Tambopata Research Centre


  • See the world's largest macaw clay lick
  • Views of the rainforest from your bedroom
  • Remote, unspoilt location
  • Guided walking trails in the forest
  • Combines well with a stay at Refugio Amazonas
  • Access to top quality photographic equipment 

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, yet can be reached in about three and a half hours from Puerto Maldonado including a two and a half boat ride.

Rooms: There are 24 rooms made up of eight superior (21sqm), eight comfort (44.5sqm), four suites (54.8sqm) and four deluxe suites (84.8sqm). All have en-suite facilities with hot water showers and toiletries, safe and electric lighting at certain times of day. Comfort rooms and suites have hammocks and Wi-Fi internet access. Each top of the range deluxe suite has a private deck with a sitting area and plunge pool, and they come with access to the Photo Makers Lab (see below). All rooms have local furnishings and decor.

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. There is photographic equipment available for guest use (see below).

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 has a Photo Makers Lab with a range of specialist photographic equipment including lenses, tripods, flashes, reflective boxes for macro-photography, and blinds for concealment, designed for use with your Canon or Nikon camera. 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 three and a half hours to reach from Puerto Maldonado.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access at certain times of day in communal areas, comfort rooms and suites.

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Client Rating for Peru 5/5 from 58 reviews

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!

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