Tambopata National Reserve | 4 Day jungle experience
This 4 day tour takes you into Tambopata National Reserve and into your short Amazonian adventure. Nights are spent in a lush jungle lodge, meals are provided by a peruvian chef. When you’re not lazing around in hammocks, then it’s river explorations, jungle walks and many a search for a 2.5 m fish, Capuchin monkeys,caimans and giant otters! This 4 day trip even offers the visit of the La Torre clay lick. La Torre Clay Lick is a mud bank about four meters high and twenty meters wide crisscrossed with veins of mineral rich clay essential to the diet of the macaws and parrots.
Itinerary Overview: Tambopata National Reserve
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Day One: Puerto Maldonado – Inotawa Lodge
In the airport, your guide will lead you to the tour office located in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where you will register for your adventure at Tambopata National Reserve. The opportunity for last-minute shopping will be given in case you have forgotten trip necessities, like batteries or sunglasses.
You will follow the road to Puerto Nuevo―our port in the Infierno Community―for about one hour, crossing sites such as woodlands, banana plantations and cattle ranches.
When in Puerto Nuevo, you will embark on a 1.5 hour boat ride up the Tambopata river. During the trip, you will eat a lunch consisting of a vegetarian Arroz Chaufa, wrapped in a bijao heliconia leaf.
Now, you will zip through a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja National Park, a place where your eyes will gush over vegetation banks containing patches of cane, Cecropias and Ficus. Wildlife also bustles: from soaring birds like oropendolas, to mammals like monkeys, the Tambopata National Reserve is residence to many unique creatures.
As you arrive at the lodge, the manager will receive you and go over jungle/lodge protocol to ensure a safe and satisfying stay.
In the afternoon, you will trek in the jungle to observe the flora and fauna; trees like Ironwood, and birdlife such as quail are but snippets of amazing life pulsating in the forest.
After dinner, your guide will provide a briefing of what to expect during your stay, and the various activities held at Tambopata National Reserve.
Day Two: La Torre Clay Lick – Tres Chimbadas
Rise early, as you’ll canoe 15 minutes upriver to observe the feasting activities of macaws, parrots and the occasional mammal. On this journey, the La Torre Clay Lick―a mudbank crisscrossed with veins of mineral rich clay―will leave you awestruck.
A hideout rests 30 meters ahead, keeping the canoe hidden while simultaneously allowing an unobstructed view of the clay lick.
Tres Chimbadas Lake
The Tres Chimbadas Lake entrance is located 15 minutes downriver from the lodge. You will walk into the jungle for 45 minutes, passing an ecotourism concession held by the Infierno community.
Once at the lake, you will board a traditional catamaran, equipped with a single oar for maneuvering; here you can see birds like herons and kingfishers, while also chancing to cross giant river otters.
Traditional agriculture is still practiced within the Tambopata National Reserve. Therefore, visiting farming pioneers like Don Aurelio is vital to understanding tropical agriculture. This visit exposes you to Amazonian fruits such as Copazú, Yucca and Pineapple. Medicinal plants used by locals, such as piñón, caña caña and piri piri will also be introduced.
Later in the evening, there will be a nocturnal trail walk.
Day Three: La Torre Lakes
La Torre Lakes
(Lakes Montes, Pato, Lagarto and Solitaria clay lick)
Traditionally, the La Torre community has used resources from the Tambopata National Reserve for self-sustaining purposes: here they find supplies for huts, make handicrafts from special material and use medicinal plants to cure sickness. For the past few years, the community has generated income from this area in hopes of maintaining environmental wellness.
The boat takes you upriver for 15 minutes, picking up your guide from AMTUSET―an association that promotes ecotourism, founded by the La Torre community. Next, get ready to experience the full charm of Tambopata National Reserve:
First, disembark at the La Torre Park Rangers Post, continuing on foot for 4-5 hours. You will cross a creek leading into the jungle, eventually arriving at Lake Montes, Pato and Lagarto.
The mammal clay lick deep inside the rainforest, named Solitaria, will be your final destination. Wildlife like brocket deer and peccaries often frequent this spot since it’s one of the last southernmost clay licks in the jungle.
Nocturnal boat ride
In the evening, you’ll face the mysterious sounds of the Amazon via a nocturnal boat ride: this is a great chance to spot caimans, bats or capybaras with the aid of a powerful searchlight. Or, better yet, you can marvel at the constellations twinkling up above―are you able to name any?
Day Four: RETURN
After breakfast, you will return to the lodge office in Puerto Maldonado, making your way to the airport, where your guide will assist you with the check-in process for your flight back to Cusco or Lima.
Day One: Puerto Maldonado - Inotawa Lodge