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Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters Tour, Peru - 4 Days

Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters Tour, Peru

Botany Tour for Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters

This 4-day Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine and Giant Otters Tour is designed to give you a good insight into the many specialist plants of the Amazon rainforest, with a particular focus on the fascinating Ayahuasca, also known as the Dead Rope Vine. The trip is leisurely paced and available on request and the price includes lodgings, meals and the guidance of a qualified botanist.

During the tour you will hike in the forest around the Tambopata River in southern Peru with the object of identifying plants and trees. The Ayahuasca vine you find will later be used in a traditional ceremony that you can attend if you choose. There are some 24km of jungle trails to explore and while you are there you will also be looking out for Giant Otters and, of course, all the many beautiful bird species that live in the canopy.

The Dead Rope plant, known as Ayahuasca, is seen as the link between the world of the living and the dead. It has been used for centuries by natives of the Peruvian Amazon to heal not only the body but the spirit of people in pain. It is said to restore balance in life. The traditional Ayahuasca ritual ceremony take place at night and is alleged to transport the participants on an astral journey to find themselves with the help of the power of the Dead Rope Vine.

It is an interesting ceremony to observe, with a Shaman introducing the ritual with songs. Partaking of the juice of the vine is optional but be aware that it can be quite an intense experience for those who take part, lasting for three or more hours, and can lead to some unpleasant physical effects as well as hallucinations.

A less intense aspect of this Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters tour takes you to the Tres Chimbadas Lake to watch a family of Giant River Otters, several bird species such as the rare Hoatzin, or Stinky bird, the Hornet screamer, the Cocoi Heronand Puma Heron. There will also be the chance to spot Black Caymans.

You can pay an interesting visit to a local plantation for crops such as the white cacao, maize, bananas, papayas and coconuts. You can see how they are grown and get the chance to sample them.  Lastly, a river excursion at night on the Tambopata River is also an exciting part of the tour.

Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters Tour highlights include:

  • Experience the Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine ceremony
  • Visit the Explorer’s Inn Clay Lick to spot a multitude of macaws and other parrots
  • White Caymans on the Tambopata River at night
  • Walks through pristine Amazon rainforest to learn about the flora and fauna

If you want to add to your experience of the birds of the Amazon have a look at The Clay Lick Chuncho tour.

Alternative Tour Name: Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine Experience
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Guests are received at the airport and taken to the office before continuing by bus to the port in the Native Community of Infierno, where we board a boat to embark upon the hour and a half journey upriver, to Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge.

During the journey we will have a boxed lunch, and be able to see caimans, turtles, aquatic birds, capybara and other native wildlife. Upon arrival at Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge, we will be received with a welcome drink.

After a short rest we will go on a short nightwalk to observe some of the nocturnal animal species of the rainforest.

Upon our return we will have dinner accompanied by our guide and a Resident Naturalist (RN), who is at our disposition to answer any questions about the Amazonian wildlife and the Tambopata National Reserve.

Day 2
Day 2 - Cocococha Lake

In order to see endangered Giant River Otters, we must wake very early and set off with our guide, on the 5 ½ km walk to Cocococha Lake. On the way we have the opportunity to see exotic plants and insects, multicolored butterflies and birds, monkeys and with some luck, perhaps even some of the larger terrestrial mammals.

Arriving to the lake, and hidden in a blind, we wait for the Giant River Otters to appear so that we may observe them. During the wait we will enjoy a snack.

We also have canoes that we can use for short rides on the lake, so that we may observe the rich and varied wildlife on its banks.

On our return to Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge, we will have a light lunch, perhaps a little late. We then have a couple of hours in order to prepare ourselves for the Ayahuasca ceremony, before we meet with the Shaman who will lead us.

This is the best moment to look for answers to our questions, and resolve our restlessness.

At night we will not eat, but prepare for the start of the Ayahuasca ritual, which is a hallucinogenic drink, lasting approximately 3 to 5 hours.

Day 3
Day 3 - Ayahuasca experiences

After breakfast we will meet again with our Shaman and share with him any of your Ayahuasca experiences of the night which you would like to discuss, so that he may give explanations and enlighten us on any questions concerning the ceremony.

During the remainder of the morning we will visit a local farm close to the lodge, which belongs to a member of the local community. This gives us the opportunity to see and try various natural products of the area.

After returning to the lodge we have lunch and in the afternoon there is the option of either resting, or visiting the tower. Our tower is 42 meters high, allowing us a spectacular view of the reserve. From here we can take a walk to Sunset Point, in time to see the unforgettable view of the sun setting over the jungle.

