Tambopata’s many ecosystems mean it is home to spectacular biodiversity, in both our own Private Conservation Area, and in neighboring Tambopata National Reserve. The rainforests of our jungle home shelter a variety of habitats, as well as giving way to extensive areas of fauna-rich wetlands, making us the perfect destination of a Peru jungle vacation.
Thanks to this unusual habitat diversity across a relatively small area, Tambopata provides a refuge for many major species classified as endangered in other parts of the Amazon basin of Peru. The forests on both banks of the Tambopata River are among the best places in South America for ecotourism based on the quiet and unhurried observation and photographing of Amazon wildlife.
Within the protected borders of Tambopata National Reserve, where we guide our guests, more than 600 species of birds have been identified, and they share these forests with around 1200 butterfly species, 103 types of amphibians, 180 different fish species, 103 reptiles and 169 mammals.
The Reserve’s many lakes provide the ideal habitat for endangered semi-aquatic species that include giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and the neo-tropical otter (Lontra longicaudis). And in the forests bordering lakes and rivers, wild cats thrive. These range from the smaller eyra cat (Herpailurus yagouaroundi) and ocelot (Leopardus wiedii), to pumas (Puma concolor) and jaguars (Panthera onca).
Monkeys are particularly abundant in Tambopata, and they include spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), brown-mantled tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis), emperor tamarins (Saguinus imperator), howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), black-headed night monkeys (Aotus nigriceps), brown woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha), black-capped squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis), squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus), white-fronted capuchins (Cebus albifrons) and tufted capuchins (Cebus apella).
Other large mammal species found with the Tambopata National Reserve include the South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris), white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), red brocket deer (Mazama americana), gray deer (Mazama gouazoubira) and two-toed (Choloepus hoffmanni) and three-toed sloths (Bradypus variegatus).
While a combination of time, patience and the expertise of a local naturalist guide is needed when venturing into the forest in search of wildlife anywhere in the Amazon, travelers who choose to visit us in Tambopata are sure to see many beautiful creatures, both big and small, and to find a natural refuge of their own, immersed in rainforest life and far from the modern world, during their stay.