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Refugio Amazonas Tour Details

Refugio Amazonas Tour, invites to discover the Best of Peru’s most beautiful and wildlife – rich of all lakes in Refugio amazonas.

Overview of the 4 Day Refugio Amazonas Tour

Explore Refugio amazonas for four days and gain more depth. Learn about the importance of Peruvian nuts for the conservation of the rainforest, visit a parrot clay lick and get a view of the rainforest canopy from our tower. The Refugio amazonas Research Center suits you the best. Although known for its on going research of macaws for more than 20 years, there is much more to see at the Tambopata Research Center including the largest macaw clay lick in the world. A rule in the Amazon states that the further away from the cities you go and the longer you stay in the forest, the better chances you will have to observe wildlife.

Departure & Return Location

Puerto Maldonado Airport

Departure Time

Depends On Your Flight Time

Refugio Amazonas Tour Includes

  • Boat Transportation Rainforest Expeditions boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60 hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.
  • 3 Nights Accomodation
  • Bi Lingual Tour Guide
  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
  • Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): We reserve the right to change the order of activities.

Refugio Amazonas Excludes

  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional night for flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.

Reccomended To Carry

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
Notes
  • Boat Transportation Rainforest Expeditions boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes. Outboard boat engine are 60 hp 4 cycle, eco-friendly, low emission motors.
  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
  • Transfer out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado)
  • We reserve the right to change the order of activities.
Itinerary

Day 1Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata River - Refugio Amazonas

Arrival & Reception by Guide

Our guides are tourism professionals or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English, please let us know.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters

Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens, we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

Transfer Boat – Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas

The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

Boxed Lunch

Orientation upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

Dinner

Caiman Search

We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Superior Room at Refugio Amazonas – Overnight

Day 2Oxbow Lake - Canopy - Farm Visit

Breakfast

Oxbow Lake Visit

We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

Canopy Tower

A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding

canopy tower. A bannister staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

Lunch

Farm Visit

Five minutes downriver from the lodge, lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.

Ethnobotanical Tour

Along this trail, we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population for a variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal and other uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para among several others.

Dinner

Tambopata National Reserve Lectures

Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas, cover conservation threats and opportunities /projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Superior Room at Refugio Amazonas – Overnight

Day 3Parrot Clay Lick - Brazil Nut Trail

Breakfast

Parrot Clay Lick

A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas, is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck, we will also see some of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active as well as the mid morning to early afternoon.

Lunch

Brazil Nut Trail and Camp

A few minutes hike from the lodge, is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries), where the precarious remains of a camp used two months out of the year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rainforests only sustainably harvested product from collection, transportation to drying.

Mammal Clay Lick

Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas, is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay during the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15% but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also show up including deer, guan and parakeets.

Dinner

Night walk

You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Superior Room at Refugio Amazonas – Overnight

Day 4Transfer Out - Pto. Maldonado

Breakfast
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters

We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado to our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

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