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Spend two full days in the Tambopata Reserve area of Peru's Amazon, learning more about its unique flora and fauna. The area is home to over 1,000 species of butterfly, 100 mammal species and 600 types of bird, making it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Immerse yourself in the rainforest as you explore on foot, by canoe and from treetop canopies, returning to your lodge for a comfortable night's sleep.
3 nights comfortable lodge
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
This extension trip starts at the airport in Puerto Maldonado. If you are joining the extension from another of our tours, and we are booking these international flights for you, we will book the internal flight from the end point of your trip to Puerto Maldonado. Even if you are booking your own international flights, we can still book this connecting flight to Puerto Maldonado for you if you wish - please enquire. Otherwise, we ask that you arrive at the airport no later than approximately 3pm in order to avoid taking your boat journey by night.
The Amazon Basin sprawls over two-fifths of South America, including a massive 60% of Peru, and is the most bio-diverse environment in the world. After Brazil, Peru has the largest section of the Amazon Rainforest, of which only a fraction is easily accessible.
From the port in Puerto Maldonado, we will travel along the Tambopata River by motorised canoe (approximately 40 minutes) and check into our Amazon lodge. Depending on the arrival time, this afternoon our local guide takes us on an exploration of the jungle trails surrounding the Field Station, discovering the tropical trees, medicinal plants, insects, butterflies and other animals we see en route. In the evening, we have a night float along the Madre De Dios River in search of the wildlife that surface during night time such as capybaras, white caimans and nightjars.
The lodge is comfortable but as it is in a remote location, the electricity is provided by a generator and is only available for certain hours of the day.
Please note that this is a stand-alone extension and can be booked on any date of your choosing, subject to availability. Whilst this itinerary has been designed to complement a number of our group tours, we wish to point out that this extension is not a group experience, so you are unlikely to be travelling with other Explore customers.
Inkaterra Field Station (or similar)
We spend the morning on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, which is a 1129ft system of 2 observation towers, 8 platforms and 7 hanging bridges 100ft above the ground. The walkway is designed to perform scientific research of the ecosystems inhabiting the rainforest canopy, and gives us an unobstructed view of the wildlife and birds.
The activities and tours at the Inkaterra are planned for the morning and afternoon when it is cooler. Each day there will be a few hours of down time after lunch to relax or read in the heart of the rainforest.
During the afternoon, we take a 30 minute boat ride, entering the territory of the Tambopata Reserve. We will trek 5km through the dense vegetation of the tropical rainforest looking out for snakes, monkeys and birds. Our destination is Sandoval Lake. Numerous species of animals live near the lake, keep your eyes out for kingfishers, cormorants, squirrel monkeys, and capuchin monkeys. At the lake itself we may see giant river otters, black caimans and piranhas. This is also the habitat of the giant arapaima, a fish of more than 2.5m, weighing in at more than 200kg.
This morning, we take a 20 minute boat ride to the river island near our lodge, a large sandbank at the shores of the Madre De Dios River. With our Local Guide, we will walk across the island to explore the floodplains that provides the island an ecosystem with a great diversity of birds such as the Amazonian umbrella bird, one of the Amazon's most sought after species by birdwatchers.
We continue on to visit the Inkaterra Association's Bio Orchard, where organic native goods are cultivated such as palms, vegetables and fruit. We learn the diverse phases of sustainable horticulture, the preparation of recycled compost, sowing and harvesting vegetables, fine herbs and tropical plants, using natural fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. The lodge is working as sustainably as possible, to help local communities protect their surroundings, and using the forest for good.
During the afternoon, our Local Guide will show us the permanent plot area for rainforest restoration and conservation, and we'll learn about the survival mechanisms of the rainforest, exploring the meanings of the 19 native palm species. We'll take a night walk through the jungle, listening to the sounds of the birds, mammals, insects and amphibians that wander the forest at night, using the expertise of our local guide to try and spot them.
