Amazon Rainforest

Starting From

$499/person

Number of days

3

Start Location

Peru

Group Size

2-8

Operated by

World Expeditions

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A jungle adventure experiencing the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join in the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado

We transfer to the airport for a flight to Puerto Maldonado in south-eastern Peru near the border with Bolivia. On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to the office of the lodge to leave our main bags to be stored for our return. We continue to the river wharf where we board a 30-40 foot open launch for a short river journey to one of our lodges. During this journey which can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours (depending upon the lodge and availability) we can relax and watch the river bank and jungle canopy for the particularly abundant bird life in this region. Among the birds we may expect to see (dependent on weather and river height) are horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. Depending on the lodge you are staying at, you may walk for approximately 1 hour to Lake Sandoval and take a canoe for a 25 minute journey on the lake before you arrive at your lodge in the middle of the jungle. The lodges we use are beautifully positioned and apart from being our jungle home, they also serve as a base for naturalists to work from. The rainforest (both pristine primary and secondary growth forest) surrounding the lodges are a naturalist's paradise. During the remainder of the day we go for walks with our naturalist guide along forest trails. After dinner we get a chance to relax and discuss with resident naturalists the research projects taking place in the area. Serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises we go to sleep in our comfortable bedroom. NOTE: It is important to be aware that the lodges are comfortable but basic - only some of the lodges have electricity or hot water for a few hours a day. Please note that due to demand it is sometimes necessary to use an alternative lodge in this area. While staying at the jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators worldwide in a group. IMPORTANT: The evening before you fly to Puerto Maldonado, please be sure to re-pack your luggage for the jungle. Dependent on your accommodation in the jungle the luggage policy differs. Please see pre-departure information (under 'luggage') for more details.

At Jungle Lodge

The day is spent enjoying jungle walks to find monkeys and capybaras and also taking canoes out on to some of the jungle lagoons in the area. There is a particularly abundant bird life - including anhinga, hoatzin, horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. We can almost guarantee we will see lots of monkey including troops of capuchin, dusky titi, spider & howler, plus possibility of seeing large caymans and giant river otter. Before the evening meal we head out for a short river trip using torches to look for caymans - this always proves to be exciting. PLEASE NOTE: The program may vary according to flight schedules, weather, river height, group sizes, etc and participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds and in general you may not see much wildlife since the rainforest provides such good camouflage for its inhabitants - but you will have a good chance to experience true Amazon rainforest first hand.

In Puerto Maldonado where trip concludes

Early morning departure after breakfast for the downriver trip to Puerto Maldonado and on to the airport where our trip will conclude. Please don't book flights out of Puerto Maldonado before 10.30am.

Additional Information

The Tambopata Reserve is considered to be home to the world's greatest concentrations of birds and butterflies. It is located south-east of Cusco near the border to Bolivia and has more species of birds (over 570), butterflies (over 1300), mammals (over 100), amphibians (over 90) and many other animal groups, than any other location of its size on earth. This exceptional diversity is due to its privileged location at the meeting of lowland Amazon with three other ecosystems: the Andean foothills, dry forests and pampas grassland. From the comfort of beautifully set lodges we explore the jungle by foot and boat to maximise our chances of spotting wildlife. (Note: A 4 day option is also available.)

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