Great Rainforest Adventure – Family-Friendly
Sample the Tambopata Rainforest staying in a comfortable Lodge. Look out for giant otters at an oxbow lake, observe parrots at a clay lick, walk to the huge kapok tree near the Lodge and visit an ethnobotanical center and farm within the Native Community of Infierno. An ideal adventure and wildlife tour suitable for everyone, ideal for families. 4 days/3 nights
Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport, you will be met and welcomed by our staff members. We drive 20 km to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno where we will board our motorized canoe. We will have a delicious boxed lunch on the way. From here it is a 45-minute boat ride to our Lodge inside the Community’s Primary Forest Private Reserve. You will be welcomed by the Lodge manager upon arrival who will provide orientation and security tips.
A 20-minute walk from the Lodge leads to the 30-meter scaffolding canopy tower, which affords magnificent 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. After dinner, you may attend a presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project by a staff member.
After breakfast, we take a boat ride of 30 minutes and then hike around 45 minutes to Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. Here we 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 caimans, hoatzins, and horned screamers. Otters are most active in the early morning. Later we take a boat ride 20 minutes downriver 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 an education ethnobotanical trail which explains the different medicinal uses of rainforest plants. After dinner, you may join us on a night walk to look for amphibians and insects.
Today a 20-minute walk will take us to a parrot clay lick. 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. Later a two-hour hike will bring us to a giant kapok tree. We will also learn about the natural history of the rainforest. After lunch, we will visit a 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 serve a purpose.
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.
NOTE: This tour begins and ends in Puerto Maldonado. Please make sure you get the first flight in and the last flight out. We gladly assist you with your purchase of your flights.
- Transport from/to Puerto Maldonado airport to the Lodge
- Room and full board
- Tambopata Park entrances
- English speaking naturalist guide (1 guide for up to 10 people)
- Excursions as described
- Flights to Puerto Maldonado (roundtrip)
Superior: USD 900.- per person in double or twin room, USD 1.185.- in single
Comfort: USD 965.- in double or twin, USD 1,245.- in single
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