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REFUGIO AMAZONAS III

Refugio Amazonas is a thirty-two bedroom lodge, opened in 2005, located in a 120-hectare private reserve. The lodge has been built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and architecture and modern day ecolodge technology. It is an excellent option for introductory nature tours and the ideal stepping stone for longer explorations to the Tambopata Research Center. It is also the perfect choice for those traveling with children. The Refugio Amazonas offers the only attraction especially made for children, in the Peruvian Amazon – the Children’s Rainforest Trail. There are also special programs for teens and soft adventures available.
 

Duration 5D / 4N

Price $/ 0

DAY 01: ARRIVAL - REFUGIO AMAZONAS

Upon our arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will be welcomed by the refuge's guides at the airport and taken to the refuge's headquarters in Puerto Maldonado (10 minutes away from the airport). All of the refuge's guides are scientists, tourism practitioners or members of the community. We advise you to take with you only the necessary luggage for your stay. The rest of your luggage can be left in a safe place in our warehouse. We will transfer you from our headquarters in Puerto Maldonado to the port of Tambopata. For this, we will ride along Puerto Maldonado (20-kilometer ride) to the port of embarkation in the indigenous community of Infierno. Then, we will board a boat and navigate for 2:30 hours through Infierno, passing by Tambopata's National Reserve checkpoint, to Refugio Amazonas. For lunch we will provide you a lunch box. We will be greeted by the manager, who will also give us some advice for our stay. Dinner. We will go out at night and have a boat ride through Tambopata river. We will be scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to spot the red gleams of reflection from the caiman eyes. Accommodations for the night at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 02: LAKE VISIT - ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN - TAMBOPATA'S NATIONAL RESERVE

Breakfast. We will have a ride on a canoe or a "catamarán" boat around the lake in search of the resident species, like hoatzins (known as "shansho" in Peru), horned screamers and caimans. We will wait to see the giant otters, although they are not frequently seen in the zone. We will also observe some macaws and parrots flying over the lake. Lunch. 5 minutes downstream away from Refugio Amazonas we will find a farm, owned by charismatic Don Manuel, from the neighboring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown crops. Each plant and tree he grows serves a purpose. Dinner. We will have a nocturnal lecture prepared by the staff covering the preservation issues, the opportunities and the projects at Tambopata's National Reserve. Accommodations for the night at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 03: PARROT AND PARAKEET COLLPA - BOSQUE CASTAÑA - CANOPY TOWER

We will have a 15-minute boat ride and a 60-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas to a parrots and parakeets collpa (a clay river wall). From a hidden place, we will observe the parrots and parakeets arriving (especially when the sky is clear) to eat some clay from the collpa. Breakfast. 20 minutes away from Refugio Amazonas we will find a peccary collpa (known as "sajino" or "huanganas" in Peru). These rainforest wild pigs show up in herds of 5 to 20 animals. They arrive to the collpa, especially in the morning, to eat some clay. Chances of spotting them are approximately 15%, but it is worth the hike, given the proximity of the collpa. Lunch. We will walk for a few minutes from Refugio Amazonas to Bosque Castaña, a beautiful forest of Brazil nut trees. The trees have been harvested for decades. We will notice the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by the Brazil nut gatherers. We will observe the complete process of production (from collection, through the transportation, to the roasting and shelling). We will have a 30-minute hike from Refugio Amazonas to the Canopy Tower (25 meters high - 82 ft). The access to the platforms up high is safe thanks to a banistered stairway. The tower was built on a higher ground, improving the visibility over the horizon of the primary jungle until Tambopata's National Reserve. Dinner. Accommodations for the night at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 04: ETHNOBOTANICAL TOUR - MIRADORS OVER TAMBOPATA RIVER

Breakfast. Early in the morning, we will have the Ethnobotanical tour to find a variety of plants and trees, that are used by the locals for diverse purposes. We will learn about the medicinal use (among other uses) of the garlic sacha, "yuca de venado", cat's claw, charcot-sacha, para-para, among others. Lunch. We will walk along Tambopata river to the miradors (2 kilometers away). We will notice the difference between a Terra Firme forest and a secondary forest, given that we will walk through both habitats. While resting on the benches, we will witness how the Tambopata flows through the lower jungle. Dinner. Accommodations for the night at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 05: REFUGIO AMAZONAS - CHECK OUT

Breakfast. We will transfer you by boat from Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata's port. We will transfer you from Tambopata's port to Refugio Amazonas' headquarters in Puerto Maldonado. We will transfer you from the headquarters in Puerto Maldonado to the airport.

*Please be aware that, depending on the departure time, a very early check out might be necessary.

Important:

  • - Triple rooms are available on Classic category in the Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center.
  • - Quadruple rooms are available on Clasicc category only in the Posada amazonas and Refugio Amazonas.
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