Tambopata Research Center

The Lodge

The Tambopata Research Center is located in the 1,600,000 ha. Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, which is regarded as one of the premier nature destinations in the world. An abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, such as the macaw clay lick (where up to 15 species of macaws and parrots can be seen on any given day) and frequent encounters with troops of capuchin, howler, tamarin, squirrel or spider monkeys are within easy reach of the lodge.

The lodge has recently been completely renovated! It now not only offers the deepest experience of Amazonia with the best probabilities of wildlife observation and pristine forest but it now also offers the best accommodation in the area, with new room categories and all the amenities expected by the most demanding passengers and an A la carte menu of activities, without extra cost.

Superior Rooms
Superior Room at Tambopata Research CenterSuperior rooms are built with local materials such as tropical hardwoods, palms, bamboo, and adobe. Monkeys, many species of birds, frogs, and other rainforest wildlife are often visible from our signature windowless verandahs. That same veranda also adds comfort with excellent ventilation.

Our Superior Rooms are available as doubles or triples and come equipped with mosquito nets for the beds and have spacious private bathrooms with hot water. Numerous kerosene lamps and candles provide soft lighting. Electricity and internet are just a short walk to the common areas of the lodge.

Comfort Rooms
Comfort Room Tambopata Research CenterComfort rooms are 45.5 square meters and have an open veranda that looks out into a wild tropical rainforest reserve. They are available as singles, doubles or twins, and each is equipped with a mosquito net over large, comfortable beds, two hypoallergenic pillows per person, a hammock, and a reading table. The en-suite bathroom has a shower with hot water and bio-degradable amenities. There is also a safe deposit box and an electrical outlet, to charge your electronic items.
Suite Rooms
TRC Suite Rooms

Experience a bit of extra comfort and quality by staying in one of the premium rooms.  Each of these beautiful new rooms features authentic Ese-Eja décor that has been crafted by artists from the local indigenous community, beautifully varnished tropical hardwood floors and the same intimate view of the surrounding rainforest as the other rooms.

Equipped with a large, luxurious bed, hypoallergenic pillows, ceiling fans, electricity, and other fine amenities in the middle of the jungle.

Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Room Tambopata Research CenterThe most luxurious accommodations set deep within a remote part of the Amazon. Spacious and private – the perfect space to enjoy an intimate contact with nature. 84 square meters, fitted with two Queen sized beds, mosquito nets, hot showers, and eco-friendly toiletries. A ceiling fan will help to keep you cool. There is an electrical outlet to keep your electronic devices charged and Wifi is available in the comfort of your room.

But the best thing about this gorgeous deluxe suite is the spacious deck with hammocks and outdoor living space. It even has an outdoor tub and shower!

 

New!

 

In order to offer the greatest flexibility, Tambopata Research Center now also offers activities ‘a la carte’, from which you can choose all your daily adventures, according to your interests and abilities. As some activities are very popular, we recommend that you make your preferred choices at the time of booking, so that we can reserve a spot for you.

Palm Swamp Trail

 

Nestled in the lowlands near our Tambopata Research Center lodge lies an old-growth Aguaje Palm Swamp, one of the genuine treasures of the jungle. We believe that long ago, the area was an ancient Oxbow Lake. These primordial waters gradually dried up, but not completely, leaving behind a natural wetland filled with thousands of palm trees. The unique habitat is home to many species drawn in by its watery conditions and tasty palm fruits, from Blue and Yellow Macaws to amphibians to monkeys. Your guide will help you understand the importance of the Aguaje Palm Tree and habitat while on the Palm Swamp Trail. Finally, you’ll discover the rich wildlife and plants of the habitat for yourself!

  • When: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 3h
  • Difficulty Level: III

Monkey Search

On the jungle trail above the river, the rainforest is brimming with wildlife. Because of its rich soil and giant trees, this part of the forest attracts many monkeys! Most noteworthy are the floodplain’s forests many Spider Monkeys, Red Howler Monkeys, and Brown Capuchin Monkeys. In fact, the trail gives you perhaps the best chance to see a wide variety of monkey species. But on this vibrant trail, you’ll find much more than just monkeys. You’ll be amazed at the trail’s diversity — you might even come across the tracks of a Puma, Ocelot, or Jaguar. This is untouched, truly wild Amazonia at its very best.

