Tambopata National Reserve
Tambopata National Reserve
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This reserve in the southern Amazon is rich in flora and fauna and the most biodiverse area of the rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon. The reserve has world record diversities in bird, butterfly, dragonfly, beetle and fly taxa. It is such an adventure to access the reserve sailing down the river and then staying at one of the local lodges. An unforgettable experience you can´t miss!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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mike m
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
End of september we visited the Tambopata jungle and the Chuncho macaw clay lick, we did it with Local Trekkers Peru, since we liked the careful explanation of Alberto the Manager in the office and ended up convincing us among other agencies. Also, the prices that Alberto offers are very competitive, in addition to the fact that the bus tickets in Cruz del Sur are included in the price. Everything was very well planned by Alberto, from the pick up at the bus station in Puerto Maldonado, the transfers to the lodge, the food and the activities in the jungle were more than we imagined. We only have words of gratitude for this agency, since visiting the Amazon jungle is something that as a couple my girlfriend and I were planning a long time ago and it was not until we spoke with Alberto that we decided to do it completely. The Tambopata jungle is incredible and an excellent place for wildlife watching. Surely you will not regret visiting it and better if you do it with a reliable agency like Local Trekkers Peru.
Written 6 October 2023
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Simone Melancon
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This place is the jungle on steroids: flora and fauna are everywhere! If you spend any time here, your experiences will be unforgettable. Less expensive to visit than Manu or Iquitos and more easily accesible. Highly recommend!
Written 17 September 2022
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Anonymous
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
With two buffer zones. Tambopata National Reserve is the most protected of all the Amazon Jungle Reserves. Because of this, you'll see more animals at Tambopata than at other reserves. That's not to say it's not in jeopardy. Corrupt politicians, greedy people and companies still threaten the survival of the jungle. Trees have been felled to harvest the baby chicks of macaws for pet shop owners or to profit from the lumber. Locals feast on the monkey. Gold nuggets found in the waters in the jungle, perpetuate the legend the jungle sits on top of the Lost City of Gold, encouraging voilationsin search of riches. Oil and other natural resources incent the local politicians to turn a blind eye to speculator violations. Still, every year Tambopata has identified 4 or more new species in the jungle.

We went during the rainy season. It was sunny and dry for 3 out of the 4 days, allowing us to see monkeys, otters, a variety of birds and butterflies, alligators, rodents, turtles and frogs, a variety of fish, all kinds of insects and snakes. The bigger animals shy away from humans and are almost impossible to see. The guides are very knowledgeable about not only the animals, but also the vegetation and flora. Their passion and commitment to the jungle is obvious.

It's hot and humid in the jungle. The lodges don't have fans or air conditioning and the electrical power is only available for part of the day. Still, for many reasons, Tambopata is a great place to visit.
Written 20 January 2020
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loveexploring123
Toronto, Canada272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We took a quiet boat early in the morning to view the wildlife, fish and just soak up the environment. Beautiful area. Went piranha fishing.
Written 11 November 2019
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Philip_Marsh
Greater Manchester, UK498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A trip to this lake is well worth the 3km (each way) walk through humid conditions.

As the end of the walk we were treated to a boat trip (paddle power) around the lake to see, up close and personal, lots of birds (watch out for the stinky bird!), monkeys, caymens and my favourite, giant otters. (The otters were the size of medium sized dogs, caught a fish and then had an argument, all in front of our eyes.)
You won't be on your own (there were about 6-7 boats around) but the lake is tranquil, the scenery is stunning and you won't regret one minute of your trip.

A few tips:
1. Hat & Water: Take both, you'll need them.
2. Early morning visits are best (to avoid the hottest and most humid conditions).
3. Half Day: Don't chose a full day excursion to this area. The guide will just drag the day out and you'll only see the same.
4. Keep your eyes open on the walk. You'll see lots of macaws, larhe spiders and the like.

Did I say that this was the highlight of our visit to this area.
Written 23 October 2019
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Maikai_hoaloha
Honolulu136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Stayed at the research center in the National Reserve. Wonderful experience. Able to see Capybara, white caiman and a lot of birds. This is an area almost unblemished by man
Written 21 September 2019
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The suitcase scale
Tel Aviv, Israel70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Around lake sandoval there are lots of monkeys and other animals. Book your hike in Puerto Maldonado and not in Cusco. We payed less than half the price we were offered in Cusco for the same lodge. Stay one night at least in the lake to hear the red howler monkey in the morning. You won't regret it. The further you go from the river (Madre de dios) the more chance you have to see animals. If they offer you to see the perrots in the palm trees, insist on the clay lick. You won't see no perrots up close in the palms.
Written 30 July 2019
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Cathie O
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
View the animals and wild life by boat. It can get hot and humid if on there for a few hours. The boats are not comfy but what you see will make up for it. Make sure you have plenty of water and sun cream
Written 22 April 2019
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Kirstylee43
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Friendly helpful and informative staff well equipped to assist us to view the birdlife. We stayed in lovely bungalows open to let breeze through but with mesh to keep out bugs. Basic meets luxury, mixed with rustic charm. We enjoyed a trip on the Amazon River to view the clay lick with expert staff who guided the boat through the perils of a low river and were able to locate the parrots. The jungle walk was easy with many points of interest including a tall tower to get up into the canopy. Transfers went like clockwork even got to watch a lively game of football between our two countries at the depot before being dropped off at the airport. Awesome stay, well worth the visit.
Written 3 March 2019
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Dana And Jake B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This was one of the highlights of our Peru vacation. The amazing flora, birds and animals we saw were formidable. Our tour agency Machupicchu Center gave us a lodge deep in the reserve, it was simple but so worth it because we got to see so much of the biodiversity from this amazing place. We also went piranha fishing but outside of the reserve where the locals go. I highly recommend this experience.
Written 6 February 2019
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