Butterflies of the Amazon Tour Peru
On this 4 days 3 nights in the Peruvian Amazon, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the 1200 species of butterflies of the National Reserve of Tambopata, which prides itself on a world record number of registered species for one location becoming a butterfly- lovers paradise. Explorers will have the chance to look for many other wildlife species such as monkeys, macaws, and parrots, agoutis, or capybaras that surround the Brazilian Nuts rainforest at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve, Refugio Amazonas is a secluded, 32-bedroom jungle lodge that lies deep within the rainforest — a luxurious oasis in the wilderness. With its wide variety of a la carte activities, the lodge is ideal for nature-lovers. And as the headquarters of our Citizen Science program, Wired Amazon, you even can contribute to science!
- Opportunity to search for 1200 species of butterflies in the region
- Immersing in pristine Amazon rainforest in the of the Tambopata National Reserve
- After dinner night lecture by scientists regarding the biology of macaws and the threats to their conservation
- Exploring different types of forest letting you discover butterflies from the riverbank and floodplain butterflies
- Search for the fascinating bright blue morpho butterfly
- Discover what butterflies do at night in the Amazon
Alternative Tour Name: Refugio Amazonas Butterfly Lovers Tour
Arriving in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, join the transfer of 1 hour by bus and 1 hour by boat to the lodge. Your first tasting of our Amazonian cuisine will be during the boat trip, while you leave the city behind and enjoy the incredible landscapes during the tour.
Refugio Amazonas is a charming ecolodge in the middle of a Brazil Nut forest, with a bar, massage room, and dining room service. With the Tambopata National Reserve behind him. This eco-hostel is the headquarters of Wired Amazon, the first citizen science project to turn its guests into citizen scientists.
Accommodation includes a 45 sqm room, with mosquito nets over the beds, a private bathroom, and a window open to the forest, which maximizes contact with nature.
Your stay includes three daily meals, teas, coffee, activities and guided excursions, welcome drink upon arrival at the hostel, transfers to and from the airport. Guides are assigned in a ratio of 8 : 1
Butterflies of the Tambopata beaches, which we will chance seeing from the boat at any point in our trip include Anteos menipps, Phoebis philea, Philaetria dido, Eurytides spp., Papilio thoas, Callicore cyanosura, Callicore astarte, Baeotus beoutus, Baeotus deucalion, and Uranius spp.
You will have the option of taking a night walk through the jungle when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as strange as their natural stories.
A half-hour walk from the lodge takes us to the 35-meter-high canopy tower, a staircase with railings will provide us with safe access to the top of the tower, from which we can contemplate the impressive forest of the National Reserve of Tambopata. From the top, it is also possible to see different species of birds such as toucans, macaws, raptors among other species.
You can navigate around Lake Condenado, looking for wildlife such as the hoatzin or Shansho, who is said to be a pre-historic bird! Alligators, Martin fishermen among other species, if we are lucky we will be able to observe a family of otters that inhabit its waters and are difficult to see. You will be able to discover the difference between the eco-system of a lake and a river and who knows, maybe you will be rewarded with macaws flying over the treetops.
Look for butterflies of the floodplain forest, along mature floodplain forest we will stand a chance of observing Morpho achilles, Morpho melenaus, Parides neophilus, Parides sesostris, and Parides vertumnus. At the farthest end of this trail, where it passes its only swampy portion, we may see any of the following butterfly species: Calligo eurolochius, Caligo ileoneus, Caligo idomeneus, Catoblepia xanthicles, Pierella hortona, Pierella lena, Cithaerias pireta, and Haetera piera.
A fifteen-minute boat ride and sixty-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck, we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw, and Orange-cheeked (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon when they are active.
By the afternoon, take a twenty minutes hike to a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan, and parakeets.
A half-hour walk from the hostel takes us to the 35-meter-high canopy tower, a staircase with railings will provide us with safe access to the top of the tower, from which we can contemplate the impressive forest of the National Reserve of Tambopata. From the top, it is also possible to see different species of birds such as toucans, macaws, raptors among other species.
After dinner, join our nightly lectures prepared by the Wired Amazon field researchers of Refugio Amazonas covering conservation threats, opportunities, and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Our expedition came to an end. It’s time to say goodbye and say goodbye! We will return to the airport for your domestic flight.
But first, a short walk from the airport is the Japipi Butterfly Farm and Exhibits, where farmed butterflies are displayed in a giant forest enclosure.
Thank you for your visit. This contributes directly to the Wired Amazon Project and its efforts to conserve and learn about the biodiversity of the Tambopata National Reserve.
Some of the butterflies expected to see on this trip are:
Along the riverbanks: Anteos menipps, Phoebis philea, Philaetria dido, Eurytides spp., Papilio thoas, Callicore cyanosura, Callicore astarte, Baeotus beoutus, Baeotus deucalion, and Uranius spp.
Butterflies from the floodplain forest: Morpho achilles, Morpho melenaus, Parides neophilus, Parides sesostris, and Parides vertumnus.
On swampy patches: Calligo eurolochius, Caligo ileoneus, Caligo idomeneus, Catoblepia xanthicles, Pierella hortona, Pierella lena, Cithaerias pireta, and Haetera piera.
Among other wildlife like macaws and parrots, hoatzin, caimans, capybaras and different species of monkeys.
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”
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.
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. This is a suggested itinerary and you are able to customize your expedition with the wide set of excursions and activities we have at the lodge without extra cost.
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.
To reconfirm the reservation we require full non-refundable payment 30 days before arrival at the lodges. Some special offers require a prepayment or full non-refundable payment at the time of booking. This will be communicated by email when making your reservation. Payment can be done with Pay Pal, Master Card, American Express, or VISA credit card, in this case, we kindly request to call your bank first and authorize the transaction. We are not responsible for any banking expenses. Cancellations done 31 days or more before the departure date will be 100% refunded when is not a special offer (rate) minus 5% for administrative expenses. Cancellations within 30 days before departure date will be billed at full fare. Refunds will not apply under cancellations of air, road, lake, river or trail travel due to changes in airline schedules, bad weather conditions, civil or government strikes, acts of God or government, acts of terrorism, force majeure (including world or local health conditions), criminal activity, or sickness.
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.