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Amazon Rainforest Adventure

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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Itinerary

Overview

The Tambopata Reserve is part of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve, an area of over a million hectares of tropical forest in South-Eastern Peru. It is home to more than a hundred species of mammals and 1300 species of butterflies, as well as an astounding 590 bird species -more than are found in the whole of the USA. Refugio Amazonas is situated in the reserve’s buffer zone, in a 200-hectare private reserve, and is devoted to establishing economic relationships and fostering communication with the local community, in order to limit the exploitation of natural resources in the surrounding area.

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-by-day

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.

Accommodation


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Refugio Amazonas

Amazon Basin

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Immersive Amazon experience
- Best for adventurous travellers
- Activities for all ages, great for families
- Mountain biking, cruises, jungle walks

Details

Getting there

Flying to Peru...
Fly to Lima or Cusco and take an internal flight from there to Puerto Maldonado Airport (PEM).

Joining instructions...
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.

Price includes

All meals, accommodation, all river transportation, and transfers to and from the airport of Puerto Maldonado.

Not included
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.

When is best?

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.

Is it for me?

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).

Safety

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