  • When: Morning – Afternoon
  • Duration: 1.5 – 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I-II

Canopy Tower

Most rainforest life actually in the trees’ highest reaches: the canopy. While hiking through the jungle, the trees can rise over 60 meters (180 feet) above the ground, making you feel like you’re in an immense temple to nature. But the Canopy Tower is another story entirely. Reaching above the treetops, we’ve built several safe, sturdy towers that give you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. Our guides will lead you on a hike to the tower and help out as you climb its steps at your own pace. Finally, you reach the top. There, you’ll be able to see miles of pristine forest stretching in every direction. Because animals are most active in the canopy, you’ll have incredible chances to see wildlife. In this unforgettable experience, you’ll be awed by the intimate views of treetop animals, paired with the sweeping panorama of the jungle.

  • When: Morning
  • Duration: 1 h
  • Difficulty Level: II
  • Where: At Refugio Amazonas

Giants of the Amazon

Discover the Magnificence of Jungle Trees: This part of the forest teems with every type of tree, from enormous, 400-year-old Ironwoods to funny-looking “Potbellied” palms, with their tusk-like horn growths. Many trees tower up to 50 meters (about 160 feet) into the canopy, with truly giant trunks and far-ranging root systems that will leave you in awe.

  • When: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Difficulty Level: II

Macaw Project Lecture

The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long-term study of the biology and conservation management of large Macaws, a family of New World Parrots. The project focuses on studying nests, growing wild populations, and understanding why Macaws flock to Clay Licks. Due to the project’s location in our Tambopata Research Center lodge, guests enjoy unrivaled access to these dazzling birds.

    • Recommended for: Night
    • Duration: 45 minutes
    • Difficulty Level: I

 

Secrets of the Surroundings

Pristine primary rainforest encircles the Tambopata Research Center lodge. Because of its secluded, well-preserved location, you don’t need to wander far to find incredible wildlife. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll explore the lodge garden and search for jungle secrets nearby. You’ll find countless species of insects, reptiles, and often mammals and birds! Best of all, your knowledgeable guide will enrich your experience with deep insights into this diverse landscape.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I

Tambopata's World of Butterflies

Many different species of butterflies live in the Tambopata National Reserve, home to our most secluded lodge. In fact, Peru has the most types of butterflies in the world (around 3,700) and the Tambopata Reserve itself holds over 1,000 species! Your experienced guide can spot even the most evasive, camouflaged butterfly, and teach you all about jungle butterfly behavior as well.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I

Bamboo Trail

Who knew there was bamboo in the Amazon jungle? When you think of bamboo, vast Chinese forests and Panda Bears may come to mind. But here in the Southwestern Amazon Rainforest of our Tambopata home, bamboo species native to the Americas thrive. This bamboo, known locally as Guadua, loves the poorly drained upland soils in this part of the jungle. It dominates large swaths of the landscape with its incredibly fast growth — Guadua bamboo can grow several meters every year! The Bamboo Forest is an exceptionally rich wildlife habitat.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Difficulty Level: III

Island Exploration and Pond Platform

This excursion is one of our most popular, as the island and pond ecosystem gives you access to wildlife you probably won’t find anywhere else. Just upriver from our Tambopata Research Center lodge, you’ll visit a small island in the middle of the Tambopata River. The island has rich, primary-growth forest, including native bamboo groves, that draw in unique wildlife. During your Island Exploration, you’ll also visit a tiny pond brimming with life. From a platform in the middle of the pond, you can watch for fish, frogs, turtles, birds, and even Caiman.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty Level: II

Macaw Clay Lick

Year-round, hundreds of birds from the Parrot family — from huge, brilliantly-hued Scarlet Macaws to neon green Mealy Parrots to flocks of pint-sized Parakeets — visit these bluffs on clear mornings. They eat the rich clay to supplement nutrients in their diet. This raucous and vibrant display is a beloved highlight for visitors and researchers at the Macaw Project. In fact, this spellbinding spectacle even inspired a National Geographic cover story!

