Tambopata Travel Guide

  • Moshe on the boat ride to Tambopata
    Moshe on the boat ride to Tambopata
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  • Moshe eating some fresh Copuacu
    Moshe eating some fresh Copuacu
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  • Climbing inside the 'Fichus Strangulador'
    Climbing inside the 'Fichus...
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Tambopata Things to Do

  • Medicine Man Visit - Ayahuasca and...

    While visiting the Peruvian rainforest, my group had the opportunity to visit one of the local medicine men. We took a boat downriver to the plot of land on which the medicine man had cultivated several gardens containing dozens of local medicinal plants. His assistant took us on a tour of the garden and described the purpose of each plant, used to...

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  • Animal watching

    Twice daily treks and canoe trips to see the wildlife. these are included in the price of the Sandoval lake lodge. The most spectacular animals were the giant otters and the macaws but unfortunately these were the worst pictures. A great way to spend the last few days of a holiday.

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  • Pirahna Fishing

    All you need is some meat. Yes, chunks of beef. Put them on your rod and watch your line get yanked over and over. Sometimes they swipe a whole chunk of meat from under your nose. Sneaky buggers. We caught a few along with some catfish. The guides were better fishers than us..some surprise..

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  • Hitting the trails

    Your guide will surely take you on a day and night walk through the jungle. Stay close to your group. We almost got lost in the dark by not paying attention. Scary.Keep your eyes and ears peeled and you should see some interesting stuff. From uh, ahem, interesting trees to furry little animals. Watch out for the tarantulas.

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  • Looking for a Caiman (OK crocs!)

    At night hopefully your tour guide will take you out on the motorized canoe to look for caimans. The canoe will slowly cruise down the river while someone aims a powerful spotlight towards the banks. If there is one out there you will see it's eyes glowing. It can be hit and miss as they will be frightened off when the boat approaches. We were...

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  • Colpa Colorado

    There exists approximately 1,300 species of birds in the Amazon. Among them we find the rare harpy eagle as well as countless migratory birds, and a great diversity of parrots and macaws. The latter give us the opportunity to see, at the Colpa Colorado, a Macaw Clay Lick, one of the most beautiful natural spectacles of Peru, where thousands of...

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  • Sunset at the Sandoval Lake

    We ran into some rain when we got there. But I think the sea otters were very active after the rain. The rain might have lessen the beauty of the sunset a little bit, but still pretty good.

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  • The boat ride is part of the fun

    The guide will point out different wildlife along the shore on the way to the lodge. We saw families of paybaras (the largest in the rodent family) next to the river. The early morning journey to the clay lick is also exciting. I don't think you'll fall asleep.

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  • Sandoval Lake

    Absolutely the most tranquil and stunningly beautiful lake I've ever visited, breaming wiht wild life including the sea otters.

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  • Macaw Clay Lick

    Another 2 hours upstream from the lodge is one of the largest macaw clay lick in the world. You'll see a spectacular scene of macaws and parrots feeding on the cliff. I don't have a pwerful enough zoom lens to take a good photo of it, but you can see a good one in almost any good tour book. We have to start our book trip at 4:00am in the morning,...

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  • Macaw Watching at the Tambopata Research...

    Every day that you stay at the TRC, you'll have the opportunity to go out (sometimes more than once) and watch the macaws, parrots, and parakeets feed on the nearby clay lick.Some researchers think that the clay aids in digesting, while others think it helps remove toxins from their local foodsources. Regardless, it's an amazing experience to watch...

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  • Caiman Spotting

    The white caiman is a small crocodilian species that is common to the Amazon. The males are larger growing no larger than 2.5 meters. These meat eaters mostly hunt or scavenge at night. You will have the best opportunity seeing these creatures at night with a spot light on the water.

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Tambopata Restaurants

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    by GoogleGuru Written Nov 19, 2004

    Eating at the jungle lodges can be a bit of a challenge. Dinner especially - Usually held after sundown, the candles lighting the tables are magnets for insects. Make sure you cover your glass and/or plate when eating to avoid unwanted protein :)

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Tambopata Nightlife

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    by ryuhome Written Sep 4, 2005

    This is quite an exiciting adventure. Our guide caught one and let us feel its skin.

