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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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
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    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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