Tambopata Cultural Program
Tour Begins: Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Tour From: Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Peru
Tour Type: Amazon Rainforest Lodge
Refugio Amazonas Lodge – Culture Program | 6D / 5N
- Canopy Tower
- Parrot Clay Lick
- Community Visit
- Brazil Nut Trail
- Agroforestry Farm
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- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
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Arrival & 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 in Refugio Amazonas. 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 Puerto 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.
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters 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.
Transfer Boat – 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 Reserve.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
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.
A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
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 screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.
Parrot Clay Lick
This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas Lodge. 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.
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.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Infierno Community Visit
Forty five minutes downstream from Posada Amazonas Lodge, close to the port, lies the community of Infierno´s hub. Although homes are scattered over 10,000 hectares, the “hub” centralizes the shared infrastructure – school, store, medical post, and meeting room. We only visit with community authorization.
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 a purpose.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Transfer Private Boat – Posada Amazonas to Refugio Amazonas
The one hour and forty five minute boat ride from Posada Amazonas to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Brazil Nut Trail and Camp
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 precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
At the lodge we will prepare a paste from the fruit of huito and achiote to draw dark blue and red tattoos on ourselves. They last several days.
Tambopata National Reserve Lectures
Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Hotel in Puerto Maldonado
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado to our hotel.
Victor Zambrano’s agroforestry Farm
Fifteen years ago, visionary grassroots farmer leader Victor Zambrano replaced an almost bare manioc plantation with a combination of crops, medicinal plants, fruit trees and hardwoods. Today, a visit to his farm in the outskirts of Puerto Maldonado is hard to differ from a hike in the forest.
Puerto Maldonado City Tour
The signs of timber extraction, gold mining and rainforest agriculture are visible everywhere. We will explore the market, the town square, and the gold exchange street. Enjoying local ice cream and night life is mandatory.
Overnight at hotel in Puerto Maldonado
Visit to the Serpentarium
A short walk from the airport is the Serpentarium where the region´s principal snake species, including boas, bushmasters and fer-de-lances, are on display.
Hotel in Puerto Maldonado to Airport
Refugio Amazonas Lodge Culture Program Rates |
Prices Per Person
6 Days / 5 Nights:
Programmes based on double occupancy. Includes all meal, accommodations, and services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.
International or 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 or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
All our boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors.
Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30.
Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00 For other schedule possibilities please consult us.
Please place Cultural in the Refugio Amazonas Lodge enquiry form
Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado, PeruCulture Program | 6D / 5N
On your cultural trip to the Tambopata, you will visit the canopy tower and clay lick to see the macaws and toucans of the reserve and then spend your time with the surrounding communities. You will see a working Amazonian farm, see Brazil nut trails and camp, and visit an agroforestry farm. This tour provides interaction between guests and the local communities.Cultural