We booked a 6-day visit to TRC through their website. Definitely do the longer trip--because you get a single guide for your party , from arrival at the airport, to departure. If you go through an organized tour company, you'll be stuck in a group of 20 people, and see very little in the rainforest. Outside tour companies typically go for 3 days, which is not nearly enough if you want to see wildlife.
1. Our guide, Gilbert, was excellent!! His knowledge of the environment was unparalleled. He could spot tiny frogs, in the dark, in the mud, and track herds of pecaries by sound alone. His English was fluent, and he had a great sense of humour.
All the guides are good. The organization has a rigorous employment and training program.
2. The lodges (both Posada Amazonas and TRC) were well-designed, natural, situated in the jungle. The rooms were beautifully rustic, with one wall open to the jungle. Don't mind the little animals scurrying or flying through your room at night. There's nothing like waking up to an open view of the jungle and the roar of the Howler Monkeys.
The food here is amazing!! Every meal is something to look forward to.
3. The tours are so very well organized. There is no sitting around waiting for things to happen. But you are given lots of lattitude as to what you want to do. A variety of day hikes and night time hikes are available. We also watched a presentation on their research and conservation work. Many academics come here to study and research. And many of the guides are actually graduate students.
4. We saw an amazing amount of wildlife, including capybara, caiman, harpy eagle, piranha, 4 varieties of monkeys, pecary, agouti, among others. We wouldn't have seen half of these if we had been on the 3-day tour.
5. The macaw clay lick was phenomenal. There were literally thousands macaws and parrots each of the 2 times we visited. And although you're quite a distance away, it's still absolutely worthwhile. Make sure you have a long telephoto, and tripod for good pictures--though some pictures were taken successfully by putting our digital camera lens up to their large telescopes.
6. 2 of us did a 2-day, 1 night kayaking trip down the river. We had one guide for the 2 of us, and our gear was taken by power boat to a campsite on the bank of the river. The camp was set up and meals prepared for 2 support staff ahead of time for us. The kayaking difficulty was not hard, and we saw many animals up close as we floated by.
We would absolutely recommend this 6 -day tour booked directly through their website!!
- 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