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Tambopata Research Center
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

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.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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12  Thank sescrows
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

A trip with Rainforest expeditions is a great way to get to learn about the Amazon and all it has to offer. Our guides were very accomodating to our needs and led us through some amazing cultural and natural learning experiences from the more rugged and off the path TRC lodge, throught the more modern and family oriented Refugio lodge, to the co-managed with the native community and wildlife rich Posada lodge. I highly recomment it! Do not forget to take good bug spray, long sleeved clothes, and good binoculars.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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1  Thank DaToPa
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

We had a great time. We were a family of 5 including 3 teenagers. We learned a lot about the rainforest, the flora and the fauna. The guide we had was smart, attentive and nice.

Just be aware that you are remote, the boat rides are very, very long to get to TRC, and that it is very hot, sticky and buggy. If you can live with that, it's a great trip.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank GracieDog
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

We were looking for an adventure to celebrate being married for 1/3 century. We found the perfect vacation. The accommodations, will primitive, we clean and appropriate to being in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The staff was friendly, the food a novel and delightful experience, and the spectacular wonder of the rainforest was awe-inspiring.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sallwmi
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Reviewed 18 January 2011

We very much enjoyed our stay at TRC, and found the staff and guides to be outstanding and very dedicated to a great experience for guests. We loved the meals, the macaws that came to visit, the trails, the clay lick and the river journey there.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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