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Tambopata Research Center
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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“Amazing jungle experience”
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.

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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
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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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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
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Monterey, California
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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
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

TRC was beyond description--the people, the amazing work that is being done with macaws, the food, and the proximity to amazing wildlife was breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone who really wants to go further up the Amazon. It's magical.

Room Tip: If you need to be closer to a bathroom, let them know. Bathrooms are at the end of a long hallway...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We spent three nights at TRC and it was our favorite of the three Rainforest Expeditions lodges. It is more remote and is filled with kindred souls who are willing to make the effort to get deeper into nature. The conservation focus gives the lodge a special soul, and the wilderness surrounding it is outstanding. We saw many mammals and birds here. Our guide Johan F was fantastic. He was great at finding wildlife and birds, and in between shared a lot of interesting detail about life in the jungle. I have been on numerous jungle trips with guides in South America and he is the best guide I have had yet. The rooms and bathroom facilities are not as nice as other two lodges but certainly adequate and very comfortable. The staff are very friendly and the food plentiful and yummy. All in all a treasure in the jungle!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

The Tambopata Research Center is a gorgeous facility with wonderful staff. I stayed here during a field course and it was an island of luxury in a very wild place. It was clean and comfortable and bugs were at a minimum while inside. The food was delicious. The staff were helpful and friendly. I found it a little odd that there were only three walls in the guest rooms (I was there during a friaje or cold front), but it was beautiful to look out into the forest.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Chicago
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Tambopata Research center was a rustic adventure with first class accommodations. We stayed there two days and were constantly on the move and always amazed. I was torn between just staying home one day and swinging in a hammock while reading a book and listening to the birds or the nature hikes. I did the hikes and was glad I did. Do not miss the night hike, unless you fear tarantulas!!!!!

The food was very good and it's amazing to be able to sit in the middle of the rainforest at night out in the open and not really be bothered by bugs. I really enjoyed meeting all of the other guests.

Room Tip: Bring a flashlight for everyone and binoculars. We shared tow binoculars between 5 people and that w...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Tambopata Research Center
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 21 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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