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Tambopata Research Center
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Collpa Colorado, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru   |  
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Our 3 days at TRC were fantastic: The lodge is beautiful, set right in the middle of the rainforest much further along the river than any of the other eco-tourism destinations, making TRC a really unique experience. As TRC specialises in researching macaws you can expect quite a few avian visitors, especially at meal times, when there are often colourful thieves on the prowl!
All the staff were excellent and the room was lovely.The food provided was also delicious and plentiful.
However, it was our guide Jose- Antonio who made the whole experience truly memorable. He is such a warm, funny and welcoming person we felt immediately as if we were in the company of a friend, not a tour guide. His knowledge of the jungle is encyclopaedic and he must surly possess the sight of and eagle and the hearing of bat as he could spot and identify animals from hundreds of metres away, ensuring we didn't miss a thing! Jose even managed to spot the elusive jaguar hidden in the bushes on a foggy morning - amazing! We were very lucky to have such a brilliant guide.
I would thoroughly recommend TRC to anyone thinking about visiting the Peruvian rainforest.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RainforestExp, Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thanks for your review, indeed, Jose Antonio is a really good guie of our, combining a great knowledge and a good sense of interaction with people. We will pass your words to him.
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Auburn, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights as part of a Rainforest Expedition trip. The place was as clean as a lodge deep in the jungle could be and housekeeping was great keeping shared bathrooms cleaned and putting mosquito nets down in the evenings. The staff were friendly and the food was delicious. Breakfast was similar each day but there was enough variety for me over 3 days. I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy the hammocks and explore the surrounding jungle even more as there was SO much wildlife! I highly recommend this lodge for people who are interested in being close to nature.

Some tips if you go: the bathrooms are shared but semi private so you have a sink toilet and shower to yourself but there are only four so they can get busy before and after hikes or excursions so plan ahead. It is the rainforest which means you will get sweaty and clothes do not dry for at least 36 hours so pack accordingly so you aren't hiking around in wet clothes. I'd recommend for ladies two pairs pants and two long sleeve shirts and 2 sports bras for walking. We went out twice a day so you could alternate clothes. Then it was nice to have a lounge around outfit that doubled as pajamas such as a pair of shorts and T-shirt and regular bra. You also must have hiking boots (not sneakers!) And sandals for the lodge. You may be wondering, why long sleeves and pants?? Won't I get hot and look dorky? Trust me! The girls who tried to look cute in their shorts and tank tops were covered in the most horrific insect bites I've ever seen within 12 hours. Walking through the jungle there are a lot of bugs and you never know where critters are. The lodge has far fewer insects so you can dress differently there. Also, wear pants on the boat!!!! The sand flies are awful near the shore and their bites are painful, itchy, and turn into oozing blisters that last for days..get the point? Cover yourself! On the long rides you could just wear convertible pants and zip them off when you're moving. I just left and I didn't want to forget these things. I really loved this place!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Amazing place in the middle of the jungle, luxury I would say. Great food and comfortable stay overall. My only complain is the guide, Richard, he seemed very uninterested in the group (7 of us) until the last day (tipping day) of course. In my opinion the other guides seemed much nicer. The trip was booked with Rainforest Expeditions.

