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TAMBOPATA EXPEDITION EXTENSIVE 7 DAYS TOUR      

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
   

TAMBOPATA EXPEDITION EXTENSIVE 7 DAYS TOUR

 

Daily Departures
Per Person Prices:$1751 based on Single Occupancy
Per Person Prices:$1337 based on Double or Triple occupancy



 

Note: We require minimum two passengers traveling together If single traveler ask for the supplement.
Our suggested programs focus on providing an overview of life in the rain forest. If you are looking for a more in depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center suits you best. Although known for its ongoing research of macaws for more than 20 years, there is much more to see at the Tambopata Research Center. A rule in the Amazon states that the further away from the cities you go and the longer you stay in the forest, the better chances you will have to observe wildlife.

 
Duration 7 days and 6 nights
Departures Daily departures
Activities Jungle excursion (see detailed program below)
Airfares Not included, available upon request
Meals Included as specified below
Customizable YES, feel free to ask for extra services
Not Included Entrance to the Protected Area of Tambopata (USD $60.00 per person)
 

DAY 1 TRANSFER BOAT - TAMBOPATA RIVER PORT TO REFUGIO AMAZONAS
overview.jpg (34591 bytes)Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

The two and a half hour boat 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

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. Dinner

Caiman Search: We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (Box Lunch, D)

DAY 2 CANOPY TOWER, BRAZIL NUT TRAIL AND CAMP
posada2.jpg (8168 bytes)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. Breakfast

A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

Four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lays the Tambopata Research Center. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent. Boxed Lunch

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

Overlook Trail: A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata 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. Dinner

Macaw Project Lectures: 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.

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B, L ,D)

DAY 3 TERRA FIRME TRAIL & PALM SWAMP TOWER

macaw_clay_lick.jpg (68895 bytes)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. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

Breakfast. An entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks. Lunch

A thirty minute hike from TRC brings us to the palm swamp. Dead aguaje palms serve as nests to Red-bellied and Blue-and-gold macaws. An elevated boardwalk and scaffolding tower allow for eye level observation of the macaws as they fly in and out of their nests.

Dinner

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B, L, D)

DAY 4 FLOODPLAIN TRAIL & POND PLATFORM
photo08.jpg (19151 bytes)Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity. Breakfast

This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed 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. Lunch

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny 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.
Dinner.

Night walk: You will have the option of hiking 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.

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B, L, D)

DAY 5 PALM SWAMP TRAIL & CREEKS TRAIL
tambop4.jpg (12457 bytes)Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity. Breakfast

Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the 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. Lunch

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, we will focus on forest and creek ecology. Dinner

Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B, L, D)

DAY 6 OXBOW LAKE VISIT
Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity. Breakfast

Three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas. Boxed Lunch

Oxbow Lake Visit: 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. Dinner

Tambopata National Reserve Lectures: Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (B, Box Lunch, D)

DAY 7 TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast. Transfer Boat from Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port to go to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. (B)

END OF SERVICES

Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.

BOAT TRANSPORTATION
All our boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors. Daily arrivals and departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline´s arrival and departure with a maximum two hour wait.

 

INCLUDED
Programmes based on single and double occupancy. Includes all meal, accommodations, and services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.

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 or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
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