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Tambopata Rainforest

The Reserve has an area of 274,690.00 hectares and is located in the department of Madre de Dios, province of Tambopata. Undoubtedly one of the best places to discover the Amazon, with one of the highest indices of biological diversity in the world (632 species of birds, 169 of mammals, 1,200 butterflies). Additionally, on the south side, it is surrounded by the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, and make up a very important conservation area in Peru.

Lake Sandoval is the most visited main attraction of the Park, due to its proximity (only half an hour by boat) to Puerto Maldonado. There are hostels to stay in the place, which is home to macaws and a large family of river wolves. It also has an observatory tower for a panoramic view of the immense landscape.

Another attraction is the clay licks that are found on the banks of rivers. They gather hundreds of birds (macaws, hawks and parrots) between 5:30 am and 9:00 am. In the clay or inland clay licks, mammals such as sajinos, huanganas and sachavacas are usually seen at night. One of them is the collpa Colorado, considered the largest in the Peruvian Amazon.

Tambopata is the land of the Ese Eja, ethnic group that has lived in the area since ancient times and knows the reserve to the millimeter. Currently they are grouped into three communities: Palma Real, Sonene and Infierno. The latter works together with the private company to offer various activities and tourist services such as accommodation and guided tours, among others.

Where is Tambopata National Reserve

The Tambopata National Reserve is located in the southern part of the Amazon, south of the Madre de Dios River in the Tambopata district. The park is located on the border with Bolivia, about 260 km (160 miles) east of Cusco. The reserve covers the entire basin of the Tambopata River. The park is accessible from the town of Puerto Maldonado, from where you can take a boat or a car to enter the reserve.

Tambopata National Reserve Weather

The climate corresponds to subtropical forest, humid or very humid with an average annual temperature of 26ºC, fluctuating between 10ºC and 38ºC. Low temperatures are associated with the presence of cold winds that come from the Antarctic through the Andes.
The presence of cold winds determines the occurrence of what is known in Madre de Dios as “friaje” which is the decrease in temperature with days of overcast sky associated with persistent drizzle, the frigidity lasts two to three days although occasionally, these events occur with greater intensity – frequency – in the months of June and July. Maximum temperatures reach 38ºC and occur regularly in the months of September to October.
The annual rainfall ranges from 1600 to 2400 mm, marking two times by the frequency and amount of precipitation: a dry season between April and December and a rainy season in the months of January to March, although the time limits are variable.

Tambopata Lodges Peru

Each of the shelters located in the Tambopata area has organized a series of programs that include hiking, bird and animal observation, as well as making the varied flora known to visitors. During the walks, among the lush forests of huge trees, the experts show the richness of the area and in many opportunities you can see mammals like the lazy bear, tigrillos and sachavacas, among others. The most intense adventure is to observe at night from the small canoes to the alligators.

Tambopata Biodiversity

The Tambopata National Reserve is a natural reserve found in the Amazon of Peru. Established by the Peruvian government in 1989, Tambopata is the second largest reserve in Peru (after Manu National Park) and covers almost 275 hectares (680 acres).
It is home to the Ese Eja village, as well as more than 600 species of birds, including parrots, macaws, parrots, toucans, hummingbirds and eagles; 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, such as alligators, boas and anacondas, 170 species of mammals, including giant otters, pumas, jaguars, tapirs, ocelots and monkeys; 1,200 species of butterflies and 20,000 species of plants. Tambopata includes several types of habitats: Amazonian low forest, with trees more than 30 meters (90 feet) tall, bamboo forests, tropical forests in the alluvial plains; meanders; palm swamps where blue-bellied macaws nest, and savannahs in this sector of the park.

Tambopata bird watching

The Tambopata area in southeastern Peru is a paradise for any bird lover. At least 670 species have been recorded in this incredibly diverse part of the Amazon rainforest, such as the Hoatzin, Harpyja, Haliaetus, Red pigeon, hawk crab, and much more.
In addition, the Tambopata area in southeastern Peru is an amazing place to see macaws and parrots in their natural habitat. Among other places to see them, here are the largest colpas in the Amazon, where hundreds of macaws, amazons and other parrots come to feed each day.

Tambopata National Reserve Tours

Tambopata National Reserve is characterized by an extremely high density in natural diversity. Most of the tours in this extraordinary part of Peru include accommodation in traditional bungalows. From here you have the possibility to take a variety of excursions to the jungle, marveling at the wildlife and the natural environment.
One of the main points of interest of the reserve is the Colpa de los Guacamayos (Collpa), one of the largest natural clay deposits in South America, where you can see hundreds of red, blue and green parrots and macaws.

What to wear Tambopata

For walks in the forest we recommend light clothing, long and loose pants, long-sleeved shirts, a wide-brimmed hat, and mountaineering boots or slippers. At the hostel, guests can wear shorts, short-sleeved shirts and sandals. In the jungle, mornings can be cold, especially on boats, and it is advisable to wear a windbreaker or long-sleeved sweater.