Arrival Reception by Guide Our guides are tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. DAY 2 Breakfast Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. Breakfast Parrot Clay Lick A fifteen-minute boat ride and sixty-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. DAY 4
Tambopata Jungle tours
We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 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.
Box Lunch Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Dinner Night walk You will have the option of hiking out at night when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Refugio Amazonas – Overnight
You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
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.
Lunch Farm Visit Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighboring community of Condenado.
He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serve a purpose. Ethnobotanical Tour Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes.
We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo- Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
Dinner Tambopata National Reserve Lectures Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities, and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Refugio Amazonas – Overnight
From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt-winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick.
With luck, we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheered (Barraband`s) Parrot.
We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon when they are active.
Lunch Brazil Nut Trail and Camp A few minutes hikes from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced.
We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Mammal Clay Lick Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick.
These wild rainforest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike.
Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan, and parakeets.
Dinner Refugio Amazonas – Overnight
Arrival Reception by Guide Our guides are tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English.
Breakfast Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here.
Breakfast Parrot Clay Lick A fifteen-minute boat ride and sixty-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets.
REFUGIO AMAZONAS Boat Transportation · Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:00 · Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00
· Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:00
· Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00
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