I am a volunteer researcher at TRC and have been there six times since 2005. Granted I have not been a "tourist" there, I can still say that it is the best place I have ever been. I have worked with many of the tour guides, tasted all of the food, and basically lived at the lodge for many months during the past six years. The staff is wonderful and will do anything they can to make the guests comfortable and welcome. The guides have a true passion for their job and are extremely well informed. The food is great. And of course the biodiversity is the best! It's virtually impossible to go on a trail and NOT see something cool.
My suggestions to anyone thinking about this location:
This is a RAINFOREST lodge for people that LOVE the outdoors. You will not be staying in a fancy hotel. You will be experiencing nature- the whole time. You may find a gecko or hot-pink caterpillar crawling along the shelf in your room, a macaw at your table during breakfast, or a pink-toed tarantula living in the ceiling of the bathroom. However, the rooms are very nice and mosquito nets are provided. Nothing will crawl on you while you sleep if you tuck in your net. Do check your shoes if you get up at night to go to the bathroom though. I do agree with some of the other comments about ear plugs. The walls between the rooms are made of bamboo and you can hear other people. The power is usually on around 6-9 in the evening and when the lights go out everybody goes to bed, but you can hear howler monkeys and insects and people snoring. If you are a light sleeper, bring some ear plugs.
Make sure you bring long sleeves and pants as well as repellant. You will need "house clothes" and "trail clothes". Typically, two sets of each should be plenty unless you're staying a couple of weeks. I know it sounds strange, but you may want to bring one sweat shirt- especially if you are going in the dry season. They do occasionally get cold fronts and you won't have a heater available. It doesn't get super cold though so don't worry too much. Also bring some type of poncho or rain suit.
Somebody mentioned that you weren't allowed to wear shoes indoors; you aren't allowed to wear your MUDDY rubber boots or hiking boots indoors, but other shoes are fine (the staff isn't unrealistic). Bring some light weight tennis shoes, crocks, or flip flops for wearing while in the lodge. I find crocks to be the most convinient because they are waterproof, easy to travel in (slipping on and off in the airport), and you can comfortably wear them with socks at night. Speaking of socks- that is the one thing you definitely want to bring an extra pair or two of.
Most of the time you will have power at night to recharge batteries... And usually slow internet access is available when the power is on. There are times when the generator gets sick or the internet isn't so great and you have to do without the luxury of internet and instead enjoy a nice candlelight dinner. These times aren't common, but do exist so bring a flashlight and headlamp.
Other must haves: pepto, camera, extra camera battery and memory card, cash (as they do not take credit/debit cards at the lodge) and a good book or deck of cards in case it's raining all day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tambopata Research Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Tambopata Research Center Peru/Tambopata National Reserve