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Amazon Wildlife Tour in Peru - 4 Days

Amazon Wildlife Tour in Peru

Wildlife Trip in the Peruvian Amazon

This is a 4-day Amazon wildlife tour in Peru based at the Tambopata Research Center in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest, accessed via the Madre de Dios River. This nature trip through the Amazon jungle will showcase a variety of species including Jaguars, macaw parrots, Red Howler Monkeys, Caimans, Toucans, White-lipped Peccarys, Capybara and the Morpho Butterfly. These are just some of a number of exciting wildlife species found around this remote South American eco-lodge.

The Tambopata Research Center

The Tambopata Research Center is a 24-room spacious boutique eco-lodge, equipped with a bar, massage centre and buffet meal service. Being based at this eco-lodge, travellers will enjoy an Amazon wildlife tour that immerses them in the rainforest experience. The Center is the only lodge deep inside the Tambopata National Reserve, surrounded by dozens of macaw nests that are being monitored by the Macaw Project. Scientists on the Project have been conducting parrot research there for more than 20 years.

Although the Tambopata Research Center is best known for this ongoing research of macaws, there is a lot more to see besides, including the many birds that come to two types of clay lick nearby.

A Wonderful Wildlife Experience in the Amazon

So, experiencing an Amazon wildlife tour in Tambopata National Park is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to not only see the conservation work being done in this most biodiverse forest but also enjoy good sightings of a wide range of jungle animals.

Our experienced naturalist guides will take you into the pristine forests of Tambopata National Reserve, which contain more than 600 species of birds, 1,200 species of butterflies, 103 species of amphibians, 164 species of mammals and 103 reptiles. The reserve is a microcosm of the Peruvian Amazon landscape where 70 per cent of the world's biodiversity is concentrated.

Many guests who visit Tambopata are lucky enough to have the chance to watch a Jaguar enjoying a drink on the banks of the Tambopata River. And staying within a working research station leads to opportunities to speak to the scientists and hear an after-dinner talk about their valuable monitoring and its results.

The Amazon Wildlife Tour highlights include:

  • The opportunity to encounter eight species of monkey.
  • The experience of pristine Amazon rainforest
  • Being woken by the calls of Scarlet Macaws and Howler Monkeys
  • After dinner lecture by scientists on the biology of macaws and the threats to their conservation
  • Sunset river cruise to see Jaguars
  • Giant rainforest trees, hundreds of years old

If you’d like to try an alternative Peruvian wildlife tour, why not consider Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour.

Alternative Tour Name: Tambopata Research Center Wildlife Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Welcome to the Amazon & Reception by Guide

Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 1-hour bus and a 2.5 boat journey till the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you leave the city to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes.

As we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectares uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

Tambopata Research Center awaits – a spacious boutique eco-lodge, with bar, a massage centre, and buffet service in the heart of National Reserve of Tambopata, being the only lodge inside the reserve surrounded by dozens of macaw nests belonging to the Macaw Project.

Accommodation includes rooms from 21sqm upto 83sqm suites with a private bathroom and an open window facing the forest.

Your stay includes three meals daily, teas, coffee, guided excursions and activities, refreshments upon arriving, and transfers to and from the airport. We assign guides on private small groups of 6:1

This afternoon join the Overlook A three to five-kilometre hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on the old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.

You will have the option of hiking out at night when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Day 2
Day 2 - Macaw Clay Licks

On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

This five-kilometre trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos we will go for a monkey search Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge explore the island where is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets that call this pond their home.

After dinner scientists will provide a night lecture, an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Day 3
Day 3 - Rainforest Master Hike & Monkey Search

Stepping carefully over the winding “highways” of peaceful leaf-cutter ants, the Rainforest Master Hike will leave you with unforgettable memories and a profound sense of accomplishment.

Due to their years of local experience, our Tambopata Research Center guides know everything about the forest. They’ll spot the tiniest bird hiding in the canopy, the most elusive monkey, and the most spectacular plant life.

