Have you thought of visiting the Amazon Rainforest? Did you know that the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest offers an incredible amount of authentic rainforest activities and wildlife watching opportunities? Are you looking for an in-depth Amazon experience geared towards wildlife watching enthusiasts? We’re talking about the kind of people who will wake up at the crack of dawn to spot a scarlet macaw. If that sounds like you, read on.
If you have answered “Yes” to one or more of the questions above, we invite you to learn more about the Tambopata Research Center located in Peru’s pristine Amazonian forests. This eco-friendly Peru Amazon Lodge offers 18 rustic, comfortable rooms. It is located in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve, and it’s one of the most remote Peru Amazon Lodges available to the public.
To get there, you need to fly from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, then be transported by truck to the Infierno River Port. There you board boats supplied by the Tambopata Research Center for a 2 hour, 30 minute trip upriver to Refugio Amazonas, followed by a 4 hour trip upriver to the lodge.
Because the lodge is so remote, it is recommended to book a program that lasts at least 4 nights. The Tambopata Research Center is nestled so deep inside the Amazon Rainforest, that the first and last night is generally spent at the Refugio Amazonas, another Peru Amazon Lodge near Puerto Maldonado.
Activities offered at the Research Center include visits to the clay lick and the Macaws Project. Visitors are able to interact with researchers who are studying the feeding habits, genetics, and behavior of the macaws in this region. Researchers are even using satellite tracking to trace the flying patterns of macaws. Ever since a National Geographic article in 1994 made the Tambopata Research Center famous, visitors have been eager to see this part of the Peru Amazon jungle, where macaws, parrots, and parakeets descend on a “clay lick,” or a river bank slick with nutrient-rich clay, to feed each day. According to researchers, it is not only believed that the macaws and other parrots eat the clay to supplement calcium and other minerals in their diets, but to also help neutralize the toxins that can be found in other foods they eat. Two of the most famous clay licks can be found at Manu and Tambopata in Peru!
Although the Tambopata Research Center is renowned for its research on macaws, it has much more to offer to its visitors. Additional activities include kayaking, standup paddle boarding, canopy climbing and visits to the uninhabited heart of the rainforest. There is also a small jungle tower that offers a fantastic view of the palm grove. Wildlife watching might include sightings of peccaries, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, river otters, capybara, caiman, and of course, several species of birds such as parrots and macaws. Some lucky guests might even catch a glimpse of more difficult to spot animals like jaguars or tapirs.
The Tambopata Research Center itself is a comfortable Peru Amazon Lodge right on the bank of the Tambopata River. Every detail is designed to maximize the experience of living in the remote beauty of nature. Guest rooms have one open-air wall that faces the jungle, shared bathrooms, drapes instead of doors, lightweight cane wood walls, and occasional electricity powered by a generator. Hot showers are always available, and mosquito netting is provided with all of the beds.
Visiting the Tambopata Research Center is a simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Live in the midst of nature, where the sounds of monkeys chittering and the scent of dense jungle are part of everyday life. Plus, it’s easy to combine a trip to a Peru Amazon Lodge with another Peru tour. Combine a 4 night stay at the Tambopata Research Center with a trip to Machu Picchu & Cusco, only a short flight away!
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Note: Photos of the Tambopata Research Center are courtesy of Rainforest Expeditions.