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Tambopata Family Program for Kids

Tour Begins: Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Tour From: Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Peru

Tour Type: Amazon Rainforest Lodge

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Refugio Amazonas Lodge – Family Program for Kids | 5D / 4N

refugio amazonas itinerary

  • Ania’s Story
  • Canopy Tower
  • Rainforest Playground
  • Oxbow Lake Visit
  • Parrot Clay Lick
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Rates
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Day 1

Arrival & Reception by Kids Guide
One of our regular naturalists who works well with kids will be assigned to your groups. If asked for, a separate guide will be assigned to the rest of the family for regular activities.
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 Refugio Amazonas
The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Boxed Lunch
Orientation
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Circle of Fire
The first night, as a prelude to the upcoming activities that will take place with our guide, we head towards the circle of fire. A series of burners lights the path that leads through the forest and meets at the circle of fire. This is where Tawa the ancient healer’s house is with all its instruments and magic potions and extracts prepared from plants of the forest. There we sit and listen to our guide through the story “Ania and the Voice of the World” and learn the story and characters. It is the starting point for the adventure that awaits us in the coming days.
Dinner
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 2

Breakfast
Canopy Tower
A thirty 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 continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
The Children’s Rainforest Playground
We play the “game of seeds” and learn all the powers that the seeds of the forest have. Together with our guide we learn how to collect seeds on our walks, which will help find special powers and thus better able to seek the “Treasure of ANIA.” Each seed represents a different level, we pass the 5 levels: Pona: Truth, Huasai: Friendship Cashapona: Courage, Huayruro: Freedom, Yarina: Love.
Lunch
The Children’s Rainforest Trail: Ania & The World´s Voice
An exciting journey designed for children ages 4 to 10 years, we travel with our guides on a challenging (but short) walk, where we follow maps, solve riddles and find clues that will lead to the “treasure of ANIA.” The path includes a visit to the houses of ANIA and TAWA , the grandfather of the woods. Searching for the “lost Brazil nut”, the city of ants and other fun games teaches children how people live in the rainforest, why keep it and leave a valuable message ANIA: “A child born into the jungle to fill our hearts with hope.” The concept, history and the way are all registered in the name of ANIA, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create 100,000 acres of “Land of Children” – private, protected areas managed for children.
Dinner
Night Walk
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.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 3

Breakfast
Oxbow Lake Visit
We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Lunch
Ethnobotanical Tour
Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
Rainforest Tattoo
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.
Dinner
Caiman Search
We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 4

Breakfast
Parrot Clay Lick
A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is 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 descend at 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-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.
Mammal Clay Lick
Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.
Lunch
Farm Visit
Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.
Dinner
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

Day 5

Breakfast
Transfer Boat
Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
Transfer
Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

Refugio Amazonas Family Program for Kids Rates |

Prices Per Person

5 Days / 4 Nights:

  • (Double Occupancy)

  • (Single Occupancy)

Included

Programmes based on double occupancy. Includes all meal, accommodations, and services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.

Not Included

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.

Boat Transportation

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.

We reserve the right to change the order of activities.

Although not valid for the rainforest part of Peru, we recommend that all foreign travelers bring their original passports in order to avoid the payment of national taxes (IGV 18%) at Hotels.


Please place Kids Vacation in the Tour section of the Refugion Amazonas Lodge enquiry form.

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    Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Family Program for Kids | 5D / 4N
    Home to the only childrens’ trail in the entire Amazon Rainforest, children can learn about the forest with Ania by following Ania’s story through the forest. You will observe parrots and toucans on the canopy tower and clay lick and visit an oxbow lake and working Amazonian farm.

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