The Tambopata National Reserve is 274,690 hectares (1,061 square miles) of preserved land in South-Eastern Peru. The reserve has many diverse habitats, including lowland Amazon rainforest and oxbow lakes. It is crossed by three rivers: the Malinowski, the Tambopata and the Madre de Dios river.
Because of the Reserve’s protected status and secluded location, it’s incredibly biodiverse. The Reserve plays host to over 1,000 species of butterflies, 100 species of mammals, around 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants.
Exploring the forest lake system by canoe or along narrow trails is a marvelous experience. Much of the area’s abundant fauna lives on or near these water sources. Aside from many of the more than 500 species of birds recorded in the Reserve, the lakes are home to giant otters and black caiman. Formed by over 1400 individual plant species, these forests are also home to 13 species of monkeys, 1200 species of butterflies, 60 kinds of amphibians and more than 100 types of mammals, with the solitary jaguar standing at the head of an infinitely complex food chain.