Great for lovers of wildlife and bird, especially colorful Macaws. We booked through Rainforest Expeditions (www.perunature.com) and had a great time. Excellent operation – they delivered on all of their promises. The guides were knowledgeable, professional and fun. The food was great! The lodging was very eco-friendly and natural. You’ll sleep under mosquito netting in rooms that are missing one wall, and are thus, open to nature on one side. It was cool. Tambopata Research Center is deep in the preserve. It takes 6 hours to get there by boat on the river. Because of its remoteness, the rainforest is pristine. The guides take you out for as many nature walks as you’d like. On some days, we had 3 outings – one at the macaw clay lick early in the morning (like 5 am), next after breakfast and a nap, and last at twilight to return in the dark. The macaw project at TRC is a site to behold. Lots of macaws, all well fed and happy to see you (if you’re holding a banana). We saw brown capuchin and red howler monkeys, tons of varieties of birds (parrots, macaws, parakeets, you name it), gigantic trees and white caiman crocodiles, among other wildlife. The only thing I would’ve liked is hot water to shower with; however, I understand that running a generator in the rainforest causes pollution, so I took quick cold showers without too much complaint. The company took great care of us – transporting us from Puerto Maldonado airport to their office, where we stored most of our luggage and took only a duffle filled lightly with our stuff. Then, they took us to the port at the native community of Infierno, where we boarded a dugout boat and headed for our 2-hour journey to Refugio Amazona – a great big eco-lodge of 32 rooms. After one night there, we then headed to TRC – another 4 hours up the Tambopata river. It was a long boat ride, but they fed us snacks and lunch, and always provided water to keep us hydrated. The TRC lodge is much smaller than Refugio (only 13 rooms), but is quaint and relaxing. Big difference between Refugio and TRC (beside number of rooms) is that TRC has communal bathrooms, while Refugio has private bathroom in each room. I was very impressed with Rainforest Expeditions. We had a great time and I highly recommend them.
- Also Known As:
- Tambopata Research Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Tambopata Research Hotel
- Tambopata Research Center Peru/Tambopata National Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is a spartan yet comfortable 18 bedroom lodge. 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, Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife. It is located in a half hectare clearing in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata National Reserve, less than a kilometer from the world's largest and most diverse macaw claylick. ... more less
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