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Treat yourself to exclusive lodging and activities in the middle of the Peruvian jungle with a premium stay at our Amazon Villa. The Amazon Villa is a private bungalow designed to provide guests with a comfortable blend of privacy, amenities, and activities that enhance an already unforgettable Amazon jungle experience. Essentially, guests of the Amazon Villa enjoy their own, exclusive bungalow in the heart of the rainforest where they can relax among some of the most biodiverse surroundings on the planet, enjoy views of a beautiful garden backed by majestic primary rainforest, watch for monkeys and hundreds of exotic birds from the comfort of the bungalow, and enjoy private romantic dinners featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine. The exclusive treatment begins upon arrival to the airport with private transport to the bungalow, continues throughout your stay, and doesn’t end until we bring your back to the airport for your departure flight.

Amazon Villa is perfect for Honeymoon and romantic getaways, writers and painters, guests who need exclusive privacy a working vacation.

  • Unplug -This 180 m2 bungalow in the middle of the nowhere wraps you in beautiful views of the surrounding forest. It is completely independent: a home in the rain forest. You have no neighbors. Contact with the non-Amazonian world is strictly optional.
  • Claylicks – Take a boat trip to the Chuncho Clay Lick inside the Tambopata National Reserve to see macaws descend to eat clay lick in clear mornings.
  • Discover a New Species – Join our resident and help him collect insects that will be genetically sequenced. Every month, a lucky guest discovers a new tiger-moth, scorpion-wasp, caddisfly or treehopper species that is new to science!
  • Canopy Tower - Our 30-meter scaffolding canopy tower gives you spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest. You will have good chances of spotting toucans, parrots, macaws or mixed species canopy flocks.
  • Camera Trapping at a Mammal Clay Lick – Configure camera traps at a nearby mammal clay lick and download wildlife photos from the past few days to help scientists find out what is present at The Big Grid, our 288 kilometer trail system experiment.
  • Life in the Rainforest - Visit a working jungle farm and a real Brazil nut concession to learn about the way of life in the rain forest. You will taste exotic tropical fruits and discover medicinal plants from the neighboring local families that we are helping integrate into the ecotourism industry.
  • Lake - We will paddle around the Lake Condenado on a catamaran, looking for wildlife such a hoatzin, caiman or horned screamers.
  • Exclusive Dining, Transportation and Guiding – You can have a barbecue prepared in your private porch, take the boat out for a sunset cruise or ask the guide for a trip to hang out at the canopy tower, alone.
 
The Amazon Villa requires at least four hours of travel time. The first step on the journey to Tambopata includes a plane ride from either Lima or Cuzco. Flights from Lima depart from the domestic terminal of the Jorge Chavez airport. The trip takes around 3 hours. Most flights stop in Cuzco before continuing on to Puerto Maldonado. Flights from Cusco depart from the domestic terminal of the Velasco Astete airport. The trip takes around forty-five minutes. We ask you to take one of the following flights from Lima, Cusco or Puerto Maldonado so that we do not have to be in the river in the dark.

From Lima to Puerto Maldonado

Airline and Flight Days Departure time Arrival
LAN 2075 Every day of the week 09:45AM 13:00 PM
TACA 809 Every day of the week 8:40 AM 11:38 AM
Star Peru 2I 1190 Every day of the week 8:29 AM 10:00 AM

From Cusco to Puerto Maldonado:

Airline and Flight Days Departure time Arrival
LAN 2075 Every day of the week 11:56AM 13:00 PM
TACA 809 Every day of the week 10:40 AM 11:38 AM
Star Peru 2I 1191 Every day of the week 12:15 PM 1:00 PM

From Puerto Maldonado to Cusco:

Airline and Flight Days Departure time Arrival
LAN 2074 Every day of the week 13:45PM 14:40 PM
TACA 808 Every day of the week 12:55 AM 13:45 PM
Star Peru 2I 1190 Every day of the week 10:45 AM 11:30 AM

From Puerto Maldonado to Lima:

