Tambopata Research Center 4d
4 Days

It is an ideal setting for clients looking for a true nature experience in one of the last pristine bio-diverse rainforest left in the world


Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the Tambopata Reserve the 18-room Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is an ideal setting for clients looking for a true nature experience in one of the last pristine bio-diverse rainforest left in the world. Because of its remote location in a Connecticut-sized tract of uninhabited wilderness, it contains stable populations of endangered wildlife. The small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides make the Tambopata Research Center an excellent location for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife. During your entire stay your Peruvian guides could be a biologist, a native or a naturalist according to your interests and expectations. In addition to being guides the resident biologists perform on-going research providing you with the opportunity to learn first-hand about their findings.

Day 1

Puerto Maldonado - Refugio Amazonas
Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, reception and transfer to the Tambopata River port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief stop at our offices we will depart on a 30-minute drive to the Infierno Community port, followed by 2-1/2 boat journey by motorized canoe to Refugio Amazonas. The ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

Boxed lunch aboard the boat.

During our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. When we arrive at Refugio Amazonas we will unpack and unwind. Refugio Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive lodge owned by Rainforest Expeditions. We will receive a short orientation and a complete briefing about the lodge trails and activities.You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

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Day 2

Refugio Amazonas -Tambopata Research Center (TRC)
We are up before sunrise, have breakfast and get ready for our Canopy Tower activity. A thirty-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, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely. After our visit to the tower we return to the lodge for breakfast.

We continue our morning activities with our visit an oxbow lake. We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

From Refugio Amazonas we travel upriver in our boat to the Tambopata Research Center. After the first hour of our four-hour boat journey we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind as we cross the northern boundary of the 700,000 hectare, completely uninhabited nucleus of the Tambopata National Reserve. Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately: we will begin to sight macaws, herons, and kingfishers frequently and improve our chances of encounters with capybaras, caiman, storks, ducks and other wildlife.

We will eat a boxed lunch on the boat.

Three hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho clay lick. After a very brief walk we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.

We will arrive at Tambopata Research Center in the afternoon. Upon arrival, we will hold an orientation session.  This afternoon we are ready for our first activity. We will hike the Overlook Trail. This three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. We will return to TRC for dinner.

After dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.


Day 3

Tambopata Research Center (TRC)
At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy the world's largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. The January 1994 issue of National Geographic features an article on Tambopata Research Center and the Tambopata Macaw Project. It begins with a description of the daily spectacle at the clay lick:" When the morning sun clears the Amazon tree line in southeastern Peru and strikes a gray-pink clay bank on the upper Tambopata River, one of the world's most dazzling wildlife gatherings is nearing its riotous peak. The steep bank has become a pulsing, 130-foot-high palette of red, blue, yellow and green as more than a thousand parrots squabble over choice perches to grab a beakful of clay, a vital but mysterious part of their diet. More than a dozen parrot species will visit the clay lick throughout the day, but this midmorning crush belongs to the giants of the parrot world, the macaws."

You can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets. This show will continue until the macaws sense danger, usually in the form of an eagle, and depart simultaneously in an explosion of sound and color. Around mid-morning, when the most intense clay lick activity is over for the day, we will return to TRC for breakfast.

After breakfast we will hike the Floodplain Trail. This five-kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.


After lunch and time to relax we embark on our exploration of the Pond Platform. Ten minutes upriver from the lodge we find a small pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home. We return to the lodge for dinner.

After dinner and if you have the energy, you can participate on a night walk. You will hike out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.


Day 4

Tambopata Research Center – Puerto Maldonado

After a very early breakfast we depart from the Tambopata Research Center to Puerto Maldonado. This early departure will give us the best chance to find wildlife along the riverbanks. By far this will be if you are extremely fortune to see jaguars resting on a fallen tree or searching for a meal near the shoreline. After arrival at the Infierno port, transfer to the office


Programs based on double occupancy. Includes all meals, accommodations and services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the Airport of Puerto Maldonado.INRENA Park + Special Operation fee for TRC

Not included

International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature. Tips.

Lodge Transfer
  • We have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
  • Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer Out about 5:00 AM in order to be on time for your flight out. Your flight should depart from Puerto Maldonado after 12:00 p.m. Please be sure not to book an earlier fly out.



