Day 1: Puerto Maldonado

Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the Puerto Maldonado airport and transfer ten minutes to the lodge’s Puerto Maldonado headquarters. You will be asked to take only a small duffle bag with necessary items for your stay in the Amazon - the rest of your gear for the Andes can be left at the secure luggage storage facility at the office. This helps keep the river boats and cargo light. After everything is packed up, transfer 12 miles to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. Board the boat for a 2-3 hour boat ride into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation area and on to your lodge, Refugio Amazonas. Enjoy a boxed lunch en route. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important safety tips and information for your stay in the Amazon.

The guides at Refugio Amazonas are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, the guides speak English, or a translator will be provided. The guide ratio is 10:1, however, if you would like a private guide please let us know in advance and one may be available at an additional cost.

This evening enjoy a tasty dinner at the lodge before heading out on your first activity. A nighttime caiman search! Head out with your guide scanning the river’s edge and shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes. Return to the lodge for overnight.

Refugio Amazonas

Three nights at Refugio Amazonas. All meals included.

Day 2: Puerto Maldonado - Oxbow lake, Canopy Tour & Farm Visit

After an early breakfast (the bird song will wake you!), meet your guide and visit a nearby oxbow lake. Paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the rare river otters that are occasionally spotted here. Don’t forget to look up, macaws often fly overhead. After exploring the oxbow lake, a 30-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the seemingly endless primary forest extending towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here, views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

After lunch at the lodge, venture down river a short ride to a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of both common and bizarre Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. Follow an ethnobotanical trail with your local guide and find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local community - learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para and more.

Return to the lodge for dinner followed by a nightly lecture prepared by the guides, which may cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

All meals and indicated activities included.

Day 3: Puerto Maldonado - Clay Licks & Guided Night Walk

Rise early for breakfast, then depart for a 15-minute boat ride and hour-long forest walk to a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet visit this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeked (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in mid-morning or early afternoon, when they are active.

After lunch, just a few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the simple remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. The guides will demonstrate the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

Your next Amazon adventure lies a 20-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas. Wild forest pigs, the peccary, show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay at this clay lick. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also visits the lick including deer, guan - a prehistoric-looking large bird - and parakeets.

Have dinner at the lodge before heading out on an optional night walk. Mammals are most active after sunset, but still quite difficult to see in the dark, dense jungle. It’s easier to find unique Amazonian frogs and insects on our night walks.

All meals and indicated activities included.

Day 4: Departure

After breakfast bid Refugio Amazonas farewell and board the boat for your transfer to Puerto Maldonado to collect your luggage before heading to the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. Continue to your onward adventures in Peru or to Lima for your flight home.

Breakfast included.
Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Jan-Dec $1,100.00 Please call for pricing.
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