Jungle Lodge Comparison Chart Tambopata Research Center

Tambopata Research Center is the most remote jungle lodge in the Amazon. There are no humans nearby so sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent. Last year, 24% of our guests saw jaguar at TRC!  Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in-depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides.

Watch the video to get a sense of the Tambopata Experience!

Highlights at Tambopata Research Center include:

  • NEW - 300 Mts of Elevated Walkways : Located in the perfect level of the forest where wildlife become more active.
  • Two Macaw Claylicks – A trip to the Tambopata Research Centre includes a visit too the two most important clay licks in the region: Colorado and Chuncho. Visit these special portions of river bank while Macaws and parrots make a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story.
  • Fantastic hikes– TRC is situated near five distinct habitats. Nearby the lodge, you have access to a variety of great hikes, including:  the Floodplain Trail, the Palm Swamp Trail, the Terra Firma Trail and the Overlook Trail.
  • Herds of White Lipped Peccaries – Tambopata Research Centers' location inside a huge and pristine rainforest means peccaries roam at carrying capacity. Herds of one hundred or more individuals visit the lodge garden frequently to gather nuts from its palm trees.
  • Macaw Research and Conservation – Since 1989, researchers have been carrying out groundbreaking macaw conservation research from TRC. During your stay,  you will likely have the chance  to talk with macaw biologists, ecologists and other experts  while they do fieldwork.
  • Canopy Tower During your stopover at Refugio Amazonas (see How to Get To Tambopata Research Center) you will be able to climb the 30 meter scaffolding tower for expansive views of the rainforest and sightings of colorful toucans and parrots against a green backdrop.
  • Natural Construction Rooms – Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing you to enjoy this diverse ecosystem even during downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge.
Tambopata Research Center requires at least seven hours of the 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. Our bus and boat transportation services have schedule routes at set times of the day. The boats are programmed to meet ongoing and departing flights. Our schedules meet the following flights from Lima, Cusco or Puerto Maldonado.
About Fixed Departures and Transportation:
  • Boat Transportation: All our boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with four strokes outboard motors.
  • Fixed Departures: For other schedule possibilities please consult us.
Transfer In  (Puerto Maldonado to Lodge) :  Two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:00 Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) : One departures daily at  05:00 am

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

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 Refugio Amazonas. 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! We do not travel by boat in the dark, so we spend our first night at Refugio Amazonas. Early next morning you will depart for the four-hour boat ride to Tambopata Research Center. One and a half hours into the ride, you enter the uninhabited, pristine nucleus of the Tambopata National Reserve and prime jaguar territory!
Our room rates let you experience  the expedition without worries and include :
  • Fixed departures transfer from Puerto Maldonado Airport to Tambopata Research Center : land and river transportation.
  • Guided excursions in groups
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
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.

**We have electricity three times per day : From 6hrs to 8hrs - From 12hrs to 14hrs - From 17hrs to 22hrs (Referential time)

About the meals:

We provide self-serve three course meals at Tambopata Research Center .

Breakfast time depends on your scheduled activity but starts from 4:30am onwards. Lunch is served at 1:00pm and dinner is served at 7:00pm.

Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving.

We provide unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. 

The water at Tambopata Research Center 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.

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Deluxe Suite

8 Superior Rooms 8 Comfort Rooms 4 Suite Rooms 4 Deluxe Suite Rooms
21m2 / 226sq ft 44.50m2 / 479sq ft 54.80m2 / 590sq ft 84.80m2 / 913sq ft
Bed Size
Single, Double or Twins Two Full Two Queen Two Queen
Extra Bed
N/A N/A Yes Yes
Mosquito Net
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hot Shower
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco-friendly toiletries
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safe Deposit Box
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electrical Lamps/Outlets **
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ceiling Fan **
No No Yes Yes
Wifi **
Common areas Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Private Deck
N/A N/A N/A Yes
Outdoor Living Room
N/A N/A N/A Yes
Outdoor tub
N/A N/A N/A Yes
N/A: Not available

Private Guide

For guests who wish to explore a special interest or simply prefer a more private experience, private guides are available. Private guide service have to be arrange for the total number of days of the reservation.  

Conventional Guide
1 Guest USD$ 70 - per person per day
2 + Guests USD$ 35 - per person per day
Photo Tour or Birder Specialist
1 Guest USD$ 90 - per person per day
2 + Guests USD$ 45 - per person per day
  Rainforest Expeditions has guides that are able to lead individuals, couples or families in the following languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portugues
  • Spanish
If you require a guide that speaks another language, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Spa Services

**Available at Refugio Amazonas Lodge**

Swedish massage
It is soft, relaxing, ideal for getting a state of deep calm. This massage concentrates on improving circulation and energy, at the end it is harmonized and revitalized with touches of bamboo. Swedish massage is offered on back, legs and arms.
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 produces calm, relax and the body recovers flexibility.
Bioenergetic Massage
Massage that works the whole body, influence of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, works emotionally, mentally and physically at the level of energies, helps to clean and balance the energy channels in our body. It recovers vitality, personal harmony and complete relaxation.
Intense Jungle Massage
This Amazon massage uses the power of the plant Matico, Eucalyptus and. These plants act by deflating the muscles, revitalizes the body and softens the skin. You will also feel an intense relax, as it is supplemented by hot stone massages. Enjoy it.
Foot reflexology with hot stones
Complete treatment includes, relaxing salts and then a deep reflexology massage, with stones, ideal for tired feet and inflamed by long walks on the trails.
Massage with hot and cold stones
Ayurvedic technique that achieves a great level of relaxation besides re balancing physical and mental energy. Is also very useful to relieve pain, to revitalize the skin and to achieve a sense of well-being.

