Planning Your Tambopata Trip
What To Bring
When To Go - Weather
The lowland rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid.
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Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece).
If you are visiting other destinations in Peru or South America that require different kinds of clothing, you can always 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.
Power and Light
The lodge is run mainly on propane. You can charge batteries a few hours a day in the dining rooms.
Communications are powered by solar energy and their is wireless internet available at night.
Every room has kerosene lamps on the walls and candles on the night-stands. Please do not handle kerosene lamps and always blow out the candles before sleeping or leaving your room. We use electric bulbs in public areas at night.
We provide natural spring water 24 hours per day. Please use the water wisely. We advise you not to drink the water from the river, lake or any of the taps. Consumable water can be found throughout the lodge from many dispensers and pitchers as well as a variety of other beverages available.
All the water that the lodge provides is purified with an ozone treatment. We also suggest that you use this waer to brush your teeth. Please turn off the water flow while lathering and soaping up to reduce unnecessary water usage.
Our open ans spacious rooms offer lots of natural light and fresh air while providing a safe but close contact with the forest environment. Each room is also equipped with private bathrooms (except at TRC) for your convenience. Use f the mosquito netting on each bed is strongly recommended to ensure your comfort and safety.
We try to be as eco-friendly as possible so we request that you only change towels when really needed. After 9:30pm we kindly ask that you lower your voices to allow all guests o enjoy the sounds of the forest at night.
Soap and Shampoo
According to our environmental policies, we only use Brazil nut biodegradable soap and shampoo which you will find in the bathroom If you are allergic to nuts, please let us know and we will provide you with a lemongrass soap. We was the towels and bed sheets using biodegradable detergent and we clean the bathrooms with biodegradable products as well.
Thank God we do not have a telephone available in our lodge!!
Breakfast time depends on your scheduled activity but starts from 4:30am onwards. Lunch is served at 1:00pm and diner is served at 7:00pm. Please let us know if you are vegetarian or have any special dietary needs. We do offer a special menu for children.
This service is only available on sunny days. Please ask for the rate at the lodge. Clothes are hand-washed using White Swipe biodegradable soap and are sun dried in order to protect the environment.
Smoking is allowed in the lobby and bar except at meal times. Please do not smoke in your room, the dining rooms, boats or during activities.
First Aid and Emergencies
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Our guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emegerencies (such as an appendicitis).
For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.
We ask you to keep your valuable belongings and documents in the safe. Do not leave them valuables in plane view. Equally if you have food or candies please keep them in the safe. Do not leave them outside. This way you will avoid attracting insects and other animals. Ask the lodge manager or guide to inform you about the proper use of the safety box.
Around the lobby you will find racks with rubber boots arranged by size. You can use these boots for our walks or outings into the forest. Please remember ALWAYS that when walking inside the lodge facilities and in order to prevent bringing mud inside, you must walk without boots or any muddy shoes. Use only sandals, socks, clean sneakers.
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