TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER
REFUGIO AMAZONAS LODGE
PUERTO MALDONADO TOUR
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TOUR: NATURAL EXPEDITION TO
Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas Lodge -
Puerto Maldonado Tour
e cannot understand and appreciate the intricate and
endangered wonders on our planet without looking at the Amazon Rainforest. It produces 20% of the earth's oxygen and 10% of the earth's fresh water flows from its rivers into the ocean. The Amazon has over 25,000 plant species, 4,300 bird types, and about 20,000 animal species. In less than one hour from Cusco, you are within Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone. This extensive zone, part of which is located in the Department of Madre de Dios, is considered one of the best preserved areas of Amazonia in South America.
The exceptional diversity found within small areas of this reserved zone is due to its unique location between the High Andean slopes and the low outlying forest and grassland. In this short visit to the "Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone" a diverse, profound, and colourful experience is assured.
This program is the ideal rain forest tour for nature enthusiasts. You will see the world's largest clay lick, visit the canopy tower and oxbow lake at Posada Amazonas, hike to a Macaw nesting colony at Tambopata Research Centre, and explore its trail system at leisure with expert naturalist guides.
|| 6 days / 5 nights (optional
||From US$ 1 021
||Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios
||Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios
||Birdwatching, ecological, wildlife
viewing, hiking and entomology
All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.
DAY 01: Arrival to Puerto Maldonado and River Trip to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge
Upon your arrival from Lima or Cusco, reception and transfer to the River Port of Tambopata in Puerto Maldonado. After a short City Tour visiting the main tourist attractions, we will board our motorised canoe for a two tour river trip to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
We will be served a box lunch on the way. We will also make a short stop over at the guard post since we will be entering to the Tambopata – Candamo National Reserve, which, with its around 1.3 million hectares of extension, is one of the largest in Peru. During the trip we may be able to appreciate some of the most typical bird species of the river banks, such as Skimmers, Sand Pipers, Crowned Herons, Jabiru Storks, Falcons and several species of King Fishers, Swallows and Fly Catchers. When we reach the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, we will unpack and get to know the installations of the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
We will receive an important orientation and introduction talk regarding our Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Rest until dinner time, after which we will carry out our night activity. At night we will board one of our boats to search for Cayman on the river banks using a strong search light. The Cayman are found on the river banks at night waiting for unsuspecting prey. After this nocturnal activity we will return to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Meals Included: Box Lunch and dinner
DAY 02: Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center
We will wake up at dawn to visit our Canopy tower, an observation tower of 25 metres of height. The tower has been built in such a way as to allow an easy and safe access using the internal stair cases which have railings on both sides, with the possibility to rest on the small platforms you will find every two metres. From the top you will not only be able to appreciate a spectacular view of the tree tops and the canopy, but it is also an excellent place where to spot those birds that live in the canopy or those that fly at that altitude, such as toucans, parrots and macaws. After that we will walk along the Trocha de la Castaña or Brazil Nut Trail, which is an old trail close to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge with an impressive number of Brazil Nut Trees, which have been harvested for decades, and who knows, maybe for centuries. We will visit one of the precarious shelters used by the Brazil Nut collectors during the two months of the year (January and February) when such activities are carried out. You will get to know one of the most important economic activities of the Madre de Dios Department and the only sustainable of such activities. We will be back to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge for lunch.
After lunch we will board the out board engine powered canoe to continue upstream till we reach the Tambopata Research Center. This trip takes approximately four hours. After an hour and a half on the river, leaving the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, we will stop over at the Park Guard Post. This post marks the limit of the inhabited area of the Intangible Area of the Park with its 700.000 hectares. In the inhabited core of this Intangible Area there are more chances to observe Capybara, Geese, Cayman and Macaws. When we reach the Tambopata Research Center, we will unpack and get to know the installations of the lodge.
We will receive an important orientation and introduction talk regarding our Tambopata Research Center. In the afternoon we will take a walk along the banks of the Río Tambopata River, taking in the fantastic view before our eyes. After dinner, scientists will give us a lecture on the natural history of Macaws and the Proyecto de Guacamayos Macaw Project underway for more than a decade in the Tambopata Research Center. You will learn about their feeding habits, mating behaviour, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation. Overnight at the Tambopata Research Center.
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 03: Tambopata Research Center
At dawn we will cross the river to observe one of the largest Colpa Macaw Clay Licks in the world where hundreds of Parrots and Macaws of up to 15 species gather on a daily basis. You can expect to see between ten or twelve of the following members of the Parrot Family: Red and Green Macaws, Blue and Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Red Bellied Macaws and the Blue Headed Macaws; Mealy Parrots, Yellow Crowned Parrots; Blue Headed Parrots, Orange Cheeked Parrots and White Bellied Parrots; Dusky Headed Parakeets, White Eyed Parakeets; Cobalt Winged Parakeets and Scarlet Shouldered Parrotlets and also Dusky Billed Parrotlets.
