Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata Research Center

Tambopata Research Center

Overview

Tambopata Research Center is the most remote lodge in the Amazon. There are no humans nearby so sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank! 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. Highlights include:

  • 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.
  • Eight percent chance of a Jaguar Sighting – The four and half hour boat ride from Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center is the Amazon’s best chance for a jaguar sighting. You have an 8% chance of viewing one on the river bank.
  • 5 Distinct Pristine Habitats – Close and easy hikes to bamboo, flood plain, terra firma, palm and riverine rainforest habitats.
  • 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 –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.
  • 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. With only 18 rooms, this rustic lodge is as intimate as you will get to the jungle without camping. 

How To Get To Tambopata Research Center

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.

From Lima:
Airline and FlightDaysDeparture timeArrival
LAN 2075Every day of the week09:20AM13:01 PM
    
TACA 809Every day of the week8:15 AM11:38 AM
    
Star Peru 2I 1181Every day of the week8:05 AM10:45 AM
From Cusco:
Airline and FlightDaysDeparture timeArrival
LAN 2075Every day of the week11:50AM13:01 PM
    
TACA 809Every day of the week10:40 AM11:38 AM
    
Star Peru 2I 1181Every day of the week10:00 AM10:45 AM
From Puerto Maldonado:
Airline and FlightDaysDeparture timeArrival
LAN 2076Every day of the week13:05PM15:55 PM
    
TACA 808Every day of the week11:30 AM14:20 PM
    
Star Peru 2I 1182Every day of the week11:25 AM14:15 AM

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!

Traditional Rooms

Traditional rooms at Tambopata Research are small and rustic but comfortable. As with all our rooms, the open wall in the middle of the tropical rainforest allow you to experience this global biodiversity hotspot even during your down time. Monkeys, many species of birds, frogs, and other rainforest wildlife are often visible from our signature windowless verandahs. Those same verandahs also add comfort with excellent ventilation. Our 18 traditional rooms have been enjoyed by thousands of guests and are built with tropical hardwoods, palms, and wild cane. At Tambopata Research Center our traditional rooms have shared bathrooms. Electricity and internet are available in the evenings until 10 pm.

Experience the Peruvian jungle in one of our traditional rooms and enjoy:

  • Quaint, spartan but comfortable Amazon rainforest rooms.
  • Watching birds and looking for other rainforest wildlife from an open verandah that looks straight into the Amazon jungle.
  • All rooms are built with local materials for an authentic experience.
  • Each bed has a mosquito net.
  • Eight individual bathroom stalls with hot water a few meters from the rooms.
  • Electricity in the middle of the Amazon rainforest until 10 PM every night.
  • Wireless internet service to share the images of your macaw, monkey and peccary sightings on pristine rain forest trails. 

Services at Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Electricity - A 110V generator is turned on from 6pm to 10pm every day. There are plenty of electrical outlets and docking stations for recharging batteries. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. 

Communication – Tambopata Research Center is in daily contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima via internet, satellite phone and hf radio. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge. Internet is good enough for sending and receiving emails and images. It is not good enough for voice communication or video streaming. Thank God we do not have telephone services in our lodge!!

Rubber Boots - 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. Inside the lodge you can use sneakers, sandals or even socks!

Mosquito Nets - All rooms have mosquito nets over the beds, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.

Hot Water - Hot water is available in this and all of our other lodges. 

Services that are included in the price:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • All tours, activity services and guides
  • Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado
  • All river transportation

Services that are NOT included in the price:

  • 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 
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or other items of personal nature.

Meals at Tambopata Research Center

We provide self-serve three course meals at Tambopata Research Center. 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. Click here to see our menu and try it at home: Our Rainforest Recipes.

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.

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.

If you have special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.

Macaw Clay LickMacaw Clay Lick
On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located hundred meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Canopy TowerCanopy Tower
A thirty minute walk leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
Canopy ClimbingCanopy Climbing
Replicating the daily work of macaw researchers, we will climb a 30 meter tree with a rope, harness and jumar. From this vantage point we will have a macaws eye view of the forest. This demanding exercise is perfectly safe and requires no previous experience.
Caiman SearchCaiman Search
We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Floodplain TrailFloodplain Trail
This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.
Terra Firme TrailTerra Firme Trail
This is a different kind of Terra Firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, we will focus on forest and creek ecology.
Floodplain TrailFloodplain Trail
This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.
Terra Firme TrailTerra Firme Trail
This is a different kind of Terra Firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, we will focus on forest and creek ecology.
Palm Swamp TrailPalm Swamp Trail
Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice, makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats.
Sunset CruiseSunset Cruise
An incomparable sunset experience amid tropical rainforest of Tambopata. Take out one of our canoes and float down the Tambopata River while enjoying wine and and hors d’oeuvres.
Jungle Night WalkJungle Night Walk
You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Tambopata Research Center - 5D/4NTambopata Research Center - 5D/4N
If you are looking for a more in depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center suits you best. After staying the first night at Refugio Amazonas, reach on of the largest known macaw claylick on the second day of your trip and explore the trails of the Tambopata Research Center in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve.
Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour - 7D/6NRainforest Wildlife Photography Tour - 7D/6N
Join an extraordinary photography expedition to the amazon rainforest a remarkable place, full of lush growth and life. In fact, it seems at times as if the forest is pulsating with life, with a constant background buzz of monkeys and birds chattering, and the gentle thump-thump of armies of leaf-cutter ants marching single file along endless tracks. If you dare stop for just a moment, you might be swept away by the endless tide of life in the jungle. The trip includes stays at all three of our lodges as well as all photography equipment, cameras and lenses.
Tambopata Research Center Tour - 6D/5NTambopata Research Center Tour - 6D/5N
If you are looking for a more in depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center suits you best. Although known for its ongoing research of macaws for more than 20 years, there is much more to see at the Tambopata Research Center. A rule in the Amazon states that the further away from the cities you go and the longer you stay in the forest, the better chances you will have to observe wildlife.
Tambopata Research Center Kayaking & Canopy Climbing - 6D/5NTambopata Research Center Kayaking & Canopy Climbing - 6D/5N
Our Soft Adventure programs fit those who want to combine culture and nature in the rain forest with some more physically challenging activities. This program combines the largest known macaw claylick and canopy climbing at the Tambopata Research Center, with mountain biking and sea-kayaking at Refugio Amazonas.
Tambopata Research Center - Parrot Lovers Program - 7D/6NTambopata Research Center - Parrot Lovers Program - 7D/6N
The rainforest of Tambopata has gained a reputation of being a hotspot for parrot and macaw lovers due to its healthy population of parrots and macaws and due to an ongoing research project at the Tambopata Research Center that has been working with macaws for over 20 years. A huge claylick lays less than a kilometer from TRC. Up to 17 species of parrots have been observed at this claylick.
Tambopata Research Center - Birdwatching Tour - 9D/8NTambopata Research Center - Birdwatching Tour - 9D/8N
If you are a self-proven or a hardcore birder this nine day rainforest birdwatching program is the right one for you. A productive, birdwatching expedition in the extremely diverse rainforests of the southeastern Amazon of Peru. We have a great number of easily accessible lowland rainforest habitats close to our lodges Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center.
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