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.