What We Do
The Tambopata National Reserve is a natural area protected by the Peruvian State. It has a total area of 274,690 hectares located in the Peruvian Amazon. It was created on September 4, 2000, in order to take care of the exuberant natural and animal life there as well as to generate sustainable conservation with the help of the local population and, also, to investigate the biological diversity and renewable natural resources.
Today, a small part of the national reserve is being deforested and contaminated by illegal mining. This, in addition to threatening the biodiversity of the area, has brought people from other areas and therefore crime, prostitution and other bad habits that threaten the population.
But, Tambopata will always be a very attractive tourist destination for visitors. There are many tourist lodges of great capacity and quite luxurious. Some of its tourist attractions are: the Chuncho clay lick, Sandoval Lake, Sachavacayoc, Cocococha, Condenado and many more.
Where is the TAMBOPATA Reserve?
The Tambopata National Reserve is located in the department of Madre de Dios, Tambopata province, in the districts of Inambari and Tambopata. From the city of Cusco you must travel by road approximately 483 kilometers. The reserve is located in the southern jungle of Peru, between the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers. Its altitude is between 400 and 200 meters above sea level.
What to see in the Tambopata Reserve?
These are the most visited places in the reserve:
La Collpa Colorado
This clay lick has a fascinating natural life. It is located on the banks of the Tambopata River and has a clay formation rich in saltpeter. Different types of animals and birds come here to feed, such as macaws that fly in from different parts of the jungle.
This natural area has been formed by the flooding of the river and the water has a depth of approximately 4 meters. Birds and mammals come here to feed and drink from its waters and wetlands. Sometimes it is visited by the sachavacas or Amazonian tapirs, which are the largest mammals of Tambopata.
This natural area is located on the right bank of the Tambopata River. It is reached on foot and 2 hours after a river trip. In its green waters you can see several species such as the river wolf, caimans, macaws, blue heron, this is a difficult bird to find.
After a journey of more than hours you arrive at this clay lick, very famous for the variety of birds that can be seen from a safe distance: macaws, parrots, parakeets and others. This clay lick is located on the banks of the Tambopata River.
Without a doubt we could say that this lake is perhaps the most famous natural area of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is always visited by a great variety and quantity of animals and birds as well as the otter. The black caiman, macaws, turtles, parrots, monkeys, herons and a great variety of birds. We recommend visiting Lake Sandoval in the company of a guide who will take care of everything necessary for a safe visit.
Both Lake Condenado I and Condenado II are located on the right bank of the Tambopata River. To get there you first go by road, river and finally walking. Its beautiful scenery and calm green waters where you can see river otters, monkeys, añujes and a diversity of flora and fauna, such as flowers and trees as well as the lupuna and matapalo.
Flora and fauna
The Tambopata National Reserve is one of the most varied and diverse natural places on planet earth. It has swamps, riparian forests, wetlands, lagoons, and several clay licks, as well as ecosystems ideal for the life of mammals such as: The jaguars, the ocelot, the maquisapa monkey, the sachavaca or tapir, the peccary, the red deer, the sloth bear and more species that currently make up 160 officially registered mammals.
There are 632 bird species, 1,200 butterfly species, 103 amphibians, 180 freshwater fish, and 103 reptiles registered in the Tambopata Reserve.
In terms of natural flora species, 1,713 species are officially registered in 654 genera and 145 families. The ferns, mahogany, chestnuts, lupuna and many others stand out.