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“Well done in the middle of the jungle!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tambopata Research Center
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Collpa Colorado, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru   |  
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“Well done in the middle of the jungle!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful place to experience the rain forest. This is a "full" service hotel in the middle of the Amazonian river basin rain forest. It is a mix of tourists and researchers who study all aspects of life in the forest. Meals are communal and bathrooms private but shared. Macaws can be seen up close and the monkeys may hang out within a short distance of the dining room. We'll managed and controlled. Highly recommended for those prepared for an adventure. Rented a 600 mm lens - wow!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It is a 7 hour boat ride from Puerto Maldonado to reach the "TRC". It was built to observe Macaws 25 years ago, they added rooms for eco tourism as a financiel support to the project. This lodge was built before the jungle around it was assigned a National Park. You won't find a lodge that is this remote in the area. It fit's about 40 guests, much less than other lodges downstream. Since it is a national park, they cannot expand.

During the boat ride we saw a jaguar dozing on the river bank, chances to see one are about 20%. 95% of the sightings are during the boat ride, in the jungle they usually hear you and take off.

The TRC has electricity and Wifi a few hours a day. They run a tight ship; the lodge is clean, staff is friendly, helpfull and well trained, the waiter for example knew every etiquette (I am not someone who demands all this in a jungle, I write this because I was astonished).

The beds were nicely decorated with a swan-towel and had a mosquito net wich the staff put down at 7 pm. It had bio degradable soap & shampoo and a jug of drinking water. Showers and toilets are shared (4 for the men, 4 for the ladies).

The wildlife comes very close to the lodge because there is nobody in the vicinity (farmers or locals) who hunt them. We saw 7 species of monkeys, dozens of macaws, toucans and other kind of birds, caimans, various insects and piranha's/turtles. The guided tour with Donnel, our Rainforest Expeditions guide, was great; we learned and saw a lot. He knew a lot of the flora and fauna; a serious guide. Our group consisted of 6 people, the size depends on your tour operator (most groups were around 5 - 10). The lodge was fairly empty when we visited, so it was nice and quite.

We had a presentation about macaws by a scientist who stayed at the lodge for research. As in the beginning, scientist still live there to study wildlife.

At night we looked for spiders and insects; we saw a tarantula, lizards, a scorpion spider and many more (Yes you have to like this tour, people afraid of spiders can also stay in one of the hammocks they have).

Unfortunately a cold front came over the jungle after 1 day, so the remaining 2 days it was cold (15 degrees instead of 28) and the wildlife disappeared. Staff gave us an extra blanket for the night and even prepared a hot water bottle for everyone. It only happens a few times a year, so don't be worried too much. If it rains they have indoor activities like natural dyes & tattoos, presentations, books and some board games. There also is a small bar.

The food was one of the best we had in Peru, the soups were amazing. The buffet is enough for one run, if you feel hungry or thirsty any time during the day you can eat the fruit or drink tea and coffee they offer for free. They have a small shop were you can buy some snacks, souvenirs and mosquito repellent.

This lodge is truly in the heart of the jungle, the only one in this national park wich is really remote. The wildlife is amazing. If you have the time and can spare the money, do it!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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, Public Relations Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thanks for reviewing TRC, we are glad that you liked the wildlife, research, food, and treatment by our staff. Sorry to hear that you just experienced a friaje (as we call the cold front in the rainforest). This indeed happens very rarely usually in May and June, but we are always be prepared for such weather in the lodges.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We booked 5 days Amazon experience with GoToPeru, 4 days at TRC and 1 at Refugio Amazona. The boat ride is approx 3 hours from Refugio Amazon with lunch served onboard, the ride is a little harrowing due to the huge trees, logs that have fallen into the river.

We loved the remoteness of TRC but it's not that remote, you still have access to wifi and limited electricity to charge your chargers/mobiles etc.

Pedro was our guide from day 1 and without him, I doubt we would've seen or experienced much of the Amazon. The animals are very elusive and hard to spot, We were a little disappointed at the lack of animal sightings, having travelled to Africa and Borneo where the animals are in abundance, the Amazon appeared quite bare.

