My girlfriend and I visited Wasai Tambopata Lodge for 10 days at the beginning of September as volunteers. It was unreservedly one of the best things I have ever done!
Our "work" while we were involved walking most mornings to a small tree house overlooking a colpa (clay lick) and watching and waiting for animals to come after which we would record various details about them. We also helped the staff out around the lodge and demonstrated how weak we were trying to carry bits of wood around for a new research centre they are building...
In return we received discounted food and lodging and got to tag along with the tourist groups on all the tours. We went to the huge macaw clay lick, a waterfall, kayaking down the river, on guided walks through the jungle, caiman watching and on our last day, a visit to the Sandoval lake. During our time we saw monkeys, pecari (wild pigs), tarantulas, capybara, giant otters, agouti, bats, all manner of birds and many many others.
It was fantastic. The staff were so lovely and welcoming to us and included us in everything so we really felt like one of the team (despite our incompetence at most of our tasks!). I played football with them most evenings and most our time not spent doing other things we chatted and they helped us practise our spanish. Also, because we were joining up with different groups each day for the tours, we experienced lots of different guides, all of whom were brilliant, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about showing their guests what the jungle had to offer. Mario, the owner, was great. Really passionate about what he does and fantastically helpful about accommodating everything we wanted to do.
The food was basic but tasty, even for my girlfriend who is a vegetarian which was a real issue in other places we visited in Peru. We stayed in the same lodges as the tourists which were lovely and one of the nicest places we slept in our budget tour of the country!
Whether you stay as a tourist or a volunteer at Wasai, I can't recommend it enough. An experience I will never forget.
- Also Known As:
- Wasai Tambopata Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Wasai Tambopata Hotel
- Wasai Tambopata Lodge Peru/Tambopata National Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Amazon lodge is a destination in its own right, very close to one the most important attractions of the upper Tambopata River, the big macaw clay lick. Wasai offers the tourist more chances to see wild animals than any tour in other areas. The Gato River and its cascades, is a beautiful place to enjoy a refreshing bath. You may also choose some of our regular programs to visit places of major importance. ... more less
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