  • Recommended for: Early Morning
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I

Wild Creek Trail

The Wild Creek Trail is one of the best places to experience the biodiversity of the rainforest. The hike follows an Amazon creek deep into the forest, passing through beautiful, untouched Terra Firme forest (high, solid ground). The trail is undeniably beautiful, with pristine, crystal-clear creeks, where you might catch sight of fish, frogs, and shy rainforest animals that few jungle visitors get a chance to see. As you hike the Wild Creek Trail, your guide will teach you all about rainforest creek ecology and help you spot wildlife. As a result, you’ll leave with a deep, newfound knowledge of this unique jungle ecosystem.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Difficulty Level: III

Sunset Cruise

There’s no better place to experience a sunset than a tranquil boat in the Amazon jungle. In the afternoon, your guide will accompany you to one of our comfortable lanchas. There, you’ll embark upon the easygoing Sunset Cruise.  When you’re not busy admiring the sunset itself, you have great chances to spot shy wildlife venturing out before dark. You’ll see a variety of riverside animals, from chunky Capybaras to elegant Macaws soaring overhead. Finally, as you drink in the breathtaking views and refreshing breeze, you’ll learn about the fascinating natural and human history of this Amazonian river. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

  • Recommended for: Late Afternoon
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I

River Overlook Trail

Our River Overlook Trail is one of our most beloved hikes, popular with guests and guides alike.  After starting out from the lodge, you journey through an old bamboo forest teeming with life. As a result of bamboo’s unique properties, the plant attracts many diverse animals. You may come across a huge variety of species, from tiny frogs that live in the bamboo to Capuchin Monkeys to brightly-colored Trogons.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: II

Chuncho Macaw Lick

The Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick is one of the most stunning wildlife spectacles in the world, making it a must-see for travelers and families who love nature. The humid jungle air fills with the macaw’s screeches as they settle into trees above the bluffs, swooping down to feed on the clay. You couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling, unique experience in the Amazon Rainforest, and the activity is a highlight for all our guests.

  • Recommended for: Early Morning
  • Duration: Half-day
  • Difficulty Level: I

Tambopata Research Center lodge guests can visit the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick on the way to the Research Center. Please ask.

Birdwatching

Because it lies deep within the Amazon Rainforest, our Tambopata, Peru home is a paradise for birdwatching. Over 900bird species have been discovered in the area, making it one of the best places in the world for birdwatchers! Depending on the guests’ interests and abilities, we offer a wide range of birding experiences. All our lodges are near a variety of habitats for birdwatching. As a result of this diversity of landscapes, you’ll have a productive and lively birding experience. Whether it’s your first time birdwatching or your thousandth, this holds true.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I

Jungle Jaguar Search

The jaguar is the largest cat species in the Americas, and the third-largest in the world, after the tiger and lion. They closely resemble leopards, but they’re usually even larger and stronger. A keystone species in the rainforest, jaguars are extremely elusive and well-camouflaged, making them tough to find. The best chance to spot this majestic cat is to coast along the river when the jaguar comes to the banks in order to drink water and hunt along the shore.

  • Recommended for: Morning or Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty Level: I

Rainforest Master Hike

The Rainforest Master Hike is the perfect outing for hardcore hikers and nature lovers.  Passing through a variety of ecosystems and an endless network of trails, this hike will maximize your opportunities to spot jungle wildlife. Hiking through a huge variety of landscapes and ecosystems, you’ll start to understand the true complexity of the Amazon Rainforest. Our guides will explain how and why each ecosystem, from new growth island forest to palm swamps, has developed over time.

  • Recommended for: Morning
  • Duration: Half-day
  • Difficulty Level: III

Because this is a long hike in a generally hot, humid area, be prepared with plenty of water and repellent.

Jungle Night Walk

Our Jungle Night Walk gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the nocturnal wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. In deep darkness, surrounded by hundreds of jungle sounds and with the help of powerful lights, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. Many animals, especially insects, amphibians, and reptiles, hide from predators during the day. This means that nighttime is the best time to find beautiful tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night. From Night Monkeys to Poison Dart Frogs, Tarantulas to Stick Bugs, you never know what miraculous creature you’ll find!

  • Recommended for: Night
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Difficulty Level: I

Rates in 2018

Based on double occupancy. (For single or triple rates, please inquire)

Notes:

Flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado depart from Jorge Chavez airport’s domestic terminal and take about 3 hours. Most flights stop in Cuzco before continuing to Puerto Maldonado. Flights from Cusco depart from the domestic terminal of Velasco Astete airport and take around 45 minutes.
  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge):  daily at 13:00 and 14:00
  • Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): daily at 07:00 and 08:00
Transfer time takes about 2 hours. Thus, it is important to schedule flights accordingly – the arrival flight should reach Puerto Maldonado before 2 pm and the departure flight should not be scheduled before midday. We do not take responsibility for any delays.
  • Lodge accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All scheduled land and river transportation
  • All transfers
  • All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
  • US$13 reserve entrance fee
  • International or domestic airfares,
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges,
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, or snacks,
  • Insurance of any kind,
  • Extras such as:
    Laundry,
    Phone calls,
    Radio calls or messages,
    Reconfirmation of flights
    and items of personal nature.