Our Amazon adventure comes to an end today after breakfast and we will travel by motorised canoe back to Puerto Maldonado, before transferring to the airport. If you prefer you can end your trip at the office in Puerto Maldonado and arrange a taxi transfer to the airport yourself at a time that better suits your own itinerary. The office is a short taxi ride from the town, and about 20 minutes by taxi from the airport.
If you are booking your own flights, you should ensure that they depart from Puerto Maldonado after 11am.
There is a rainy season from Dec - Mar however on the coast it rarely rains. Jun-Oct is damp and misty, but temperatures never drop below 10°C. At high altitudes although there are sunny days temperatures can drop dramatically, and conditions can change suddenly.
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Expect warm and humid conditions. However there may also be heavy rain showers. (It tends to be cooler and drier between May and October, the winter) Bring light clothing (cotton or wicking material) - Long sleeve shirts and long trousers are best when walking through jungle, and a light weight rainjacket. It is worth also bringing some warmer clothes, particularly between May and September, in case of cool weather.
Walking shoes or boots are useful. Trainers are fine, but they should be something that you won't mind getting muddy.
Due to limited space on the boats your luggage will be limited to 10 kilos - your main bag will be left locked up in Puerto Maldonado while you stay at your Amazon Lodge. If you are coming from one of our trekking trips you can re-pack your red Explore trek bag that will be provided to you before departing Cusco. Joining from our other trips you will have time to re pack before departing on the boat. You will need to pack enough for four days including clothes, toiletries, shoes, torch, sun cream and insect repellent. It is recommended you bring lockable bags.
For your jungle experience bring: Sun cream, sunhat and sunglasses Jungle formula insect repellent Good torch and spare batteries for night walks and when the generator is not on Small backpack for walks and boat trips Good camera with zoom, spare battery and memory cards Binoculars (optional)
We have two different accommodation options available - our comfortable lodge is the Inkaterra Field Station, and the premium lodge is the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Both lodges are built within the Tambopata National Reserve of virgin tropical rainforest. The Field Station was originally set up as a research centre for scientists and has now opened its doors for travellers to experience the Amazon rainforest. The Field Station is run by, and is the headquarters for, the Inkaterra Association, an NGO dedicated to supporting fieldwork, biodiversity research and conservation. Note that when there is no availability at the Field Station, we may also use the Ecoamazonia Lodge or the Corto Maltes Lodge. Both of these lodges also offer wonderful accommodation right in the heart of the rainforest, to the same standard as the Field Station. The premium graded Hacienda Concepcion is built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, on the grounds of what once was an Amazon Catholic medical mission centre. The lodge is located in an enchanting setting within 819 hectares of natural rainforest on the shore of the vast Madre de Dios River. Each lodge has communal and dining areas thatched in traditional style, with views into the forest. The rooms and cabanas are a short walk from here, also built in local wood and thatch, blending in with the surrounding forest. Each has an outdoor terrace with seating, furnished with crafted wooden furniture and en-suite bathrooms with running water, showers and flushing toilets. There is also a safety box for storing valuables and food, good mosquito nets cover the beds (which are well off the floor) and there are ceiling fans. Electricity is provided by a generator twice a day so Wi-Fi and room lights can be used, batteries charged, etc. but a strong torch is also required. The main difference in the lodges is in the standard of the furnishings, being to a much higher specification in the Hacienda Concepcion and giving more of a premium experience. In addition, the hot water at the Field Station is sporadic - showers are occasionally lukewarm; perfectly suited to the humid environment. Meals are all included during your stay and combine delicious local produce; lunch and dinner are served in the communal area self-serve style. Boiled, filtered drinking water is also available at all times, as is tea and coffee. Fruit juices are provided with breakfast, and beers, Pisco and soft drinks are also available to buy at the bar. Please note that if the Inkaterra Field Station or the Hacienda Concepcion are not available for your stay, we will offer you a different hotel. In that case, the itinerary will change from the published itinerary on our website. Each hotel offers a distinct Amazon experience depending on their own amenities and surroundings. As an example, the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway is only included when staying at the Field Station.
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