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Tambopata Research Centre

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Particularly remote spot in the Amazon
- Superb biodiversity in untouched location
- Night jungle walks, macaw clay lick visits
- Floodplain walking trails, endangered species

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Overview

The Peru Nature Portfolio consists of several off-road lodges that lie within the Tambopata National Reserve, a vast nature reserve within the Peruvian Amazon basin. Of the several lodges in the chain, the Tambopata Research Centre is the most remote and secluded. Due to the lodge’s out-of-the-way location, accessing it is very much part of the whole experience of staying here. Guests first take a three-hour boat ride on motorised canoes up the Tambopata River to the Refugio Amazonas lodge, where they spend the night. The following day, there’s a four-hour canoe trip to the Tambopata National Reserve. The journey is staggered to avoid having to traverse the river at night and so that guests can have a break in between the two canoe trips.

There are a total of 24 rooms and suites at the lodge. All of them have been carefully designed to complement and respect the local environment, while at the same time providing plenty of comfort and convenience for guests. Amenities common to all four categories of room include a hot shower, eco-friendly toiletries, a mosquito net, umbrellas and slippers. Rooms open out on to the rainforest and guests can often spot various animals, such as monkeys, from the comfort of their own lodgings.

Three meals a day are provided, featuring either Peruvian or international dishes. Water comes from a nearby underground spring; it’s boiled, filtered and then cooled down before being offered to guests.

Staying here is all about being immersed in the unspoiled, raw natural beauty of the Amazon Rainforest. Whilst the rainforest and its native animal species constantly face threats from deforestation and logging, the area surrounding the lodge hasn’t experienced such threats for quite a few years now. As such, its ecosystem is fully intact and it has a thriving wildlife population, with a number of endangered species living in the area. Guests can explore the unspoiled rainforest and discover its incredible biodiversity for themselves. There’s an exciting menu of activities available, ranging from visits to macaw clay licks and treks along floodplain trails, to night time jungle treks and walks to a nearby palm swamp. A stay here provides the unrivalled opportunity to explore a unique part of this vast rainforest that’s particularly well preserved and unspoiled. While the group excursions are highly recommended, private excursions are also available for an extra charge.

Despite its remote location, the lodge does welcome children, although there are no designated child facilities on offer. Parents should bear in mind that there's an adventurous journey to reach the reserve, and that children must be supervised at all times due to the property's open location out in a rainforest.

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Our rating

9/10

Price guide

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Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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- Activities for all ages, great for families
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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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