Tambopata National Reserve 5 Days
Tambopata National Reserve 5 Days
Tambopata National Reserve 5 Days–This journey will take you to the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, where you will experience magnificent beauty in the sounds, scents, colors and solitude of the rainforest. Explore the finest and the most pristine rainforest jungle in South America. The Peruvian Amazon is a stunningly diverse and unpopulated destination—a naturalist and wildlife enthusiast’s dream. It boasts one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, including the largest number of bird species in the world. Our journey to the world’s largest rainforest begins from a well-situated eco-lodge on the Tambopata reserve, the Refugio Amazonas, and Amazon Villa. The best sights are within easy reach from here, as the lodge is host to a double platform canopy observation set in a huge kapok tree—perfect for wildlife viewing.
Our stay at the Refugio Amazonas and Amazon Villa features a healthy population of Tapirs and Jaguars, one of the best macaw clay licks in the world and a variety of beautiful nature trails. At the end of one particularly amazing trail, the rainforest suddenly melts away, offering a startling, open vista reminiscent of East Africa. Along the way, our exceptional, naturalist guides help spot wildlife and share knowledge of the region. Our trip is an unforgettably unique combination of comfort, unparalleled access to wildlife and proximity to the most stunning landscapes in the Peruvian Amazon.
Join Us! give it some time, forget your expectations, and the Amazon cannot fail to impress!.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 10, Avg 08.
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
A perfect opportunity to immerse into the Amazon jungle and discover its authentic wildlife, culture, food, etc, always led by our local naturalist guide, and there will be a lot of activities to do!. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, one the resident naturalist guides will meet you and escort you to the river port. Together, you will take a motorized canoe, equipped with cushioned seats and protection from the sun and rain, approximately four hours down the Tambopata River to Refugio Amazonas or Amazon Villa. Suddenly enjoying the intimacy of mysterious forest looming close on either side. Occasional views of native homes and children splashing by the banks are interspersed with long quiet stretches where we may spot herons, hawks, cormorants, Orinoco Geese, and Capybaras.
Hiking between 1 to 3 hours every day with our naturalist local guide and sometimes by canoe in an area rich in wildlife, Birds abound for birding so we’ll do it! and you’ll also search for river otters, caimans, monkeys, and beautifully colored butterflies. You’ll have a dawn boat trip that provides beautiful views of the sunrise over the river to look for wildlife en route, as this is when the birds and mammals are particularly active.
Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle on the Tambopata River and rappel to a Canopy Platform. Configure camera traps at a nearby mammal clay lick and download wildlife photos from the past few days to help scientists find out what is present at The Big Grid, our 288-kilometer trail system experiment. You’ll have a night walking in the jungle searching for nocturnal wildlife like tarantulas, caimans, etc, and feeling the authentic warmth of the Amazon. Some mornings you’ll wake up very early to go to Macaw’s clay lick, where you’ll spot the colorful macaws of the Amazon, along with other small parrots, and other birds, and the perfect time to take national geographic type photos. We’ll interact with local children engaging them in games, this will be a memorable experience for both you and the children of the local communities. And we’ll eat amazing food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch time, tea time), all fresh, just made and local food of course.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE
You’ll discover and explore one of the most pristine places in the world, with its very well-preserved wildlife, and natural life. Birdwatching will be the main point in the whole trip, so you’ll spot a lot of birds and shoot them great pictures, starting in the cloud forest and reaching the rainforest. Here a list of some of them, cock of the rock, heron, ibis, turkey vulture, blue and yellow macaw, scarlet macaw, hawk, Crested Oropendola, Velved- fronted grackle, flycatcher, parakeet, hummingbirds, and many other birds. And we’ll have a chance to try our hands at climbing the 10 stories vertical steel and cable ladder located in a giant kapok tree. At the top, we are standing within the treetops and are eye level with tanagers and toucans. While hiking in the jungle we’ll spot primates moving in different directions or just observing us. Primates like, Black-capped Squirrel Monkey, Pygmy Marmoset, Brown Capuchin, Saddle-Backed Tamarin, Dusky-Titi Monkey, Howler Monkey, Woolly Monkey, etc. We’ll experience other mammals like Giant Otter, Capybaras, Sloth, and if we are lucky we can even see Jaguar and Amazonian Tapir. In Reptiles, Frogs, Caimans, Yellow-spotted River Turtle, Snakes, etc. And many insects, and butterflies. As well as beautiful orchids, Amazonian flowers, and giant trees.
A TYPICAL DAY
Start the day with the bird’s sound of the jungle, then to have a nutritious breakfast to make us ready for the exploration day. Walking in the lush jungle with our local Leader who helps us understand how all life in the jungle works together. waiting for some birds or monkeys and visiting the macaws and parrots clay lick. Brightly colored parrots and macaws fly in by the hundreds to feed on the clay that detoxifies certain seeds and nuts they eat. Going by canoe upstream and downstream spotting birds, caimans, capybaras, turtles, otters along the bank, and if we are lucky we can see Jaguar resting atop the washed trunks by the river. With soaking and swimming in the refreshing river. Lunch about mid-day at our lodge, and relaxing siesta on the hammocks. In the evening we’ll take a nice snack at the restaurant of our lodge, followed by delicious dinner by 7:00 pm. The exploration still onwards even at night, with short walking in the jungle to look for some nocturnal life. All meals included.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
– Round trip flight tickets (Cusco-Puerto Maldonado-Cusco).
