Tambopata Research Center IV

Tambopata Research Center IV

Duration: 4 days

Tambopata Research Center has conducted studies on macaws for 20 years. Based from this lodge, scientists gather data on macaw feeding and nesting habits, population size and genetics, migration patterns and clay lick activity.  It is small scale of infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist, this is the ideal intense tour of Amazonian in Tambopata. Macaw clay lick.


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Rates & Booking

Package Type Accommodation Type Max. Guest Per Room Rate per Person N° Travelers

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Normal Fare

  • In single room basis
  • In double room basis
  • Child under 12 years old - sharing room with 2 adults

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  • In single room basis
  • In double room basis
  • Child under 12 years old - sharing room with 2 adults
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DAY 1: ...../Puerto Maldonado/ Refugio Amazonas Lodge  (L,D)

  • 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.
  • Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters 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.
  • Transfer Boat - 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.
  • 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

DAY 2: Canopy tower / Oxbow Lake / Tambopata Research Center  (B,L,D)
  • Breakfast
  • Canopy Tower
  • 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. 
  • Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to TRC
  • 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
  • Two 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.
  • 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. 
  • Classic at Tambopata Research Center
DAY 3: Macaw ckay lick / Tambopata Research Center  (B,L,D)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

DAY 4: Tambopata Research Center / Puerto Maldonado / Airport (B)
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer Boat - TRC to Tambopata River Port
  • Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
  • Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to 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.


Important Notes

•Expiry Date: 31/12/2016
•All rates are per person, in U.S. Dollar
•Daily arrivals and departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline's arrival and departure with a maximum two hour wait.
•We reserve the right to change the order of activities.
•Price are valid only for foreign tourist, Hotel subject to availability
•Prices are subject to changes without notice due to government tax variations.
•Prices are not valid in special dates  (Easter, National Holiday and May 1, Inti Raymi, Christmas and New Year)
•Prices from the option 4 to 7 are not valid from Dec 23rd to Jan 03rd.
•Rate in single room is for 1 person traveling alone, regular services


Quick Facts About Tambopata Research Center:
  • Remote - One of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America
  • Common Areas -Common areas are open and spacey and offer ample area for resting and socializing. They include a dining room and bar, a reception lounge with souvenir shop, and an interpretation center.
  • 18 Rooms - One wing of 18 rooms connected by raised boardwalk
  • Bathrooms - 8 shared bathrooms
  • Macaws - The largest known macaw clay-lick in the Amazon is 500 yards from the lodge.
  • Researchers - The research quarters is a two story building usually full of scientists and their assistants from the macaw project.
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified - Certified sustainable tourism and conservation business.


Boat Transportation .- Rainforest Expeditions boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.

  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
  • Transfer-out (TRC 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.
What To Bring:
  • Good binoculars
  • Camera gear
  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Small denomination bills
  • Small daypack
Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece).
If you are visiting other destinations in Peru that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day so we won’t be carrying them around uselessly. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.
  • Yellow fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata.
  • Leishmaniasis is present throughout the rain forests of southeastern Peru. It is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it but it is curable in every case. The selected cure, injections of pentavalent antimony (Glucantime), is uncomfortable. Leishmaniasis is also very easy to prevent by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and repellent on exposed skin at all times, and sleeping under mosquito nets. If you are interested in receiving complete information on leishmaniasis contact us before your trip.
  • Malaria is present but extremely rare. If you wish to take medical precaution
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Our guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emegerencies (such as an appendicitis). For snake bites, we have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.



  • Programmes based on double occupancy.
  • Includes all meal
  • Accommodations and services
  • All river transportation
  • Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado
  • Entrance fee to the Reserve (US$ 75.00)

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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