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Tambopata Research Center
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“Very Disappointing compared with Refugio Amazonas”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

It may be highly rated, but our three nights there were very disappointing. The food was tasteless, poorly presented and boring. Breakfasts were only marginally better. The cook (was there one?) definitely needs to go back to school. Bar service was poor (no Pisco Sour because of lack of ice). Lodge ran out of gas so cold showers only. Forget the clay-licks in May, although you will be taken out there before sun-rise just in case a parrot has his/her calendar mixed up. There is nothing around at that time of the year I think. All in all the place looked terribly understaffed and poorly managed. On the bright side the guides are very good and worth a special recommendation. The lodge also offers a good selection of bad-weather gear.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

TRC is located another 5 hours upstream from Refugio Amazonas (another Rainforest Expeditions lodge). I highly recommend a stay at TRC if you are making a trip to the Amazon. Actually, I URGE you to go! To my knowledge, it is the only lodge located past the second control point. This is important, because there are no economical land activities allowed past this point, and no inhabitants other than wildlife. That means no farming, no mining... nothing to distrub the wild! All wildlife is at full capacity.

It is WILD (pun intended) to see all sorts of animals cohabitating together. You will see frogs one second, monkeys the next second, a herd of wild pigs next, macaws flying overhead... I saw some toucans, woodpeckers, leaf cutter ants... And wait for it - a JAGUAR!!! Yes, my group was lucky enough to see a jaguar on the river bank during our boat ride up to TRC.

The lodge itself is fantastic. Limited electricity (available only during certain hours), no personal bathrooms (but I did not ever have to wait), delicious meals, boiled/sanitized water tanks at several locations to refill your bottles, recycling bins, a nice bar (try the pisco sours or Cusquena beer!), and friendly staff! You can even schedule a massage.

The lodge is beautiful. Being somewhat of a hardwood floor freak, I fell in love with the architecture. Nice polished floors - you feel at home just running around in your socks. Need some down time? Take a nice little siesta on one of the 5 hammocks hanging in the main area. It's never noisy there.

I hope you get the opportunity to stay at the TRC, because I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Karlstad, Sweden
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. Relaxed and exciting living close to nature. Very good food.
We saw different types of rainforest, birds (69 species), animals and insects, we also experienced heavy rain in the rainforest. The entire stay at TRC was amazing, it was an experience we will not forget.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Redondo Beach, CA
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Tambopata Research Center is the place to go! We stayed there for the 5D/4N package (actually the first night was at Posadas Amazonas) and it was amazing! Even though it is the furthest lodge upstream, the accommodations and food were great. We still don’t know how they cook such great meals in such an isolated area. All of the people at the lodge were so nice, but our guide, Richard Amable, was the best! He was unbelievably knowledgeable and really taught us a lot about the rainforest. We feel that the experience was even better because we were lucky enough to get him as our guide. Although they warn you that you might not see animals on every walk you take, we actually did. It was amazing….each time we went out, we saw yet another beautiful bird or animal. We can’t say enough about our experience at TRC, and we were sad to have it end.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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DKrautmann, Public Relations Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Dear Jeanine,

Thanks for sharing your experience. We'll make sure to tell Richard you had a good time with him!

Hope to see you again someday!
Saludos,

Danielle and the staff at TRC
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

My wife and I did a 5D/4N trip to the Tambopata Research Centre with Rainforest Expeditions. It was amazing ! We were met at Peurto Maldonado airport by our guide Eder, and bused off to RE headquarters (5 minutes away) where we were given a cold drink and a chance to repack and leave unwanted baggage before we headed upstream. After an hours bus ride to a small river landing, we transferred to a boat and headed upstream to Refugio Amazonas. There were a couple of nervous moments as the engine wouldn't start a couple of times. RA was good - a lot bigger than we pictured, but went on a caiman search (saw tarantula and a viper too) that night, up ookout tower and to see the nesting harpy eagle and chick next morning. Then we headed another few hours upstream to TRC. This was a much smoother and comfortable boat ride (forward facing seats) than the previous day - despite a raging river with a lot of debris. The wildlife also increased markedly too - including capybaras and birds. TRC was very comfortable place to stay. You don't want a double bed in these conditions - just too hot and humid - so king single each was perfect. We managed to see 6 of the 7 monkey species during our stay, plus macaws, toucans, vipers, tarantulas, frogs (including the poison dart frog), butterflies and moths and an amazing array of ants! No pumas or jaguars ... Meals were very good - always fish or meat or chicken with pasta or rice or quinoa with salads and bread for lunch and dinner. Plus cereal and bread with coffee for breakfast. And Cusquena and cocktails at the bar. The shared bathrooms were clean and spacious. Hammocks on the deck were a good place to snooze. We were lucky to only have small numbers for 2 of the 3 nights we were there - they were lovely people and the other guides were good value. Eder definitely helped make this trip as our guide with his knowledge and sense of humour. Our trip back to PM was smooth. We were on a later flight straight back to Lima so took a taxi into town for lunch and to see the new bridge across the river. It was had work getting a tuk-tuk or taxi with our limited Spanish. Excellent all round - definitely recommend TRC.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

LOVED IT!!!

After about a 2+hour boat ride from Refugio we arrived at TRC. Whilst on the river we saw lots of wildlife and many beautiful birds. The guides were always doing their best to spot wildlife along the way.