Activities available at the lodge.

Floodplain Trail Floodplain Trail The tall rainforests closer to the river are known as floodplain forests. These rainforests are subject to various degrees of flooding during the rainy season and on account of the rich nutrients left by the river, they have a high degree of diversity and immense trees. Although trails at those lodges access floodplain forest, the best place to experience it is at the Tambopata Research Center (TRC). floodplain-trail-9 The jungle lodge itself is located in this beautiful type of rainforest and several trails provide access to it. The Floodplain Trail in particular provides guests with a means of experiencing its incredible biodiversity. Massive trees that stretch to the sky are the norm, some of which are figs that provide food for Spider Monkeys, trogons, parrots, toucans, and other rainforest wildlife. A huge variety of antbirds, woodcreepers, manakins, and other rainforest birds call from the understory. Large herds of White-lipped Peccaries are sometimes encountered on this trail and tracks left by Ocelot, Puma, and Jaguar remind you that the forests around TRC are untouched, wild Amazonia at its best. The Floodplain Trail also crosses jungle streams and passes close to rainforest ponds that are visited by a wide variety of animals and birds. No Amazon jungle tour would be complete without a hike through primary floodplain rainforest. Take the Floodplain Trail at TRC to witness its beauty and incredible biodiversity. 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
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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Palm Swamp Trail Palm Swamp Trail Nature tours to Peru that visit the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) get the chance to experience one of the most remote and wildest areas in the country. The lodge itself is situated in beautiful, untouched floodplain rainforests that host healthy populations of Amazonian Tapirs, Jaguars, and seven species of monkeys. Six species of macaws abound, are often seen right around the lodge, and can show up in large numbers at a nearby clay lick that attracts thousands of parrots and parakeets and has been featured in National Geographic. Several kilometers of trails provide access to bamboo thickets, beautiful primary rainforest, and even a small oxbow lake frequented by piranhas and Spectacled Caimans. palm-swamp-trail-9 Many of the trails at TRC lead to hidden gems of the rainforest and one such treasure is an old growth Aguaje palm swamp. Believed to be the remnants of an ancient oxbow lake, this natural wetland deep in the rainforest has become habitat for thousands of palm trees. Reaching 30 meters (90 feet) or more in height, the Aguaje palms act as nesting sites for Blue and Gold Macaws and their smaller Red-bellied cousins. Several other birds and animals that use this unique habitat also occur there including a wide variety of amphibians and make the palm swamp at TRC an exciting place to visit on Amazon tours. Monkeys and many of the animals that visit the swamp go there in search of one of the most nutritious and important fruits in the Amazon jungle, the fruit of the Aguaje palm. Also known as the Moriche Palm, its fruit is eaten by monkeys, macaws, guans, and many other animals. This fruit is also a staple for people in many parts of the Amazon basin and acts as a source of vitamin C. Made into jam, ice cream, juice, and even fermented into palm wine, the Aguaje is one of the more widely used plant species in Amazonia. Nevertheless, wetland habitats for this important plant are threatened in many areas because they are commonly converted into rice paddies. Access to the beautiful palm swamp on an Amazon jungle tour to TRC is made easy with a boardwalk. When you visit this important habitat, your guide will tell you about the importance of this tree while pointing out the animals that occur in the swamp. Read More
Terra Firme Trail Terra Firme Trail The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is situated near the river of the same name in a rich and beautiful type of rainforest known as “floodplain forest”. An extensive network of trails provides access to this wild habitat and guests on Amazon tours who hike on them frequently see Spider Monkeys, Brown Capuchins, and big troops of Squirrel Monkeys. Giant Armadillos are also occasionally seen as are big herds of White-lipped Peccaries and scores of beautiful, rainforest birds. As exciting as the trails through floodplain forest are, TRC also has trails that pass through bamboo groves and Terra Firme forest.   “Terra Firme” means “solid ground” and refers to the fact that this type of rainforest never floods. Situated on hilly areas above the river floodplain, Terra Firme rainforests host some of the highest diversity in the Amazon and should thus be an essential part of every Amazon jungle tour. Thousands of tree and other plant species have been growing and evolving in these dry soils for millions of years along with hundreds of bird, mammal, and reptile species. At TRC, these biodiverse, complex rainforests are best experienced on the Creek Trail. Heading straight back into the forest from one of the top Amazon lodges in Peru, this trail pases through several kilometers of beautiful, untouched Terra Firme forest. Large troops of Squirrel Monkeys and Brown Capuchins are commonly encountered, mixed flocks of tanagers and other exotic jungle birds move through the treetops, and even tapirs are occasionally seen. The beauty of this trail is highlighted by the presence of pristine, crystal clear creeks that may yield sightings of fish and shy rainforest animals for lucky guests. As you hike the Creek Trail at TRC on one of your nature tours in Peru, your guide will tell you all about rainforest creek ecology in addition to pointing out wildlife in the forest. Read More

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