The 3-day 2-night Tambopata Capybara tour provides travelers with the chance to experience the biological diversity of Tambopata National Reserve, which covers an area of 680,000 acres and is protected by law. During this tour, you will experience river travel, rainforest hikes, observation of fauna and flora and nocturnal excursions. One of the highlights of the program is the diversity of fauna and flora at Lake Condenado. And on the return trip by river to the airport, you will experience the forest at dawn, as it awakens to a new day. For those with little time who want a taste of the Peruvian jungle, this is the best option.
We will meet you at Puerto Maldonado airport (we recommend that you choose an early flight, in order to make the most of the whole day) and escort you as you board the motorized canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River, passing from secondary forest to the typical vegetation of virgin rainforest as we enter the Tambopata National Reserve. You will be served a box lunch onboard. Upon arrival at our Eco Lodge you will be introduced to the staff who will accompany you during your stay. After time to rest and settle in, we will take a walk in the forest surrounding the lodge, where it is possible to see brown capuchin monkeys and many other animals, as well as several species of birds. After an excellent meal, in the evening you will be invited to accompany your guide on a walk to spot some of the forest’s nocturnal animals and insects.
Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner
After a delicious breakfast at our Eco Lodge, we will make the short trip by motorized canoe to the start of the trail leading to Lake Condenado, where we will explore the lake system and observe the abundant animal and bird life of the area. It is possible to observe giant otters at the lake, and the local bird life includes great egrets, rufescent tiger herons and wattled jacanas. After exploring the lake area on foot and by canoe, we will return to our Eco Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will have free time to walk in the forest around the Eco Lodge or swim in a nearby stream. In the evening we will board a canoe again to search the Tambopata River for caiman and other nocturnal animals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After a very early breakfast, we will board our motorized canoe for the return trip to Puerto Maldonado, we will see beautiful birds from the boat and will almost certainly hear the calls of howler monkeys and many other animals and birds, as the forest awakens. You will be escorted by our staff until your departure from Puerto Maldonado airport.
Note: You can choose to spend more days at our Eco Lodge. We can design an itinerary to suit your individual interests.
Things to bring on the trip
Many travelers are concerned that there may be a risk of malaria when they visit Tambopata National Reserve, and ask how they can prevent infection. The risk of this disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes is present in Peru in Tambopata, Iquitos and Manu National Park. However, cases of malaria are rare in these zones. Nevertheless, we recommend that you take anti-malarial drugs.
You should consult your physician before departure regarding the appropriate drugs. Remember that you will need to take anti-malarial drugs (chemoprophylaxis) several days before departure. Also remember that anti-malarial drugs available in Peru may not necessarily match the manufacturing criteria for medicines produced in Europe and the United States.
According to recognized centers for disease control and prevention, the recommended drugs for malaria prophylaxis are doxycycline, mefloquine and atovaquone-proguanil.
Malaria is contracted from mosquito bites, and you can therefore take other preventive measures, such as using insect repellent on exposed areas of the skin and wearing long-sleeved clothing and long pants.
For more information visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/malaria
Yellow fever virus (YFV)
This is a serious viral infection transmitted via mosquito bites. Risk areas in Peru include Tambopata and the regions of Loreto, San Martin, Ucayali and Amazonas.
Risk of contagion can be reduced by avoiding mosquito bites, but you should make sure you receive an effective vaccine. If you have received a yellow fever vaccination before departure, don’t forget to bring your certificate with you when you visit Tambopata.
Vaccinations are not mandatory for entering Peru, but they are highly recommended.
For more information visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/yellow-fever
Please remember that the risk of contracting malaria or yellow fever in Tambopata is low, but nevertheless the appropriate precautions should be taken.