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DAY 1: PUERTO MALDONADO - REFUGIO AMAZONAS

TRC from above Arrival & Reception by Guide. Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 6:1 ratio in Tambopata Research Center. This means groups smaller than 6 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.
Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. 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.
Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata River Port. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas. 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.
Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. Dinner.
Caiman searches. 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.

observation tower

DAY 2: REFUGIO AMAZONAS-TAMBOPATA RESEARCH

Breakfast
Canopy tower: A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannister 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.

Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center. Four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies 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.
Chuncho Clay Lick Three hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.
Boxed Lunch.
Orientation. 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.

DAY 3: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER

claylickMacaw 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.
Floodplain Trail: 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.
Pond Platform: 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.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

DAY 4: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER

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.
Terra Firme Trail: 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.
Palm Swamp: 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.
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 in Tambopata Research Center.

DAY 5: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER

Tambopata dawnBreakfast
Canopy Tower A thirty minute hike from TRC in the Terra Firme forest leads a 17 meter scaffolding canopy tower. From the top you will obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest. Toucans, parrots and macaws can be seen flying against the horizon. Flocks of mixed species of birds can also be seen flying and landing in the treetops next to you.
Lunch.
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, we will focus on forest and creek ecology.
Dinner.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

DAY 6: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER - PUERTO MALDONADO

Breakfast.
Transfer Boat - Tambopata Research Center to Tambopata River Port.
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters.
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters - Airport. 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.
Boat Transportation. All our boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors.

 



PER PERSON RATES AT TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER IN 2017

Superior Room - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$803 US$1016 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$991 US$1275 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$1179 US$1534 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$189 US$261 per person, per night at TRC
Comfort Room - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$953 US$1286 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1191 US$1635 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$1429 US$1984 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$238 US$349 per person, per night at TRC
Amazon Suite - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$1132 US$1528 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1437 US$1967 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$1742 US$2406 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$305 US$439 per person, per night at TRC
Deluxe Suite - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$1266 US$1712 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1638 US$2243 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$2010 US$2774 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$372 US$531 per person, per night at TRC

PER PERSON RATES AT TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER IN 2018


Superior Room - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$827 US$1046 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1021 US$1213 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$1214 US$1580 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$195 US$269 per person, per night at TRC
Comfort Room - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$953 US$1286 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1191 US$1635 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$1429 US$1984 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$238 US$349 per person, per night at TRC
Amazon Suite - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$1132 US$1528 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1437 US$1967 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$1742 US$2406 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$305 US$439 per person, per night at TRC
Deluxe Suite - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$1266 US$1712 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1638 US$2243 1N RA / 3N TRC
6D/5N
see details above
US$2010 US$2774 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$372 US$531 per person, per night at TRC


INCLUDED:NOT INCLUDED:
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • Extras such as:
    Laundry, Phone calls, Radio calls or messages, Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
  • Entrance to the protected area:
    $75 Inrena tax per person applies to all Tambopata Research Center programs.
  • Handling charge $10 per person

NOTES:

All kinds of different programs are available, such as Wildlife Photography, Biology and Ecology Seminar, Biology Workshop, Birdwatching tour, Parrot Lover Tour, Ecotourism and Nature Interpretation Seminar, Family Program for Teens, Kayaking and Camping, Nature Expeditions, Kayaking and Canopy climbing, Multi Sport Adventure Tour, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding - please inquire for details.

Longer stays can be arranged.

Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer Out about 5:00 AM in order to be on time for your flight Out that should depart after 13:00 hrs please be sure do not buy early fly out.

For further information and booking inquiries contact Sacred Earth