Airline and Flight Days Departure time Arrival
LAN 2074 Every day of the week 13:45PM 16:40 PM
TACA 808 Every day of the week 12:55 AM 15:55 PM
Star Peru 2I 1190 Every day of the week 1:40 PM 3:05 PM
Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted by one or more of our guides and then taken to a waiting vehicle. You will take short ride to our operations office in Puerto Maldonado where we will ask you to store luggage you don’t need. Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance so we ask you to please limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds apiece). You can 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. After taking care of luggage, we take a 40-minute drive to the Infierno Community Port where we board long, sturdy canoes equipped with outboard motors and head upstream to Amazon Villa. The three-hour boat ride is pleasant and often includes our first sightings of macaws, heron, caiman and capybara. Once the boat arrives at the lodge dock, you will have officially arrived to the wild rainforests of Tambopata!
Relish the Villa and enjoy:
  • A beautiful house made of tropical hardwood floors.
  • Beautiful, authentic Amazonian décor crafted by local Ese-Eja artisans.
  • A luxurious king-sized bed, a large closet, 2 hammocks for relaxation, extra thick towels and extra soft sheets and 3 hypoallergenic pillows per person.
  • A spacious bathroom equipped with hot water and a tub for soaking in comfort at the end of a long, incredible day in the Peruvian rainforest.
  • A dining room where you can take fresh meals delivered to the bungalow on fully serviced 6 person dining table with our signature panoramic rain forest view.
  • A private porch and barbecue in our small garden.
  • A desk to use your laptop for writing or checking out the photos from every memorable day in the jungle with a 40-inch flat screen television to watch nature videos and documentaries.
  • Electricity in the middle of the rainforest until 10pm and a ceiling fan.
  • A refrigerator and microwave.
  • Each person has access to a personal safe, an umbrella for the rain, a special set of eco-friendly amenities, a rechargeable flashlight and a courtesy bottle of white wine.
  • Fixed private departures transfer from Puerto Maldonado Airport to Amazon Villa : land and river transportation.
  • Private guide
  • A la carte excursions
  • Private chef
  • Accommodation
  • Services
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.

Transfer In  (Puerto Maldonado to Lodge) :
 Two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:00
Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) :
Two departures daily at  07:00 and  08:00
For other schedule possibilities please consult us
Meals at the Amazon Villa
Your personal valet will ask for your preference of meals in the morning of every day and serve them at the time you appoint. You will be able to choose from any of our Rainforest Recipes. We provide unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and fruit juices. The water comes from underground spring water. It is purified with an ozone treatment. If you have special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.

Spa Services 

*At Refugio Amazonas Lodge*
Intense Jungle Massage: This Amazon massage uses the power of the plant Matico. This plant acts by deflating the muscles, which revitalizes the body and softens the skin.  Hot stone massages will make you feel intense relaxing moments. Enjoy it! 1 Hour: S/. 190.00 or $ 60.00 Deep Tissue Massage: This massage is strong and deep, relaxes muscles and relieves stress. It is ideal for reducing muscle pain, after sports or long walks. It calms, relaxes while the body recovers flexibility. 1 Hour: S/. 190.00 or $ 60.00 Bioenergetic Massage: A massage that works the whole body, an influence of traditional yurvedic medicine, works emotionally, mentally and physically at different energy levels. This massage helps clean and balance the energy channels in our body, it recovers vitality, personal harmony and provides complete relaxation. 1 Hour: S/. 190.00 or $ 60.00

Activities available at the lodge.

Macaw Clay Lick Macaw Clay Lick

Seeing some of the spectacular and exotic animals that live in the rainforest is one of the main goals of every eco travel trip to the Amazon. The amazing biodiversity in the Peruvian jungle is also its principal claim to fame and folks on family green travel vacations come to the rainforest with high hopes of experiencing troops of Squirrel Monkeys running and jumping through the trees, of seeing unbelievable looking toucans as they call from the treetops, or of glimpsing a jaguar in the depths of the rainforest.

While all of these animals and much, much more occur in the forests of Tambopata, some are far easier to see than others. Jaguars are there but they are shy and usually only seen by guests lucky enough to spot one on the shore of the river as they travel by boat between Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center (TRC). This definitely increases one’s chances of seeing the biggest cat in the Americas but it’s by no means guaranteed. Much easier to see are the noisy parrots, parakeets, and macaws that live in the rainforest. 20 species of these gaudy birds occur in the rainforests of Tambopata and most of these are seen by our guests. However, for the best parrot and macaw experience, you need to visit the Chuncho clay lick between Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center or the Colorado clay lick right beside the Tambopata Research Center.

Visited by hundreds of parrots, parakeets, and up to six species of macaws on most days of the year, the Chuncho and Colorado clay licks are truly one of the wildlife spectacles of the world and a top site for ecotourism family travel. You will witness the arrival of flock after flock of Dusky-headed and White-eyed Parakeets, Mealy, Yellow-crowned, and Blue-headed Parrots, and 5 or 6 species of macaws. The humid jungle air is filled with their screeches as they settle into trees above the clay lick and come down to feed on the mineral-rich soil. You couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling, unique experience when it comes to macaws, parrots, and parakeets and this activity will be a definite highlight of any family eco vacation.

