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trclobby (73K)The Peruvian Eco-travel company that runs the TRC and the Posada Amazonas was founded in 1992. Their philosophy is to integrate carefully planned and executed ecotourism as an effective tool for conservation. Visitors to the Tambopata Research Center (TRC), located in southeastern Amazonian Peru, come into direct contact with their ongoing research projects. Peruvian students and local rainforest residents are involved in basic and applied research projects related to conservation work. Researchers help instruct visitors in rainforest ecology and the challenge of conservation. A portion of each visitor's fee contributes to ongoing research programs.

macawnest (12K)The TRC is located in the 1,600,000 ha. Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, which is regarded as one of the premier nature destinations in the world. An abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, such as the macaw clay lick (where up to 15 species of macaws and parrots can be seen on any given day) and frequent encounters with troops of capuchin, howler, tamarin, squirrel or spider monkeys are within easy reach of the lodge.

The lodge was built with the object to lodge tourists and researchers and to protect the nearby clay lick. It is composed of four interconnected, thatch-roofed buildings designed in the style of traditional low-impact native architecture.

The operation is kept small to enable visitors to have an intimate rain forest experience and to develop lasting friendships between them, the researchers and the staff. This intimate set-up provides ample opportunity to share the passion for the rain forest and its natural history.

kayaking (35K)The forest surrounding the Tambopata Research Center is unique in that it presents a tapestry of seven distinct rain forest habitats and their respective transitions, all within an area of approximately 5 square kilometers. Within a half an hour's easy walk from the Lodge there are well-studied areas of 3 types of terraced floodplain forest, terra firma forest, bamboo forest, palm swamps, as well as the TRC clearing. Additionally, a short boat drive away are trails around both, a thriving and a drying oxbow lake and a 5 km trail leading into the foothills of the Andes, where a mere 500 meter increase in elevation reveals an entirely different forest ecosystem.

Over 25 km of trails are cut in concentric loops around the Tambopata Research Center (TRC), designed to allow visitors easy access and exploration of all the various habitats within TRC's immediate vicinity. Each trail focuses on a distinct habitat providing visitors the opportunity to explore and study each ecosystem in depth and are extensive enough to increase chances of typical wildlife encounters within each habitat.


Tambopata Research Center is for active, adventurous travellers and naturalists who want to be as close to nature as possible. Travellers will need to plan for at least 5 days and 4 nights for this trip. TRC's remote location means that there will be a stop-over at Refugio Amazonas to break the journey, where you will spend the first and last nights. TRC is ideal for those who have enough time to enjoy in-depth exploration of this remote and pristine rain forest location:

The 7-hour up-river boat ride takes you 150km into the unihabited heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, where tue surrounding wilderness is untouched. The largest known macaw clay lick is just 500 yards from the lodge. Dusky headed tit, squirrel, brown capuchin, howler and spider monkeys, as well as capybara, caiman and agouti are seen frequently. Although very difficult to see, herds of peccary, tapir and jaguar are all present in the area.


trcroom (89K)Tambopata Research Center is located in a half hectare clearing 50 meters from the Tambopata River and 300 meters from the macaw clay lick. It is composed of four interconnected, thatch-roofed buildings designed in the style of the traditional low-impact native architecture. All buildings and interconnecting passageways are raised on four-foot stilts built from palm trunks. Tambopata Research Center is rustic, but provides all necessary creature comforts to enjoy an authentic wilderness experience. The main building is a 33 foot by 100 foot platform divided into 13 double rooms. Each bedroom is furnished with two beds draped in mosquito nets, a chair, a night table with a kerosene windlamp, and a table for luggage and clothing. Each room is open on the side that looks into the forest: it is designed to offer a permanent, unobstructed view of the forest surrounding the clearing in order to maximize wildlife observation time. To the left of the main building a roofed passageway leads to shared bathroom facilities with 4 flush toilets and 4 shower cabins. To the right of the main building a 15 foot-long, roofed passageway connects to the dining room and meeting room which in turn is connected to the kitchen.

The combination with Refugio Amazonas allows you to experience the canopy tower, oxbow lake and one cultural activity.


