Heath River Wildlife Centre


Tambopata-Madidi reserve

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Heath River Wildlife Centre

The only lodge on the remote Heath River, with access to a huge macaw clay lick and jungle walking trails, Heath River Wildlife Centre is a rustic lodge with just 10 bungalows and a welcoming communal area for dining and relaxing. Nature is the star at Heath River.  

Heath River Wildlife Centre is reached after a 6-hour journey by motorised canoe from Puerto Maldonado. This is a remote setting, and as such is without internet access or mobile phone coverage and often little light or power. Your attention is concentrated on the environment and wildlife: fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and awake to the calls of howler monkeys.

Opportunities to experience the protected natural environment of the Tampopata-Madidi Reserve include visits to macaw and mammal clay licks, guided walks, boat trips, canoe rides on a nearby oxbow lake and a platform high in a tree for panoramic views.

Close to the Lodge the rainforest gives way to savannah, the Pampas del Heath, allowing you to see two completely different eco-systems on a trail which can be done on foot or by bike. At meal times you enjoy honest home cooking accompanied by a range of fruit juices. Tea and coffee are provided throughout the day and you can fill up your water bottle from the supply of filtered water.

There are chairs and sofas in the lounge and hammocks on the enclosed terrace. Accommodation is in thatched, open-sided bungalows on stilts, with insect screens and mosquito nets, en suite bathrooms and a hot water shower. This is a simple lodge, devoid of frills, in keeping with its setting.

Heath River Wildlife Centre highlights

  • The only lodge on Heath River, separating Peru from Bolivia
  • Brightly-coloured macaws and parrots flock to the nearby clay lick
  • Run by the local Ese-eja community, staff are welcoming and friendly
  • Two eco-systems in one, where the rainforest ends and the pampas begin
  • Chance to see capybaras, caimans, monkeys, giant otters and hundreds of birds
  • Far-reaching views from the tree platform

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Heath River Wildlife Centre location

Heath River Wildlife Centre


  • 10 bungalows
  • Open all year
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Open-plan dining/ lounge area/bar
  • Tea and coffee station
  • Wildlife viewing hides and platforms
  • Limited electricity in main lodge for battery charging


Optional activities

  • Guided rainforest hikes
  • Motorboat and river trips
  • Exploring by canoe
  • View macaws and parrots at the clay lick
  • Watch tapirs at mammal clay licks
  • See wildlife from the tree platform
  • Nocturnal walks and boat rides
  • Explore pampas plains near the lodge

Heath River Wildlife Centre rooms

Accommodation is in 10 bungalows, 9 twins and 1 double, each providing 35 sq m of space.

All have en suite bathrooms with hot water showers and a flush toilet.

They are constructed from wood and thatch, with screened windows to keep out insects.

There are mosquito nets over the beds and blankets are provided for chilly nights. They have limited electricity at set times.

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“Heath River Wildlife Centre is owned by InkaNatura, a Peruvian tour operator, who work closely with the local Ese-eja community, with the latter taking charge of its day-to-day running and benefiting from the profits brought by tourism and from projects run by the lodge such as a reforestation programme. The lodge has been built from sustainably sourced natural materials.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Peru Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of South America and Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

You can click on Luis to read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiatives on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.

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