Refugio Amazonas (4 days / 3 nights)

Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.

Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism. This program is the ideal short, economic, introductory nature tour to Amazon richest rainforest, search for caimans at night and learn about tropical fruits at Don Manuel´s farm, among other activities, in this 3 nights introductory trip to Tambopata.

You do not need yellow fever vaccine to visit this area.

 

Tambopata Vacation Package - The tour package includes:

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Transfers airport / lodge / airport in Puerto Maldonado

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3 Nights accommodation at the lodge Refugio Amazonas

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge.

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Excursions mentioned in the program (Shared services - In group).

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English speaking guide

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Optional flight tickets from Lima or from Cuzco

AXA Travel Assistant

Optional AXA Travel Assistant

Itinerary Refugio Amazonas (4 days / 3 nights)

Day 1: ... (Lima or Cuzco) / Puerto Maldonado / Refugio Amazonas (L-D)

  • Arrival and reception by our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members.

  • Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio 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 to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters upon arrival from Lima or Cuzco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes (about) 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 Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to 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 by boat: Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas The two and a half hour (about) boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

  • Boxed lunch

  • Reception in Refugio Amazonas.

  • Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

  • Dinner.

  • Night walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

  • Overnight.

 

Day 2: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast.

  • Oxbow Lake Visit: We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

  • Canopy Tower: approximately a thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

  • Lunch.

  • Farm visit five minutes (about) downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighboring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.

  • Ethno botanical: Tour along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of ajo-sacha, yuca de venado, u ña de gato, charcot-sacha, para-para, among several others.

  • Dinner.

  • Tambopata National Reserve Lectures Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

 

Day 3: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast.

  • Parrot Clay Lick: A fifteen minute (about) boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as dusky headed and cobalt winged parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: mealy and yellow-crowned Amazons, blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.

  • Lunch.

  • Brazil Nut Trail and Camp: A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

  • Mammal Clay Lick: Twenty minutes (about) walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.

  • Dinner.

  • Night walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

 

Day 4: Puerto Maldonado / ... (Lima or Cuzco) (B)

  • Breakfast.

  • Transfer by boat: Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port.

  • Transfer Tambopata River Port to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters.

  • Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to airport, we retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport, for your flight to Lima or Cuzco. (Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.)

 

Recommendations

It is recommended to buy your tickets according to the following schedules to avoid disappointment.

Arrival transfer (Puerto Maldonado - lodge) Two transfers daily at 13:00 hrs. and 14:00 hrs.

Transfer out (lodge - Puerto Maldonado) two daily departures at 07:00 hrs. and 8:00 hrs.

For other alternatives transfers please contact us.

Are recommended: Light clothing, long sleeve shirts, long pants, hats, waterproof jacket, two pairs of shoes, sunglasses, insect repellent, blockers, swimwear, boots, binoculars, flashlight, camera, water bottles, personal medications.

Luggage: large bags will stay in our offices in Puerto Maldonado, our boats are only for passengers, recommend carrying a small backpack with necessities for your stay at the lodge.

The program does not include:

  • Flight ticket Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Lima ask for our promotional airfares.

  • Entrances to Tambopata National Reserve US $ 13 (mandatory payment)

  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Tips for guides and staff members.

  • Any other service not mentioned in the program.

Refugio Amazonas Rates 2018 - Rates per person in US Dollar

Room Type

Max. Passengers

Rate Per Person

Single Standard

1

$ 837

Double Standard

2

$ 615

Single Comfort

1

$ 999

Double Comfort

2

$ 736

Amazon Suite Double

2

$ 862

Child

 

20% Off

 

Refugio Amazonas Rates 2018 - Rates per person in US Dollar

Room Type

Max. Passengers

Rate Per Person

Single Standard

1

$ 862

Double Standard

2

$ 634

Single Comfort

1

$ 999

Double Comfort

2

$ 736

Amazon Suite Double

2

$ 862

Child

 

20% Off

 

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  • Rates apply to foreign tourists, not residents in Peru and there are expressed in U.S. Dollars. Our fares include all taxes.

  • The system must only process reserves received at least 7 days before the date of trip.

  • Unused services are not refundable

  • Rates subject to change and / or availability

  • Does not apply to dates of Easter, Independence Day (25 to 31 July), National Holidays, Christmas, New Year and Special Events

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