Tambopata is a wildlife lover’s paradise; Its remote yet easily accessible nature makes it one of the best places to see animals in Peru.
So, if you are planning a trip there anytime soon, then this complete guide with all you need to know about Tambopata will help you a lot! Heres all You Need to Know About Travel to Tambopata.
Tambopata National Reserve is located in the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru and contains more than 4000 square miles of rich green forested areas which provide many plant and animal species.
You will have the chance to explore all that Tambopata National Reserve has to offer via guided jungle hikes or boat excursions in the Tambopata River.
There are many things to see in the Tambopata Nature Reserve starting from more than 1500 species of plants, 600 species of birds, 160 species of mammals, 200 species of fish, 100 species of amphibians, 65 species of reptiles, and 1200 species of butterflies.
While it is not guaranteed that you will see every species, the most commonly spotted are Black caimans, howler monkeys, giant river otters, jaguars, capybaras, spider monkeys, toucans, and tapirs.
You should visit the Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick which is famous for many species of macaws like Scarlet Macaws, Red & Green Macaws as well as other parrots and parakeets. They come to feed on the clay early in the morning, so it is believed that the high salt content in the clay helps remove toxins from their bodies.
The best way to get to Tambopata is to fly from Cusco or Lima to Puerto Maldonado and then take a taxi to Tambopata. This follows by a boat ride to your respective lodge. However, the tour company organizes everything from receiving you at the airport to transferring you to the lodge.
All of these forest lodges are comfortable and include beds, kitchen areas, showers, and much more. Even the meals will be provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The best time to visit Tambopata Nature Reserve is from April to October, this is the dry season of Peru with reduced rainfall, clear skies, and low water levels in the river.
So, when you start packing for Tambopata, remember to pack lightweight comfortable clothing that is suitable for the dry season. You can also wear clothing that lets you blend in with nature.
Make sure to take sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, good hiking boots, socks, etc. with you. A good camera, insect repellents, flashlights, and first-aid kits are also essential.
However, the weather can be quite unpredictable so make sure to take sweaters, raincoats, scarves, and anything you think is suitable for a colder climate.
A wildlife tour in Tambopata National Reserve can be a life-changing experience. One of the best things about Tambopata is the ease of access so even if you have little time in Peru you can add this to your itinerary. And when done right, this wildlife experience will be an unforgettable memory for you!