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Tambopata Research Center

Pioneering lodge in the pristine rainforest of the Tambopata National Reserve near Puerto Maldonado.

Overview

Immerse yourself in biodiversity at Tambopata Research Center. This remote lodge features just 24 rooms and is nestled inside the Tambopata National Reserve. With a mix of hands-on nature explorations and upscale amenities, a stay at Tambopata Research Center Lodge is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Life at Tambopata Research Center Lodge

If you are traveling to Peru to delve into the flora and fauna of the area, you will be happy to find that little separates you from nature at Tambopata Research Center. Your adventure begins with a 2.5-hour boat ride. As the river takes you further from civilization and into the Amazon, you will start to spot capybaras and caimans. In your room, an open wall gives you a front-row seat to the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest.

During the day, walk along 100-feet of elevated pathways within the lodge. These walkways, which put you at the ideal level between the jungle floor and canopy, are the perfect spot to see the rainforest come alive and observe herds of jungle hogs as they gather nuts from the nearby palm trees. Would you like to rejuvenate and relax after days of travel and adventure? Book an appointment at the lodge’s spa.

While a Swedish massage is always a hit, the Intense Jungle Massage is an experience like no other. Warm stones are used in conjunction with local Matico and Eucalyptus plants to soften skin, relax muscles and revitalize your body. Afterward, sip a refreshing Pisco Sour in the bar and pick up hand-made artisan goods at the boutique.

Excursions from Tambopata Research Center Lodge Tambopata Peru

Tambopata Research Center is located near five distinct wildlife habitats and provides ample opportunities to see everything from parrots to monkeys. Many guests are even thrilled to catch a peek of jaguars! Though you are free to mix and match activities, three predesigned itineraries, ranging from four to six days, are meticulously tailored to help you make the most of your time in Peru.

In the company of expert guides, you can hike through a bamboo forest searching for Howler and Dusky Titi Monkeys. Other hikes explore the swamp and rainforest in hopes of seeing Spider Monkeys and Capuchins as well as leaf-cutter ants and birds, including parakeets and woodpeckers. Watch vibrant orange and soft pink hues reflected on the river during a sunset cruise.

Macaws and Clay Licks at Tambopata Research Center Lodge

True to its name Tambopata Research Center is more than a vacation getaway and places a distinct focus on conservation research and protecting the macaw population. In 1989, the Tambopata Macaw Project was born with the goal of saving the species from the threats of hunting, logging, and black-market trading.

Central to these efforts is a natural clay lick in the area, which attracts hundreds of birds each day. Though it still is not understood why macaws are drawn to the clay lick, it is thought, thanks to the efforts of the Tambopata Macaw Project, that the birds need the sodium found in the salty soil. You can witness the phenomena firsthand on a dawn excursion.

Coffee in hand, you will set out by boat to the clay lick. As the skies begin to brighten, you will hear the first bird calls as Scarlet Macaws, Red and Green Macaws, Blue and Yellow Macaws, and Mealy Parrots descend to the clay lick. The flurry of color and sound is a spectacle you must see to believe.

For avid birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, and world explorers, a stay at Tambopata Research Center is a must. Best of all, you can feel good about supporting the conservation efforts of this carbon-neutral lodge while also indulging in creature comforts such as spa services and three daily meals.

Itineraries & Prices

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4-Day
5-Day

3 Day - Lodge Stay

itinerary map

Arrival & Discover The Amazon

AM: Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 2 hours journey by bus and boat to the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you let the city behind to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes

Posada Amazonas Lodge awaits - a spacious ecolodge, with a bar, a massage center, and buffet service in the heart of a private concession own by the Native Community of Infierno, the guardians of the rainforest.

PM: This afternoon join a first group hiking leads to the 40-meter scaffolding Canopy Tower. A banister 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.

Tambopata Research Centre's 3-Day Itinerary Day One - Arrival to the lodge.
Location
Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Research Centre
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Explore The Oxbow Lake

AM - PM: Wildlife in the Amazon takes advantage of the first lights of the day as it is cooler, so we do. Even you are on vacation there will be some activities that our guides encourage you to make it very early in the morning and it’s worth it.

Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake is thirty minutes by boat and forty-five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there 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 screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.

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 that explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.

You will have the option of a night walk when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Is much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Tambopata Research Centre's 3-Day Itinerary Day Two - Oxbow Lake.
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Tambopata Research Centre
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Departure

AM: It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end. Your visit will make a direct contribution to Wired Amazon and the National Reserve of Tambopata. You will journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.

Tambopata Research Centre's 3-Day Itinerary Day Three - Amazon River Landscape.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
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4 Day - Lodge Stay

itinerary map

Arrival & Welcome to the Amazon!

AM: Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 1-hour bus and a 2.5 boat journey to the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you leave the city to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes. As we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectares uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

The Tambopata Research Center awaits – a spacious boutique eco-lodge, with bar, a massage center, and buffet service in the heart of National Reserve of Tambopata, being the only lodge inside the reserve surrounded by dozens of macaw nests belonging to the Macaw Project.

PM: This afternoon join the Overlook. A three to five-kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on the old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. You will have the option of hiking out at night when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Tambopata Research Centre's 4-Day Itinerary Day One - Howler Monkey Sighting.
Location
Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Research Centre
Day
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Join A Party Of Colors And Sounds

AM - PM: On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle that inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet, and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

This five-kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos we will go for a monkey search Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. The Tambopata Research Centre is located within this habitat.

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge explore the island where is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets that call this pond their home.

