Day 1 Posada Amazonas (L,D) Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, a local representative from Adventures to Peru will welcome you at the airport and transfer ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters office. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
Departing the office we’ll drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno, where we’ll board our motorized canoe. The forty-five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve. Enjoy a high quality boxed lunch on board before disembarking on the shores of the Tambopata River.
After a short walking portage of 10 minutes, we arrive to Posada Amazonas Jungle Lodge. The lodge manager will welcome you will a local jungle fruit beverage and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
After roughly 45 minutes of down time, we’ll leave on a twenty-minute walk from Posada Amazonas to the 30-meter (100ft) canopy tower. A banistered staircase running through up middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From the upper platforms enjoy spectacular views of the vast expanses of primary forest cut by the Tambopata River meandering through the Jungle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Day 2 Posada Amazonas (B,L,D)
Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake
Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.
A twenty-minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Day 3 Posada Amazonas (B,L,D)
Parrot Clay Lick
This clay lick is only a twenty-minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
Ceiba Trail Hike
We leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.
A thirty-minute boat drive downriver takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Day 4 Posada Amazonas Departure Day (B) Today is departure day. After breakfast we’ll make the short portage on foot back to the Tambopata river port for our motorized canoe trip to our Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. We’ll make a quick stop by the office to pick up your personal belongings and large luggage before continuing on to the Puerto Maldonado airport. Adventures to Peru services end upon arrival at the Puerto Maldonado airport.