March 07, 2012

Rainforest Expeditions - Tambopata Research Center

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The Tambopata Research Center
The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in Peru, offering adventurous travelers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon. 


It is a comfortable 18 bedroom lodge which was built more than fifteen years ago with the object of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick. 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.

The TRC’s isolated location, inside an uninhabited area of the Tambopata National Reserve and next to the Bahajua-Sonene National Park, mean that the rainforest ecosystem around it remains pristine, while the populations of wild animals are all at carrying capacity. Much groundbreaking conservation research has been carried out from the TRC and you will likely have the chance during your stay to talk with biologists, ecologists and other experts staying at the TRC while they do fieldwork.

Tambopata Research Center



The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in Peru, offering adventurous travelers an outstanding chance to engage with the natural wonders of the Amazon.

Quick facts about our lodge:
  • One wing of 18 rooms connected by raised boardwalk
  • 8 shared bathrooms
  • Research quarters
  • Dining room
  • The dining room is an open building that doubles as a bar
  • The research quarters is a two story building usually full of scientists and their assistants from the macaw project.
Tambopata Research Center  - Rooms with a rainforest view 
Common areas are open and spacey and offer ample area for resting and socializing. They include a dining room and bar, a reception lounge with souvenir shop, and an interpretation center.

Room Amenities

Our rooms are unique due to the fact that one side of the room open out onto the surrounding rainforest acting as a window into the forest allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even from the comfort of their hammocks and enabling you to view animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge. The reason we have been able to incorporate this "luxurious" design into our lodge is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the rain forest.

Other room amenities include:
  • Natural Construction - A simple, airy lodge built from traditional materials such as wood, palm fronds and clay.
  • Rooms - Eighteen bedrooms, eight shared bathrooms and a common area including for dining.
  • Electricity - A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights.
  • Water - No hot water (its not as bad as you think)
  • Internet - Guests have access to wireless internet connections throughout the lodge.
  • Communication - TRC is in daily HF radio contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima from where we are able to communicate by email, fax or phone with the rest of the world.
  • Private Rooms- Bedrooms are separated from one another by light cane fencing, with drapes instead of doors. Rooms are private but not soundproof.
  • Mosquito Nets - All have mosquito nets and bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.
  • Jungle Views - Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even on their downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge.
Tambopata Research Center - Walkways with Heliconias
Meals

We provide self-serve three course meals at Tambopata Research Center. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. We also provide at all times unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.

Wildlife

The TRC’s greatest attraction is the rainforest – and creatures – that surround it. Species you have a strong chance of spotting during your stay include:
  • Macaws - The largest known macaw clay-lick in the Amazon is 500 yards from the lodge.
  • Dusky headed titi monkeys
  • Squirrel monkeys
  • Brown capuchin monkeys
  • Howler monkeys
  • Spider monkeys
  • Capybara
  • Caiman
  • Agouti
Tambopata Research Center - Check out the bathroom
Although very difficult to see, jaguars, tapirs and herds of peccary are also occasionally glimpsed by guests

How to get here 

Tambopata Research Center requires at least four nights because of the travel time. TRC is four hours upriver from Refugio Amazonas. To get to TRC you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 30 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. From Refugio Amazonas, TRC is four hours upriver, and a few minutes walking from the river.

Communication

Tambopata Research Center is in daily HF radio contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima from where we are able to communicate by email, fax or phone with the rest of the world.

Lighting

Tambopata Research Center has no electricity. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights.

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