Room Tip: This place is much nicer than Refugio Amazonas.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RainforestExp, Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you for your review and also for letting us know about your guide behaivour. We will talk to him, our policy with guides are to motivate them to provide the best service with a friendly atmosphere.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Our time in Tambopata Reserve (Refugio Amazonas) was my favorite of the whole trip = the guide makes a huge difference and Juan Carlos provided expert knowledge, enthusiasm, caring, ability to fix all "glitches" with equipment, a spirit for nature and love of the land. Plus, he had a great sense of humor! He made this a very special trip and I recommend him with my highest regard. We saw a huge diverse bird, monkey, mammal (even a Jaguar) population. The sights and sound of the clay lick gathering at dawn was spectacular. The four hr. kayak part (an add on) was magical. All of the guides are from the local area of Puerto Maldonado and it shows. The rooms, staff and food were outstanding. Being a vegetarian was easy, tasty and fulfilling. The two other guides during our time in Peru (Machu Picchu and Manu Wildlife Center) were also knowledgable but lacked the passion and love of the Amazon Juan Carlos shared.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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RainforestExp, Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you, we are really glad you enjoyed your trip to Tambopata. We will certainly let your guide Juan Carlos know about your review. Hope to see you back son to try other add on adventure options like climbig up the ironwood trees..
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Our visit to TRC was fantastic. Our tour 6D/5N tour began in the Refugio Amazonas lodge where we spent one night. Then we travelled another four hours on the boat to the Tambopata Research Centre where we stayed four nights. I chose this lodge because of its remote location that seemed to increase odds of encounters with the wildlife. And it did for us. (I understand that other guests, visiting at the same time, did not see as many animals as we did.) Our guide said we saw 60-70% of all animals one may see in this Reserve. Besides regular sightings of five species of monkeys, peccaries, capybaras, aguties, caymans, birds, some reptiles and amphibian, and insects, we saw a tapir and a tree anteater. Unfortunately, no felines appeared, to my disappointment, but wild cats are so rare to see. The special thing about the TRC is that some animals come hang around it, so several animals sightings took place from the balconies and terraces of the lodge. The macaws, which are the focus of the TRC research, drop by the lodge all the time to pose for the perfect close-up picture and to steal our breakfast. They were very entertaining.

The lodge itself is nice enough and clean. The downside is that there are only 8 shared bathrooms for all 18 rooms (4 women and 4 men), which means at the peak times, before and after activities, there were line-ups. The one night in Refugio Amazonas was more luxuries as rooms come with a private bathroom. Otherwise they lodges were very similar, although Refugio is newer I think. I found the pillows of the TRC extremely soft and puffy and the same time. They were very comfortable to sleep. The very interesting thing was that there were no mosquitoes or not many that I saw in the lodge itself widely open to any other insects (mostly moths, beetles, bees, katydids, stick insects, praying mantis). We not sure if the staff sprayed the lodge or not, but seeing mosquitoes was limited to jungle walk. The food was tasty and always fresh. Having various fruit juices with every meal were a real treat.

Our guide did a great job in spotting animals for us, and his was very knowledgeable about animals and plants, but he was very formal and he lack a bit of customer service skill. It felt a bit as if he was a tough teacher unhappy to guide another pair of dim urban-dwelling tourists. Other groups’ guides seemed more smiley.

A little note on the eco-tourism. TRC is a lodge that caters to tourists and only company that runs TRC profits from it. The researchers that work from the center have to apply for grants and pay for their accommodations while working on the research. The only benefit from tourism is that researchers have access to facilities, such as washrooms, wi-fi and electric power.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We did the 6 day trip to Tambopata Research Center. It's a long boat ride up there, but well worth it. Our guides, Jose Antonio and Mari Carmen, were extremely knowledgable about the flora and fauna, and they had amazing eyesight, spotting birds sitting on remote branches in the dark tree canopy. And the accommodations were far better than I expected from a remote rainforest lodge: comfortable rooms with mosquito nest, tasty - and plentiful - food (even for us vegetarians), and who would have expected WiFi in the rainforest?

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We did a 5 day/4night package. We were met at Puerto Maldonado airport by our guide Uriel. He was an awesome guide who made sure we had everything we needed. Uriel was very knowledgeable on the flora and fauna and could spot the wildlife sitting quietly in the trees.
We spent our first night at Posada Amazonas before moving on to TRC. The accommodation at both places was amazing. Don't let the idea of 3-walled rooms put you off. It is great to be in your bed under the mosquito net listening to the sounds in the jungle only a matter of 10 metres or so away. The mosquitos don't venture into the lodges and a good insect repellent keeps them at bay in the jungle so we did not bother with any malaria tablets. Our choice and would do again so something to consider. The food was great and the fresh fruit so nice. A previous post commented on bedding smelling of mildew, we didn't have any issue at all and sleeping in a single bed for a few nights isn't such a hardship. What was more of an issue was the ignorant guests who sat at the bar till late drinking and getting louder and louder. Not a problem at Amazonas but at TRC the bar is not too far away from the closest rooms.
The experience was truly awesome and a highlight of our time in Peru

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
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Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty lodging in Tambopata National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tambopata Research Center 3*
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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