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Tambopata Research Center
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Collpa Colorado, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru   |  
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“Tambopata Research Center - great kid experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Amazing. We arrived at the research centre in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. This was a short and inexpensive flight from Cusco. Just use local airlines to get the best deal. Our boys were greated by the resident spider monkeys who held the hand of our 12 year old to show him around the forrest. From there we took a long boat ride up the river and trekked through the forrest to our lodge. We were thrilled to have our night lights with us! Once we arrived the lodge took our breath away. Great food, private and first class rooms that open to the jungle. Very few mosquitoes and hammocks to enjoy an afternoon nap after much information, animal and bird watching.
You have an option with this trip to stay longer and go further up the river. The great advantage is further up you see more birds and the macaws will come to the lodge and visit. The disadvantage is leaving the wonderful lodge for a more rustic camping style stay, but if birds are your thing and you don't care about luxury then do the extra days.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The Tambopata Lodge offered clean accomodations, but the guided tour to the Tower canopy, trails and outlook for bird watching did not offer much wild life, as advertised onthe the U-tube videos or brochures, it was minimal.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DKrautmann, Public Relations Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Dear lilliamluzquinos,

We are sorry to hear that you did not see the expected wildlife during your stay with us. While we do our best to give guests the best possible experience, there are some factors we do not have control over. The Tambopata Research Center is the best place in the area to see animals in their natural environment due to its remote location. However, sometimes these animals can be very shy or weather conditions can cause them to be less active. Please see our website for statistics on wildlife sightings at our lodge.
Again, sorry to hear that your stay with us did not meet your expectations.

Sincerely,
Danielle Krautmann and the staff at the Tambopata Research Center
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Kingston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

What a beautiful and relaxing place. We were on a 5 day 4 night tour so we stayed here for 2 of the nights and the other 2 were at posada amazonas and refugio amazonas It had the most wildlife that we saw on our trip. The rooms were really nice, and the shared bathrooms were clean and had hot showers. Food was excellent and plentiful. One our highlights from our time in Peru!!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

8 hours into the amazon.
surrounded by rainforest.
animals noises filling the air.
EXCELLENT tour guides.
Fantastic lodge/accom.
I'd go back in a hearbet :)
ive always wanted to go to the amazon~ ever since i was about 10 years old. coming here, filled my wildest dreams. we even saw a jaguar on the riverbank on our very first day :) IT WAS BREATHTAKING! and aweinspiring. i LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

My husband and I stayed at TRC for two nights are part of a 5 day trip to Tambopata (the other 2 nights were at Refugio).

I have to say I wasn't sure what to expect before I embarked on this trip, but I was blown away by the experience. I'm not a 5-star hotel princess, but I'm also not a fan of roughing it. TRC was neither of those environments, and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall accomodations.

The rooms were clean, beds were comfortable, and you can't beat waking up to the sounds of the forest in the morning. After early morning macaw viewing or rainforest hikes, and lots of daily exercise, everyone was in bed and quiet early at night. A nightly visit to the toilet can be an experience after dark though...don't look too closely at the moving objects if you don't want to see rats and strange jungle insects!

Food was plentiful and very good, although limited selection, but what can you expect when everything has to be delivered upriver 8 hrs to the middle of nowhere? Breakfast entertainment was provided by a couple of local macaws (Chicos) who tried to raid the pancakes!!

The whole rainforest experience was amazing - at times it felt like being dropped off on another planet. Strange and beautiful plants, birds and insects are everywhere, and your guide really makes the experience that much better, identifying the wildlife, as well as providing scientific and cultural information. Our guide Johan was excellent at spotting birds in the canopy above, always managing somehow to get us a better view (and photo possibilities!).

Even the river trip to TRC was an adventure. We saw all kinds of birds, lots of capybara (big rodents) by the river bank, and a rare sight of two jaguars mating on the river bank. We didn't know the guides had cameras till that point in the trip!!

TRC is well worth the extra travel time up river, but make sure you know what to expect before you go. There are no windows in the rooms, and you WILL see insects and other things in the lodge, but if you plan for it, enjoy the experience and you will be amazed.

Highlights:
Our Guide - having the same person to "take care of you" for your entire visit really adds to the trip. Some of our best memories of the trip were sharing stories with our guide, Johan.

Wildlife - Tarantulas, macaws, peccaries, weird insects, and yes, TWO jaguars. Need I say more?

Wifi - Very surprising, we had a better internet connection from the middle of the rainforest than some of the hotels in Peru.

Room Tip: They're all good, as long as you like it open to the rainforest!! :)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DKrautmann, Public Relations Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Dear DParnell71,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time and that you saw 2 Jaguars!!! How lucky!

I would like to encourage future guests who don't know what to expect to visit the FAQ's section of our website. This will provide you with information on what to bring, medical considerations and how to best prepare for your trip.

Thanks again for your feedback. Keep in touch and come back soon!
Danielle Krautmann and the staff at the Tambopata Research Center
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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I've been here as a volunteer for the research center and it's been amazing, It's 8 hours away from the closest city by river. The accommodation for tourists are rustic but great! you'll feel surrounded by the power of nature. You'll definetely will be amazed by the wide variety of birds and animals and if you get lucky you even might see a jaguar crossing the river. if you go between november and march you'll get there during the macaws breeding season and you will be able to see how researchers work on the macaws nests (trees up to 25 meters high) and how they measure and study their chicks. Great experience!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The wildlife experience here was why we came and it did not disappoint. The clay lick visit was exceptional and made the trip worthwhile. However the viewing position was pretty far away - it would be better if they built some sort of blinds to allow visitors to watch from a closer point without disturbing the birds.

The lodge itself was somewhat disappointing. The rooms are along one long hallway and are separated by only a thin bamboo wall - you could peep through the cracks and see the next room if you try. You can hear any noise coming from any of the next several rooms and of anyone walking up and down the halls between the rooms and the bathrooms. We tried to go to sleep early because the bird viewing meant a 5:45 departure. The noise situation meant getting a good nights sleep was tough. In addition, a family with 3 school age children were there who would play on the hammocks in the hallway just outside our rooms like it was a jungle gym and chase each other down the hallway. This meant afternoon recovery naps were toast. No effort was made to speak to the parents to ask them to have the children quiet down.

Some semi tame macaws visit the lodge during the day and although the guides asked us to only feed them fruit, this was not supervised or enforced. The children mentioned above would stuff them full of bread which is very bad for these birds. We were just appalled that this was allowed to happen.

Also beware - you will get bitten. We didn't see mosquitos, but the sand flies were vicious. Also our room became swarmed with bees the third day, just as we were leaving.

There are 4 shared women's bathroom/showers and 4 for the men. This meant a lot of competition for the toilets at peak times. Tricky when EVERYONE is leaving for the 5:45 bird viewing and everyone needs to do their morning business.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Collpa Colorado, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru
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Location: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Tambopata National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Tambopata National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tambopata Research Center 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is a spartan yet comfortable 18 bedroom lodge with 8 shared bathrooms. 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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