Faqs about Tambopata.
This area is home to some of the wildest and least affected habitats in the Amazon and the world. Tambopata is on the list of “must see” natural destinations in Peru and South America. For this reason, we highly recommend a trip to Tambopata.
However, planning a trip to Tambopata National park can be confusing. There is a lot of information on the Internet about the destination, accommodation and tourist agencies. There are also similarities, Tambopata is a river, Tambopata is a province and Tambopata is a national reserve. First you arrive in the city of Puerto Maldonado, from here you can travel by boat to the different lodges and lodges that are in the area. now with you FAQS about tambopata.
Faqs/What does Tambopata mean?
The vast majority of people know Tambopata because of the Tambopata River and the huge Tambopata National Reserve that preserves it. Tambopata is also one of the important provinces of the department of Madre de Dios in Peru. For this reason, in this text we will focus on the Tambopata National Reserve when we talk about “Tambopata”.
Tambopata is a Quechua expression, where TAMBO means construction or building and PATA means “high place”. The origin of the name is the Tambopata River, which originates in the highlands of Puno, near Lake Titicaca, and descends to this area of the country.
The largest town in Tambopata is Puerto Maldonado, where people come to begin their journey through the jungle. Above all, Tambopata is located next to other jungle reserves such as the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.
Faqs/ What can I see in Tambopata?
When travelers go to Tambopata, they usually visit the Tambopata National Reserve and its surroundings. The reserve is huge and protects 274,690 hectares (1,061 square miles) of pristine wilderness. It contains a great diversity of habitats, from ancient Amazon rainforest to bamboo forests, floodplains and swamps, rainbow lakes and palm swamps.
Thanks to this variety of well-preserved habitats, Tambopata is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. There are more than 1,000 species of butterflies, 100 species of mammals, 600 species of birds and hundreds of species of trees and plants. During your visit, you are likely to see monkeys, parrots and macaws, caimans, toucans and much more.
Faqs/Who lives in Tambopata?FAQs
Tambopata is home to the Ese Eja people, an indigenous nation that has lived in the jungle region for many years. Ese Eja’ literally means people. Around the Tambopata National Reserve there are three native Ese Eja communities: Infierno (about 200 families), Palma Real (about 50 families) and Sonene (about 20 families). Rainforest Expeditions has been collaborating with the Ese Eja community of Infierno for more than two decades, working together on nature and heritage conservation projects and jointly managing the Posada Amazonas Lodge.
Traditionally, the Ese Eja have been hunters, fishermen and farmers, although today many families also have commercial or tourist connections. Today, tourism and Brazil nut gathering (a type of sustainable food production) are the two main economic activities within the Tambopata National Reserve. Around the reserve, tropical food crops such as papaya, pineapple and cacao are more common. Although tourism has grown in Tambopata in recent years, the area and the reserve are so large that they are never crowded, offering an intimate but profoundly wild experience.
Tambopata is now one of Peru’s top tourist destinations, but thanks to its enormous size, it is not overcrowded. If you like or love nature, Tambopata is for you.
How to get to Tambopata? FAQs.
To get to the Tambopata National Reserve, you must first travel to Puerto Maldonado. This is the entrance city to the reserve and is the capital of the Madre de Dios region. There are direct flights to Puerto Maldonado. These flights arrive from Lima or Cuzco at least three times a day.
Flights from Lima depart from Jorge Chavez airport. Direct flights require approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and flights from Cuzco depart from Velasco Astete airport. The trip can take between 40 minutes.
When you arrive in the city of Puerto Maldonado, most of the tour companies and hotels will be waiting for you at the terminal at the airport. From there you will board a vehicle to make a brief stop at the office before heading to the river ports, and then embark on the boats to arrive, embark on the boats to continue to the lodges and accommodations are between one and four hours by boat from the ports. Please note that the farther away the lodges are, the better the wildlife.
Boat itineraries are planned to accommodate arrival and departure of flights, we recommend not arriving after 15:00 hours, as you risk having to travel by boat in the dark before arriving at the lodge. The boat trips are fantastic. You are likely to see capybaras and caimans on the Tambopata River and, if you are lucky, the occasional jaguar.
When to go to Tambopata? Bes time.
Tambopata is slightly seasonal, although it has nothing to do with the temperate zone. Although it can rain at all times of the year, Tambopata is drier from April to November, when the rains stop and start respectively. The rainiest months are January and February, but even then the rains are scarce.
The main advantages of visiting Tambopata in the dry season is that there is little chance of activities being affected by the rains.
The reasons for a visit in the rainy season are that macaws are more numerous in the clay areas and are in the process of nesting. If you love macaws, come between December and February, when the nesting season is in full swing.
What to do in Tambopata?, tours and activities.
This is a very important question: no one travels to the Amazon to stay in a lodge.
Most of the tour operators of the different hotels include activities in the daily rates.
On the Tambopata tour, you don’t get up and choose which way to go (that’s for Disney). You don’t rest or do anything (that’s for Rio de Janeiro beaches). You don’t follow a single path to reach a destination (that’s true for the Inca Trail). Each day in Tambopata, your operator will offer you a variety of tourist activities to choose from, and most of them are already included in your rate.
There are many activities. But to make the most of them, you should stay at least three nights:
- Boat or canoe trips on the lakes and riverbeds.
- Walks on towers and canopy (hanging bridges).
- Night walks.
- Kayak trips.
- Caiman watching.
- Visits to several clay lakes of birds and mammals (clay licks)
What to Bring on a trip to Tambopata.
Here are some suggestions:
- Complete photographic equipment.
- Tight-fitting, long-sleeved, dark-colored pants and clothes.
- Light-colored cotton shirts, long sleeves and tight-fitting fabric.
- Trekking shoes.
- Flashlight with batteries.
- Sun protection.
- Wide-brimmed hat.
- Rain suit or rain poncho.
- Insect repellent.
- Small backpack for day walks.
- Sandals for walking in the lodges.
NOTE: Our Lodge will provide rubber boots (rubber).