After dinner scientists will provide a night lecture, an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Tambopata Research Centre's 4-Day Itinerary Day Two - Blue and Yellow Macaw Sighting.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
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Adventure To The Creek

AM - PM: A different kind of Terra Firme forest on a half-day activity is available daily. Crossed by several creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River, walk in the opposite direction of the river, where you will focus on forest and ecology on this creek trail.

Twilight descends early in the jungle. Under the thick tree cover of the rainforest, darkness falls quickly, when the light cannot slip through the foliage any longer. Now, as afternoon slips into evening, you’re about to see one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. The Sunset Cruise floats down the wide river, countless oranges and pinks reflecting off the water in lovely patterns.

Tambopata Research Centre's 4-Day Itinerary Day Three - Sunset.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
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Departure

AM: It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end. Your visit will make a direct contribution to Wired Amazon and the National Reserve of Tambopata. You will journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.

Tambopata Research Centre's 4-Day Itinerary Day Four - Lodge Departure.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
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5 Day - Lodge Stay

itinerary map

Arrival & Welcome to the Amazon!

AM: Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 1-hour bus and a 2.5 boat journey to the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you leave the city to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes. As we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectares uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

The Tambopata Research Center awaits – a spacious boutique eco-lodge, with bar, a massage center, and buffet service in the heart of National Reserve of Tambopata, being the only lodge inside the reserve surrounded by dozens of macaw nests belonging to the Macaw Project.

PM: This afternoon join the Overlook. A three to five-kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on the old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. You will have the option of hiking out at night when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Tambopata Research Centre's 5-Day Itinerary Day One - Howler Monkey Sighting.
Location
Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Research Centre
Day
1 / 5

Join A Party Of Colors And Sounds

AM - PM: On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle that inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet, and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

This five-kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos we will go for a monkey search Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. The Tambopata Research Centre is located within this habitat.

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge explore the island where is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets that call this pond their home.

After dinner scientists will provide a night lecture, an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Tambopata Research Centre's 5-Day Itinerary Day Two - Blue and Yellow Macaw Sighting.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
2 / 5

Explore The Amazonian Forest

AM - PM: Every morning is different at the clay lick, because of that you have another chance to join the morning excursion. An entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five-kilometer trail of terra firme forest. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreals as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats. 

Tambopata Research Centre's 5-Day Itinerary Day Three - Jungle Trail Excursion.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
3 / 5

Adventure To The Creek

AM - PM: A different kind of Terra Firme forest on a half-day activity is available daily. Crossed by several creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River, walk in the opposite direction of the river, where you will focus on forest and ecology on this creek trail.

Twilight descends early in the jungle. Under the thick tree cover of the rainforest, darkness falls quickly, when the light cannot slip through the foliage any longer. Now, as afternoon slips into evening, you’re about to see one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. The Sunset Cruise floats down the wide river, countless oranges and pinks reflecting off the water in lovely patterns.

Tambopata Research Centre - Lodge Stay
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
4 / 5

Departure

AM: It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end. Your visit will make a direct contribution to Wired Amazon and the National Reserve of Tambopata. You will journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.

Tambopata Research Centre's 5-Day Itinerary Day Five - Lodge Departure.
Location
Tambopata Research Centre
Day
5 / 5
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Walkways
Main House
Lobby
Spa
Dining Room
Dock
Walkway
Lodge Entrance
Lobby
Spa
Dining Room
Dock

Suites & Cabins

Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite. Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite. Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite. Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite - Bathroom. Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite - Bathroom. Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite - Twin. Tambopata Research Centre's Superior Suite - Bathroom Amenities.
8 Cabins

Superior Suite

Guests
2
Size
21 m² / 226 ft²
Beds
Twin

The Superior cabin features a floor-to-ceiling window for guests to wake up to the beautiful scenery of the Amazon. The ample bathrooms are equipped with basic amenities like biodegradable shampoo, liquid soap, and conditioner. RSC

Tambopata Research Centre's Comfort Suite - Twin. Tambopata Research Centre's Comfort Suite. Tambopata Research Centre's Comfort Suite - Bathroom. Tambopata Research Centre's Comfort Suite - Bathroom.
8 Cabins

Comfort Suite

Guests
2 - 4
Size
44 m² / 479 ft²
Beds
Double

This room features an open wall to enjoy the grand scenery of the Amazon rainforest. The room comes with a safe deposit box, umbrellas, and a wifi signal. Guests can enjoy a refreshing shower in the private bathrooms with biodegradable liquid soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Tambopata Research Centre's Suite. Tambopata Research Centre's Suite - Interior. Tambopata Research Centre's Suite.
4 Cabins

Suite

Guests
2 - 4
Size
55 m² / 590 ft²
Beds
Queen

The suite comes with an indoor sitting area and an open wall facing the beautiful Amazon rainforest. It has a free minibar for you to relax and unwind with some drinks. The private bathroom is equipped with eco-friendly toiletries, including liquid soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Interior. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Outdoor Bath. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Exterior. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Outdoor Lounge Area. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Indoor Lounge Area. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Bathroom Amenities. Tambopata Research Centre's Deluxe Suite - Bathroom.
4 Cabins

Deluxe Suite

Guests
2 - 4
Size
85 m² / 913 ft²
Beds
Queen

The Deluxe Suite is very spacious with an indoor sitting area, a private terrace with a hammock, and a free minibar for refreshments. The private hot-water bathrooms are equipped with eco-friendly toiletries like biodegradable liquid soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Technical Information

Property Layout

Features

  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Kosher Meals
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details