Coming from just about anywhere in Peru, the first thing that hits you is the humidity. Down on the river ride into the lodge, the air is cool and damp but the minute you go up the bank and into the complex, it's steam city. The huts are screened and completely enclosed with an open ventilated area above you share with your duplex neighbor so no noise/conversation privacy. But critters don't fly in and hang out with you at night! Floors and baths are tiled for easy cleaning. Water pressure is fine if you are the only one taking a shower but as it works out, most people come back from an excursion and take showers at the same time so the pressure goes down to a heavy drip. Hot water is solar heated and there will be plenty provided the sun is shining. No electricity except lights lining the paths an at the stairs of each of the huts. Light at night is by candle. Linen is changed after 2 nights and it usually needs it. There is electricity for charging from 6-10 at night and for a couple of hrs at noon at a community station which gets looking like a birds nest of monofilament from an unruly fishing reel.
Food is good and plentiful with lots of fresh fruit, pork chops, chicken and the ever present arroz and potatoes. Breakfasts always have eggs and yogurt with some meat and cheese. There is a bar with cold beer and some ability to make mixed drinks but nothing exotic. With the heat and humidity, beer is the preferred beverage. Drinking water is taken from a nearby stream and treated with chlorine and iodine but there is bottled water to purchase.
The guides are what makes or breaks the experience and they have good ones on the staff. Your day starts with a boat ride to a local trail for a hike and you are back in time for lunch with the afternoon free to walk the local trails around the complex or go for a dip in the local stream to cool off. There is an optional pre dinner activity each night which might be a night walk down one of the trails of a ride out on the river to see what may be hanging out on the banks.
Things to consider for this type of trip...We got lucky and it only rained the last night. But, it really rains when it rains and the rive came up 5 feet by morning. When it rains, the roofs do leak. Not badly but you don't want all your dry clothes sitting under one of the drips. There is not much to do when it rains. Be prepared to stick to the sheets whether it rains or not. The hiking is done in gum boots on muddy trails which can get real slick and it would get to the point of having most of your attention focused on not doing a face plant in the mud rather than trying to spot wildlife. During certain times of the year, the mosquitoes can nearly carry you away in a vampiric frenzy so deet is a must. For our trip there were hardly any mosquitoes and no need to use the netting at night. Viewing wildlife is hit or miss. There are no guarantees you are going to see anything in particular. We hiked out to a bluff where there were blinds set up to view macaws only to find a hawk perched across from the cliff that the macaws use to get salt. So, no macaws that day. You most likely will see Caymans, agouti, racoons, monkeys, snakes, lots of creepy crawly bugs, macaws and parrots. An afternoon trip to the farm is worth it just to see the variety of plants that grow in the area and you get to sample a lot of fruits that may be new to you. This trip is about managing expectations and you can have a good time and experience some new things provided you don't set your comfort requirements too high.
- Also Known As:
- Tambopata Eco Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Tambopata Ecolodge Peru/Tambopata National Reserve