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( 4 days and 3 night )
Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata), the gateway to
the southern jungle bio-reserve in the heart of the Amazon
The rugged frontier town of Puerto Maldonado, bisected by
rivers and surrounded on all sides by the lush Amazon
Jungle, is the starting off point for Tambopata's many
remote lodges. Out in the wilderness, the enthralling
rhythms of the jungle dominate, and capybaras, caimans,
parrots and all manner of other animal and bird life let you
know that you have left the modern world far behind.
Itinerary Day by Day:(B)= breakfast /
(L)= lunch / (D)= dinner
Cost by person 450 US$
DAY 1 Puerto Maldonado -
Arrival and Reception by Guide. Our guides are biologists,
tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted
otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at
10:1 ratio. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be
merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like
a private guide or a guide in a language other than English
please let us know.
Transfer Airport to Pto Maldonado Headquarters. Upon arrival
from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and
drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters.
While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens
we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your
next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This
helps us keep the boats and cargo light
Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata River Port. Skirting Puerto
Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River
Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is
a communal business. Boxed Lunch.
Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas. The forty five
minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas
will take us into the Community’s Primary Forest Private
Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome
you and brief you with important navigation and security
Canopy tower: A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas
leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A
bannistered staircase running through the middle provides
safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain
spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest
cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now
and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against
the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the
treetop next to you. Dinner.
Ecotourism Lecture. A daily presentation on the Infierno
Ecotourism project is available every night from a staff
DAY 2 Posada Amazonas
Breakfast. Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake: Tres Chimbadas is
thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from
Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake
in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine
giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and
other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned
Ethno botanical Tour: A twenty minute boat drive downriver
leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro
Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that
produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them
to patients who choose their little clinic. They have
produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and
other) uses of selected plants. Dinner.
Night walk. You will have the option of hiking out at night,
when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much
easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre
as their natural histories. Dinner (B/L/D)
DAY 3 Posada Amazonas
Parrot clay lick: This clay lick is only a twenty minute
walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty
meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets
descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river
bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon,
Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this
clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late
mornings and mid-afternoons.
Ceiba Trail Hike: We leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas
and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in
the vicinity: a giant Ceiba tree. During the hike we will
focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its
principal taxonomic groups. Lunch.
Farm Visit. A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us to
the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The
owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon
crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves
DAY 4 Departure Day
Transfer Boat - Posada Amazonas to Tambopata River Port.
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Puerto Maldonado
Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters - Airport. We retrace
our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our
office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this
may require dawn departures. (B) (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch,
All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double
All scheduled transportation.
All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide
All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
International Domestic airfares, airport departure
taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges,
additional nights during the trip due to flight
cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water,
snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights
and items of personal nature, domestic flight.
Cost by person in Double Occupancy US$ 450
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