The Tambopata Research Centre is a lodge 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, it is 8 hours from Puerto Maldonado. It is unrivalled in its access to pristine forests and wildlife. Due to its remote location an overnight stopover at Refugio Amazonas is required. The rooms are made from locally sourced materials such as wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay, and are elevated above the forest floor.
The lodge has limited electricity, which is available three times a day in rooms and common areas (6am-8am; midday-2pm; 5pm-10pm). A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests and lodge facilities. The camp is powered by solar energy and Wi-Fi is available in the evenings. It is recommendable to bring a torch.
Shared excursions include explorations of the rainforest, visits to two very important clay licks and waterways on foot or by canoe. Wildlife you may see include macaws, peccaries, dusky headed titis, squirrels, brown capuchins, howler and spider monkeys, deer, capybaras, caimans and agoutis, and occasionally jaguars.
Features: 24 rooms, lounge/bar, dining room, canopy tower, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Mosquito nets, ceiling fan, minibar, private bathroom with hot water, veranda, safe, hammocks or lounge chair.