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TAMBOPATA EXPEDITION

 

 

The original Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone was created by a ministerial resolution in January 1990 as a step towards a larger policy of land management in the area and to protect the land whilst it was properly surveyed to determine the best land-use for it. One of the land-use proposals put forward was for a national park to protect the watershed of the Tambopata and other rivers and their natural resources from the encroachment of civilization.

 

The proposed National Park was to be called Bahuaja-Sonene. The National Park status was given to 54 thousand hectares of the previous Reserved Zone in August 1996 - a blessing for nature.

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

Day 1: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Yakari - Monkey Island.

 

On arrival of your flight or bus to Puerto Maldonado, our guides or staff will meet you at the airport or bus station and transfer you to the Centre of the town where you can experience the exotic local market depending on the arrival time we may have the first lunch here or while travelling to the lodge or in the lodge. Your excess luggage will be stored safely in our office in Puerto Maldonado and then we will continue onto the Capitania port. We take our motor boat along the Madre de Dios river for approximately 1 hour to Yakari Eco Lodge and soon after leaving port sail directly through the confluence of two large jungle tributaries of the Amazon, the Madre de Dios and the Tambopata; the majestic sight of the meeting of these two mother rivers opens us to feel a deeper contact with mother nature. A cool welcome drink awaits you will be shown to your bungalows to settle in. In the afternoon we will take a 10 minutes boat journey to Monkey Island where you appreciate a great diversity of monkeys such as the: capuchin, tamarines y squirrel monkeys we will put on a show of swinging through the treetops charging down the trunks of the large trees that form their home in order to accept food from your hand or insect you up close! At night we can appreciate well as raccoons, capybaras and a rich variety of birds.

 

Day 2: Yakari – Ese´eja Native Family.

 

 This time we will take the boat to go on a journey of 50 min . Approx. downstream by the Madre de dios river to reach the native community where there is a group of family to teach us some of their customs , clothing , tools, and activities their lifes. The Native Community of Ese´Ejas, the largest Ese Eja community numbering about 200 families, of which we will be visiting two. From our boat we’ll be able to observe the rich wildlife of the jungle along the banks of the river and the magnificent flora of this natural pharmacopeia. The Project “Rescuing Cultural Values“, situated on Gamitana Island, is working with two families who will show us the culture of their ancestors, their language and customs, clothing and dances. In our modern, civilized world we have all but forgotten the existence of ancestral cultures and traditions. An ancient indigenous tradition like the Ese´Eja reveals to us the customs and way of life of indigenous peoples. They give us  the opportunity to have a direct contact with a people of ancient warriors and hunters and to share their ancestral ways. We can return this gift by helping their economy and buying some of the products they make.

 

 

Day 3: Yakari - Canopy Jungle Adventure. 9:30 a.m.-

 

 

 

The 30-minute hike to the hanging high canopy bridge and zip lines penetrates the virgin rainforest on a trail that winds through many species of trees, some of which are more than a

 

thousand years old. The start of the adventure circuit is reached by climbing a tower and stairway that ascends to the treetops and a platform at 27m above the floor of the forest. You will feel the breeze on your face as you cross the hanging bridge, 89m long, which leads to a platform 37m  above ground wrapped around the huge trunk of an ironwood tree, one of the densest and strongest to be found in the rainforest. The throbbing symphony of birdcalls, accompanied by the warbling of toads and crickets, pours into the liquid air of the tropical forest; orchids and other aerial plants growing amongst the high branches can be observed at close hand as can the nests of the many birds that make their home here. We return across the canopy bridge and ascend to the high platform that marks the start of the zip-line cable, almost 200m long, along which we fly through the air like eagles narrowly missing the foliage along the way, to a platform 27m high. The breathtaking views are only matched by the excitement of overcoming our fears and the adrenaline that courses through us as we leap off the platform supported by the high security harnesses that connect us to the zip-line cable. The 75m long log walkway, hanging 27m above the floor, leads off this platform, a risky balancing act, and takes us to the platform at the start of the second zip line, a 160m fly back to the tower and stairwell that descends to the forest floor.

12.30 p.m. Return to the Yakari restaurant. After a well-deserved lunch, we take to the river in kayaks, well protected with high quality life jackets, and accompanied by a motor boat that guarantees extra security; this level one activity is relaxing and accessible for all. Flowing downstream, carried by the river, or fighting the current upstream we are able to observe the many birds that populate these otherwise inaccessible banks of the river, flying across our path as they call us away from their hidden nests. This is also a fine opportunity to bathe in the waters of the river and complete our day of jungle adventure and new experiences.

4.00 p.m. Return to Yakari.

 

Day 4:  Yakari-farming area-Caiman spotting

 

 After our usual breakfast, we will have the opportunity to discover the amazing and mysterious Amazonian forest. This day we will have two hours walking through the interpretive trails within the forest, where a variety of species of trees and medicinal plants. Then we’ll visit a farming area producing tropical fruits of our rich jungle, also tasting some seasonal fruits. Caiman spotting has a starting point the lodge and we board a boat implemented with a reflector and go along the banks of the river in search of some alligators, thanks to the light and caiman eyes

 

 

are easy to locate at night, we will see alligators of regular size, 1 meter or meter and a half , with a little more luck to see large adult alligators.