Once we arrived at TRC the boat/porters took our luggage to our rooms. It's about a 10+ minute walk to the research center from the boat. We were glad that we had kept our rubber boots on from the morning muddy trek at Refugio.

You are in the primary forest and it's very apparent. Right when we arrived enroute to the lodge another guide and his guest had a tripod telescope set up and were viewing monkeys which was a very good sign of what was to come. :)

The set up similar to Refugio, just smaller in overall camp size. The bathrooms are about 50 yards away so you just have to plan your potty breaks accordingly. Rooms are very nice and also open without screens or windows. There is candlelight for your room but the electricity is provided in the main mess hall/bar area where you can charge your camera batteries, computer etc as specified time intervals. Keep your headlight and flashlight handy. Or maybe don't. Cause the critters and bugs that arrive in your room at night time are bigger than I've ever seen.

Each night we had the loudest thunder/lightening storms I've ever witnessed. So loud and earth shaking! This equates to muddy trails that are sometimes just to your ankles. Other times we got caught out in the jungle in a rainstorm and our walking trail turned to a muddy creek that was 10 inches high. A bit of challenge to walk in cause your boots stick and you almost walk right out of them, but the adventure was amazing!!

We saw 6 out of the 7 species of monkeys, fresh jaguar tracks, tons of macaws (all different colored ones), wild pigs, turtles, caymans, huge terantulas (?sp) etc. etc. etc. Got some great pics and really enjoyed ourselves.

There is a clothes washing station available for you to use as needed. We didn't. But you will need to bring only thin parachute material pants and long sleeve shirts. Nothing will dry if you don't. Socks don't dry. Underwear doesn't dry. So plan accordingly and bring extra cause you will be changing after each trek. If you don't get wet from the rain, then you will be sweating. So you will want to change. Our parachute clothing dried easier, but not quickly so have several changes of clothes. Addtionally you will want a thin pair of loose pants, long sleeve cotton shirt etc. for wear at night time after your trekking is done. Keep this outfit separate from all your wet clothes. You will appreciate the comfort of this.

Spray your bug spray all over your body. I only sprayed it on places that would be visible...face, neck, chest, hands etc. They bit me thru my clothes. Luckily it didn't happen til the last day there. But apparently they can bit you through your clothes. I didn't realize that. I got over 100 bug bites on my back, legs, booty etc....

We travelled with our teenage daughters and the chefs at the TRC were super accomodating for them and cooked them pasta and plain grilled chicken as they aren't very adventurous with their food choices. The food that was prepared for everyone was very good. Local flavors and dishes. There is a bit of a fly problem there though. They try to bat them away but the flies are relentless and end up in all the dishes on the cafeteria food line.....this was the only bummer.

This was a great trip for us. We loved seeing all the wildlife. We loved having our own guide assigned to us. My husband went out on several 1:1 night hikes with our guide Yuri. The storms were fantastic...especially the night time ones. There's wildlife all around the research center. The clay lick was nice to visit too. It's a bit far away so you will need a big telephoto if you want any decent pics. I didn't realize it was that far. The guides carry telescope tripods so you can get a great view of activity that is far away. The guides are very accomodating and will go out on a trek whenever you'd like. That's a really nice option. And it's especially nice that each family or each couple etc is assigned their own guide. That way you can go out when and where you want to....loved that.

This is a wonderful destination for adventure travelers. Loved being with the researchers too. I found it very educational and fulfilling in every way. This is not a club med though. It's the jungle. In an eco lodge. Plan accordingly and you will love it if you enjoy this sort of thing. We did.

The staff were very nice, very helpful in every way. Would definitely recommend to a friend. It's something everyone should experience at least once :) Put your adventure hat on and go for it!!! And definitely if you are going to go to Tambopata, go to the TRC....get as deep into the jungle as possible. It will provide you with the best chances of seeing as much wildlife as possible and isn't nearly as crowded. Definitely worth it.

Also, our booking went without a hitch. Communication was via email and always prompt etc. We actually were trying to decide between Manu and TRC and the reservationists at Manu were terrible with returning emails (like days to weeks) and were not nearly as helpful and friendly and prompt with replies as TRC. I went off of that in choosing TRC over Manu. I was concerned about that lack of follow through by Manu reservationists etc. and was concerned this would be reflective of what I would experience at Manu so we chose TRC. Glad we did. Felt like Rainforest Expeditions provided exactly what we needed, wanted and expected. They actually exceeded our expectations and even offered us a group discount as well...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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DKrautmann, Public Relations Manager at Tambopata Research Center, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Dear Nancy,

Thanks so much for such a lovely trip report and for sharing your experience with us. Your tips are helpful for future guests to best prepare for their adventure.
So glad you and your family enjoyed it! We hope to see you again someday!
Saludos!
Danielle and the staff at TRC!
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Catonsville, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Our trip to the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) was unforgettable. We traveled to Peru for our honeymoon and this was our first adventure. Some of our highlights were the claylick, palm swamp, canopy lookout tower and the boat ride to the lodge. We had an amazing guide and we were able to identify over 100 animals including 77 varieties of birds. If you are looking for an amazon adventure and don't mind off the grid accommodation, then I highly recommend the TRC.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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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 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
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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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