  • Built with wood, palm frond and wild cane
  • 24 well ventilated rooms: 8 superior rooms, 8 comfort rooms, 4 Amazon suites and 4 deluxe suites
  • One open wall faces the forest, offering permanent view of the forest
  • Rooms have beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables and hammocks or lounge chairs
  • Private bathrooms in all rooms
  • A small bar and dining room doubles up as meeting room
  • Self-serve three course meals combining Peruvian and International cuisine
  • Illuminated by petroleum lamps and candle light (no electricity for lighting, but enough to recharge batteries)
  • On site research facilities for scientists
  • Souvenir display


Superior Room - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$827 US$1046 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1021 US$1213 1N RA / 3N TRC
see details above
US$1214 US$1580 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$195 US$269 per person, per night at TRC
Comfort Room - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$953 US$1286 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1191 US$1635 1N RA / 3N TRC
see details above
US$1429 US$1984 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$238 US$349 per person, per night at TRC
Amazon Suite - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$1132 US$1528 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1437 US$1967 1N RA / 3N TRC
see details above
US$1742 US$2406 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$305 US$439 per person, per night at TRC
Deluxe Suite - Classic Program
Program Price per person Single Description
4D/3N US$1266 US$1712 1N RA / 2NTRC
5D/4N US$1638 US$2243 1N RA / 3N TRC
see details above
US$2010 US$2774 1N RA + 4N TRC
extra night US$372 US$531 per person, per night at TRC
  • Lodge accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All scheduled land and river transportation
  • All transfers
  • All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
  • International or domestic airfares,
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges,
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks,
  • Insurance of any kind,
  • Extras such as:
    Laundry, Phone calls, Radio calls or messages, Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
  • Entrance to the protected area:
    US$75 Inrena tax per person applies to all Tambopata Research Center programs.
  • Handling charge $10 per person



See the suggested itinerary for a full description of the program
See Refugio Amazonas for descriptions of Canopy Tower, Sachavacayok Oxbow Lake, Brazil Nut Trail and Camp, and Nocturnal Walks.

Macaw Clay Lick
On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a racous and colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located, 50 meters from the cliff, we observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-Gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots as they descend to ingest the clay.
Overlook Trail
A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forests on this trail are good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.
Floodplain Trail
This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahiacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Caouchin and Spider Monkeys as well as for peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.
Palm Swamp
A thirty minute hike from the TRC brings us to the palm swamp. Dead aguaje palms serve as nests to Red Bellied and Blue-and-Gold Macaws. An elevated boardwalk and scaffolding tower allow us eye level observation of the macaws as they fly in and out of their nests.
Terra Firme Forest
An entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is coered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir.
Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place for the late afternoon where we whiddle away the remains fo the day as we spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, Sunbittern and Hoatzin along with the Woodpeckers, Oropendolas, Flycatchers and Parakeets that call this pond their home.
After dinner,scientists will provide and in-depth look at the biology of Macaw, their feeding habits, their theories for the clay lick use, their breeding ecology and the threats to their survival.


Canopy Toweryesyes
Sachavacayok Oxbow Lakeyesyes
Brazil Nut Trailyesyes
Macaw Lickyesyes
Floodplain Trailyesyes
Palm Swampyesyes
Terra Firme Forestnoyes
Nocturnal Walkyesyes

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Especially designed for students aged 13-18. Field projects are designed to teach kids about rainforest biology wile applying standard field research techniques to collect data on one specific subject. This is a unique oportunity to give kids hands on experience of doing actual field research thesmselves. Led by a biologist with experience in the subject at hand, which may be botany, entomology, mastozoology, ornithology, ichtiology, or general ecology. You can choose one or more field projects from a varied list provided upon request. Field projects are geared towards the age group of the students.


No previous experience required. After a few practie strokes with our kayaking guide you will be ready to navigate the Tambopata at a natural pace for one full morning or afternoon. Kayaks give you the chance to explore narrow creeks and river turns our boat can't navigate. Wildlife sightings increase in quality - the silent kayaks do not intimidate.


Although all our guides have basic bird identification skills, only a handful truly qualify as birding guides - able to identify hundreds of species by sound and sight. If you are planninga birdwatching expedition please contract a specialist birding guide. Birdwatching itineraries essentially follow our TRC programs, the specialist guide being the key difference.


If sou want a guarantee that your group receives exclusive guiding rather being mingled with other groups to enjoy the activities offered in the standard program, please contract a private guide. Please note that this will not give you private access to boats or activities, but will assure your guide is dedicated exclusively to your group.

All kinds of different programs are available, such as Wildlife Photography, Biology and Ecology Seminar, Biology Workshop, Birdwatching tour, Parrot Lover Tour, Ecotourism and Nature Interpretation Seminar, Family Program for Teens, Kayaking and Camping, Nature Expeditions, Kayaking and Canopy climbing, Multi Sport Adventure Tour, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding - please inquire for details.

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