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Posada Amazonas
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Harpey Eagle
Scarlet Macaws
River Otter

Getting There
Posada Amazonas LodgeFly east from Lima or Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. It is a bustling, tropical frontier town, and its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism.

Posada Amazonas, jointly operated by Peruvians and the Ese'eja Native Community, has 24 rooms with shower/baths, hot water. Both a naturalist and an Ese'eja Native accompany all jungle excursions. The reserve is noted for Harpy Eagles (the world's most powerful bird of prey), river otters, parrots, macaws, and mineral clay licks, as well as a 35 meter tower for observation.

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Refugio Amazonas
Room Descriptions & Photo Gallery

Opened in 2005, this is the latest addition to Rainforest Expeditions' Tambopata portfolio. Reception, Refugio AmazonasAs a charming 24-bedroom lodge, it is well-placed on a 200-hectare private reserve on the buffer zone of the Main Lodge, Refugio AmazonasTambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions' Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is located deep in this reserve, providing a unique opportunity to know the untouched, virgin forest.

Getting There

After arrival in Puerto Maldonado, it is a two and a half-hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port, passing the Tambopata National Reserve's checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

Dining Room, Refugio AmazonasRefugio Amazonas has no electricity. Numerous kerosene lamps and candles provide light. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. The rooms are 7 x 4 meters so they can comfortably hold three beds, Standard Room, Refugio Amazonasalthough most are set up for two. The walls dividing each room are built of cane, and extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters height making each room private. The side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind, acting as a large window facing the forest. The reason for this unprecedented design is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing, and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the rainforest. A second, small window on the opposite side, set up very high, keeps the rooms well-ventilated. Each room has a cold water private bathroom, and rooms are not soundproof. Doors are replaced with drapes and each room has beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables and hammocks or lounge chairs.

Research Center (TRC)

Room Descriptions, Activities & Photo Gallery

Getting There
The remote Tambopata Research Center lies several more hours journey by boat from Posada Amazonas, and adjoins the Tambopata Candano Reserved Zone.

Tambopata Research Center

Tambopata Research Center RoomThere are 13 rustic yet comfortable rooms with mosquito netting and community bath facilities. Primarily a research center, guests are a welcome vehicle for researchers to show off the largest known macaw clay lick (see below), over 25 macaw nesting sites, Dining Room by Lantern Light, Tambopata Research Centerand some of the largest bird populations in the tropics. The January 1994 issue of National Geographic features an article on the Research Center.

The Tambopata Reserve encompasses 700,000 hectares of uninhabited wilderness about the size of Connecticut (or Switzerland), and protects stable populations of some of the most unique and endangered wildlife. The small scale of its infrastructure, and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides, provide the discerning and adventuresome traveler an excellent headquarters for in-depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife

Itineraries & Programs
Itinerary I - Posada Amazonas or Refugio Amazonas
3 Days/2 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Puerto Maldonado Transfer from your Lima or Cuzco hotel to the airport for a short flight to Puerto Maldonado. Meeting service upon arrival by a representative of Rainforest Expeditions. After a brief survey of this frontier town, you depart on the two-hour trip via motorized dugout canoe to Posada Amazonas Lodge located on the lower Tambopata River. Here you will have a short orientation and briefing on the lodge and the Ese'eja Ecotourism Project. (L, D)


Day 2: At Posada Amazonas After an early breakfast, depart for a visit to the beautiful Tres Chimbadas Lake, fifteen minutes from Posada Amazonas. Take a short trail hike to the lake and a long, easy canoe ride around it, looking for river otters, turtles, hoatzin (left), and wading birds. Return to the lodge around mid-morning to hike trails in primary floodplain forest — the stereotypical rainforest. The hikes are accompanied by an Ese'eja native who will explain how the forest is used in their everyday life. The afternoon includes a walk to the nearest and most active of eight harpy eagle nests found in the area. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Depart Puerto Maldonado Morning transfer back to Puerto Maldonado for your return flight to Cuzco or Lima. Transfer to your hotel. (Hotel accommodations not included.) (B)

Itinerary II - Posada Amazonas or Refugio Amazonas
4 Days/3 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Puerto Maldonado Same as Itinerary I above. (L, D)

Day 2: At Posada Amazonas/Refugio Amazonas Same as Itinerary I above. (B, L, D)

Day 3: At Posada Amazonas/Refugio Amazonas Additional jungle excursions accompanied by an Ese'eja native guide. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Depart Puerto Maldonado Same as Day 3 of Itinerary I above. (B)

Itinerary III - Posada Amazonas or Refugio Amazonas &
Tambopata Research Center

5 Days/4 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Puerto Maldonado Same as Itinerary I above. (L, D)

Day 2: At Posada Amazonas/Refugio Amazonas Same as Itinerary I above. (B, L, D)

Tambopata River, PeruDay 3: To Tambopata Research Center After an optional pre-breakfast outing to observe the wildlife at peak time, travel four hours up the Tambopata River (left) into the heart of the reserve. The final traces of human habitation will fall away as you cross the northern boundary of the reserve, and you will enjoy excellent wildlife viewing along the way. Your mid-morning arrival at the center is greeted by the "Chicos," a flock of semi-wild, rescued macaws. After lunch hike the 1.5 mile Bamboo Trail, famous for its abundance of rare birds endemic exclusively to this habitat. Tambopata macaw clay lickYour hike is punctuated by the calls of Howler and Dusky-headed titi monkeys. After dinner enjoy a slide show presentation of the research projects past and present, followed by a short night walk along the beach looking for caiman. (B, L, D)

Day 4: At Tambopata Research Center At dawn visit the world's largest macaw clay lick (right) where up to 15 species of parrots and macaws numbering in the hundreds congregate daily. After breakfast you will hike the 1.5 mile Ocelot Trail. Saddleback tamarins, Squirrel and Brown Capuchin monkeys make the huge Ceiba trees their home. After dinner, embark on a fascinating "frog walk." (B, L, D)

Day 5: Depart Puerto Maldonado Same as Day 3 of Itinerary I above. (B)

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Safaris include: Round-trip airfare Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, round-trip airport transfers in Puerto Maldonado, all meals, bottled water and non-alcoholic juice, nature trails, and your choice of excursions.

Not included: Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, gratuities and airport tax.

These packages are priced as extensions to one of the Peru programs from Cuzco. If originating in Lima, additional charges will apply.
Tambopata Research Center
Tambopata Research Center