Twilight descends early in the jungle. Under the thick tree cover of the rainforest, darkness falls quickly, when the light cannot slip through the foliage any longer. Now, as afternoon slips into evening, you’re about to see one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets.

The Sunset Cruise floats down the wide river, countless oranges and pinks reflecting off the water in lovely patterns.

Day 4
Day 4 - Departure

It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end.

Your visit will make a direct contribution to Wired Amazon and the National Reserve of Tambopata. You will take the journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Jaguars, Macaw parrots, Red Howler Monkey, Caimans, Toucans, White-lipped Peccary, Capybara, Morpho Butterfly

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional bi-lingual guide(s) and support staff
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • All meals
  • Snacks throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • Selection of drinks during the meals (incl. water and soft drinks)
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary, with an option to change if you prefer without additional costs
  • Personalised checklists
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
4.83 stars
- based on 2  reviews
  1. Well worth the travel time to see the jungle go.
    Louise L01 Sep 2019







    My husband and I booked the 5-day, 4-night Deep Rainforest Experience through Tambopata Travel, but Rainforest Expeditions handled the logistics. We had a fantastic day; certainly, the journey (across two days) is lengthy and uncomfortable, but it is well worth it to be able to explore the jungle away from the crowds. You also know that if someone has traveled to TRC, they are there because they truly want to be there, therefore they should be pleasant neighbors. We ended up going on practically all of our excursions with just the two of us and our guide Manuel due to our selections (everyone gets to choose what excursion they want to do when and whether or not they want to do it). This was ideal for us because we love walking through the bush in near stillness, so this was ideal.
  2. Where are the wild things?
    Smash T01 Feb 2020







    We recently returned from a 7-night/6-day stay at Rainforest Expeditions' Tambopata Research Center Lodge. The entire visit to the very isolated lodge in the center of pure primary rainforest jungle was fantastic. TRC is a unique inn and research center for scientists and travelers. With Bryon, the Guest Service Manager, anticipating every requirement to make your stay comfortable, the team is incredibly attentive and customer focused. His subordinates put in a lot of effort. In the jungle, the days were filled with nonstop activity. Our guide, Angel, had a unique sense of the jungle, and could identify species by sound and sight that we would otherwise overlook.

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Why book with Rainforest Expeditions?

Our Location - All of our lodges are located in road-less rainforests of the Tambopata National Reserve and adjacent buffer zones. Unbeatable Wildlife - Protected, primary rainforests are filled with wildlife, and the habitats around our lodges are no exception. Monkeys, toucans, herds of hundreds of white-lipped peccary and well over 500 other bird species, Giant Otters, and even Jaguar are seen by guests Gorgeous Lodges - Our lodges are carefully designed to blend traditional methods and materials with beautiful woodwork, locally made art, and other details that result in comfortable settings that communicate with the natural surroundings- to the point where most of them are open air. Working with Local People - We work closely with people from the community of Infierno, the nearest settlement to our lodges.

Is this wildlife tour really for me?

If you are looking to immerse yourself in a short tour in the Amazon with a fascinating selection of wildlife excursions based in a stunning eco-lodge in the heart of the Amazon, then this tour is for you.

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this tour?

The WiFi is pretty good from the ecolodge including the ability for video conferences and face time with family and friends, though subject to the number of users at any one time.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

We offer a range of activities and excursions for a wide range of fitness levels and will adjust once at the eco-lodge to accommodate for all guests.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

4 Days

Price & Availability

USD1,099 / per person
Single Suppliment USD 355
This tour is operated by: Rainforest Expeditions
4.7 based on 10 reviews

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4.7 Based on 10 reviews

Tour Facts

  • Tambopata, Madre de Dios
  • Available Daily
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 4 to 8px
  • 4 Days
  • April to October
  • + 8 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English, Spanish
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Padre Aldamiz)
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Padre Aldamiz)