The 4-day 3-night Tambopata Tapir offers travelers the chance to explore the biologically diverse forests of Tambopata National Reserve. During the program, you will visit Lake Condenado and Lake Sachavacayoc and have free time to hike through the forest surrounding our Eco Lodge. The flora and fauna it is possible to see includes giant otters, several species of monkeys, caimans and enormous ancient trees such as the Lupuna, known as the king of the jungle. This is the perfect itinerary for those who want to explore the Peruvian rainforest, as well as enjoy time relaxing at a comfortable Eco Lodge.
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 the typical vegetation of virgin rainforest. You will be served a box lunch onboard as you enjoy the fine scenery. Upon arrival at our Eco Lodge you will be introduced to the rest of the staff. In the afternoon we will take a walk in the forest surrounding the lodge, where it is possible to see saddle-back tamarins, brown capuchin monkeys and many other animals, as well as several species of birds. 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, and local bird life includes 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, swim in a nearby stream or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the forest from our tree platforms (at an additional cost). In the evening we will board a canoe again to search the river for caiman and other nocturnal animals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today’s activities offer an excellent opportunity to explore the forest. After breakfast we will take a short boat journey downriver to the trailhead. After hiking through the forest, we will have plently of time to enjoy the beauty of the lake. It is possible to spot caimans and giant otters on this excursion. After a morning spent in the forest, we will return to our Eco Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will be free to explore our system of forest trails, or simply relax at our comfortable Eco Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a very early breakfast, we will board our motorized canoe for the return trip to Puerto Maldonado, enjoying sunrise over the river along the way. At this time of day it is possible to spot monkeys and birds from the boat and you 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 and enjoy the following additional activities:
Take more time to fully explore the forest trail system.
Visit our tree platforms for a bird's eye view of the forest.
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.