Cost per person per night - Superior Room

Double o Triple Occupancy: US$ 310.00 per person per night
Single Occupancy: US$415.00 per person per night

Cost Per Person per night - Comfort Room

Double Occupancy: US$377.00 per person per night
Single Occupancy: US$505.00 per person per night

Cost Per Person per night - Suite Room

Double Occupancy: US$444.00 per person per night
Single Occupancy: US$595.00 per person per night

Cost Per Person per night - Deluxe Suite Room

Double Occupancy: US$511.00 per person per night
Single Occupancy: US$685.00 per person per night


Journey requires moderate walking.


How to get to the Tambopata Research Center (TRC)
The Tambopata Research Center Jungle Lodge requires at least four nights because of the travel time. TRC is four hours upriver from Refugio Amazonas. To get to TRC you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 30 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. From Refugio Amazonas, TRC is four hours upriver, and a few minutes walking from the river.

Boat Transportation to/from Refugio Amazonas Lodge
All boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.

  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
  • Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer Out about 5:00 AM in order to be on time for your flight Out that should depart after 13:00 hrs please be sure do not buy early fly out.
  • For other schedule possibilities or private transfers please consult us.

From the airport you are transported by bus to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for a forty-five minute trip to Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Refugio Amazonas Lodge is located a few minutes walk from the river bank.

About Refugio Amazons Lodge and the Tambopata Research Center
Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.

Travelers to the Tambopata Research Center also stop off at the Refugio on the way to and from the TRC.

From Refugio Amazonas Lodge you travel by boat several hours up the Tambopata River to reach the remote Tambopata Research Center jungle lodge, leaving the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank!

Home to several newly discovered species and as seen in National Geographic magazine, the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America, offering adventurous travelers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon. It is a comfortable 18 bedroom lodge which was built more than twenty years ago (and rebuilt only 5 years ago) with the object of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick.

Because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides, Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife.

The TRC’s isolated location, inside an uninhabited area of the Tambopata National Reserve and next to the Bahajua-Sonene National Park, means that the rainforest ecosystem around it remains pristine, while the populations of wild animals are all at carrying capacity. Much groundbreaking macaw conservation research has been carried out from the TRC and you will likely have the chance during your stay to talk with macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the TRC while they do fieldwork.

Included in the Price
All meals. Accommodations. All tours, services and guides. Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado. All river transportation

Not Included in the Price
International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.

A 110V generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous lamps and candles. The lodge is run mainly on propane. You can charge batteries a few hours a day in the dining rooms. Every room has kerosene lamps on the walls and candles on the night-stands. Please do not handle kerosene lamps and always blow out the candles before sleeping or leaving your room. We use electric bulbs in public areas at night.

About the Tambopata Research Center Jungle Lodge
The rooms are unique due to the fact that one side of the room opens out onto the surrounding rainforest acting as a window into the forest allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even from the comfort of their hammocks and enabling you to view animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge. 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 rain forest.   Eighteen bedrooms, eight shared bathrooms and a common area including for dining. Bedrooms are separated from one another by light cane fencing, with drapes instead of doors. Rooms are private but not soundproof.

The Tambopata Research Center Jungle Lodge is in daily contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima via internet, satellite phone and hf radio. Contact your cell phone service provider to find out about international plans in order to use your phone in Peru.

Mosquito Nets
All rooms have mosquito nets on beds, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.

Jungle Views
Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even on their downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge.

Hot Water
Showers have hot water 
24 hours a day.

Meals at Tambopata Research Center Jungle Lodge
We provide self-serve three course meals at the Tambopata Research Center Jungle Lodge. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. We also provide at all times unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.

Drinking Water at the Tambopata Research Center Jugle Lodge
We provide natural spring water 24 hours per day. Please use the water wisely. We advise you not to drink the water from the river, lake or any of the taps. Consumable water can be found throughout the lodge from many dispensers and pitchers as well as a variety of other beverages available. All the water that the lodge provides is purified with an ozone treatment. We also suggest that you use this water to brush your teeth. Please turn off the water flow while lathering and soaping up to reduce unnecessary water usage.

A few words about luggage
Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece). If you are visiting other destinations in Peru or South America 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 so we won’t be carrying them around uselessly. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.

