TAMBOPATA JUNGLE ADVENTURE
The Tambopata Jungle Adventure is a mandatory destination for nature lovers from around the world. Here, we provide some background on the history, ecology and diversity of the Reserve.
The Jungle, or Amazonía, of the department of Madre de Dios, located in southern Peru, is considered the most megadiverse area of the planet, the ecological paradise, the Garden of Eden of Peru.
In the Andes of Peru, the Amazon River is born, the longest and most abundant in the world, its basin, with thousands of tributary rivers, is covered with dense vegetation and covers more than half of the Peruvian territory. The interesting thing is that the Peruvian Amazon is so large and mega-diverse that it could take months or years to get to know it, that’s why a tourist infrastructure and circuits have been developed that allow visitors to choose the one that best suits their interests.
Puerto Maldonado is the main port in this area and from its strategic position, where the Madre de Dios and Tambopata rivers converge, they are natural navigation routes to enter the jungle and begin its exploration.
The Tambopata Jungle Adventure is one of the true jewels of the Amazon jungle. It is a mandatory destination for travelers from Peru and nature lovers from around the world. Here, we provide some background on the history, ecology and diversity of the Reserve.
Tambopata Jungle Adventure from Lodges
One of the best ways to get a Tambopata Jungle Adventure, in a short time, is through programs organized from shelters and lodges. These all-inclusive accommodation centers provide services that begin upon your arrival with transfers from the Puerto Maldonado airport, boat transportation to the lodge, meals and all guided excursions to explore the forests and rivers. These tourist centers are usually located far from the city of Puerto Maldonado, on the banks of a river, and inserted in the middle of the jungle, in the middle of primary or secondary forests, in an environment of full nature and conservation of the environment. All the lodges have administrative offices in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where they will be transferred after their arrival, and where they can change their clothes suitable for jungle and leave their excess luggage, since the views to the lodges and transportation By boat, luggage is limited, usually to a single suitcase or backpack, not larger than 15 Kg.
Some hostels offer very comfortable services, and others more Spartans, focused on providing a maximum experience with nature. Electric power is provided by its own generators (220 V) and operate basically at night, all offer bar services and treated or bottled drinking water, normally the water in the bathrooms is not hot.
Almost all offer canoe or boat rides through small rivers and water channels. It can also be in the territories that have changed, little or nothing, in the last 10,000 years and enjoy the magnificence of the jungle, know and share the same space with thousands of animal and botanical species.
Some hostels offer visits to Lake Sandoval and Lake Valencia places of indescribable natural beauty. Some hostels offer a unique experience of exploring the jungle from above with a biodiversity that can only be appreciated from its hanging bridges between the treetops, the canopy is open to the general public for your visit. The hostels can also offer alternative experiences such as sport fishing, ayahuasca rituals, visits to native communities and specialized visits for knowledge of medicinal plants, photographic safaris or bird watching with many endemic birds of this area. The best experience for sightings of macaws is in the upper basin of the Tambopata River, in Colpa Colorado.
It should be noted that being an area in the process of scientific research, it is very likely that it coincides with the presence of researchers in the lodges and receives information from their work in nocturnal talks, as part of their experience in the jungle.
Recommendations to your Tambopata Jungle Adventure
When to Visit the Tambopata Jungle:
The driest season is the most popular for visitors, which runs from May to October. At this time, jungle trails are much less muddy and the probability of canceling any planned activity will be lower. Also, because water levels are lower, it can be much easier to fish.
The climate in the Tambopata area is usually warm and humid. The average temperatures during the day are between 30 and 33 ºc. At night, the minimum averages are between 18 and 23 ºc.
If you are very interested in bird watching, the best time to see macaws in the Macaw Clay Licks it is between September and January, which coincides with their breeding season and changes in their diet.
What to bring:
- Long-sleeved cotton shirts
- Cotton long pants (up to the feet)
- Quick drying socks
- Anorak or poncho
- Comfortable walking boots
- Comfortable shoes for when you are relaxing
- A sweater or jacket for cool nights and if there is any cold front during your stay
- Things to swim in lakes / rivers
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap
- Your usual medications and bathroom items
- Quick drying towel if not provided by the lodging
- Snacks to eat between meals
- Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper (the rooms in the jungle lodges are often not soundproof)
- Toilet paper
- Camera and related accessories: charger, memory card (s), possibly an additional battery, tripod, etc.
- Plug adapter
Medical Recommendations and Vaccines
It is not necessary to be vaccinated to enter Peru or the Amazonian area included in the conventional Tambopata tours.
If you plan to carry out an extensive trip to the depths of the Amazon area, it is advisable to get vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days before your arrival. Depending on how long you think you will be in the jungle, if it will be a very long time, a medical consultation is recommended to apply vaccines against hepatitis, typhoid fever, tetanus and a treatment against malaria.
Leishmaniasis: is a skin lesion transmitted by a small fly. There is no vaccination available but it is curable in each case. It is treated with injections and medications. That is why we recommend wearing t-shirts and long pants, as well as repellent, and sleeping under mosquito nets.