Amazon Jungle Tours

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Ecotourism & Nature Interpretation

Tour Begins: Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Tour From: Tambopata Research Center

Tour Type: Amazon Rainforest Lodge

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tambopata research center itinerary

  • Canopy Tower
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Community Profiles
  • Park Management
  • Clay Licks

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, 6
  • Days 7, 8
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Day 1

Arrival & Reception by Ecotourism Instructors
Lecturers Most Ecotourism Seminar lecturers are RFE managers and executives. In some cases, RFE guides or instructors are hired to host certain topics in which they excel at.
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.
Boxed Lunch

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Canopy Tower
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.
Behind the Scenes at Posada Amazonas
The lodge manager will give us a one hour tour of the lodge getting into the processes which drive the housekeeping, food and beverages, transportation, staffing and administration of a remote rain forest ecolodge.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas

Day 2


Communities 1 – A community profile
Research on Infierno and a site visit are used to learn techniques to characterize agricultural systems, gender differentiation of roles, family health care and education, traditional values and ceremonies, government, and attitudes towards development and ecotourism. Results from past research are analyzed and discussed.
Ethnobotanical Tour
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.

Communities 2 – The RFE
Community of Infierno partnership – A long session divided into two – the project director will go over the environmental, social, and economic impacts of Posada Amazonas at a communal level. Afterwards a panel of two Infierno community leaders will join the project director in an informal question and answer discussion as to what went right and what went wrong with the Posada Amazonas project, as well as their vision of the future.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas

Day 3

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.
Transfer Boat – Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center
Six and a half hours by boat from Posada Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. 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.
Boxed Lunch
Protected area management
After a boat ride to one of the park’s control points we will listen to a park officer speak of the threats to the Tambopata National Reserve, the structure of the budget and the mechanics of park financing and administration within the Peruvian national system of protected areas. An account of the daily incidents in the life of a park guard will let us peek into the difficulties of physically patrolling one and a half million hectares of tropical rain forest.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Behind the Scenes at Tambopata Research Center
The lodge manager will give us a one hour tour of the lodge getting into the processes which drive the housekeeping, food and beverages, transportation, staffing and administration of a remote rain forest ecolodge.
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 4

Macaw Clay Lick
On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Introduction to tropical ecology
Rather than a workshop this is a comprehensive lecture describing the basics of rain forest structure and function. Topics include the structure of the forest (ground, understory, canopy), adaptations of plants (aerial palms, epiphytes, tabular roots), ecology of gaps (succession of fallen trees), interrelations between plants and animals (Strangler figs, tangarana ants, spiders consumed by fungi), interrelations between animals (mixed troops of brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys). Props are common floodplain forest trail sightings.
Ecotourism 1 – Architecture
The architecture of our lodges will be scrutinized by our specialists. We will touch upon designing and budgeting ecolodges, implementing green technologies for water, energy production and waste disposal, bottlenecks endemic to construction projects in the Amazon and the use of traditional materials and construction techniques.
Ecotourism 2 – Financing
Personnel from the finance department will focus on financial constraints inherent to ecotourism including incremental costs related to its small scale, inaccessibility and social and environmental requirements. Business planning and funding opportunities are also discussed.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 5

Nature Interpretation 1
Nature Guides and Interpretation – Guides are the key to a great ecotour. The people in charge of training guides at RFE will lecture on how to recruit and select great guides, how to train them in the overwhelming diversity of the rain forest, and how to design activities so that they support our guides.
Ecotourism 3 – Operations
The operations staff of Rainforest Expeditions lectures on quality management in remote settings, food and housekeeping processes, maintenance plans, development of local suppliers, greening operations through suppliers, and the design and implementation of educational activities.
Ecotourism 4 – Human Resources
Staffing with local people is easier said than done. Our HR people will explain how we recruit, select, train and evaluate staff from the community of Infierno. We will also analyze the intricacies of motivating a highly diverse staff that lives together around the clock, around the year and stress the importance of HR policies when working with communities.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 6

Nature Interpretation 2 – Guiding Techniques
An informal workshop conducted by experienced guides to get tips on guiding techniques. Topics include skills of a great guide, pre departure information, group management on and off a trail, case studies and troubleshooting.
Ecotourism 5 – Marketing
The Rainforest Expeditions marketers will share what we have learned about our clients and the evolution of the market in the past decade. We will also go over the logic behind our products, marketing materials and communication efforts.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 7

Transfer Boat – TRC to Refugio Amazonas
A three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.
Boxed Lunch
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.


Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 8

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 Ecotourism & Nature Interpretation Rates |

Prices Per Person

8 Days / 7 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.

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 Ecotourism & Nature Interpretation in the Tour section of the Tambopata Research Center enquiry form.

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    Eight Days:

    Tambopata Research Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Ecotourism & Nature Interpretation Seminar | 8D / 7N

    Get a behind the scenes look at park and eco lodge management. View macaws and toucans on the canopy tower and clay licks. Learn details about the surrounding communities and what it takes to make an ecotourism venture work.

    Ecotourism & Nature Interpretation

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