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Tambopata – The Amazon In Depth

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  • Private Journey
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 2 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • Year-round, available upon request
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  • $2,995
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Summary : Discover the Amazon on this unique Tambopata adventure, an ideal rainforest tour for nature enthusiasts. Visit the world’s largest parrot clay lick, hike to a macaw nesting colony, and explore the area's trail system at leisure with expert naturalist guides. Spend seven nights in the Peruvian jungle experiencing two amazing eco-lodges: Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center. Surrounded by the Amazon's biological diversity, you will discover endless birding opportunities—macaws can be found in the hundreds—and captivating flora and fauna.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking


Prices from
$2,995 to $3,295

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Day 1
Arrival in Lima, Peru

Upon your arrival in Lima you are met by a representative and transferred to your hotel.

Casa Andina Premium - Miraflores
Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 2
Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Amazon / Posada Amazonas

Today a representative will meet you at your hotel to transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and driven to the tour operator's Puerto Maldonado headquarters. In order to keep the boats and cargo light, you'll be asked to pack only the necessary gear for the next days, leaving the rest in a safe deposit box.

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, you'll be driven to the Tambopata River port where you'll depart on a 45-minute boat ride to the Posada Amazonas lodge. A box lunch is provided en route. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

In the afternoon, a 20-minute walk from the lodge will lead you to a 98-foot scaffolding tower where a banistered staircase provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop the tower, enjoy spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest and the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Look for toucans, parrots, and macaws flying against the horizon or flocks of varied species landing in the treetop canopy next to you.

After dinner, a daily presentation on the Infierno community ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Posada Amazonas

Day 3
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

This morning you'll embark on a 6-hour boat ride to your next destination: the Tambopata Research Center. 2½ hours into the boat journey, you will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Deep in the Tambopata National Reserve you will stop at the Chuncho clay lick for a chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium-rich clays of the riverbank. Enjoy a box lunch on board.

Upon arrival in the lodge, a 2- to 3-mile hike will lead you to magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. You may find howler monkeys and dusky titi monkeys in the forest along this trail.

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 4
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Enjoy an early morning departure to the macaw clay lick. On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. From a discrete viewpoint about 54 yards from the cliff, you will observe green-winged, scarlet, and blue-and-gold macaws along with several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and then walk a 3.1-mile trail that covers the prototypical rainforest with immense trees cross-crossed by creeks and ponds. Among the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos you will look for squirrel, brown capuchin, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries.

In the afternoon, visit the pond platform located ten minutes upriver from the lodge. This 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.

In the evening, enjoy a nature talk in the lodge by a team of scientists and guides.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 5
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Early this morning, you will make a second visit to the macaw clay lick, if desired.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and then walk the Terra Firme trail, an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As you walk near the limits of the swamp keep your eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

In the afternoon visit the Palm Swamp trail. Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats.

In the evening, you will have the option of a night hike 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 6
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

In the morning, walk the Overlook Trail with magnificent views of the Tambopata river.

After lunch, visit the Creeks Trail. This is a different kind of terra firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, observe forest and creek ecology.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 7
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Today you will have the opportunity to walk any of the trails around the lodge for further exploration and the opportunity to see different species that haven’t been spotted previously. You will also have the opportunity to visit the macaw clay lick once more.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 8
Amazon / Puerto Maldonado / Lima / Departure

After an early breakfast, retrace your journey by river and road back to Puerto Maldonado for your return flight to Lima. Depending on flight times, this may require a dawn departure. Upon arrival in Lima, you'll be met by a representative who will assist with your departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


These trips fill quickly, as hotel space and permits for entry to Machu Picchu are limited. Program availability is contingent upon securing permits, and all attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in the itinerary. If the original hotels are not available or are overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Hotel Options:
Guests stay at Casa Andina Premium - Miraflores on Day 1; Posada Amazonas on Day 2, and Tambopata Research Center on Days 3-8.
Guests stay at Belmond Miraflores Park on Day 1; Posada Amazonas on Day 2, and Tambopata Research Center on Days 3-8.

Hotel accommodations with private bath in selected hotel category, including breakfast; transfers with local representatives; Amazon transfers and excursions on a shared basis (for lodge guests only); transfer from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center; entrance fee to Tambopata; all meals as stated in the itinerary. Inclusions subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

International airfare; domestic airfare; visa/passport fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; alcoholic beverages, insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages and items of a personal nature; any meals not indicated in itinerary; extra expenses due to itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond tour operator's control; gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

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