Tambopata Research Center
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We are about 8 hours away by boat from Puerto Maldonado at the Tambopata Research Centre (alias TRC) We spent last night at the Refugio Amazonas as it was too far to get here on the same day. Pictures of the Refugio show a much bigger camp which it is more popular as it is not as remote. The TRC is similar in construction but we have have shared …
... natural environment simply wondering around the jungle. After the monkeys had moved away and we had all calmed down from the excitement we continued on our walk to the Botanical Gardens, which wasn't quite what we were expecting. There were no flowers but just some plants, including very large trees, arranged in some raised beds. Hugo walked us through the garden and was explaining about some of the plants and trees and what the local people use them for. ...
... and Stinky Birds were out to show themselves as we paddled by. The only problem was, back on the bank, there was the 6k mud covered path back to the river. The path was in worse condition on the way back after everyone had churned up the mud. Hugo didn't seem too bothered about talking us through more jungle on the way back and was quite some distance ahead of us on the path as we all struggled back through hue he mud. It was all going well until someone clever said ...
... a "insert species name" monkey and then shine a light on the exact branch that the monkey was on. He would hear a twig snap, know it was an ant eater and then go looking for it and of course there it was. He could sniff the air and tell you that a porcupine was sleeping in a tree. He would find jaguar tracks in the mud, feel the ground and tell us that it ...
... young howler monkeys! More importantly we managed to finish before 5 o'clock, as everyday at this time in the jungle, the locals play football! Naturally I got involved, these guys were much better than the previous Peruvians, and put it about physically as well! Somehow they still couldn't stop the 3 goals I managed to put past them though :P. Incredibly muddy and unbelievably sweaty, I showered and headed out on our evening excursion, cayman spotting! ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Kids activities or Babysitting
TravelPod Member ReviewsTambopata Research Center Tambopata National Reserve
Very similiar to the Refugio but on a smaller scale. Not crazy about the shared bathrooms. Meals are good but don't be late. (No extras)
We got single beds last night but changed into a new room with a double bed for the following three nights. Great place considering you're in the middle of the jungle and if you don't mind sleeping in dorm like facilities.
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