'The Birds of Tambopata'

What makes this trip special?

A lodge in the Amazon rainforest

A lodge in the Amazon rainforest

Southern Amazon

Stay in a lodge in the Amazon rainforest reachable only by river. Once at the lodge guides take you on trips deep into the forest on foot or by boat, with so much to see and learn about its wildlife and how this complex ecosystem works.


  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Lima
  • 1 Puerto Maldonado
  • 1 Refugio Amazonas Lodge
  • 1 Infierno
  • 2 Tambopata Research Centre
  • 3 Refugio Amazonas Lodge
  • 4 Refugio Amazonas Lodge
  • 5 Puerto Maldonado
  • 5 Lima
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'The Birds of Tambopata'


to Puerto Maldonado & Tambopata Reserve

You take an early morning flight e.g. from Lima via Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in lowland Amazonia. You will be met on arrival at the airport by a representative from your jungle lodge and transferred with others to their HQ for a briefing and the opportunity to store any luggage you won't require while in the forest. You will then be transferred along a dirt road for 30mins to reach a small dock in the village of Infierno. Here you board a long, thin motorised, covered boat and will be transferred along the Tambopata River, a tributory of the Amazon which has its source high in the Andes near Lake Titicaca, to Refugio Lodge. The boat journey time varies with river water levels and size of boat and its motor. Typically boat journey time: 3h30mins. On arrival at the lodge's dock it is then a 10 minute walk on a cleared forest trail to reach the main lodge building. When water levels are low you can expect a lot of steps up the riverbank from the pontoon. Your luggage will be carried by the local staff.


to Tambopata Research Centre (near the Blue and Yellow Macaw lick)

You begin the day with some early morning birding near the lodge, perhaps climbing the viewing tower. You then make a 4.5hr trip further upriver to the Tambopata Research Centre. Typically the boats provided have comfortable padded bucket seats and are roofed against sun and rain. River journeys through the forest are often a chance to relax and reflect, but this trip also provides good opportunities to see some of the typical riverside species. You can expect to arrive at the Centre in the late afternoon where you stay 3 nights at its lodge. Note: visitors share 8 bathrooms (no ensuites). There is no electricty but a generator provides power at noon and evenings for charging batteries etc


You have two full days to explore the reserve on trails around the lodge. The highlight of any visit here is the most spectacular of all macaw licks: a 50m high cliff of reddish clay that extends for 500m along the river bank. At close quarters you can see hundreds of the huge Blue and Yellow, Red and Green, and Scarlet Macaws and among the smaller macaws the rare Blue-headed, Red-bellied and Chestnut-fronted Macaws. This is the only lick with Blue and Yellow Macaws. You watch from a beach and are fairly far from the birds - 50 meters. The light is great for photography. Access to the Macaw lick is free.


In theTambopata reserve. The area around the lodge offers many forest types and an extensive trail system has been designed to visit them. Large stands of bamboo hold many local and much sought after species, and coupled with the extensive varzea, terra firme, mature transitional floodplain forest and palm swamp gives us a mind-boggling variety of bird-life to enjoy.


Return to Puerto Maldonado, flight out

Today we rise early and 05.00h return to Puerto Maldonado for AFTERNOON flights to Cusco/Lima (flights must be after 13.30h)

Guide prices for 'The Birds of Tambopata'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Superior 2 people sharing
Superior 2 people sharing £1,005
Standard 2 people sharing £1,460
Comfort 2 people sharing £1,682
Comfort 2 people sharing £1,110
Amazon Suite 2 people sharing £1,335
Suite 2 people sharing £1,965
Deluxe Suite 2 people sharing £2,265
Deluxe 2 people sharing £1,515
Prices are per person and include:
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • daily excursions with resident naturalist guides, shared with other guests
  • meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • all river transfers
Prices do not include:
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • international flights
  • domestic flights

Customer reviews for 'The Birds of Tambopata'

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Seasonal information for 'The Birds of Tambopata'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
1 Puerto Maldonado 31°C rainfall 347mm
1 Refugio Amazonas Lodge 31°C rainfall 401mm
1 Infierno 31°C rainfall 356mm
2 Tambopata Research Centre 31°C rainfall 476mm
3 Refugio Amazonas Lodge 31°C rainfall 401mm
4 Refugio Amazonas Lodge 31°C rainfall 401mm
5 Puerto Maldonado 31°C rainfall 347mm
5 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm

Typical weather for January


Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

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