The principal aim of the Tambopata Macaw Project is to study the various aspects of the ecology of large macaws and parrots to help us better understand the interactions among clay lick use, food supply, breeding season, breeding success, abundance, and movements. The individual data sets collected by the assistants are then integrated to help determine how they are related. Of great interest to us here at the project is that clay lick use by large macaws at TRC was very low in 2009 due to the changes in vegetation and soil conditions. However, in early 2010 the Peruvian government, together with the members of our research project are planning to manage the clay lick to help restore the large macaw usage. As a result, we have the unique opportunity to study the same populations of macaws both with and without clay lick use. This will be a major focus of our research through at least 2011. Another important aim of the project is to help train new generations of conservation scientists. As a result, we work closely with young Peruvian and foreign assistants and help them gain the skills they need for conducting research. Students interested in conducting their own independent studies as parts of independent study classes, or theses at the undergrad, MS or PhD levels are encouraged to apply to study one of the many aspects of macaw and parrot biology at the sites. Specific project objectives
  • Determine if food abundance or clay lick use is more closely tied to nest occupancy and nesting success.
  • Determine if clay lick use is correlated with parrot abundance.
  • Determine how large macaw nest success varies with relation to food supply and climate.
  • Document the nutritional content of parrot foods in the forest to better understand the role of clay lick in the diet of macaws and parrots.
  • Determine the health status of adult and young parrots to use this information to help manage parrots in captivity (this work being done in conjunction with Drs Heatley and Hoppes from Texas A&M University).

To visit Colpa Colorado – Macaw Clay Lick

Tambopata Research Center is located in a half hectare clearing in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata National Reserve, adjacent to the Bahuaja National Park and 500 meters from the world’s largest macaw clay lick.

To get to Tambopata Research Center you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cuzco on daily commercial flights lasting 30 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. From Refugio Amazonas, the Tambopata Research Center is four hours upriver, and a few minutes walking from the river.

Suggested program to visit Tambopata Research Center, 5 days / 4 nights.

