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Location: Tambopata Research Centre
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  • The Tambopata National Reserve is a 275,000 hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers (formerly known as the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone).

    The Tambopata Research Centre (TRC), is the most remote eco lodge in South America. The TRC’s isolated location, inside an uninhabited area of the Tambopata National Reserve and next to the Bahajua-Sonene National Park, means that the rainforest ecosystem around it remains pristine, while the populations of wild animals are all at carrying capacity. Much groundbreaking macaw conservation research has been carried out from the TRC and you will likely have the chance during your stay to talk with macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the TRC while they do fieldwork. Sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank!

    Home to several newly discovered species and as seen in National Geographic magazine, the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) offers adventurous travelers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon.

    Highlights:

    • View of the Amazon jungle from a canopy tower.
    • Macaw Clay Lick
    • Macaw conservation lectures by scientists of TRC.
    • Day time jungle trails and treks to know more about the jungle fauna and flora.
    • Jungle night walk.
    • Taste local Amazonian food at the lodge.
    • Stay in eco lodges,that give you a refined experience of experiencing the jungle.

     

    Highly Recommended:  This trip can be an extension to your Peruvian adventures, club with the other itineraries of Peru. After your magical experience with Machu Picchu, fly from Cusco to the airport of Puerto Maldonado. You can also fly from Lima directly to Puerto Maldonado, if you chose not to via Cusco.

    Amazon - TRC for Macaws - page photo

  • Day 01

    Upon arrival from Cusco or Lima to Puerto Maldonado airport, meet and greet with the eco lodge representative and transfer to the lodge Puerto Maldonado head quarters. 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 to keep the boats and cargo light. Then we transfer to the Tambopata River Port to take our boat ride to Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

    After dinner, we will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shore with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of the reflection from caiman eyes. Overnight at the lodge.

    Meals included: Boxed Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 02

    Post breakfast, we head to a 25 meter scaffolding Canopy Tower, 30 min walk from the lodge. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the viewing platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest. From here the views of the forest are breath taking and one can likely spot toucans, macaws and raptors.

    Transfer to TRC via boat, it is about 4.5 hours from Refugio Amazonas. One and half hours into our boat journey, we come across the confluence with Malinowski River. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

    On the way, we will stop at the Chuncho Claylick. After a brief walk, 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 birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining. We then head to the lodge where the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

    In the evening, a 3 to 5km hike will lead us to 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 monkeys and Dusky Titi monkeys. Post dinner at the lodge, scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for the clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

    Overnight at TRC.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 03

    Early morning start to the macaw clay lick. On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on the large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which is inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located 50m from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, scarlet-blue-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is the most active.

    Post breakfast, we trek a 5km trail into the rainforest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos, we will look for squirrel, brown capuchin monkeys and spider monkeys, as well as peccaries.

    Post lunch, 10 mins 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.

    Post dinner, we head out for the Night Walking Safari. If we are lucky, we might encounter some mammals, they are difficult to spot, as they camouflage themselves well and make themselves scarce around human presence. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their histories, spiders with webs, interesting nocturnal insects, tarantulas etc. Overnight at TRC.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 04

    Early morning start to the macaw clay lick. On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on the large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which is inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located 50m from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, scarlet-blue-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is the most active.

    Post breakfast, we trek a 5 km trail characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp, we will keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

    Post lunch, we head out to see the aguaje palms, which are growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and is an important source of food for terrestrial mammals in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice, makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats.

    Dinner and overnight at TRC.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 05

    Post breakfast, we transfer by boat to the Tambopata River Port, then onto the Puerto Maldonado head quarters to collect your luggage from the safe deposit and head to the airport to catch your flight to the next destination.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at info@funkytravels.com to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    Accommodation Type for this trip: Eco Lodge & Research Center.

    • Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism. There is an additional $13 per person charge for entrance into the Tambopata National Park. View more details of the lodge at this link – http://www.perunature.com/refugio-amazonas.html
    • The Tambopata Research Center’s (TRC) isolated location, inside an uninhabited area of the Tambopata National Reserve and next to the Bahajua-Sonene National Park, means that the rainforest ecosystem around it remains pristine, while the populations of wild animals are all at carrying capacity. Much groundbreaking macaw conservation research has been carried out from the TRC and you will likely have the chance during your stay to talk with macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the TRC while they do fieldwork. View more details at this link – http://www.perunature.com/tambopata-research-center.html.

    Note:

    • The lodges reserve the right to alter the activities mentioned in the itinerary or the order in which mentioned.
    • Boat Transportation – The boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55hp outboard motors.
    • Transfer – in (from Puerto Maldonado to Lodge) – 2 daily departures – 13.00 and 14.30 hours.
    • Transfer-out (from Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) – 2 daily departures – 07.00 and 08.00 hours.

     

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on double sharing basis – Classic or Superior Room.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • All airport / land transfers / river transportation as stated from and to Puerto Maldonado airport.
    • All tours and transfers in private air-con vehicle with English speaking guide and including all entrance fees (except the national park entrance fee, mentioned above).

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare and airport / government taxes, fuel surcharges etc.
    • Domestic Airfares.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.