The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) lies in a pristine location in the heart of the Amazon Jungle in Puerto Maldonado. As such, it is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America, offering adventurous travellers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon. It takes under 4 hours (by bus and boat) to reach TRC and once there, you will have the chance to experience one of the most remote and wildest areas in Peru.
The lodge itself is situated in beautiful, untouched flood plain rainforests that host healthy populations of Amazonian Tapirs, Jaguars, and seven species of monkeys. Whatsmore, six species of macaws are often seen around the lodge including Blue & Yellow and Scarlet Macaws. There is a nearby clay lick that attracts thousands of parrots and parakeets and has been featured in National Geographic.
About the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) Lodge
The rooms have a wall open to the surrounding jungle. This gives you a safe way to enjoy this diverse ecosystem, even during downtime. Wild animals, including monkeys, are often visible from the lodge. With only 24 rooms, this intimate lodge is as close as you can get to the jungle. Its four room categories offer a private bathroom, different sizes and levels of comfort. The lodge not only has a great location, but it also provides excellent service and it is carbon neutral. The Tambopata Research Center lodge also provides the possibility to have your private guide throughout your stay.
Arrive in Puerto Maldonado where you will be greeted by our local representatives and transferred 1 hour by bus to the pier. Continue by boat for 2.5 hr to the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you leave the city to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes.
The boat ride is pleasant and often includes your first sightings of Macaws, Heron, Caiman and Capybara. Once the boat arrives at the lodge dock, you will have officially arrived at the wild rainforests of Tambopata!
Excursions are a la carte, so depending on your interests you can pick the tours you’d like. Suggested for today:
This afternoon join the Overlook A three to five-kilometre hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands.
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.
A new day to explore the Amazon. Choose your preferred expedition.
– Parrot 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 loud and colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, you can 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.
– Monkey search: close to the lodge there is a five-kilometre trail that covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos trees, it is possible to spot Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries.
– Ten minutes upriver from the lodge, there is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. This is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets.
After dinner scientists will provide a lecture, 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.
Another day to explore the Amazon
– Rainforest Master Hike: this hike is the perfect outing for hardcore hikers and nature lovers. You’ll pass through an array of ecosystems and an endless network of trails which maximises your opportunities to spot jungle wildlife. Due to their years of local experience, the TRC guides know everything about the forest. They’ll spot the tiniest bird hiding in the canopy, the most elusive monkey, and the most spectacular plant life. This hike will leave you with unforgettable memories and a profound sense of accomplishment.
– Sunset Cruise: Twilight descends early in the jungle. Under the thick tree cover of the rainforest, darkness falls quickly, when the light cannot slip through the foliage any longer. Now, as afternoon slips into evening, you’re about to see one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. The Sunset Cruise floats down the wide river, countless oranges and pinks reflecting off the water in lovely patterns.
Very early this morning we board the motorboat and head back downstream to Puerto Maldonado. You will be transferred to headquarters to pick up your luggage and then to the airport for your onward flight.