Tambopata Tours (Backpacker)

Description

Tambopata Tours (Backpacker)

Our low-budget backpacker Tambopata tours into the Peruvian jungle allow you to experience the magic, diversity, and tranquility of one of the most diverse locations on earth in three different basic tours: 2 days, three days and four days.
The jungle Reserve of Tambopata is located in the South East of Peru, around a 14-hour drive or 1-hour flight from the Andean capital of Cusco. The Reserve is the second-largest in Peru (after Manú National Park) at almost 275 hectares (680 acres) and overflowing with abundant life.

Tambopata is home to the Ese Eja community, as well as over 600 bird species, including parrots, macaws, parakeets, toucans, hummingbirds and eagles; 100 reptile and amphibian species, such as caimans, boa constrictors and anacondas; 170 mammal species including giant otters, pumas, jaguars, tapirs, ocelots and monkeys; 1,200 butterfly species and 20,000 plant species. The Tambopata Reserve includes several types of habitats: old-growth Amazonian rainforest with trees over 30 meters (90 ft.) tall; bamboo groves; rainforests in floodplains; oxbow lakes; palm swamps where blue and gold-bellied macaws nest; and Savannahs in the eastern sector of the park.


Itinerary

Itinerary: 2D / 1N

Day 1

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru’s capital of biodiversity. Following pickup at the airport and we continue to Capitanía, a small river port, where we board a motorized boat to cross the Madre de Dios River. As the trip progresses, we become immersed in the natural surroundings of the jungle. We arrive at the Lodge after about 40 minutes boat and enjoy a welcome drink. We will be ready then for our first adventure: the high canopy bridge and zip line. We have to reach a tower at the treetops for the start of the 200 meters zip line. The breath-taking views are only matched by the excitement of the adrenaline. The canopy bridge leads us after to the platform for the second zip line back to the tower that descends to the forest floor.

After lunch, we will take the kayaks to the river. We will visit Monkey Island to see a diversity of monkeys such as the capuchin, tamarins and squirrel monkeys.
Optional in the evening: join the caiman spotting at night-time after dinner.

Day 2

Today we pack our lunch and snacks, distributed after our breakfast. We take the boat to the control of Tambopata National Reserve Zone. We will walk for around 90 minutes through the rainforest to reach the famous Sandoval Lake. We will enjoy flora and fauna, including giant otters, birds, colored butterflies, turtles and a wide variety of fish. We will be spending some hours in a canoe paddling over this beautiful lake. Once back at our lodge around 5 pm, we will arrange our luggage so can have the transfer back to the city of Puerto Maldonado.

Itinerary: 3D / 2N

Day 1

See above: Itinerary: 2D / 1N

Day 2

Today we pack our lunch and snacks, distributed after our breakfast. We take the boat to the control of Tambopata National Reserve Zone. We will walk for around 90 minutes through the rainforest to reach the famous Sandoval Lake. We will enjoy flora and fauna, including giant otters, birds, colored butterflies, turtles and a wide variety of fish. We will be spending some hours in a canoe paddling over this beautiful lake. Once back at our lodge around 5 pm, we have dinner and time to rest until bedtime.

Day 3

In the rainforest, parrots, and parakeets eat the rich clay that provides them with the salt and minerals necessary to metabolize and neutralize the toxins and acids of the flowers, fruits and seeds that make their daily food. That is why early in the morning they come to the clay walls along the rivers and streams in the rainforest. We will leave very early in the morning around 4 am to see the beautiful birds. At around 7.30 am we are back at our lodge for the breakfast and our transfer back to the city of Puerto Maldonado.

Itinerary: 4D / 3N

Day 1 and Day 2

See above: Itinerary: 3D / 2N

Day 3

We will take a boat on the Madre De Dios River to go downstream for about an hour to reach the Native Community of Ese/Ejas, the largest Ese Eja community with about 200 families. We will be able to visit two families today. The project ‘Rescuing Cultural Values’ situated on the Gamitana Island is working with them. They will show us the culture of their ancestors, their language, and their customs. We will be able to have a better idea of the way of life of the indigenous communities in the rainforest. After lunch, we will go rustic fishing at the same river. If we get lucky, we can catch some species like the cat fish or the red-eyed piranha. We will go back to our lodge after the fishing, have our dinner and get the night rest.

Day 4

In the rainforest, parrots, and parakeets eat the rich clay that provides them with the salt and minerals necessary to metabolize and neutralize the toxins and acids of the flowers, fruits and seeds that make their daily food. That is why early in the morning they come to the clay walls along the rivers and streams in the rainforest. We will leave very early in the morning around 4 am to see the beautiful birds. At around 7.30 am we are back at our lodge for the breakfast and our transfer back to the city of Puerto Maldonado.

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Practical Information

Fixed Departures Apply: Contact us for more details
Price: Contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change.

Bring With You
  • Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton)
  • 100 % waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear)
  • Insect repellent (at least 50% deet), sunscreen
  • One pair of light weight ankle height boots and sandals
  • Flashlight
  • Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses
  • Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
  • One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.
Included
  • Transfers: Airport - Lodge - Airport
  • Complete meals
  • Lodging in traditional bungalows
  • Entrance fee to Sandoval Lake Reserve
  • Water
  • Excursions with specialized guides.
Not Included
  • Flights Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco. We are happy to book these for you as an extra - please check with a member of the sales team for a price quote.
    It is also possible to get a bus between the two cities ONLY in dry months April - October, ask for more details.
  • 2D / 1N: Breakfast on day 1, dinner on day 2
  • 3D / 2N and 4D / 3N: Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Tips for your guide.


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