This incredible show will continue until the parrots feel a danger, usually in the form of an eagle and they all leave at once in a flurry, in an explosion of colours, shapes and sounds. After breakfast we will make a walk through a Flood Plain Forest, which is an area with tall trees and also areas of ponds and gulches. Amongst the Ficus, Ceibas and Iron Wood Shihuahuacos we will search for Common Squirrel Monkeys, Black Faced Capuchins and Spider Monkeys. We will also have a chance to see White Lipped and Collared Peccaries, the Rain Forest equivalent of Wild Pigs. This area is part of the forest surrounding the Tambopata Research Center.
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We will have lunch at the Center. After lunch, we will make a ten minute boat trip upriver to a small platform located by a small lake. Here you will be able to observe many of the birds that call this lake their home. The platform, located at the centre of the lake, is an excellent place where from to observe them. In the evening we will go for a night walk in the Rain Forest, being this the hour of major activity for mammals, although they are difficult to spot. Much more common are the frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Overnight at the Tambopata Research Center.
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 04: Tambopata Research Center
In the morning we will have free time off to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the Tambopata Research Center, maybe venture out on other trails or repeat your favourite activity. Before lunch we will get to know the Trocha Terra Firme Trail. It is a trail that goes through a different habitat, characterised by small and thin trees, hilly slopes and the five kilometre trail that goes through the area. Black Hooded Saddleback Tamarin Monkeys are often seen on this trail. While we walk close to the limits of the swamp we may also be able to see Tapir tracks.
After a short and easy walk we will go back to the Center to enjoy our lunch. 30 minutes walk from the Tambopata Research Center will, take us to the Swamp. There we will be able to see dead Aguaje Moriche Palm Trees, which serve as a base for the nests of Red Bellied and also Blue and Yellow Macaws. A high forest canopy tower will allow the visitors to get a close view of the macaws while they enter and leave their nests. Dinner and Overnight at the Tambopata Research Center.
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 05: Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas Lodge
After breakfast we will leave for the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where we will arrive approximately three hours later. You will be served a box lunch in the boat. Once recuperated from the boat ride, we will part for a walk to the Lago Condenado Lake. We will paddle through the Lake in search of fauna such as the Hoatzin, a kind of pre historic birds and Cayman. If we are very lucky we will be able to catch a glimpse of Lobos de Río or Giant River Otters, although they are not very common on this lake. We will go back for dinner in the Refugio Amazonas Lodge. After the dinner there will be a presentation carried out by the Staff of the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where you will be hear about the threats, opportunities and projects in the Reserva Nacional Tambopata National Reserve. Overnight in the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 06: Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Return to Puerto Maldonado
After a very early breakfast, we will take a boat back to the City of Puerto Maldonado and from there to the Airport where we will arrive in time to catch your return flight to Lima or Cusco.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Your stay at the Lodge is all inclusive from your arrival in Puerto Maldonado until your departure:
- 5 Nights accommodations in the specified lodges based on double occupancy.
- All meals specified from your arrival to the City of Puerto Maldonado until your return to the airport for your departure. Lunchs on Day 02 and Day 05 are Boxed Lunch.
- All excursions with bilingual guides (Spanish / English)
- All transfers and land and river transportation from your arrival to the City of Puerto
Maldonado until your return to the Airport to catch your departure flight.
- Entrance to the Protected Natural Area
- All Taxes applicable except airport taxes (see below)
- Reconfirmation of Domestic flights from the City of Puerto Maldonado
- International and Domestic Flights (Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Lima: US$ 294 approx.)
- Airport taxes (USD$ 30.25 for International Flights and USD$ 6.05 for Domestic Flights)
- Excess Luggage
- Additional Nights due to bad weather or flight cancellations
- Alcoholic drinks, sodas or bottled mineral water. Snacks
- Personal Expenditures
- Domestic or International Long Distance Calls.
- Radio Calls and Messages
- All types of insurance
- Reconfirmation of International Flights
ABOUT THE LODGE
Posada Amazonas is located on the banks of the Tambopata River in the grounds of the Community, adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. It is owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Ese'eja Native Community of Tambopata. Posada Amazonas is built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and architecture and modern day eco-lodge technology. The lodge itself consists of a complex of four sections: rooms, dining area and kitchen, relaxation area and internal support facilities. The entire roof of the lodge is constructed using high quality crisneja palm fronds, whereas the floors are of tropical mahogany. The rooms' complex is built of four 9 X 24 meter structures with six rooms per facility, for a total of 24 double bedrooms. The rooms are 7 x 4 meters so they can comfortably hold three beds, although they are set up for two. The walls dividing each room are built using cane and clay, and extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters height making each room private. The combination of clay and cane achieves two important objectives: regulating heat and providing a charming final appearance. However, sounds can be heard from room to room. The side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind, acting as a large window facing the forest. The reason we have been able to incorporate this "luxurious" design into our lodge is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the Rainforest. A second small window on the opposite side, set up very high, keeps the rooms well ventilated. Beds are sized for Americans or Europeans (1.05m X 2.05m) with mosquito nets. Each room has a private bathroom with cold water only. Rooms and bathrooms are separated by drapes. The dining room and lounge is spacey and offers ample area for resting and socializing.
