Here, deep in the 700,000 hectares of the reserve, several species of macaws and parrots congregate to lick the minerals off a 500m long cliffside on the Tambopata riverbank.
The forest surrounding the centre has three types of terraced floodplain, terra firma, bamboo forest and palm swamps. There are 25 kilometres of trails under the dense canopy of primary rainforest in which numerous species of mammals, and over 480 species of birds have been recorded.
The lodge has four wooden buildings on stilts, connected by a walkway and covered with a thatched roof. There are 13 double rooms with beds covered by mosquito netting, a kitchen, a large dining area with a meeting room and separate toilets, and showers.
Tambopata Research Centre
5 night itinerary
6 days • 5 nights
- Day 1
On arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport, transfer to the Tambopata River for a 2 hour boat trip to Refugio Amazonas. Afternoon visit to a local Ese'eja farm led by a community member, and over dinner, an introductory talk on the Ese'eja Ecotourism Project.
- Day 2
An optional dawn excursion to the clay-lick or lake. After breakfast, a 4 hour boat trip up the Tambopata River, deep into the heart of the reserve, for 3 nights at Tambopata Research Center. Lunch is followed by a walk along the Bamboo Trail, a perfect area for sighting unique flora and fauna. Return for dinner and presentation of the ongoing research projects before leaving on a night walk.
- Day 3
An early visit to the world's largest macaw clay-lick, a flurry of activity as 15 varieties of macaw and parrot congregate. Return for breakfast, and set off on the celot Trail through primary rainforest of towering, 400 year old trees. Afternoon canoe trip along the narrowest of waterways a silent, effective method of observing the fauna. Dinner is followed by a Frog-spotting Trail.
- Day 4
Early morning walk to the claylick. After breakfast spend the morning on a platform on a small oxbow lake, observing birdlife. Lunch and walk to the palm swamp for more birdwatching.
- Days 5-6
At dawn return to the claylick, or explore further the trails around the lodge. After lunch we take the boat back to Refugio Amazonas for 1 night. Return to Puerto Maldonado Airport early on Day 6.
7 days • 6 nights includes sea kayaking down river and 1 night camping (Day 5).
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