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High Tech Wildlife Study at Rainforest Expeditions' Tambopata Research Center
At Rainforest Expeditions’ Remote Tambopata Research Center / Eco-Lodge Guests Learn from Field Scientists Engaged in High Tech Wildlife Study. All-inclusive Nature and Wildlife Holidays Start at Just $180 per Person per Night.
LIMA, Peru, June 14, 2012 - Rainforest Expeditions in Peru offers all-inclusive multiple-night learning opportunities starting at just $180 per person, double occupancy, per night at its Tambopata Research Center, an eco-lodge in the Peruvian Amazon about as far away from civilization as one can get in this part of the world.
Programs that involve lodge guests in various presentations and lectures by resident scientists and biologists begin at $1,080 for seven days and six nights and $795 for five days and four nights, per person based on double occupancy. Included are all meals, accommodations, guided jungle excursions, lodge services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado. There is a four-night minimum to visit here because of travel time.
The Tambopata Research Center focuses on one of the top wildlife spectacles of the world, the largest known clay lick in the Amazon, frequented by hundreds of parrots, parakeets and macaws, located just 500 yards from the 18-room eco-lodge.
"Utilizing the latest techniques and high tech equipment we are constantly breaking new ground in the study of parrots, macaws and other creatures in the rainforest," says Jeff Cremer, spokesperson for Rainforest Expeditions.
With continued research funding from Rainforest Expeditions, macaws are now being tracked by satellite as they fly over and forage in the rainforests of southeastern Peru and adjacent Bolivia. Other aspects of the macaw project include the development of techniques for salvaging DNA from feathers for use in population genetic studies, and clay lick management.
Scientific study has been conducted at the Tambopata Research Center for nearly 20 years and guests can get involved through lectures and Q&A opportunities over dinner.
The lodge offers a common area with dining room, bar, lounge and interpretation center. Nearby are hiking trails accessing pristine Amazonian rainforest inclusive of five habitats: bamboo, flood plain, terra firma, palm and riverine forest. A small jungle tower offers views of the palm swamp and blue and gold macaws that inhabit the area surrounding it.
Other surprises include excursions with naturalist guides who reveal herds of White-lipped peccary, troops of Brown Capuchin and Squirrel monkeys, an Amazonian tapir and a bewildering array of birds. Other lodge activities include stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and excursions into the uninhabited heart of the rainforest.
Tambopata Research Center is the most distant and secluded of Rainforest Expeditions’ string of three jungle lodges all accessed from Puerto Maldonado airport. Guests arrive from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 45 or 90 minutes respectively. Travelers are then transported to the Infierno River Port to board motorized wooden canoes for a 45-minute trip to the first lodge, Posada Amazonas. Refugio Amazonas, the second lodge, is a 3.5-hour boat trip after departing the dock. The third and most remote is Tambopata Research Center, requiring a 4-hour additional upriver boat ride from Refugio Amazonas. Each lodge is only a few minutes on foot from the river bank.
In each of the three distinct locations, guests are accommodated in clean and comfortable, minimally appointed, three-sided rooms built of clay, wood and palm fronds with ample mosquito netting surrounding each bed. The signature statement is to leave one wall open to the jungle so guests can hear, see and smell the rainforest.
About Rainforest Expeditions
is a Peruvian ecotourism company that shares with visitors in a sustainable manner the miracles of the Tambopata–Candamo Reserved Zone, 1.5 million hectares of pristine, still wild, tropical rainforest encompassing an area of land the size of Connecticut and stretching from the Andean highlands to the Amazon lowlands. It includes the Tambopata National Reserve, a 275,000-hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers. It is adjacent to the 1-million-hectare Bahuaja Sonene National Park. Conservation and ecotourism is helping to protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.
Since 1989, guests have added value to the region’s standing tropical rainforest. A sensitively conceived and managed (in some cases by native communities) touristic infrastructure creates a competitive alternative to such unsustainable economic uses as clear cutting the forest for timber or for cattle grazing. The partnerships Rainforest Expeditions has forged with local people eager to share Amazonian traditions with guests provide connection, expertise, adventure and access to wildlife in the jungles of Tambopata. Rainforest Expeditions has been verified and certified "a sustainable tourism business" by Rainforest Alliance.