Tambopata River
Tambopata River
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This river flowing between Lake Titicaca and deep into the Amazon basin is an exciting mix of calm waters and class III and IV rapids for whitewater enthusiasts.
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia24,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This river was our highway from town to the eco lodge in the rainforest that was home for two nights. The river which is a tributary of the Madre de Dios River also forms part of the border between Peru & Bolivia and originates in the Andes. Very silt laden & muddy brown in appearance it is very wide and is the main thoroughfare for transport of goods & people in the region as roads are non-existent. Had some good sightings of Caimans, Capybara & many varieties of birdlife on our trips up & down the river.
Written 21 May 2024
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Travelbug291
Bribie Island, Australia923 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If nothing else, just traversing the Amazon River was a neat experience in itself. Most food and any other supplies arrive by fast motorized longboats. Saw some wildlife along the way, mostly birds ad a few Caiman.
Written 16 January 2020
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ScaniaSwede
Malmö, Sweden1,299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
On the way to our accommodations we were lucky to spot several capybaras and birds, of course.
On the return journey, we only saw birds, but you really depend on how skilful and interested your guides are. I have a feeling that’ll guides were not so interested on our return journey.
Of course, nature is beautiful and it’s nice on the river. At times, the river was a bit fierce, so you’re really in the hands of your boatman/guides.
Be sure to wear your life vest.
It can be very cold, sunny, windy, tiring on the boat so dress well with windbreakers, sun lotion etc.
Written 3 January 2020
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piyushaatapattu
Colombo, Sri Lanka13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
We had a river cruise along Tambopata river. We saw a capybara family, few caymans and many birds on the way.
Written 17 October 2018
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John D
Orlando, FL980 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were up and down several times to go to our destinations and enjoyed it each time, watching for animal life.
Written 30 August 2018
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Alexandria2015
Alexandria, VA39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
we visited it as part of our JunglePro 4-night-tour. We saw MANY birds and mammals, as well as a jaguar (!!!!). Very, very cool. And the landscape itself is worth the visit. The kids ( 12, 17) and we loved it.
Written 6 August 2018
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CLT29
San Francisco, CA214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
The river out of Puerto Maldonado is very brown, sort of the color of a latte. There are animals and birds to see along the way if you keep your eyes open, but the illegal gold mining polluting the river is a downer. Interesting to see it, though and realize how hard it is to stop it. Once the river splits and the Tambopata is clearer, we saw more animals and birds...and no gold mining. We spent a total of 14 hours to and from our lodge plus a few boat rides from the destination. We even kayaked in it.
Written 26 June 2018
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rlalbers
Albuquerque, NM11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado(southeastern Peru), rode in a boat 3 hours up river into the Tambopata National Reserve. Pleasant ride with frequent animal stops to view. At dusk, stopped for the night at Refugio Amazonas. Very nice jungle hotel, open without window and but has mosquito nets. Great food. Up early the next morning to view the top of the forest canopy at sunrise from a 100ft tower. 15 minute walk to the tower, very dark, using headlamps to see the trail. Half way to the tower, a Red Howler monkey filled the darkness with a VERY LOUD and alarming howl; my first experience with such creatures.
After breakfast, 4 hours further up river to the Tambopata Research Center. This is a combination research center and eco tourism hotel. Primary research about Macaws. This is in the jungle, but very nice compound. Everything is open; bedrooms, shower, dining area. Electricity is solar generated and use is limited to early in morning and late afternoon. Kerosene lanterns are used at night. Headlamps are a must for evening hikes, visits to the bathroom at night; so take extra batteries.
Two resident Macaws are interesting, but pushy. They like salty food and will boldly fly into the dining area to snatch bread, salty butter containers and meats. They also, survey each room as new arrivals open up backpacks. They like colorful things. Spraying water at them is the best way to encourage their movement to another sucker!
Hikes, 2-3 times a day, exploring up and down the river. The nights are dark, even with a partial moon. The monkeys and birds are quiet at night. The Milky Way was less brilliant in amazon with higher humidity compared to the viewing in the Sacred Valley at 9,000 ft. This was a nice contrast to the Sacred Valley with high mountains and glaciers.
Return trip to Puerto Maldonado by boat is 4 hours, since it is down river. This is a small tributary into the Amazon river, but is fast flowing in June(dry season) and varied from 50 to 200 meters in width. A very good boat crew, since the river changes every day with water level changes, lots of downed trees and shifting sand bars. Excellent guides, boat crews and hotel staff arranged through KuodaTravel, based in Cusco.
Written 1 August 2015
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Maggie L
Milford on Sea, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
We came here as a cheaper alternative to Manu and were not disappointed. With any jungle you have to be prepared to see nothing but our guide (Guillermo from Wasai) took us to the best spots. We saw caimans, capybaras, tarantulas, macaws and more! Even without the wildlife the plants and communities in the area will interest you for weeks!
Written 27 June 2014
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Monkeyboytango
Athy, Ireland101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
from the time we boarded the river boat in Puerto Maldonado and until we re-boarded the boat to come home it was truly a brilliant experience. The lodge made us feel so welcome and the tours of the surrounding nature reserve were just un-real.. This is truly recommended for a jungle experience.
Written 26 November 2013
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