Arrival & Reception by Guide
Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Posada Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than english please let us know.
Transfer Airport/Puerto Maldonado Headquarters
Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters/Tambopata River Port
Skirting Puerto Maldonado we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business
Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas
The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community's Primary Forest Private Reserve
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips
A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake
Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to 8 or 9 AM.
Parrot Clay Lick
This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro ?ape. The Centro ?ape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Transfer Boat Posada Amazonas/Tambopata River Port/Pto Maldonado Headquarters/Airport
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures
We reserve the right to change the order of activities
- Programs based on double room accommodation.
- All land and river transportation according to the itinerary.
- Transfers Airport - Hotel - Airport.
- Professional tour guide (spanish and english)
- Re-confirmation of domestic flights from Puerto Maldonado.
- Meals specified in the itinerary.
- Domestic and International Flights
- Airport Taxes
- Visa Costs
- Additional nights due to flight cancellations
- Alcoholic beverages or bottled
- Insurance of any kind
- Telephone calls or messages
- Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
- IGV Tax
- Other services not mentioned in the program
Programs to Refugio Amazonas
There is an additional $13 per person charge for entrance into the national park. This applies for tours to Refugio Amazonas Lodge
- Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge)
We have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
- Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado)
Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00 For other schedule possibilities please consult us
The registration process for our guests is 13:00 to 20:00
Our output is from early morning until 8:00 am at the latest