Before dinner we will embark on a boat for a short trip to look for caiman on the banks of the river, using spotlight. Upon returning we will enjoy dinner in the company of our guide and a Resident Naturalist.

Day 4
Day 4 - Departure

We will wake up in time for an early breakfast, before returning to the boat for our return journey. This will be the perfect chance to enjoy the last beautiful views of the jungle from the river. Arriving in Puerto Maldonado, we will be taken to the airport in time for returning flights.

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

Tambopata is home of some of the most spectacular amazon fauna such as the Giant anteater, Giant armadillo, Bush dog, Small-eared dog, Giant river otter, Jaguarundi, sloth, Ocelot, Jaguar, Crested eagle, Harpy eagle, Black caiman, Spectacled caiman, and Yellow-spotted side-necked turtle, Tapir, Puma, Tamandua, coati, aguti paca, red brocket deer, white-lipped peccary, white-necked peccary, capybara, dwarf cayman, anaconda, bush master, coral snake, tarantula, false scorpion spider, spider monkey, howler monkey, capuchin monkey, squirrel monkey, night monkey, woolly monkey, tamarin monkey, Striated Antbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Rufous-Fronted Antthrush, Pale-Winged Trumpeter, Blue-Crowned Motmot and Musician Wren, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Black-Spotted Bare-Eye, Pale-Legged Horner, Band-Tailed Manakin, among many others conspicuous ones.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional multi-lingual guide(s) and support staff
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves
  • All meals
  • Limited snacks throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • 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)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • 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 1  reviews
  1. Best Jungle Experience
    Nick M01 Nov 2017







    I stayed at Explorer's Inn for two days and had a great time in the jungle. The rooms were pretty nice and just what one would expect for a rainforest visit, despite the lodge's rustic nature. Coming from a huge city, falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle rather than traffic was a nice change. Mosquito netting and candles were provided in the rooms for usage outside of the hours when the generator generated energy (this was only for around 4 hours per night). The food was plenty and delicious. It takes a bit to get there from Puerto Maldonaldo (a 45-minute drive followed by an hour on the river), but that's all part of the fun.

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Why book with Explorer’s Inn?

Rainforest Inn is one of Peru’s oldest and most historic rainforest eco-lodges. It is the only Peruvian tour operator located inside Tambopata National Reserve, which means you do not need to leave the ecolodge throughout your stay offering a spectacular base from which to discover the natural wonders that are offered on your doorstep. It is also a place where sustainable ecotourism, biological research and biodiversity conservation work hand-in-hand.

What things should I pack that are really necessary?

T-Shirts, long sleeves, trousers, cap, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunblock, a bottle of water, binoculars and/or scopes, camera, flashlight, poncho or waterproof jacket which is also windproof, comfortable trekking boots for long hikes, small rucksack to carry personal belongings.

Which services are included in the tour program?

The included services are: Transport since you arrive to Puerto Maldonado until you check out, lodging in a double or triple cabin, the single room has a supplement charge, all meals in a full board system and guided excursions. Refer to inclusions tab for more details.

Which flight is it convenient to take in?

There are 2 options if you are coming from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado International Airport, we would suggest you take AVIANCA 809 or LATAM 2075 though check something like Sky Scanner regarding latest options.

How long does it take to arrive to Explorer’s Inn Eco Lodge?

It takes normally takes about 2 hours divided into a 25 minutes bus ride and 1 hour and a half of a boat ride trip on the Tambopata River which is a nice way to start your tour. Alternatively, we could organise a taxi or direct pick up from the airport.

How do I book directly?

Complete the enquiry form here on Blue Sky Wildlife and we will make direct contact with you. If you use WhatsApp or alternative app, please include the appropriate number so we can call you easily to follow up directly. If you are interested in Worldwide Traveller Protection, please also enquire.

Is there electricity and Internet access at the Explorer’s Inn Eco Lodge?

Yes, there is electricity from 5.00 to 6:30 am in the mornings and midday from 12.00 to 2.00 pm in the afternoon and later from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at night. Mobile or cellular phone coverage is provided by the Company CLARO phone operator and you can use the Internet if you have got a data package with the same phone operator.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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Price & Availability

USD700 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Suppliment USD 120
Group Discount Available
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This tour is operated by: Explorer’s Inn
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Tour Facts

  • Peru
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 4 Days
  • + 10 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Spanish
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport (also known as Puerto Maldonado International Airport)
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport (also known as Puerto Maldonado International Airport)