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Tambopata Research Center
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

When one goes for a 'Jungle Experience' , you prepare yourself knowing it will be hot and lots of 'critters'. Well, it was all of that, which is what the 'experience' was all about and we absolutely loved it. Accommodations and personnel can also be important.
The lodges, Refugio and Tampobata were 'Top Notch' Clean, well run with VERY hospitable staff. The part that impressed me the most was how they treated their environment, with respect. I can't begin to say how happy we were with our guide, Ivan. Absolutely a wonderful person that took great pains to be sure we had a great time. He took pride in his knowledge and his job. 'Hats Off' to Ivan.

Room Tip: Best Room?! IT's The Jungle! They are all good and OPEN to the whole experience!
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

I loved my tambopata jungle excursion. The stuff I saw in Tambopata, especially at the Tambopata Research Center, was amazing. I personally saw over 100 species of birds, all species of monkeys in the area, tree climbing ant eaters, giant tarantulas, and of course, the coolest thing.... a jaguar.

Rainforest Expeditions was, by far, the nicest outfit in Tambopata. Their guides are all great, speak perfect English (and you can practice your spanish with them too) and the lodging is very comfortable considering your in the middle of nowhere in the jungle. The company has very eco-friendly practices and their business model is something to admire, to say the least.

When you go, I would recommend staying at all 3 lodges on the same trip - minimum 5 days. You'll get a different perspective and see tons of wildlife. A trip to the Tambopata Research Center lodge is long, but TOTALLY worth the effort. Don't forget, good binoculars are a must on this type of trip!

Room Tip: All rooms are great and equally nice!
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Jon_Travels_World
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Awesome, well worth the additional trip up river. Refugio is very good but Tambopata offers a unique experience and I can't recommend it highly enough. I am a bit of a softy, not mad on insects, mud is not my thing and I hate anything that resembles camping but Tambopata to me was perfect. Yes there are insects but we have worse mozzies in NZ, nothing in the room despite being open to the jungle, they give you wellies so who cares about a bit of mud and the rooms - well sleeping in a room open to the jungle is incredible. Waking to the sound of howler monkeys is something I will always remember.
The guides all seemed great but of course we thought ours (Ruben) was best, they are incredibly knowledgeable and its all so very well organised. Our guide was a biologist and clearly loves the jungle and Tambopata, he went the extra mile to ensure we made the most of our time. There is also time to relax in a hammock and take in the sounds of the jungle.
No electricity except for a couple of hours a day but this adds to the experience, just take a good head torch. Food is excellent considering where you are, just watch the Macaws don't pinch your breakfast.
If you have the time make the extra effort to get to Tambopata, support this worthy organisation and you will come home like us with memories that will last.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank AucklandShelly
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

We stayed at TRC for 6 days and 5 nights. We booked our stay directly with Rainforest Expeditions and saved $$$. We flew into Puerto Maldonado and was met by one of their best guides, Ivan. He was with us every day. He was enjoyable, knowledgeable and very personable. Each day he would give us the plan of what we would be doing during the day and prepare us for the next day activities. Rainforest Expeditions keep their tours to a maximum of 3 or 4 people for TRC. We had Ivan to ourselves. As a guide, he maximized our experience to its fulliest while staying at TRC. He was able to spot and hear monkeys, birds and other wildlife long before we knew it was there.

TRC is an intimate lodge. While we were there, there were no more than 12 people at the lodge. We are able to mingle and get to know the other guests as well as their guides. The staff at TRC were friendly and personable.

The rooms were quaint. Three sides were covered with cane and the 4th wall was exposed to the jungle. You could hear the howler monkeys (my favorite) calling in the morning. The sound of dew dripping from the trees and the call of the "chicos". It was heaven. The beds were comfortable. TRC provided mosquito nets.

The bathrooms are shared in one area and very clean TRC provides biogradeable shampoo and soap. Bathrooms have standing showers with cool water, which was nice after a sweaty day in the jungle.

The lodge, amazingly, provided WIFi when the generator was turned on to power up batteries for camera and video equipment. Otherwise, kerosene lanterns and candles provided light. TRC also asks that you bring sandals or flip flops to walk around the lodge. Hiking boots are not permitted to protect the flooring. It also keeps the noise down, if you are one of those lucky few who wakeup at 4:30 to visit the Macaw/Parrot Clay lick.

