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See native wildlife in their natural environment
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Your Amazon tour includes two nights’ single or double accommodation, including all transportation and full board, with self-serve meals available for each breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owned by the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno, Posada Amazonas is an airy eco-lodge built of natural materials and located near the Tambopata National Reserve. Each spacious room includes a private bathroom with hot water. Kerosene lamps and candles provide the lighting for classic rooms. (Please note: Rooms are separated not by doors, but by cane fencing with drapes, so they are private but not soundproof.) Enjoy one-of-a-kind daily excursions along with sightings of wild monkeys and colorful birds from the windowless verandah that overlooks the tropical rainforest! Climb the canopy tower for excellent rainforest views and wildlife spotting or relax at the onsite wellness center (massages, aromatherapy, etc. are at own expense).
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Posada Amazonas (L, D)When you arrive at Padre Aldamiz International Airport, you’ll be greeted by a guide between 1-2:30pm and driven just ten minutes to the tour headquarters in Puerto Maldonado. Amid beautiful gardens, pack only the gear necessary for your next few days in the Amazon rainforest. Then, drive 12 miles (20 km) to the Tambopata River port, entering the land of the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno. Enjoy a boxed lunch before a 45-minute boat ride from the port to Posada Amazonas, located on a private reserve in partnership with the native community since 1998. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you with a brief orientation. Afterward, embark on a 20-minute guided hike to a canopy walkway, where a 98-foot (30-meter) scaffolding tower leads to the rainforest treetops. Climb the staircase, which provides safe access to the platforms above, and be awed by spectacular views. You’ll see vast expanses of standing forest and the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Keep an eye out for toucans, parrots or macaws flying against the horizon or flocks of mixed species landing in the trees nearby. After dinner at the lodge, you’re free to hear a presentation on the Infierno eco-tourism project, provided each night by a staff member. Overnight: Posada Amazonas in the Peruvian Amazon Day 2: Tres Chimbadas Lake and Parrot Clay Lick (B, L, D)After breakfast at the lodge, your guide will take your group to Tres Chimbadas Lake, reached by a 30-minute boat ride and 45-minute hike from Posada Amazonas. Located in the middle of the Tambopata National Reserve, the lake offers a serene spot to take in the pristine Peruvian rainforest. When you arrive, cruise by catamaran around the lake in search of a resident family of giant river otters. Most active from dawn until 8 or 9am, the local members of this endangered species have been seen by 60% of visitors to the oxbow lake. With the help of your guide, spot other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. From a blind located about 65 feet (20 meters) from Parrot Clay Lick, you will see dozens of colorful parrots and parakeets descend on the riverbank—most active during late mornings and mid-afternoons. If the weather is clear, watch birds such as mealy and yellow-headed Amazons, blue-headed parrots, dusky-headed parakeets and cobalt-winged parakeets ingest the clay for its salt content. After lunch, enjoy an ethno-botanical tour, starting with a 20-minute boat ride downriver. Disembark and follow your guide along a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape, a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients at a small clinic. As you walk along the nature trail, which explains the different medicinal uses of selected plants, learn more about the local community and its relationship with the surrounding landscape. Return to Posada Amazonas for dinner, after which you’ll have the option of hiking at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories! Overnight: Posada Amazonas in the Peruvian Amazon Day 3: Posada Amazonas – Puerto Maldonado (B)Following breakfast, enjoy the 45-minute boat ride back to the town of Puerto Madonado, where you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your departing flight.
2 nights accommodation
Round-trip airport transfer
Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Note: departure to the airport on day 3 will take place between 7am-8am. Please plan your departure flight accordingly
It is recommended you bring light pants, long sleeved shirts, hiking shoes, rain jacket, day pack, flashlight, binoculars, pocket knife and insect repellent
Minimum age is 5 years
Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Maximum luggage weight is 22 pounds (10 kg)
Padre Aldamiz International Airport (Puerto Maldonado)
Transfers from Puerto Maldonado International Airport take place between 1pm-2:30pm. Please arrange your arrival flight accordingly