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Daily departures are available to lodges near Tambopata National Reserve and the adjacent Bahuaje-Sonene National Park in Peru, 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! It is also a haven for the Amazon's largest, most spectacular and most endangered predators - the Jaguar, the Giant Otter, the Harpy Eagle and the Black Caiman.
The remote location of comfortable rain forest ecolodges, far enough from civilization, and close to natural oxbow lake ecosystems, puts you in proximity to the most remarkable attractions of the South American rainforest. Each day offers a fresh half-day or full-day excursion, while evenings can be spent relaxing and enjoying your accommodations, restaurant and bar services. Comfortable lodges include private bathrooms with hot water. Electricity is limited to short periods in the morning and evening so you can charge your cameras and devices. All meals are included and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Day 1: Fly from Cusco or Lima to Puerto Maldonado
Transfer to airport in Cusco or Lima for check-in for flight to Puerto Maldonado. Your guide will welcome you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you to the office to repack & store luggage. And will escort you for the 68-km road and river journey (23 km by vehicle, 45 km by boat). Our launch will take us to the ecolodge, while minimizing negative impact with its high fuel efficiency and fiberglass (rather than wooden) hull. This river journey serves as your first introduction to the rainforest, and upon arrival –after time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the Ecolodge- you will be invited to enter the forest in the company of a naturalist guide. (Private bath, hot water & meals included -BLD)
Day 2: Explore Forest Trails and Wetlands
Your first full day in the rainforest will be spent on the trail system leading to Lake Condenado. On the waters of the lake, in one of our canoes, we search for local birdlife and native animals.
Forest lake systems are the best places to spot birds and wildlife. (BLD)
Day 3: Into the Deep Forest
The next day we will go much further into the forest to visit the wetland system around Lake Sachavacayoc. The forests around this beautiful lake teem with birdlife, and are home to black caiman and endangered giant river otters. Back at the Ecolodge in the afternoon, you will have time to relax in a hammock or explore our clearly marked trail system independently. (BLD)
Day 4: Rain Forest Lodge to Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
After breakfast, we leave early for the return journey downstream to Puerto Maldonado, where you will be transferred to the airport for flights to Cusco or Lima. (B)
(Activities subject to change based on seasonal conditions and reports about wildlife sightings)
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of lodges are available in the Amazon?
We help you choose lodges from "campy" to "luxury" accommodations. Every lodge has private bathrooms with hot showers and all meals are provided by on-site chefs and cooks. All linens are provided and everyone sleeps under charming and practical mosquito nets. No matter which lodge you choose, a jungle hammock awaits you. All lodges are made from local downed wood and materials from natural fibers.
How do I get to lodges in the Amazon jungle?
Daily flights can be booked from Lima and Cusco. Morning flights are best for arrival in PEM and midday or later flights are best for departure from PEM. We will review the parameters for your flights before you book them. Flights from Lima often make a short stop in Cusco on the way in each direction. Passengers stay on the plane. Once you arrive in the lodge, the local guide will meet you and accompany you all the way to the lodge and then stay with you on the return trip to the airport.
Where do I put my luggage?
When you arrive at the airport in PEM, your guide will transfer you to the office where you repack for the trip to your lodge. You only take the essentials and leave your excess luggage in storage. A duffle bag will be provided unless you have your own. Soft bags are required for use in the canoes. Local staff will carry the bags to and from the canoe and the lodge for you. Your excess luggage will remain in the office until you return from the lodge.
Do I need special vaccinations like Yellow Fever?
Please review the recommendations of the US office of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or contact your physician or local travel medical clinic. No one in Peru will ask you to provide proof of vaccination. It is your decision.
The risk of malaria is so low that it is recommended that visitors only need to take precautions to prevent insect bites: use repellent, wear long sleeves and sleep under a mosquito net.
Are there mosquitoes?
Yes there are mosquitoes and other flying insects called Sandflies. Population of mosquitoes can be greater during the wet season from December - March. Rainfall is common year round, but can be heavier during the wet season. Sandflies can be present year round and are almost invisible. While they are not known to be vectors of disease, they can leave itchy welts.
Are mosquito nets provide?
Yes, all jungle lodge provide mosquito nets for every bed.
Are jungle lodges air conditioned?
No, there is limited access to electricity in Amazon jungle lodges. Most lodges have generators that provide electricity for short periods of time so that guests can recharge their cameras and devices. No buildings have air conditioners or fans. Buildings are made from local materials and are designed to allow circulation of air. Heat does not build up from reflection of man-made structures and concrete. Humidity is typical and photographers should bring air-tight storage containers for delicate equipment. (zip-loc bags with silica works great for store phones)
Can I go to Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Amazon in the same trip?
Yes. It is quite efficient to combine these two destinations back to back. The trick is to arrange local flights as three one-way legs to avoid backtracking. We'll help you choose and book your flights.
This Adventure Includes
- Accommodations with private bath & hot water
- 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)
- Flights to and from PEM (Puerto Maldonado
- Entry fee to Tambopata National Reserve
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Yoga, massages or other services may be offered for a fee in some lodges
- 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 & life jackets
- Flights are in and out or Puerto Maldonado served by 2 airlines (AVIANCA and LATAM)