Breakfast is served after the Clay Lick visits each morning. The food is prepared in their local kitchen and it is hot and tasty. Don't mind the local bred Macaws (chicos), they accompany you while having breakfast and lunch. They especially like the bread and butter. Guests and staff take turns being in charge to make sure no one's breakfast gets stolen. We had enjoyable conversations with staff, guests and guides. Usually talking about the activity plan for the day or what you saw during your hike.

Hiking is the main activity. The walks are fairly flat and easy. Ivan took his time and made sure we saw a monkey species or two for each hike. The wildlife is endless and available for you to enjoy if you are quiet and patient. Interactions with your guides makes it enjoyable for the guest and the guide. The night walk was a love/hate relationship. We saw tarantulas, spiders, insects, poison dart frog and a boa constrictor, which Ivan thought was the highlight of the walk.

As you can see we had an amazing time. We wish we could have stayed longer. We would do this again. If you happen to have Ivan as your guide, you will be blessed.

Room Tip: Ask for Ivan as your guide.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Doreen_Lawrence
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

Great for lovers of wildlife and bird, especially colorful Macaws. We booked through Rainforest Expeditions (www.perunature.com) and had a great time. Excellent operation – they delivered on all of their promises. The guides were knowledgeable, professional and fun. The food was great! The lodging was very eco-friendly and natural. You’ll sleep under mosquito netting in rooms that are missing one wall, and are thus, open to nature on one side. It was cool. Tambopata Research Center is deep in the preserve. It takes 6 hours to get there by boat on the river. Because of its remoteness, the rainforest is pristine. The guides take you out for as many nature walks as you’d like. On some days, we had 3 outings – one at the macaw clay lick early in the morning (like 5 am), next after breakfast and a nap, and last at twilight to return in the dark. The macaw project at TRC is a site to behold. Lots of macaws, all well fed and happy to see you (if you’re holding a banana). We saw brown capuchin and red howler monkeys, tons of varieties of birds (parrots, macaws, parakeets, you name it), gigantic trees and white caiman crocodiles, among other wildlife. The only thing I would’ve liked is hot water to shower with; however, I understand that running a generator in the rainforest causes pollution, so I took quick cold showers without too much complaint. The company took great care of us – transporting us from Puerto Maldonado airport to their office, where we stored most of our luggage and took only a duffle filled lightly with our stuff. Then, they took us to the port at the native community of Infierno, where we boarded a dugout boat and headed for our 2-hour journey to Refugio Amazona – a great big eco-lodge of 32 rooms. After one night there, we then headed to TRC – another 4 hours up the Tambopata river. It was a long boat ride, but they fed us snacks and lunch, and always provided water to keep us hydrated. The TRC lodge is much smaller than Refugio (only 13 rooms), but is quaint and relaxing. Big difference between Refugio and TRC (beside number of rooms) is that TRC has communal bathrooms, while Refugio has private bathroom in each room. I was very impressed with Rainforest Expeditions. We had a great time and I highly recommend them.

Room Tip: Bring LOTS of bug spray, and long sleeve shirts
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

What an incredible place! We loved every minute of our time at TRC. The location, the staff, the trails, the guides...everything was perfect!

Keep in mind that you are staying in the rainforest at a place with no electricity or hot water. The bathrooms are shared and there's little to no privacy. The great thing is that absolutely none of that matters! Go with an open mind and a spirit of adventure and you will have an amazing time. The food is basic, but very delicious. The staff is incredibly helpful and the guides will make sure you have the time of your life. We saw more birds, monkeys, spiders, etc., than we could have hoped for.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 March 2011

Tambopata Research Center was such a great experience, i would highly recommend it to anybody thinking of visiting the Amazon in Peru. Me and my husband took our 12-year old son on a two-week holiday to Peru booked through Dolatinamerica (who i would also recommend - very helpful and friendly staff). For the whole family, the highlight of the trip was Tambopata Research Center. The sense of being out in the middle of nowhere, and the beauty was amazing. And the lodging far passed our expectations. The food was tasty, the rooms clean, but the staff and guides are what made the experience what it was. The wildlife and excursions were top notch. My son absolutely loved the place. And to be able to join an Amazon trip with a visit to Machu Picchu was a dream come true.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Collpa Colorado, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru
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Region: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Tambopata National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Tambopata National Reserve
Price Range: £451 - £480 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tambopata Research Center 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is a spartan yet comfortable 18 bedroom lodge with 8 shared bathrooms. Because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness, housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides, Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife. It is located in a half hectare clearing in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata National Reserve, less than a kilometer from the world's largest and most diverse macaw claylick. ... more   less 
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