 
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Oxbow Lake Visit Oxbow Lake Visit Oxbow lakes are an important and distinct habitat found in the Amazon basin. Formed when a bend in an Amazonian river gets cut off from its main channel, their waters are much more calm and clear than the silty, turbulent river. Shallow and tranquil, oxbow lakes provide perfect habitat for marsh grasses and a host of interesting animals that prefer these backwater lagoons. Many of these animals are also easy to watch and thus make great photography subjects for folks on a family eco vacation. oxbow-lake Looking like a cross between a pheasant and feathered dinosaur, the bizarre Hoatzin clambers a around the lakeside vegetation and makes odd, grunting noises. The locals call it the “stinkbird” on account of the bad smell it gives off! Eco travel guests who visit the oxbow lakes near Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas frequently delight in sightings of Squirrel Monkey troops that sometimes forage in bushes at the edge of the lake. Overhead, spectacular Scarlet and Red and Green Macaws are a regular sight as they fly over the lake and parrots are also frequently seen. At Posada Amazonas, Tres Chimbadas Lake still has Black Caimans that reach a length of 4 meters (12 feet) and endangered Giant Otters that make their home in the fish-filled waters. For close views of animals and a better view of the lake, guests who take part in this ecotourism family travel activity paddle around the calm waters in a canoe or catamaran. After looking for rainforest wildlife that lives in the water and forests next to the lake, your guide will take you to back to the lodge by way of a hike on well conserved rain forest. Read More
Canopy Tower Canopy Tower Most of the life in the rainforest occurs in its highest reaches, the canopy. There has been little exploration of the upper levels of the Amazon rainforest on account of it being 30 meters (90 feet) or more above the ground. While hiking through the Peruvian jungle on a family green travel vacation, the tall canopy almost makes you feel as if you are walking through an immense sylvan cathedral with sun-dappled foliage acting as natural stained glass. The only problem posed by the sky-high canopy is realized when you try to watch toucans or other birds moving through the upper levels of the forest. Even with the best of binoculars, it’s hard to appreciate their beautiful plumage from the forest floor, especially when they fly into the crowns of massive, old growth rainforest giants whose foliaged peaks can reach a height of 60 meters (180 feet)! Posada Amazonas Lodge, owned by Rainforest Expeditions and the Infierno Native Community, in the Tambopata National Reserve in the Madre de Dios Department of Peru. Fortunately, there is a an easy, eco travel solution for getting closer, much more intimate views of rainforest canopy birds, monkeys, and other creatures. At Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas, all you need to do is hike a short ways to the canopy tower, walk up the stairs, and you will find yourself looking into and over the last hidden realm of the rainforest. The canopy tower is 25 meters (80 feet) high and provides fantastic, close views into the crowns of huge Brazil Nut trees and overlooks a sea of forest. From the upper levels of the tower, your guide will be scanning for monkeys, toucans, parrots, and other canopy dwellers and will show them to you with a spotting scope. The tower is an excellent place to see flocks of screeching parrots and parakeets fly by at eye level. Macaws also fly over the tower and occasionally perch in nearby trees. You can look down at exotic birds like jacamars and trogons as mixed flocks of glittering tanagers and honeycreepers flutter through the nearby greenery. It’s the easiest way to see birds and other animals that frequent the upper reaches of the forest and an essential activity for any family eco vacation. Read More
Childrens Rainforest Trail Childrens Rainforest Trail The childrens rainforest trail is educational and entertaining at the same time. We have partnered with ANIA (an environmental education NGO) to set up the trail based on the story of a six year old girl living in the rain forest. Kids feel as if they were part of the story and learn how to value their relation with the Earth. Adults are welcome to join, but can choose to do other activities. children-rainforest-trail-4 Kids gather around a campfire to hear about Ania and the challenges of the trial before staring. On the trail, we follow maps, solve riddles and find clues to play the game of seeds that are the "treasure of ANIA.” The path includes a visit to the houses of ANIA and TAWA, the grandfather of the woods. Searching for the “lost Brazil nut”, the city of ants and other fun games children learn how people live in the rainforest. They leave with a valuable message from ANIA: "A child born into the jungle to fill our hearts with hope." The concept, history and the way are all registered in the name of ANIA, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create 100,000 acres of "Land of Children" – private, protected areas managed for children. Read More
Jungle Farm Visit Jungle Farm Visit The people who work at the lodges, including many of your guides, are from nearby communities with names such as Condenado, Infierno, Baltimore and Mississippi. They are made up of Ese-Eja families and folks who migrated to the region from the Peruvian highlands several decades ago. Despite working in tourism, people belong to primarily farming communities and just about everyone who works at the lodge has also worked on a tropical rainforest farm. farm-visit Most of the workers whom you meet at the lodge know all about cultivating tropical plants like papaya, yucca, bananas, and a host of other, less familiar plant species that their ancestors used for centuries. Proud of their heritage and way of life, people from the community are happy to show guests the type of farm that most of them grew up with.To provide guests of their Amazon jungle lodge with a glimpse into local life, an activity that visits a local farm is offered. This is one of the easiest activities to partake in during your stay in Tambopata. It only takes a few minutes by boat from Posada and Refugio Amazonas. We have chosen big and diverse organic farms in the neighborhood. The owners cultivate a huge variety of Amazonian crops that range from popular fruits and vegetables to little known Peruvian rainforest plants. In their gardens, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose. We will learn their uses and reasons for cultivating them. As your guide translates, you will learn all about a typical farm from the local community and will also have the opportunity to see, smell, touch and taste fruits you’ve never heard of such as the Copuazu, ‘Fish-eye’ Chili, and Cocona. Read More
Jungle Night Walk Jungle Night Walk Taking jungle hikes during the day at our lodges is a wonderful way to spot some of the 8 species of toucans that make their home in the rainforest. It’s a great way to watch flocks of parrots and parakeets zip by the canopy tower and experience macaws in the wild. Most monkeys In Tambopata are also active during the day as are other mammals like agoutis and coatis. Nevertheless, most of the 100 mammal species, thousands of insect species, and over 100 species of reptiles and amphibians only come out at night in the Peruvian rainforest. jungle-night-walk-30 Once the sun sets in the Peruvian Amazon, the rainforest takes on a very different character. It goes from a green, cathedral-like place where big, shining blue Morpho butterflies flap along jungle streams to being an instinctively foreboding, pitch-black forest filled with the sounds of millions of insects and dozens of frogs. It’s the same peaceful, fascinating forest but you now have the chance to inspect insects with incredible, leaf-like camouflage. It’s the best time to find beautiful tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night. During your stay at our lodges, your guide will be more than happy to take you out on a night walk through the Peruvian jungle. They are always eager to go on night hikes because they know that this is the best time to see dozens of animals and insects that are never found during the day. Night hikes through the jungle with one of our experienced guides often result in amazing looks at bizarre insects that look as if they come from another planet, Night Monkeys that leap through the canopy of the forest, and beautiful, brilliant frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Visit Tambopata to experience the nocturnal wonders of the Peruvian rainforest. Read More
Ethnobotanical Walk Ethnobotanical Walk During a short walk near Refugio Amazonas, you will discover the relationship between local people and plants. Plants are incorporated in the daily lives of local people as food, medicine, clothing and also used as building materials! Interpretive guides lead this walk. Prepare to be astounded because nowhere else on the planet can one find a forest that harbors more than 600 species of birds, well over 100 species of mammals, and more than 100 species of reptiles and amphibians. The insect diversity is even more incredible with literally thousands of species of beetles, bugs, and other six-legged creatures. There are more than 1,000 species of butterflies in the rainforests of Tambopata and the number of shapes, colors, and types of katydids seems to be simply endless. Nevertheless, the impressive animal biodiversity in Tambopata has its equal in the numbers and types of plants that make up the foundation of the rainforest. There are literally thousands of species of plants in the rainforests and most have developed an even more incredible variety of compounds as defenses against the countless herbivores that would eat their leaves and tunnel into their trunks. The natural chemicals developed by rainforest plants have been investigated and used by native Amazonian peoples for thousands of years. In the natural laboratory of the Peruvian rainforest, plants have been extracted and used for medicinal purposes long before modern techniques and treatments were developed. In Tambopata, many people from the native community still go to their local shaman (a traditional healer) to receive treatments for everything from sleeplessness to cancer. ethnobotanical-walk-16   Read More
Stand Up Paddle Board Stand Up Paddle Board A lot of people who visit the rainforests of Tambopata do so looking for some form of adventure. When it comes to adventure, the Amazon beckons with huge areas of rainforest wilderness, flocks of colorful macaws and other exotic birds, the deep, rumbling growl of a Jaguar at night, and boating down long, wild rivers flanked by humid walls of green jungle. However, we don’t have to take part in a jungle survival course or go on a multi-day trek through humid rainforest to find adventure. Most adventure activities are much more easy-going while being just as exciting. One such activity is “paddle-boarding”. stand-up-paddleboarding Also known as stand up paddle-boarding, this sport has become very popular in recent times. Although it appears to be a new sport for many, this activity has been practiced by people in different parts of the globe for centuries. In Africa, people were doing a form of paddle-boarding hundreds of years ago by standing up in their canoes and moving along with the help of paddles. Some tribes did this because it was a stealthier means of sneaking up on enemies and animals while hunting. Other cultures that used canoes may have used similar paddle-boarding techniques at other times. Modern paddle-boarding traces its roots to 16th century Hawaii when surfing Hawaiians used paddles to move their very long surf boards. In more modern times, paddle-boarding also became popularized in Hawaii as a means to surf when there were few waves as well as a way of surfing near the beach. The ease of paddle-boarding has turned it into a fun activity that can be done in almost any place with calm waters, including many rivers in the Amazon basin. In addition, just as people used paddle-boarding in ancient Africa to get closer to wary wildlife, guests can do the same on calm stretches of the Tambopata River. Mostly, though it’s a fun, peaceful way to get some easy exercise while moving down a wild river flanked by rainforest. Read More
Kayaking Kayaking