When is the dry season? Although it can rain at any time of the year, the Tambopata region tends to be drier from May until October. The rains start up in earnest in November and continue until April with the wettest months usually being November and December. During the dry season, trails aren’t as muddy, so chances are activities won’t be affected by rain and more macaws and parrots can be seen on the clay licks. On the other hand, during the dry season, it is much hotter and steamier, there is less bird activity on sunny days, it is more difficult to find amphibians, and more river transports take longer due to low water levels.

Tambopata during the wet season: Expect a lot of rain, and fewer fellow ecotourists. Usually, it rains in the afternoon, while mornings are a little cooler and cloudy. There may be higher bird activity due to the cloudy weather. The ponds and temporary wetlands that form at this time of the year in the rainforest are excellent sites for nature observation, especially for finding reptiles and amphibians.

Wildlife observation: No month is better than any other for spotting wildlife. Different conditions are favourable for different animals. While parrots and macaws tend to visit the clay lick more during the dry season, other animals come and go no matter what time of the year it is. A much bigger factor for seeing Amazonian wildlife is the guide’s level of experience and training.

Spotting monkeys: If you visit lodges such as the Tambopata Research Center, Refugio Amazonas, or Posada Amazonas, you have a very good chance of seeing several monkey species at any time of the year. The rollicking calls of Dusky Titis echo from vine tangles, Red Howler Monkeys call from the canopy, and troops of Squirrel Monkeys roam through secondary growth forest near oxbow lakes. Black Spider Monkeys may be a bit easier to find during the wet season because it’s usually easier to locate the fruiting trees they feed on, but a good guide will increase your chances of seeing them no matter what time of year it is.

Your luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for a long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 10 kilos (22 pounds a piece). You can leave your large duffle bags in our office at Puerto Maldonado. 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.

 

  • Binoculars
  • Camera gear, bring your long lens!
  • Tight-weave, light-colored, long cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved, tight-weave, light-colored cotton shirts
  • Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
  • Flashlight (headlamp) with batteries
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Small denomination bills
  • Small daypack
  • Slippers or sandals for walking around the lodge

Sustainability

We are deeply committed to sustainability. Sustainability is at the core of our company and we try to reduce our footprint wherever we can:

  • We use water and energy efficiency systems
  • We use local building materials
  • We work and partner with the local community
  • We protect and conserve the forest in the Tambopata National Reserve through various initiatives and our eco-tourism company

However, generating some carbon emissions is inevitable, so what we can’t reduce, we offset.

We are proud to announce that our three lodges are the first carbon neutral lodges in the Tambopata National Reserve. Our operations are now 100% carbon neutral. This includes:

  • Day to day operations at all three lodges
  • Our offices in Puerto Maldonado
  • Transportation of all permanent staff

This is thanks to our partnership with Regenera.  Regenera is an innovative footprint management service that measures our carbon footprint and offsets it through local carbon sequestration and avoided deforestation actions, and transfers 60% of revenues to local communities who have agreed to protect forests.

We are currently working with Nature Services Peru (the folks that created Regenera) to create an option for our guests to offset their own travel emissions.

We know that climate change threatens the natural environment and we want to do everything we can to protect it.  Together – we believe we can safeguard our beautiful rainforest for many generations to come.

Using Local Resources

Our lodges are built with local materials, and we source the vegetables and fruits that we can from local farms.

Energy Efficiency

We incorporate energy efficient lighting, heating, and cooling, produce some of our own electricity thru solar (most is gas), have a linen and towel reuse program, use biodegradable products, and compost.

Social Impact

We started working with the local community of Infierno in 1995, and our partnership with them has grown since then, especially with co-management of Posada Amazonas. We are also promoting work with other Amazonian communities in our neighborhood. The best way to describe our work here: we try to be good neighbors to all species of primates. This how we achieve our conservation impact.