which are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 6:1 ratio in Tambopata Research Center. This means groups smaller than 6 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the 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.
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Boxed Lunch
Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Dinner
Night walk You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. 
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Note: You are in charge of arriving to Puerto Maldonado, by plane. Our Services start and finish in Maldonado. This day you should arrive from 11 am - 12 pm
DAY 2: REFUGIO AMAZONAS - TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER. (B,L,D)
Breakfast
Canopy Tower A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Jaguar
Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to TRC Four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will 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.
Boxed Lunch
Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Overlook Trail A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.
Dinner
Macaw Project Lectures 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.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
DAY 3: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER. (B,L,D)
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 fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Breakfast
Floodplain Trail This five kilometer 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. TRC is located within this habitat.
Macaw Clay Lick
Lunch
Pond Platform Ten 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.
Dinner
Night walk You will have the option of hiking out at night, 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.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

DAY 4: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER. (B,L,D)
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 fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Breakfast
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.
Lunch
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.
Dinner
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
DAY 5: LODGE - MALDONADO - CUSCO or LIMA. (B)
Breakfast
Transfer Boat - TRC to Tambopata River Port
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

Note: This day you should book and leave on the last available flight in the afternoon in AVIANCA or LATAM

Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.
Harpy Eagle
For those with interest of visiting other destination or having other special activities: BIRDWATCHING, WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, RESEARCH, MANU RESERVE, IQUITOS & THE AMAZON, PACAYA SAMIRIA, MACAW CLAY LICKS, ETC. Please contact us for more details.

Important: Though we have not heard of anyone contracting yellow fever anywhere in Peru in many years, the Peruvian government nevertheless recommends a yellow fever vaccination for trips to the rainforest. This vaccination is required or recommended for most rainforest areas around the world. The vaccination, which is valid for 10 years, is only effective starting 10 days after it is administered – if you choose to be vaccinated please keep this in mind and bring your certificate. We recommend the yellow fever vaccination for those who will visit any lodge in the rainforest, and to consult your physician..
DATES
. This trip is available the whole year at any day you want
. We just need a minimum of 1 guest.
PRICES & INCLUSIONS
. PRICES PER PERSON in US$$
1 PERSON
Extra Night + Meals & tours: US$205
Superior Room
- US$1100
Comfort Room
- US$1370
Amazon Suite
- US$1655
2-4 PEOPLE
Extra Night + Meals & tours: US$150 pp
Superior Room
- US$875 pp
Comfort Room
- US$1000 pp
Amazon Suite
- US$1210
5 - + PEOPLE
Extra Night + Meals & tours: US$150
Superior Room
- US$850 pp
Comfort Room
- US$980 pp
Amazon Suite
- US$1190 pp
Notes:
• We do not recommend children under 5, otherwise guest must sign disclaimer
• Additional and private services, as well as Explorer Guides in other languages, available upon request at an extra cost
• Rates subject to changes without prior notice
INCLUDED IN THE PRICES ACCORDING TO THE ITINERARY:
Assistance at the airport, Round trip transportation by land and river, (Airport / Lodge / Airport),  Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (1st night) and Tambopata Research Center (3 nights), Full board (from lunch on the first day to the breakfast on the last day), English speaking guide & all guided excursion described in the itinerary.

Does not include: International or domestic airfares (to or from Maldonado), *Park Entrance Fee US$75.00 pp, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, tips, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.

*PLEASE ADD US$75 PER PERSON FOR PARK ENTRANCE FEE FOR TRC PROGRAMS. THE PARK ENTRANCE FEE INCLUDES TWO DIFFERENT PAYMENTS TO THE PERUVIAN AUTHORITY FOR PROTECTED AREAS. ONE IS THE PAYMENT TO ENTER THE TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVA AND THE OTHER IS FOR VISITING THE TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER AS IT HOLDS A PERMIT FOR OPERATIONS AND RESEARCH WITHIN THE RESERVE. BOTH PAYMENTS ARE CHARGED TO RAINFOREST EXPEDITIONS FOR EACH GUEST AT THE LODGE.

BOOKING & PAYMENT FOR THE TRIP:
- To reconfirm, book and to buy all the necessary tickets, we will need you to send the payment of the trip ASAP.
- You can make the payment in a saving account (with 3% bank’s fees)
- If you want to use a credit card there will be 6% fees over the deposit (bank commissions & fees, not ours)
THE LODGE
All rooms have an authentic Ese-Eja décor which has been crafted by artists from the local community of Infierno. They have an open veranda to maximize the experience with the tropical rainforest and have: Mosquito Net, Hot Shower, Eco-friendly toiletries, Hammock, Safe Deposit Box, Wifi (Common areas: Three times per day)

8 Superior Rooms: 21m2 / 226sq ft

8 Comfort Rooms: 44.50m2 / 479sq ft

8 Amazon Suites: 54.80m2 / 590sq ft

The nutritious meals are mainly prepared with organic and local farm products with special regional seasoning. Meals include vegetarian options..
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