THE TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE
is located in a half hectare clearing 50 meters from the Tambopata River and 300 meters from the Macaw Clay Lick. It is composed of four interconnected, thatch-roofed buildings designed after traditional low-impact native architecture. All buildings and interconnecting passageways are raised on four-foot stilts built from palm trunks. The main building is a 33 foot by 100 foot platform divided into 13 double rooms. Each bedroom is furnished with two beds draped in mosquito nets, a chair, and a night table with a kerosene wind lamp, and a table for luggage and clothing. Each room does not have a wall on the side that looks into the forest: it is also designed to have an optional, permanent, unobstructed view of the forest surrounding the clearing in order to maximize wildlife observation time. To the left of the main building a 20 foot-long, roofed passageway connects to the bathrooms containing flush toilets and shower stalls. To the right of the main building a 15 foot-long, roofed passageway connects to the dining room and meeting room which in turn is connected to the kitchen.
The lowland Rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October, which also happens to be the major season for international travel. The general weather conditions are warm and humid. In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 82° and 93° F (25° and 31°C) and the average night time low is between 62° and 73° F (16° and 22°C). Nevertheless between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into South-western Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the night time lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle.
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 2000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend that each visitor limits gear to:
- Good binoculars.
- Camera gear.
- Tight-weave, light weight, light coloured, long cotton pants.
- Long sleeved, tight-weave, light coloured cotton shirts.
- Absorbent socks.
- Ankle-high hiking boots.
- A powerful flashlight with batteries.
- A small toilet kit.
- A water bottle.
- Sun block lotion.
- A secure, broad-brimmed hat.
- 100% waterproof, head-to-ankle rain suit.
- Insect repellent.
- Yellow fever inoculation certificate.
- Small denomination bills.
- Small daypack.
Lugagge is hand-carried from the boats to your rooms. We strongly recommend you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15 kilograms (32 POUNDS ) a piece.
If you are visiting other destinations in Peru that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day of the itinerary, so we won't be carrying them around with no use. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.
YELLOW FEVER INOCULATION REQUERIMENTS
Yellow fever inoculation is required (mandatory) for travel to Tambopata. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before arrival in the jungle. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Puerto Maldonado that you are vaccinated.
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.
Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Centre are in daily radio contact with their offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima, using HF radios at four stations. From Lima and Puerto Maldonado they are able to communicate by fax or phone with the rest of the world. In some cases, cellular phones will have a signal when standing on top of the canopy tower at Posada Amazonas.
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:
PASSPORT, MONEY AND AIR TICKETS
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You may need your passport upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado in the event authorities want to spot check tourist entries, as the local airport is officially an International airport. Upon arrival, a representative will collect your domestic air tickets to confirm your return flights. At the end of the trip, he/she will collect cash from you to pay for the airport tax.
All meals are provided during the trip. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, dessert, and coffee or tea. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. Also, unlimited amounts of boiled, cooled drinking water are provided at all times. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, individual arrangements will be arranged, but please notify us early. Upon request we can furnish a complete description of our menus.
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.
Amazonas Lodge has electric light from 6 AM till 10 AM, and from 12 Noon till 1 PM and at night from 5 Pm to 10:30 PM. At night the outside areas are lit up with kerosene lamps.
Puerto Maldonado: 183 m.a.s.l.
Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone: 200 m.a.s.l.
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru
Hand luggage regulations
a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.
b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.
c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.
d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.
Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.
It is vital that persons with medical problems or special diet requirements make them known to us before their departure to Peru.
TRAVEL BY BOAT
The boats are 20 foot canoes with foldable couched seats and a roof. They are powered by 65 hp outboard motors which allow for a travel time of two hours from Puerto Maldonado to Posada Amazonas. Passengers are protected by the sun and rain by the roof but we suggest keeping your rain gear and sun block handy in case the sun's rays or rain drops come in slanted. The boats are provided with life vests in every seat that must be used by the passenger during the ride.
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have a stun gun, extractors and anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we are three and a half hours from Puerto Maldonado and medical attention.
Restaurant During your Trip
All the meals are provided at the lodge or a campsite in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone.
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We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.