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Tambopata Research Centre

Peruvian Amazon

Rating: Basic    

Tambopata Research Centre overview

Tambopata Research Centre is an 18-bedroom lodge in an uninhabited portion of Tambopata National Reserve. It is just 500 metres from the world's largest known macaw clay lick. With its remote location, small scale and the presence of researchers, the centre is an excellent base for in-depth exploration of the rainforest.

The centre was built combining traditional native architecture and materials with modern, low-impact, eco-lodge technology. Four interconnected buildings house the bedrooms, dining area, kitchen and service facilities. The 18 rooms have one open side with views of the forest. Bathrooms are shared, and have hot water showers and flush toilets. 

Buffet meals are served in the small bar and dining area. At night the centre is lit by kerosene lamps and candles and there is a generator for recharging batteries. 

Guides are young, English-speaking Peruvian biologists. Walks on trails are kept at a 6:1 tourist to guide ratio, increasing wildlife encounter opportunities. The macaw clay lick is a huge 50 metre tall cliff of reddish clay on the west bank of the Tambopata River. You will see dozens of species of macaws and parrots. There are numerous trails through a variety of forest types giving the opportunity to see a range of rainforest wildlife including monkeys, peccaries, and tapirs. Specialist photography tours are available where you can hire top quality camera equipment and have the help of a professional photograper to help you improve your camera skills and capture some memorable moments and sights.

Owing to its remote location a stay at Tambopata Research Centre must be combined with a stay at Refugio Amazonas.


Open:  Tambopata Research Centre is open all year.  

Location:  Tambopata Research Centre is in a half hectare clearing 50 metres from the Tambopata River in a 700,000 hectare uninhabited sector of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is in a very remote location. From Puerto Maldonado you board a boat for the 2.5 hour ride to Refugio Amazonas. It is then a further 4 hour trip upriver to Tambopata Research Centre followed by a 10 minute walk to the centre.  

Rooms:  There are 18 rooms connected by raised boardwalks. Rooms have one open side, to give views of the rainforest. They are constructed from wood, palm and clay and have curtains rather than solid doors. There are mosquito nets on the beds, bedside tables, hanging space for clothes and hammocks or chairs where you can relax. There are 8 shared bathrooms with hot water, showers and flush toilets. Rooms are built on stilts and linked by raised walkways. They are separated from each other by cane fencing for seclusion.

Activities:  Visit the largest known macaw clay lick in the Amazon, just a 500 yard walk from the lodge. You can hike in different habitats including bamboo, flood plain and riverine forest. There are over 25kms of trails around the centre enabling you to explore the area. There is a small jungle tower for views over the palm swamp and macaws. Kayaking and canopy climbing are available. Specialist photography tours led by a professional photograper and including a photography workshop each morning, and including the opportunity to hire the best and newest equipment, are available.       

Facilities:   There is a dining room, bar, spacious reception lounge area and a souvenir shop. The centre has an interpretation centre where you can learn about the rainforest. The lodge provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals combine Peruvian and international dishes. Unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water is available during the day. There is a veranda with hammocks, perfect for relaxing between activities. The centre has facilities where you can wash your clothes. A generator provides electricity for recharging batteries, and light is provided by kerosene lamps and candles. It is very dark at night so you should bring a torch. 

Dining:  Meals are eaten communally and served as buffets.  

Children:  Tambopata Research Centre is not suitable for young children, but those over the age of 12 are welcome. Please bear in mind this is a remote and fairly basic lodge which takes about 7 hours to reach from Puerto Maldonado, though you can break the journey with an overnight stay at Refugio Amazonas.

Health:  This is a malarial area.

There is internet access for emergency use.    

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Ms. Gillian Powell (08/10/2015)

"I loved the feel of this place. Really welcoming and like being on camp. Food was good. Macaws hanging around and close which was lovely."

Mrs Annette Loehr Happe (27/06/2015)
"Remote cosy lodge in the rainforest, very familiar atmosphere, very friendly staff, very clean in spite of minimal two showers per day and guest, no problems with large community-bathrooms. TRC is offering a lot of paths and short boat rides, great wildlife in day- and nightwalks, relaxing hammocks. Great! "
Denise Harman (02/09/2011)
"We spent five days in the Amazon basin which was amazing be prepared for alot of insect repellent! The lodges were beautiful despite their remoteness and the food was really good. The guide we had was brilliant and found us tarantulas, piranhas and many more exciting animals. The Macaws were out of this world, a once in a lifetime experience."

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