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.
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tambopata Research Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Tambopata Research Center Peru/Tambopata National Reserve