Tambopata National Reserve tour


Tambopata is one of the provinces of the department of Madre de Dios (also called ´Mother of God´, a synonym for the Virgin Mary).

You will fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the region. Puerto Maldonado is located in the east of Peru and just 55 kilometers from the border to Bolivia. It is not too far from Brasil either. Tambopata is perhaps not as famous as Manu. Nevertheless there are more than 10,000 species of plants, 600 different birds, 200 mammals and thousands of insect species. In addition, Tambopata is located near the Tambopata Research Center, a place where even the filmmakers of National Geographic go to!
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Tambopata Amazon lodge

Tambopata Amazon lodge has 27 comfortable bungalows built of wood. Each bungalow is divided into rooms with single, double or triple occupancy. It also offers two bungalows with four rooms offering double or single occupancy and private bathrooms with separate entries and terraces complete with hammocks. The lodge is one of the favorites in the area.

The tours in the Amazon provide you a unique experience. You will go on a Cayman safari and you will visit the fascinating Sandoval Lake. You will also get the opportunity to visit a native family of the Machiguenga Indians. You will not only enjoy the beautiful Peruvian jungle but we also give you enough time to relax in a perfect atmosphere with delicious food and drinks.

Day 1

Reception at the airport with transfer to the office, which is located in the center of Puerto Maldonado. Any luggage that you do not require during your stay in the rainforest can be safely kept in the storage room, to facilitate the transport by boat to the lodge. We will embark for the
lodge traveling on the river for about 40 minutes. After arrival at the Lodge Corto Maltes Amazonía you will be received with refreshments made from seasonal fruits. Later, your guide will give you the necessary
information for your stay and hand over the keys to your bungalow, followed by the lunch and some time to rest until the first excursion.

In the afternoon, you will have your first contact with the jungle. You will be accompanied by your guide, who will show you the tropical trees, medicinal plants and other aspects of the exuberant nature. The time for this trek is about 2 hours. Back at the Lodge you can relax by the pool or in the hammocks on the terrace of your bungalow. You can savor an exotic cocktail at the bar, enjoy a relaxing massage by the qualified staff, visit the shop for a handcrafted souvenir of the rainforest or head to the riverside to view the breathtaking sunset. After that… Cayman Safari! Before dinner, you will leave for a nocturnal boat trip to observe caimans and, with a bit of luck, other animals which populate the riverbank at night. At 8:00pm you will have dinner.

Day 2

Wake up at 5:30 am for some coffee or tea before leaving for Lake Sandoval. Your guide will hand out a bagged breakfast and snack for the excursion. Lake Sandoval: 6:00 am: After roughly 20 minutes of travel on the river Madre de Dios, you will arrive at the landing stage of Lake Sandoval. During a 3 km hike through the wild vegetation, we will enter the territory of Tambopata National Reserve where you will have the chance to admire giant trees, different snakes, monkeys (squirrel monkeys,
howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys) and various birds (notably the Hoatzin – also known as the stink bird-, kingfishers and snakebirds).

Once on Lake Sandoval, we will embark in small rowboats in search of giant river otters. We will also have the possibility to spot a good number of other reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural habitat. When the guide finds an opportune spot where you can continue to observe the nature, we will eat breakfast. For the return trip, make sure you have gathered your belongings and we will row back to the pier.

Around 03:30 pm we will visit one of the two lookout towers of Corto Maltes. They are perfect designed for bird watching and other type of animals with a height of 20 and 42 meters. Also you will enjoy an incredible view of the sunset. The guide will consult with you all your preferences. You will also visit a Brazil nut camp, where harvesters stay for the duration of the season. The Brazil nut (also known as castaña, as it is known locally) is one of the most important economic activities in the Madre de Dios Region.

Day 3

Breakfast at 8:00am. After a 20-minute boat trip down-river, we will arrive at a chacra, which is a farm owned by a local family. Here we will recognize and even taste different seasonal tropical fruits as well as other native products (cacao, banana, cocona, bread-fruit, noni, yucca, lime…) This place belongs to a typical rural family who maintain with care and without chemicals some native plants that grow naturally. They sell their products in the main markets of Puerto Maldonado for consumption. Once finished the visit we will return to take the boat, and after about 20 minutes, we
will arrive at the land of a native Machiguenga family.

Native Machiguenga Family: 12:00pm. The Machiguenga are one of the many ethnic groups that exist in the Peruvian Amazon. A family of native Machiguenga will receive us for a visit. They will show us the cultural value of their ancestors, as well as language and customs, including traditional clothes, hunting gear, handicrafts and the music they play during ayahuasca ceremonies. They will teach us how to take advantage of natural products to make tools, and what they use to make their houses, dresses and ornaments, each important for their daily life. Lunch: 1:00pm. We will share lunch with the Machiguenga family in a typical construction and enjoy an indigenous dish from the jungle. Return to the lodge and free time: 2pm.

Day 4: Clay lick

Wake up at 5:30 am for some coffee or tea before leaving for a 20-minute walk to the clay lick, where you will have the possibility to observe 3 to 5 types of parrots. The parrots come to the clay lick to ingest a particular kind of clay, only found in certain areas of this region. The clay is vital for the metabolic regulation of the birds, and therefore is host to a colorful and veritably delightful and exciting event. 8:00 am. Breakfast and free time.

Visit of the local city market: after breakfast, we will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado by boat. After a short stop at the office, we
will drive to the local market where the local population supplies itself with foods and other products. During a short visit of around 20-minutes, you will be able to appreciate the different typical products of the area. We will then head to the airport to check-in for your respective flights.

The order and schedules of the excursions can be modified according to your guide, and as seen fit through coordination with the management by considering the physical condition of the passengers and the climate of the moment.

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