Wow. The TRC is a place I dont' want to write a review about, because I don't want to share! We had the best experience there!
Let me explain the trip a bit and the place so you understand how it works. They pick you up from the airport in PM and take you on a 1 hr bus ride to the river. Sometimes you have to wait around the area for your boat, but it's not long and there is shade.
Then you get on a 2+ hr canoe ride to the Refugio Amazonas. We had an amazing night there, but most of our time was at the TRC.
The next day you get to go on another 4 hour boat ride up the Tambopata with your fellow adventurers to the TRC. The river can be low and at times appear kinda scary, but we got there safe and sound. Be advised you do have to climb a few sets of steep stairs up the rivers to go through various check points on the river, but it's doable and the guides are always there to help. The sand flies are killer though. I wouldn't absolutely suggest using bug spray before you get off the boat or make sure your pants are long and tucked into your socks.
It's about a 10 minute walk to the TRC from the river and from there you end up in this magical fairy land called the jungle. It is awesome. The staff and the researchers at TRC are amazing, always willing to help and teach.
The food was the best we had in Peru.
The magical cup of coffee they give you when you get up at the crack of dawn to see the Macaws is just pure genius.
The resident macaws stealing food is amazing.
Macaws on the railing in your room, life changing.
Howler monkeys in the forest at the crack on dawn... surreal and haunting.
Anaconda and jaguar tracks, amazing!
The smell of wild boar, unforgetable.
Sunset and sunrise on the tambopata, breath taking.
The place is just amazing. I really did leave a bit of my heart there. I want to go back.
Be advised, you def need clothes, if you do a lot of hiking, you are going to be really sweaty and gross. The cool thing is, everyone else is just the same. Take a pair of comfy breezy clothes for the lodge as the bugs aren't as crazy and much more managable.
The bathrooms are shared, but I never had an issue. And you can hear everything your neighbors do, but it's worth it! Plus you're so tired, you usually don't care!
The hammocks are genius!
Let me just end with Juan Carlos. He is a just a freaking gem. If you get far enough into this review to read this and you reqest him as your guide, you're doing the right thing. He got so excited when we saw cool animals. He has a great sense of humor and is super knowledgable. He has a freaking eagle eye. We constantly felt like we were playing where's waldo with him. On top of it, he's just a great person.
Loved, loved, loved the TRC.
- 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 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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