Tambopata Jungle Trek 4D/3N
- Tour Type: Hikin, Jungle and camping
- Good For: Anyone with a moderate level of fitness
- Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
Tambopata National Reserve, located in the Peruvian Amazon, was created in 1990 to protect the local ecosystems, noted for their extraordinary biodiversity. The area includes eight different zones, ranging from the rainforest to the to the cloud forest. There are reportedly more than 1700 species of plants, 100 species of mammals, 130 species of butterflies and 90 species of amphibians living there.
While you are relatively close to Cusco, you will feel like you are a world away as you venture into this nature reserve. You will discover an astounding variety of jungle wildlife, from plants to birds and animals, as you cut your own path with a machete. Our travels will include many forms of transportation--from boat and canoe to hiking on foot--on this extraordinary adventure.
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado- Monkey Island
- Early morning pickup by private van from your Cusco hotel to take you to the airport.
- We fly to Puerto Maldonado, which calls itself the “Biodiversity Capital of the World,” and transfer to the tour office to fill out paperwork.
- Our city tour of Puerto Maldonado, founded by rubber barons in 1912, will include a visit to the local market.
- After heading back to the office, we will get on our boat to begin an unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, we hope to see alligators, turtles, herons and other animals.
- Upon arriving at our Amazon ecolodge, we will have lunch
- After lunch we visit Monkey Island, in the middle of the Madre de Dios River by kayak. The Island hosts different monkey species: from the noisy Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, the Frailes, to the very little and funny “leoncitos” or little lions.
- Heading back to the lodge by kayak, we will enjoy a welcome drink and settle into our comfortable bungalows.
- We will enjoy a sumptuous dinner and spend the night at the lodge.
Day 2: Lake Sandoval
- Early morning, after breakfast, we take a boat to the Lake Sandoval area, which includes swamps and a diversity of “Aguajal” forests.
- We do a two-hour hike through the jungle to Lake Sandoval, The area has monkeys, crocodiles, otters, a vast variety of birds. We may event spot a jaguar (Andean lion).
- Back to the boat, boat to the lodge and have lunch.
- We will visit the Amazon Observatory, built on top of the biggest tree, the “SHIHUAHUACO” which will provide an amazing panoramic view of the jungle.
- In the afternoon, you can relax, spending time at the Amazonian pool or go ziplining or fishing.
- After dinner we take a night walk, looking for crocodiles and other forms of wildlife.
- We will be spending the night at our ecolodge.
Day 3: Cocha Perdida
- After breakfast, we will take a 2-hour hike to Cocha Perdida (Lost Qocha), which hosts an ecosystem considered a refuge to a huge variety of animals,. We will be using machetes to help us clear a path along the way.
- Lunch will be back at the lodge
- Following our lunch, we will take a 2-hour hike to the Briolo and Gamitana Rivers for fishing.
- Our return will be by canoe, where we will observe turtles, caimans, butterflies and a great variety of insects along the way.
- We come back to the lodge for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 4: End
- After breakfast we take a boat back to Puerto Maldonado,
- A private van will take us to the airport
- Upon arrival in Cusco, a private van will take you back to your hotel.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP
For Your Transport:
- Pick-up by and return to your hotel in Cusco by private van
- Round trip airfare to Puerto Maldonado
- All boat and kayak trips
For Your Safety:
- Pre-departure briefing (the evening before)
- Experienced, knowledgeable tour guides
- First-aid kit
- Boiled water (starting the 2nd day)
For Your Sustenance:
- Welcome drink on Day 1
- All our delicious meals served at the ecolodge (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) Special diets accommodated if requested in advance.
- Special snacks
For Your Comfort and Well-Being:
- Entrance fees to Tambopata National Park
- Three nights of ecolodge stays
- Waterproof boots
- Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters
- Day 1 breakfast, Day 4 lunch and dinner
- Water on the first day
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration)
- Daypack for your personal belongings (we provide a duffle bag for your personal porter)
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
- Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp
- Cotton socks
- Long sleeve shirt
- T-shirts and trekking pants
- Flashlight and head-lamp with extra batteries
- Camera and extra batteries
- Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor
- Sunscreen SPF30+
- Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
- Rain gear: rain jacket or poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, moist towelettes
- Small towel
- Refillable water bottle
- Water purifying tablets (optional since we provide boiled water)
- Any medications you need from home
- Plastic bags (Ziploc)
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