What to bring suggestions:

  • Good binoculars
  • Camera gear
  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Small denomination bills
  • Small daypack

Travel hardware

  • Camera screwdriver set & epoxy glue.
  • Swiss army knife & sewing kit with scissors.
  • Travel alarm clock & plastic adhesive tape.
  • Extra camera & flashlight batteries.
  • Duck tape


  • Extra duffel bag I you plan to do some purchases.
  • Notebook & reading material.

Safes at the Lodge
We ask you to keep your valuable belongings and documents in the safe. Do not leave them valuables in plane view. Equally if you have food or candies please keep them in the safe. Do not leave them outside. This way you will avoid attracting insects and other animals. Ask the lodge manager or guide to inform you about the proper use of the safety box.

Rubber Boots
Around the lobby you will find racks with rubber boots arranged by size. You can use these boots for our walks or outings into the forest. Please remember ALWAYS that when walking inside the lodge facilities and in order to prevent bringing mud inside, you must walk without boots or any muddy shoes. Use only sandals, socks, clean sneakers.

Soap and Shampoo
According to our environmental policies, we only use Brazil nut biodegradable soap and shampoo which you will find in the bathroom If you are allergic to nuts, please let us know and we will provide you with a lemongrass soap. We wash the towels and bed sheets using biodegradable detergent and we clean the bathrooms with biodegradable products as well.

This service is only available on sunny days. Please ask for the rate at the lodge. Clothes are hand-washed using White Swipe biodegradable soap and are sun dried in order to protect the environment.


Smoking is allowed in the lobby and bar except at meal times. Please do not smoke in your room, the dining rooms, boats or during activities.

First Aid and Emergencies
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. Our guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emergencies (such as an appendicitis).

For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.

Immunizations / Medication
Before traveling to Peru it is important for the visitor to have the right protection against diseases and to understand fully what type of vaccinations that will be needed according to the regions he/she will be visiting.   For general protection for visitors to Peru, it is important to have the following vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata.

How about Malaria? This is the most common question travelers ask when planning their travel to Peru. Malaria is a serious disease, which humans can contract by being bitten by an infected mosquito. Malaria is present in Peru but however it is extremely rare and most would say not an issue in the Tambopata region. We are not in a position to make medical recommendations so we recommend you speak with your doctor or your travel clinic regarding this issue. We highly recommend following anti-malarial drugs recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you decide to take malaria medication:

  • Atovaquone-proguanil
  • Doxycycline
  • Mefloquine.

For more information on medical considerations please contact the:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

It is vital that persons with medical problems or special diet requirements make them known to us well before departure so that land operators are properly informed.

Leishmaniasis is present throughout the rain forests of southeastern Peru. It is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it but it is curable in every case. The selected cure, injections of pentavalent antimony (Glucantime), is uncomfortable. Leishmaniasis is also very easy to prevent by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and repellent on exposed skin at all times, and sleeping under mosquito nets. If you are interested in receiving complete information on leishmaniasis contact us before your trip.

The lowland rainforests of Tambopata 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.

In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 78F and 93F (24C and 31C). The average nighttime low is between 66F and 78 F (20C and 24C).

Cold fronts can occur without warning from May through September. This cold fronts originate in Argentina and can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the nighttime lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle.

The rainy season runs from November till April. 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.

Other Tips

  • No smoking in the forest, nor in the boats (which carry gasoline).
  • No littering.
  • Do not harrass wildlife – when sighting wildlife follow your guides instructions.
  • No wildlife collection or manipulation, unless specifically authorized by SERNANP. If you should come across hurt wildlife, leave it be. It is part of the natural processes of the wilderness.
  • Please separate your trash in the proper trash bins. All non-biodegradable trash is taken to Puerto Maldonado. Please take batteries back with you.
  • Please keep it quite. Our rooms are not sound proof and guests come to listen to the sounds of nature. If you should want to listen to music outside the bar area, use headphones.
  • The lodges are highly flammable. Do not leave candles unattended and locate the nearest extinguisher.
  • Never go swimming in the Tambopata river.
  • Stay on the trails and take to the trails only with a guide. If for some reason you are separated from your guide, you can return to the lodge using your map and the trail markers.
  • Always use life jackets on the boat and during boarding. Wear light shoes that are easy to take off. Never have rubber boots on when in the boats.
  • Use rubber boots when heading to the forest or gardens at night. They reduce the risk of snake bites.
  • When taking people photos, ask first!

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Amazon Rainforest of Tambopata