Accommodation rating: Basic
The Tambopata Research Centre is a very simple and comfortable 18-bedroom lodge built by Rainforest Expeditions for tourists and researchers alike, which is used to protect the adjacent macaw clay lick, one of the largest clay licks in the world. Situated on the remote and uninhabited frontier of the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, the research centre was established to aid the protection of these magnificent macaws and as a long-term research project to ensure the survival of their populations. It is unrivalled in its access to pristine forests and wildlife and, due to its distance from human populations, requires an overnight stopover en route at Refugio Amazonas when travelling to the lodge (not required on the return journey), which is located four hours downriver.
Rooms are very simply furnished and designed to have a permanent, unobstructed view of the forest surrounding the clearing so to maximise wildlife observation time: the wall looking out to the forest is a waist-high veranda. Rooms are not soundproof and bathroom facilities are shared (warm water showers). The lodge does not have electricity and lighting is provided by kerosene lamps and candles. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. It is recommendable to bring a torch.
Shared excursions include explorations of the rainforest, clay licks and waterways on foot or by canoe. In addition to macaws, wildlife you may see includes dusky headed titis, squirrels, brown capuchins, howler and spider monkeys, as well as capybaras, caimans and agoutis.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.