 

 Day 5: Yakari – Parrot’s Clay Lick – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco or Lima.

 

Parrots and macaws need to eat rich clay that provides them with the salts and minerals necessary to metabolize and neutralize the toxins and acids of the flowers, fruits, and seeds upon which they feed. Early each day, therefore, they congregate at the salt licks, clay walls along the rivers and streams in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon rainforest. We offer you the opportunity to see this spectacle, one of the most beautiful sights of the natural world; the parrots, of which nine species can be observed, and the six species of macaws form a symphony of colour and sound which is difficult to describe.

5:00 AM – We embark on the river for our destination the Cachuela Parrot Salt-lick. The trip of an hour and a half affords the unique opportunity to observe the flora and fauna in its natural habitat Majestic trees with breathtaking jungle vegetation form a  background to this dawn outing during which our appreciation of the interconnectedness of man and his environment will be enhanced.

6:30 AM - Upon arrival we will place ourselves at a discreet distance to await the arrival of the various species of parrot and macaw that congregate here every morning; in a spectacular display of colour and sound, hundreds of wild parrots and macaws congregate for their breakfast of mineral rich clay. Emerald greens, golden yellows, flashing reds and bright blues, colors difficult to imagine without having seen them, melt and reform in kaleidoscopic patterns before our eyes in one of the most beautiful displays in the world. This beautiful dawn display lasts for about an hour during which time you will be able to film and take fantastic photos.

 

 

 

TAMBOPATA  ATTRACTIONS

 

The Cultural Zone is one of the three areas of the Tambopata Biosphere Reserve and is a transition zone between the Andes and the Jungle. There are Montains, a Cloudforest and a part of the Jungle. In this area it is possible to see small hamlets, settlers and Native Communities who dedicate their time to productive activities like agriculture or pruning but in a smaller scale, thanks to the control of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Park authorities. The purpose of this controlled area is to protect the Reserved Zone. That is why it is also called "Transition Zone" or "Multi-use Zone".

For a deeper experience in the jungle we recommend you to make an excursion into the Reserved Zone of Tambopata.

 

We recommend the tour in the Cultural Zone for those who have few time (4 days) and who want to visit the Peruvian jungle and take advantage of the nice landscapes and the various ecosystems. You will also have the opportunity to practice Adventure Sports like Mountain biking, Rafting (level I - II) and Canopying. On the other hand, the Wildlife in the Cultural Zone is less impressive than in the Reserved Zone. The main wildlife in the cultural area consists of minor mammals and birds.

 

LODGE ACCOMMODATION

 

The Cusco office is equipped with Radio Communication. Communication on the journey is by radio and we are in constant communication with the four Radio Bases in the Jungle. Emergency service is always close by, following each step of the group's trip to supply us with our essential needs.

One of the main reasons why our tour operator is considered a Jungle Specialist is because of our emphasis on safety. We provide our own transportation, both boats for the river and specialized overland vehicles for the road.

 

Guides are  very important part of your trip because they help you understand all about the rainforest, the interrelations between the plants and animals and the importance of conserving this natural ecosystem. There are biologists, anthropologists and rainforest specialists amongst the staff.

 

 

It Is Included:

 

  •  Transfer to the lodge and return to Puerto Maldonado airport or bus station.
  •  All meals (vegetarian options)
  •  Four night’s accommodations (double ones with private rooms)
  •  Excursions with expert jungle guides in English
  •  Equipment in Adventure activities.
  •  Entrance fee to Sandoval Lake
  • Canopy walks Yakari Canopy Jungle Adventure
  •  Water and typical beverages

 

 

It Is Not Included:

• Personal trekking gear, tips to guide and support staff, city services.

• First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.

• Last lunch at the end of the tour on 5th Day

 

We recommend to take:

• Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.

• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.

• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.

• Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath

• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.

• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries

• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)

• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold

• Sun block cream

• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body

• Insect repellent - minimum recommended 30% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported

• Toilet paper, pack in & pack out

• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

• Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.

• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.

• Your own medical kit with any special medications.

• Small towel or sarong

• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )

• Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.

• Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.

• Walking sticks or poles

• Binoculars.

 

 

 

 

Normal Price $550.00

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TAMBOPATA EXPEDITION

TAMBOPATA EXPEDITION

 

Type of tour      :   Birdwatching, Ecological

Duration            :   5 Days / 4 Night

Starting Point    :   Puerto Maldonado

Ending Point     :   Puerto Maldonado

Price                 :   $550.00

 

GROUP SERVICE:(02  to 08 People Max): Our most popular Tambopata  Reserve  tours. It is recommended for everybody who  like the Nature,wildlife,adventure.

 

PRIVATE SERVICE: Special Amazon programs just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don´t add any people, is arranged just for you.

 

 

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