Location: The Amazon| Rating:3 star | Cabins: 24 | Pool: no
For travellers passionate about nature and biodiversity, it doesn't get better than the Tambopata Research Center lodge. The beloved Research Center is the only lodge that lies within the Tambopata National Reserve, making it one of the most remote lodges in South America! The lodge's pristine location means it's surrounded by the best wildlife the Amazon jungle has to offer. There are no humans nearby, so you can see more monkeys, Macaws and other large and endangered species than anywhere else. One in three guests here even spots a Jaguar!
The lodge now features 300 meters (almost 1000 feet) of elevated walkways! These walkways are located in the perfect level of the forest — in between the canopy and the floor — where wildlife becomes more active, allowing you unprecedented opportunities to spot animals. A trip to the Tambopata Research Center includes a visit to the two most important clay licks (clay cliffs that attract many birds) in the region: the Colorado and Chuncho Claylicks and is situated near five distinct habitats. Near the lodge, you have access to a variety of stunning, biodiverse hikes, including the Floodplain Trail, the Palm Swamp Trail, the Terra Firma Trail, and the River Overlook Trail.
The naturally-built rooms have a wall open to the surrounding jungle. This gives you a safe way to enjoy this diverse ecosystem, even during downtime. Wild animals, including monkeys, are often visible from the lodge. With only 24 rooms, this intimate lodge is as close as you can get to the jungle.
Since 1989, researchers have been carrying out groundbreaking Macaw conservation research from the Tambopata Research Center. During your stay, you'll have the chance to talk with Macaw biologists, ecologists, and other experts while they do fieldwork.
Founded by Eduardo Nycander and a group of environmentalists passionate about nature, the Tambopata Macaw Project was born with the dream of saving the macaw population that 30 years ago was threatened by hunting, indiscriminate logging, and the black market. . Today its population is much healthier, however, the threats are still present. Today macaws face the loss of habitat due to fragmentation of their forests due to agriculture and illegal mining. The Tambopata Macaw Project was a long-term multidisciplinary study of natural history, conservation and management of large macaws and parrots. The main topics of study included monitoring and observation of macaw nests, increasing survival rates of younger Scarlet Macaw chicks, documenting patterns of clay lick use by large macaws and other parrots, and documenting and understanding the impact of tourism on macaw clay licks.
Also the lodge is carbon neutral so by staying here you're actually neutralizing your carbon footprint through local conservation actions!