Amazon Rainforest Lodge 3 or 4 Days

Trip Overview

The Tambopata National Reserve & Bahuaje-Sonene National Park are home to over 20,000 plant species, over 900 species of birds (more than all the species in the continental USA), 91 mammals, 1230 butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more!

Open Group
$420
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Open Group
$613
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Day 1:  Fly to Puerto Maldonado - Transfer by Canoe to Lodge

From Lima or Cusco there is short flight to Puerto Maldonado located in the heart of the Madre de Dios River basin. Arrive by 1 pm where the lodge staff will welcome you at the airport and drive you through the city stopping first at the office to repack and secure your excess luggage before we continue to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, the source of the Amazon tributary. Just 30 minutes down river is landing at the port that will lead to Sandoval Lake. We walk a trail of 3 Km (2 mi), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, up to a narrow canal boats. From there, we navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to the open waters of this peaceful lake. Our crew will row the boats across to the lodge (motors are prohibited on the lake). Under the surface of the lake we may see the huge Paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs). Or you may hear strange and unsettling screams and see heads peering from the lake surface, which will mark our first encounter with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Giant Otter of the Amazon. After a brief rest, we start again by boat to explore the entire eastern end of the lake, following the sound of hundreds of Blue-and-Yellow and Red-Breasted Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. Our view from the boat often allows close and extensive encounters with birds and mammals. In Sandoval Lake the Capuchin Monkey, in particular, has nearly lost its fear of humans. We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. Afterwards we take the boat again, in search of caimans, which are now extremely rare in the Amazon, but are still common in this protected lake. They grow up to 4m long, and dispute their share of fishing with the otters. On clear nights we go by boat farther into the lake for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way. (Box Lunch, D)

Day 2: Sunrise on the Lake and Guided Activities

Just before dawn we will be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the Giant Otters that roam the lake in a close-knit family, and very active at this time of day. At this time most of the birds that inhabit the lake are alert and busy. There will be time and tranquility to observe the birds fishing; while they stalk and capture prey. We will also have close-up views of the primitive Shansho (Ophistocumus hoatzin) eating leaves. After enjoying a late breakfast, we’ll walk the trail through the cool understory of the impressive primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here. After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe different species of monkey; including the most common Capuchin Monkey. Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle and after dinner we will have the opportunity to spot caimans in the lake. (B/L/D)

Day 3:  Explore Medicinal Plants and Jungle Hike

This can be a very relaxed or very active day according to your interests. Early risers have the chance to explore the lake or get a closer meeting with the Giant Otters. We return to the lodge for breakfast and afterwards take a break to enjoy the panoramic view from a high point in the lake before leaving to walk through a special circuit to investigate and learn the use of dozens of medicinal Amazonian plants. We will see the Pamicho, the plant that provides the material for thatched roofs of our houses; the ginger candle for anti-inflammatory medicine, and the Cinchona tree, whose bark has saved millions from the agony of malaria. This path includes the wild jungle and a small botanical garden dedicated to the cultivation of some native species. After lunch we take a break and prepare for a walk through the most quiet and secluded part of the forest on the north shore of the lake. In the evening we have one last opportunity to search the Black Caiman along the lake shore, or go for a short walk for your last night in the woods. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Puerto Maldonado Flight

After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport where you board your flight to Cusco or Lima. (B)

Tour Options

Open Group

Days/Nights:
3 D / 2 N
Difficulty Level:
Easy
Departure:
Daily
Starting From$420per person

Based on 2 people in double room / +$105 Sgl supplement

Open Group

Days/Nights:
4 D / 3 N
Difficulty Level
Easy
Departure
Monday or Thursday
Starting From$613per person

Based on 2 people in double room / +$157 Sgl supplement

Frequently Asked Questions

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This Adventure Includes

    • Accommodations with private bath & hot water
    • Entry fee to Tambopata National Reserve
    • Airport transfers
    • All ground and water transportation
    • Shared guided excursions
    • English-speaking guides
    • All meals & purified water during your stay in the lodge
    • Rubber boots (slip-on wellington style) 

Not Included

    • Flights
    • Gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Yoga, massages or other services may be offered for a fee in some lodges

Notes

    • Yellow Fever vaccination recommended 
    • Low risk Malaria.  (less than 1%) Medication not needed unless recommended by a doctor
    • Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice
    • Luggage will be stored in secure office & you can repack in soft-side bag (ours or yours) for your trip in motorized canoe to the lodge
    • All canoes have sun canopy, bench seats & life jackets
    • Flights are in and out or Puerto Maldonado served by 2 airlines (STAR PERU and LATAM)