Tambopata Research Centre


Tambopata National Reserve

Accommodation Type

Jungle lodge

Accommodation Level


Price Guide

Tambopata Research Centre

Experience the rich world of the Amazon rainforest staying at one of the most remote lodges in South America. Hike through rainforest, bamboo forest and palm swamp, watch macaws feast on clay licks, search for monkeys and jaguars, and meet indigenous people. A world of wonders!

This lodge is deep in Tambopata National Reserve. To get here you fly into Puerto Maldonaldo, then travel 1 hour by land and 3 hours by river to reach Refugio Amazonas, continuing the journey the next morning with a 4-hour boat ride to Tambopata Research Centre. It’s isolated! Once here you are rewarded by a profusion of wildlife and pristine rainforest waiting to be explored with expert guides to lead you. Watch macaws and monkeys, search for jaguars, venture into forests of bamboo and palm swamps and thrill to the jungle after dark.

Your room has one wall open to the jungle, making the most of this superb location, yet has the benefits of en suite facilities and hot water. Between excursions you are free to relax with a massage, rest in a hammock and enjoy tasty, nourishing food, with all diets catered for, all the while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.  

Times to Go

Tambopata Research Centre is open all year. May to October is winter and dry season, with warm, humid days and average temperatures between 24°C and 31°C, though there can be colder days.

In these months there is little chance of activities being affected by rain. November to April is the rainy season, with about 80% of the annual rainfall occurring in these months. In the rainy season macaws are more active at the clay licks, with nesting occurring between December and February.

Tambopata Research Centre highlights

  • A privileged position in Tambopata National Reserve
  • The famous Colorado and Chuncho macaw clay licks are close to the lodge
  • Outstanding jungle with five different habitats
  • Hikes and night walks with excellent guides
  • Great wildlife viewing with the chance to spot a jaguar
  • Relax in a hammock or with a massage

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Tambopata Research Centre


  • 24 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Children aged 12 and over welcome


  • Dining room, Lounge and Bar
  • Hammocks
  • Spa services
  • Gift shop
  • Wi-Fi


  • All group tours are led by resident naturalist guides
  • Private guided tours (optional)
  • Walking trails in the rainforest
  • Macaw and parrot clay licks
  • Specialist bird watching and butterfly tours
  • Search the jungle for jaguars
  • Monkey search trail
  • Palm swamp trail
  • Explore islands and ponds
  • Bamboo forest walking trail
  • Nocturnal rainforest walk
  • Macaw project researcher’s lecture
  • Sunset boat cruise
  • Visit the Ese-Eja community

Tambopata Research Centre rooms

There are 24 rooms divided into 4 categories: superior (8), comfort (8), suites (4) and deluxe suites (4). As in all the lodges of indigenous style, designed to allow free movement of air, you will be able to hear your neighbours as the walls are thin.

Comfort rooms provide additional space (44.5 sq m), have 2 double beds with mosquito nets. They have the same facilities as the superior rooms plus Wi-Fi and a hammock.


Superior rooms are 21 sq m, come as twins and doubles, have mosquito nets, electric lighting, power points, safe and en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water. Slippers and umbrellas are supplied.


Suites are 54.8 sq m, have 2 queen size beds and the same facilities as comfort rooms plus a minibar and ceiling fan. They have room for an extra bed if needed.

Deluxe suites are the largest at 84.8 sq m. They have the same amenities as the suite plus a private deck with seating and a jacuzzi.

Luis the Llama likes this because…

“Tambopata Research Centre is owned and run by Rainforest Expeditions, an early promoter of environmental protection and sustainable practises in tourism. As well as conserving nature and wildlife, they co-operated with the local Ese-Eja people to protect their ancestral lands and preserve the environment through nature tourism.”

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 read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiative on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.

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