– Airport Tax.
– Rubber boots.
– First aid kit.
– Meals: All meals included with an option for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.
– Entrance fee to the park.
– Tour Leader (Local naturalist).
– Lodge (at Refugio Amazonas/Amazon Villa).
– Private boats.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as bottled water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
We work in partnership with Refugio Amazonas and Amazon Villa, lodges which are nestled in the cloud forest. with magnificent views of the endlessly varied green tones of the surrounding forest, and nearby to shimmering oxbow lakes, within the protected wilderness of Amazon jungle.
Essentially, guests of our lodge enjoy their own, exclusive bungalow in the heart of the rainforest where they can relax among some of the most biodiverse surroundings on the planet, enjoy views of a beautiful garden backed by majestic primary rainforest, watch for monkeys and hundreds of exotic birds from the comfort of the bungalow, and enjoy private romantic dinners featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine.
There are fully screened double-occupancy, and matrimonial occupancy bungalows, with private tiled bathrooms, fans, and hot water. Mosquito net, flush toilet. Birds observation towers. With electricity available to charge electronic gadgets.
Amazon Villa: This 180 m2 bungalow in the middle of the nowhere wraps you in beautiful views of the surrounding forest. It is completely independent: a home in the rainforest. You have no neighbors. Contact with the non-Amazonian world is strictly optional. Amazon Villa is perfect for Honeymoon and romantic getaways, writers and painters, guests who need exclusive privacy for a working vacation.
At this lodge you can have a barbecue prepared in your private porch, take the boat out for a sunset cruise or ask the guide for a trip to hang out at the canopy tower, alone. Treat yourself to exclusive lodging and activities in the middle of the Peruvian jungle with a premium stay at our Amazon Villa. The Amazon Villa is a private bungalow designed to provide guests with a comfortable blend of privacy, amenities, and activities that enhance an already unforgettable Amazon jungle experience. Essentially, guests of the Amazon Villa enjoy their own, exclusive bungalow in the heart of the rainforest where they can relax among some of the most biodiverse surroundings on the planet, enjoy views of a beautiful garden backed by majestic primary rainforest, watch for monkeys and hundreds of exotic birds from the comfort of the bungalow, and enjoy private romantic dinners featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine.
Refugio Amazonas: Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge. It is ideal for science enthusiasts, soft adventurers and families. It’s located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. At this lodge bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing you to enjoy this diverse ecosystem even during downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge. You have activities for your kids who can enjoy the Amazon´s only trail for children and a playground beside the lodge. And enjoy a relaxing moment with massages and aromatherapy at our wellness center. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge. The Internet is good enough for sending and receiving emails and images. It is not good enough for voice communication or video streaming.
The dining room is a huge open building with a loft on the second story for an eye-level view of the surrounding rainforest canopy, where you’ll enjoy the meals we have for you featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine.
– Staying at Amazon Villa, From USD 2900.00 For Double Occupancy (All inclusive).
– Staying at Refugio Amazonas, From USD 1900.00 For Double Occupancy
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee ( Tambopata National Reserve permit fee): $200 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
Meet Our Fabulous Leaders
A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!
You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our cuisine, a blend of freshly made Peruvian & Fusion dishes with vegetarian options. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in our lodges. This is followed by a freshly prepared breakfast of eggs, pancakes, fruit salad, Quinoa porridge, fresh juice, French toast, or oatmeal. As you start the day’s hike, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.
Lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including local delicacy dish, beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, soup, casseroles, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts.
This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 8,200 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 500 feet, and the highest lodge stay is 425 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in a group along the trail during the excursion for about one to three hours. And our group will go on a boat exploring upstream and downstream for two to four hours enjoying the rich wildlife along the river’s bank. On the trail and boat drive, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our team of jungle explorers carries all your other gear from the lodge to lodge.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Repellent with a minimum of 30 % deet.
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Bathing suit.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Torch or headlamps
– Rain gear
– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
– Flip flops or sandals.
– Ear Plugs.
– Long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
When to Go
The Tambopata National reserve can be explored all year except in late December and February, the rainiest months, when the road, trails are damaged and blocked by the rainfall, and the river increases in size so it becomes dangerous. The tours reopen in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the Amazon of Peru is very humid. The average temperature in the Amazon Basin is 82°F, with daily highs reaching the low 90s and nightly lows in the upper 60s. During the dry season (May-October), cold fronts from the South Atlantic (freajes) occur once every month or so, causing daily temperatures to drop into the mid to high 50s. As we are in the tropics, rainfall in the lowlands can occur during any month of the year, however, most of the prolonged rainy weather patterns arise during the wet season from November-April.