Rivers are the roads in the Amazon rainforest and southeastern Peru is no exception. The Tambopata region features several rivers, the most important being the Madre de Dios and the Tambopata River itself. Formed with water that drains from the towering Andean mountain range, the Rio Tambopata flows all year long with large volumes of water that rushes over gravel beds in some areas, a few rocky zones that make small rapids, and a deep, soft channel in the lower parts of the river. We use this river on a daily basis to travel to and from our lodges as well as for several exciting rainforest activities, and often see caimans, herons, macaws, and other wildlife in the rainforest on its banks.

One of the activities that makes the closest connection with the river is kayaking. As with kayaking on the lakes and rivers of Canada and other northern destinations, all it takes to kayak is the kayak itself, a paddle, and a lifejacket. Sign up for this activity and we provide the equipment and a fantastic tropical locale to enjoy the Tambopata River by kayak. During the easy-going paddling downstream, you might see toucans, a caiman or two, river turtles, and other wildlife. The versatility of the small kayak can also make it easier to approach riverside vegetation that may hide exotic birds and other animals.

To do this activity, we start with a boat that brings us upriver, and then we will paddle down a portion of the Tambopata where there are a few small rapids interspersed with calm waters. On the way, we will also see some small farms near the edge of the forest, and will see some local people working on those farms. We finish off the day with a stop on a sandy, riverside beach where we can take a dip in the refreshing water. No experience is required for this activity other than swimming knowledge.

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