Explore the jungle flora and fauna and stay in a beautiful eco lodge situated in the Tambopata Reserve. Walk through the rainforest treetops, kayak and experience the amazing sight of Macaws gathering at a clay lick.
Accommodation + activities Classic 4 days
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On this adventure you’ll alternate comfortable nights in the lodge with days filled with amazing experiences. On your first night you’ll search for caiman using flashlights on the riverbank. You’ll witness the whole process of harvesting Brazil nuts from beginning to end- the Brazil Nut Tree requires an intact forest ecosystem in order to produce nuts, so this is a sustainable economic resource that by nature also helps to preserve the pristine forest. You’ll visit clay licks frequented by macaws and parrots, which gather each morning to get the valuable minerals and in doing so produce a mesmerising natural spectacle. You’ll climb into the canopy using rope ascenders and a viewing tower for a better look at this important habitat, and take a night hike to discover the amazing sounds of the nocturnal animals’ world.
Day 1: Arrival and Reception
Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and driven to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters where you’ll leave your heavier items and pack lightly for the next few days, then you’ll be transferred to the Tambopata Port. From there you will take a boat ride to Refugio Amazonas, past the Community of Infierno.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
You’ll then head out to the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the reflections from caiman eyes.
Day 2: Oxbow Lake and Farm Visit
This morning you will paddle around the lake on a canoe, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You'll also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.Following this a 30 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, increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. You'll get to witness lots of wildlife here. Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by a farmer from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. After a relaxing dinner you will have the opportunity to attend the night lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas. They generally cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick
A 15 minute boat ride and 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a hide you will see parrots and parakeets descend to enjoy the clay on the bank. With luck you will also see Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. It's best to visit here early in the morning when the Parrots are most active. After watching these facsinating birds you will continue deeper into the rainforest to the Mammal clay lick,
Wild rain forest pigs show up in herds to eat clay in the late morning. If you're lucky you might also see deer, guan and parakeets. After a relaxing dinner you have the option of experiencing the rainforest at its height of activity, at night. Whilst you will most certainly see frogs and smaller creatures you may be lucky enough to witness some of the bigger animals roaming around.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
Day 4: Depart
You'll be transferred by boat back to Puerto Maldonado airport to catch your onward flight.
Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.
Flying to Peru...
Fly to Lima or Cusco and take an internal flight from there to Puerto Maldonado Airport (PEM).
You will be picked up from Puerto Maldonado Airport (PEM) and driven, first to the provider's Puerto Maldonado headquarters, and then on to Tambopata River Port. You will then be transferred by boat to Tambopata Reserve.
All boats are 20 ft long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors. They have scheduled arrivals and departures from each port. These schedules are programmed daily so that they fit seamlessly with airport arrivals and departures. There is no need to worry about whether your plane fits the boat schedule; this is arranged for you and the boats will wait for up to two hours.
All meals, accommodation, all river transportation, and transfers to and from the airport of Puerto Maldonado.
International or domestic airfares, Entrance to Tambopata reserve $13pp, airport departure taxes or visa fees, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
The lowland rain forests of the Tambopata Reserve lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid. Nevertheless between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down.
During the rainy months of November through April, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.
This trip is for visitors to the rainforest who want to combine education and exploration. The lodge is actively involved with helping to preserve the forest ecosystem through educating and providing alternative economic opportunities for the local people. This is perhaps the closest you can get to luxury in a place with no electricity. Refugio Amazonas is comfortable, beautifully built and in harmony with the surroundings.
Be aware that in the rainforest there are insects, wild animals and changeable weather patterns. Make sure you are vaccinated against any jungle diseases and that you are medically prepared for your trip - antimalarials are normally advised. Remember you will need waterproof clothing and good footwear. This trip is for people who respect the rainforest and will behave accordingly (leaving no rubbish, adhering to trails and listening to the safety advice of your guides).
Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
- Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
- The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
- Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
- Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
- Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant
If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.
Mark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016
Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.
Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.
No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.
Terence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016
Our trip was excellent. Thank you! We were particularly impressed with the way it all worked seamlessly: someone was at each arrival point to meet us (or Alex was on the end of the phone to tell us what to do) or there was a phone message at Reception for when to expect someone.
The Jerusalem Hotel in Lalibela is not the same standard as Tukul Villages but it was OK for one night & we had plenty of warning. Lalibela at Christmas is pretty manic: full to bursting!
I must say that Alex looked after us well. He came to see us in Gondar to make sure everything was in place for the Simiens Trek & that we knew what to expect. When we got back after it, there he was again! Small but highly-valued pieces of customer care, evident again when he spoke to drivers while we were travelling.
All the staff who worked with us were of high quality, especially drivers and guides. Two who stood out were Younus, our driver both times we were in Addis Ababa, who we felt went beyond the call of duty & made our time there enjoyable - our last evening when waiting for a 2 a.m. flight could have been a drag, was in fact absolutely fine because of his suggestions (the Via Via cafe for dinner & then Mama's Kitchen for some music) and company.
The Simiens Trek was outstanding. Spectacular scenery, challenging at times, full of interest. Key to making it so was Dereje Gedamu who is a wonderful guide: we felt privileged to have him. he was ably assisted by the other staff & when our first, excellent chef had to leave at short notice to visit his mother in hospital, a replacement was found immediately (at Chenek!) who fed us to the same high standard. It was all a great experience that we will be talking about for a long time.
We were all pleased to have selected the 8 day option (& were not at all jealous of the peak-baggers heading for Ras Dashen). The second half of the trek was a good contrast to the high altitude section in the National Park's heartland as we descended through more intensively cultivated and populated areas, down steeply to the river and then back up past wonderful rock formations towards Mulit and out to the road at Adi Arkaye. It was full of interest and we were pleased to be pretty much on our own, rather than with the crowds at Geech & Chenek.
By comparison, the TESFA trek was rather tame, although an interesting comparison to see a more pastoral landscape and less remote villages. We had another good guide & enjoyed the lunch & evening stops, and the "loos with a view".
Pleased as we were that we had opted to drive from Bahir Dar to Lalibela, we had mixed feelings about driving the rough Gashena-Lalibela road three times - the starting and finishing points for the TESFA trek were just beyond Gashena. In 3 years when the road is complete this point may become academic, but meanwhile - if anyone else wants to do the same thing - it would be better for them to drive from Bahir Dar to Gashena, meet the TESFA crew there, do the trek & then continue to Lalibela. I am sure that TESFA could look after any extra baggage that people did not want on the trek.
One other point about the TESFA trek: we were not aware that there are several grades offered. I think we did the easiest and might well have preferred something more challenging so perhaps you could clarify the options available.
Only one other critical comment: we were underwhelmed by the Mayleko Lodge near Gondar airport. It was indeed welcome to have somewhere peaceful to return to after the trek, the rooms are nice & a couple of us enjoyed a "refreshing" swim, but on the other hand the restaurant was pretty mediocre and slow: we might have preferred to be out in the town.
Apart from that it was all good! A glimpse of Addis and another of Gondar; trekking with some R&R in Bahir Dar with its different scenery and history, ending with the religious fervour at Lalibela. A great holiday.
Gordon Parker reviewing Simien Mountains Trek & Northern Highlights on 09 February 2016
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A family holiday in Peru offering a perfect blend of culture, history and activity. Visit Machu Picchu & stay in a remote jungle lodge in the Amazon.
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'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).
Flights are typically an additional $994 per person economy class from London