The Lodge is amazing, clean serviced rooms, amazing meals with a birthday cake baked for my special day, extremely friendly staff, lots of activities which you can or don't have to partake in, rubber boots supplied which is a must in the wet season - we experienced mud galore during our visit in April.

We enjoyed the claylick but no macaws visited on the day of our visit, but a large variety of parrots instead. We did many walks for many hours and saw little animals which can be disheartening after hours trampsing through the mud and rain, but I guess it's the wild and not a zoo so animals don't come out on time!!! No creepy crawlies in your room which was quite a surprise, we expected to be covered in mosquitoes and flies but have more of these at home.

Overall I think this is an amazing experience but don't expect to see animals surrounding the lodge as this doesn't happen, except for the wild pigs and the regular macaws who make the occasional breakfast visit.

I enjoyed going with the researchers for the macaw inspection, this was really interesting and felt like we were being immersed in something special. Their passion for these birds is truly inspiring. It's a once in a lifetime experience.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I'm a teacher and I have two weeks off during Spring Break (March). I wanted a short, but adventurous trip that would fit into my limited time frame. I chose well with my trip to the Amazon. It was a 5 day, 6 night tour mostly at the Tambopata Research Center. What a great place. It's rustic, but it is comfortable and it has everything you need. It's a perfect place to make you feel like you belong in the jungle, but you are not really roughing it. I booked with Rainforest Expeditions and everything went according to plan. While there we went on numerous walks in the jungle to view the wild life. You would miss a lot if it wasn't for the keen eye of the guides. Our guide, Yuri, was very good at spotting wild life. There was another guide that I saw around, his name is Eric, and he was amazing, he was truly one with the jungle.
I booked the Adventure Package, which means that I got to go kayaking, tree climbing and mountain biking which was a nice change from the walks in the jungle. To end my trip, I booked 3 nights in Puerto Maldonado at the Wasai Maldonado Lodge. Probably only needed 2 nights, but the place is perfect, I would highly recommend it. The best part is that they have 4 Sloths on site. They are free to climb around the property, and they just show up every now and then. It's probably going to be your only chance to see a Sloth in the jungle, so for me that made the stay worth it. Plus it's a nice place. Over all, I would highly recommend the Amazon trip, especially if you want a great holiday in a short period of time, the Amazon will not disappoint.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Absolutely loved our visit to Tabopata Research Center and Refugio Amazonas! The wildlife is amazing! You will see hundreds of parrots, monkeys, caimen, butterflies, frogs, etc. The most beautiful place anywhere. Incredible food too!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

You want adventure? You got it! Several hours up the Tambopata river, including a one night stop-over at the Refigio Amazonas Lodge. We spent a total of 4 days with our guides in several activities. Trail hikes, canopy tower bird watching, wildlife spotting, nightly conferences, hamac relaxing... The food was great and we kept wondering how they managed such cooking while being so isolated.
Macaw claylick... Wowww. Imagine seeing hundreds of Macaws in the trees just in front of you. The sounds, the sights!
Got to see a lot of monkeys, lots of birds, caïman... Even got to spot the elusive Jaguar!
Shout out to Erik and Kathy! The best guides you could wish for. The see and hear EVERYTHING in the forest! If you're French speaking, ask for Kathy... She's perfectly tri-lingual!
If you want, if you need, if you crave an authentic Jungle experience... Go there... NOW!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I stayed at the TRC with 2 friends and we had an excellent time. We saw a lot of wildlife, including a jaguar that was resting on the shore and that we could observe for many minutes, male capybaras fighting for a female, caymen, monkeys, peccaries and many bird species. The lodge and the rooms are also very clean and comfortable, ideal for relaxing after a jungle trip with the knowledgeable guide(s). Even the food is excellent, not to mention the cocktails that can be ordered in the evenings. The lodge provides a very relaxing environment and plenty of opportunities to see wildlife.
I've been on rainforest trips before in Ecuador and Costa Rica, and this was definitely the most rewarding (and also the most luxureous) one. It is definitely worth the price.
I also appreciated the opportunity to see the harpy-eagle nest (and chick) the first morning, when we were still around Refugio Amazonas.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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
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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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