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Tambopata Research Centre, Southern Amazon

One of South America’s most remote jungle lodges, offering a superb base to explore this relatively untouched part of the rainforest.

Tambopata Research Centre (TRC) is the only lodge in the Tambopata National Reserve and is one of the most remote jungle lodges in all of South America.

On arrival in Puerto Maldonado, guests are met by staff from the lodge and taken on a one-hour overland trip to the banks of the Tambopata River, where the canoes are waiting to take you to the lodge. The two-hour journey upriver is a chance to discover some of the wildlife which inhabits the dense forest, including macaws, herons, alligators and capybaras. Soon you will arrive into the wild jungle of the Tambopata reserve and the welcome sight of TRC.

There are twenty-six rooms in total, split between ten superior rooms (21m2), eight comfort rooms (44m2), four suites (54m2) and four deluxe suites (84m2). All rooms have private bathrooms with hot water showers, eco-friendly toiletries and mosquito nets. The suites and deluxe suites have ceiling fans and Wi-Fi and the deluxe suites also have their own terrace area with outdoor shower and bath. All rooms are designed and decorated in the same style, with one open wall facing the rainforest; allowing guests to wake-up to the noises of the jungle.

The main lodge consists of the dining room, bar, spacious reception area and a veranda - complete with hammocks, which makes for a great spot to relax between activities. The property was originally a research facility, used by biologists studying the Macaws in the area. The Macaw project has continued, but the property was refurbished and it has now become one of South America’s leading eco-lodges. Despite many updates, the buildings have kept the same traditional architecture and been built using local materials found in the jungle.

TRC now offers many modern comforts, including Wi-Fi, hot water showers and even a spa, but it has continued to keep its environmental impact to a minimum. Part of the lodge’s revenue goes to supporting the local communities, which helps prevent deforestation of the area and they also limit electricity use, by only having electricity in the lodge and rooms three times per day.

Whilst at TRC, guests are encouraged to explore the surrounding jungle in a variety of different activities. The lodge itself sits between five distinct habitats, which means guests can enjoy a number of diverse trails in the forest. There are over 25km of trails to explore, taking guests along river banks, through flood plains and even a bamboo forest. Early morning activities and specialist bird watching excursions can be organised at TRC, as well as nocturnal trails, when many of the jungle’s insects, amphibians and reptiles are more easily seen.

Other activities whilst at TRC include a visit to one of the largest known Macaw Clay Licks in the Amazon, which is just 500 yards from the lodge. There is also over 300m of elevated walkways, which are the perfect place to see Capuchin and Red Howler Monkeys. TRC also have their own kayaks and motorised canoes, which are a great way to navigate the area and see wildlife on the river banks.

Tambopata Research Centre, at a glance

  • The only lodge within the Tambopata National Reserve and one of the most remote jungle lodges in South America
  • A remote and unspoilt area, only 3 ½ hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport
  • 26 comfortable cabins, with electricity at certain times of the day
  • Small group sizes for activities, averaging just 1 guide per 6 guests (with the possibility of organising a private guide too)
  • Enjoy a jungle massage or treatment at the lodge’s own spa
  • Carbon neutral property supporting the local community and various conservation projects

For leisure and pleasure

  • Guests are encouraged to explore the surrounding jungle with the lodge’s guides, many of which are enthusiastic English-speaking Peruvian biologists
  • Activities take place in small groups to increase the opportunity of seeing wildlife, which can include rare species such as monkeys, peccaries and tapirs
  • Canopy tower with over 300m of elevated walkways
  • 25km of trails to explore from the lodge, through a variety of different eco-systems
  • 500 yards from one of the largest Macaw clay licks in all of South America
  • Nocturnal and early morning activities, as well as specialist photography and bird watching guides

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  • Fantastic holiday, exceeded our expectations in every way. As usual, Ultimate’s attention to detail, meant that everything went smoothly, every meet and greet was spot on, which is helpful on these multi centre holidays. We were made to feel like true VIP’s by everyone who met us. Well done.

    JR, Ecuador - 2019