    Dress Code: Dress appropriately for bugs!

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Tambopata Transportation

  • Torpedo Canoe

    Well you really have no other option, you will ride in one of these. This is the only way to get to the various lodges in the jungle. They go pretty fast and keep your eyes open for wildlife. Here's a tip: everyone on the same side of the canoe should't get up at once ;)

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  • Wasai truck

    This converted truck with thatched roof and bucket seats is fun to ride. But watch out for bumps on the way to the boarding place for the boat.

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  • Getting to Sandoval

    A few kilometer's hike followed by a 5-10 minutes boat ride in this narrow stream will lead you to spectacular entry into the lake. Our guide said a few weeks ago, a work was attacked by an anaconda in this stream!

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Tambopata Local Customs

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    by ryuhome Written Sep 4, 2005

    You'll see goldminers sifting through sand with thier simple apparatus. They'll find a few grams of gold each week , but these people are quite poor.

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Tambopata Warnings and Dangers

  • DEET advice

    Insect repellent with 30-40% DEET should protect you adequately. More concetration only length the time of protection. DEET is a pretty strong stuff, avoid getting it into your eyes and mouth. Spray some on your hand and then aplly to you face. I got some spray on my sunglasses, it melted away the top coating!!!

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  • Beware of mosquitos when you swim

    I was unscathed for the first 2 days wearig long sleeves and using a moderate amout of DEET. Then we went to the waterfall. It was OK while you're in the water. But when I got up and walk on the top of the fall, that's when I got massacred! Actually these damages were done by sand flies, not mosquitos. Also if you plan to swim in Sandoval lake, put...

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  • Rain, Rain, Rain

    Surprisingly, it rains in the Amazon! Often suddenly, and with great vigour. Sometimes you'll have a drizzle the entire day, other times it will be an incredible downpour that lasts only a few minutes (but which turns trails into mud))

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Tambopata What to Pack

  • A few vital things

    Pack light. There could be restrictions on the canoe based on how many people are on it. Some places let you leave bags at their office before you depart to the lodge. Most trip to this area are only a few days anyway. Remember, there aren't any malls in the jungle.. OK the group that was there just before us were so hot, they were taking cold...

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  • Bring a pair of good binoculars

    You'll be watching the macaws from a distance. Good binoculars will help. A tripod will really help.

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  • Rain jacket, waterproof camera

    Pack light as there might not be enough room for your big backpacks or suitcases in the boat! It takes on average 3 days for stuff to dry in the jungle just because of the humidity. You will also sweat like crazy there from the humidity and when you go on jungle treks. There are no shops or stores available in the jungle...bring whatever you will...

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Tambopata Off The Beaten Path

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    by ryuhome Written Sep 4, 2005

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    A small waterfall - its fun to play in it in the hot afternoon. The bottom is consisted of very mushy mud with a few occasionly shrp rocks at the bottom. Get under the fall, the water will give you a good shoulder and back massage. You can also jump off the fall from the deep end.

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Tambopata Favorites

  • An Amazonian heaven

    3 hours boat ride from Puerto Maldonado but it can be 30 hours away.. the Refugio Amazonas is where I stayed and the place was magical. To start with, the lodge itself is an amazingly beautiful building. It is situated about 0.5 miles from the Madre de Dios river. It is designed like a pagoda of giant timber frame with a massive thached roof. they...

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  • Pepe!

    Pepe the howler monkey. He's the lodge mascot and a real friendly kinda monkey. Maybe he just wants you to get him a banana off one of the trees. He howls like an old truck starting up once or twice a day. We were warned that he did that but when I finally heard him do it I was at the other end of the lodge and I thought there was a hurricane...

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  • Taking closeup of the macaws

    Our guide showed us how to take photos of the macaws by zooming the camer into the viewer in the binocular. A cool trick. The picture came out so so only.

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