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Biology & Ecology Seminar

Tour Begins: Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Tour From: Tambopata Research Center

Tour Type: Amazon Rainforest Lodge

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tambopata research center itinerary

  • Otter Monitoring
  • Macaw Census
  • Clay Lick Monitoring
  • Interspecific Relations
  • Flora & Fauna

NOTE: There is an additional $60 per person charge for entrance into the national park

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
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Day 1

Arrival & Reception by Biology Instructors
Lecturers For workshops and seminars, guides with a background in biology and / or research experience are selected as instructors, who then conduct the workshops or lectures in the field in which they are specialized in.
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
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
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 2

Otter Monitoring
We paddle a canoe around an oxbow lake, filling out standard Frankfurt Zoological Society otter monitoring cards. If we see giant river otters during our outing we register their location and direction on a map of the lake, we track and time their activity (swimming, fishing, resting, alarm call) and we attempt to trace their white throat marks, which are distinct for each individual.
Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to TRC
Four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.
Macaw Population Census
The macaw project has been counting individuals present in trail transects and river transects in an effort to estimate macaw population variations with seasons. During our river voyage we will be given data registration cards to note species of macaws sited, number of individuals and location. This data will be plugged into the general macaw project data set.
Boxed Lunch
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Ecology 1 – Introduction to the Amazon Basin
This ecology workshop covers the physical characteristics of the Amazon Basin, the meteorological reasons for the existence of rainforests, the geological history of the Neotropics, and the meaning of Pleistoscene Refuges.
Macaw Project Lectures
After dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 3

Clay lick monitoring
Following macaw project research procedures that have been applied for several years, we monitor parrot presence at the clay lick. From the clay lick observation site, we will repeat scan sampling methods every ten minutes, registering data such as start time, point of sampling, meteorological conditions, number of birds observed by species, and conduct characterization.
Ecology 2 – Structure of the rainforest
This workshop discusses the horizontal and vertical layout of the rain forest around the lodges. The reasons behind the stratification of the forest in levels (ground, understory, mid-canopy, canopy) are explored, as well as the properties inherent to each. Present habitats are also defined and visited: riverine forest, palm swamps, bamboo forests, tree fall gaps, terra firme forest, flooplain forest, etc.
Ecology 3 – Relations and adaptations
Interspecific relations (commensalism, mutualism, parasitism) and adaptations to habitat (stilt roots, feeding niches, succulent leaves) are explored with examples from the lodge trails.
Flora and Fauna 1 – Amphibians and Reptiles
On flooded trails and puddles we will learn to identify the noteworthy species and genera of reptiles and amphibians and learn reproductive modes, toxins types, mimicking tactics and the reasons for the global decline in amphibian populations. We will even learn a few frog songs.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 4

Flora and Fauna 4 – Birds
Birdwatching can not be taught in a few days – but the basics of it can. Birdwatching outings will focus first on learning how to spot birds in the forest and the basics of their differentiation. Then we will actually begin identifying birds of different habitats focusing on the easiest ones and the most common ones. Important points such as reproduction and feeding habits and mixed species flocks are also touched upon.
Flora and Fauna 5
Fish From a platform in a small pond we will sample fish using nets. We will learn the essentials of the identification key, as well as the properties of the principal families and the adaptation of fish to the extreme conditions of seasonal water formations in the Amazon.
Flora and Fauna 6
Insects and Spiders – Before identifying insects, insect anatomy is taught. Then, insects are identified to the order level. Important insect topics include their diversity and the ecosystemic functions of key families and orders such as dung beetles, army ants, termites, etc.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 5

Flora and Fauna 3 – Mammals
Mammal identification is taught mostly through the use of signals such as tracks, feces, trails and sounds. The few mammals which we will spot will be identified to species level. Natural histories of the twenty or so most important large mammals are learned.
Flora and Fauna 2 – Botany
Based in primary floodplain forest we identify the essential families and go to species level with the most conspicuous. Flowers, fruits, and seeds are essential to our work in identification and we learn their tactics for dispersion, germination, fertilization and growth. Finally, we also get into the uses of different plants.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 6

Time – off
Time off to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings, try out a new trail, or repeat your favorite activity.
Transfer Boat
TRC to Refugio Amazonas – A three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.
Boxed Lunch
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.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 7

Transfer Boat
Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
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.

T.R.C Biology & Ecology Seminar Rates |

Prices Per Person

7 Days / 6 Nights:

  • (Double Occupancy)

  • (Single Occupancy)


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.

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 Biology & Ecology Seminar in the Tour section of the Tambopata Research Center enquiry form.

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    Tambopata Research Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Biology & Ecology Seminar | 7D / 6N
    Celebrate Biology in the largest container of wildlife on Earth. Take part in monitoring of giant otter populations and the macaw census. Assist researchers monitoring activity at the clay licks and receive hands on experience in tropical ecology. Tour includes flora and fauna studies and lectures on Amazon wildlife.

    Biology & Ecology Seminar

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