When you plan a jungle trip to the Amazon rainforest, your mind races as you imagine the animals you will see and the remote forests you will walk or boat through. Rarely do you wonder who will be leading the way during your excursions, but at Tambopata Ecolodge we think this is one of the most vital components for making your rainforest vacation a success.
The private excursions enjoyed by our Ecolodge guests on isolated rainforest trails and rivers, fauna-rich jungle lakes, and at macaw and parrot clay licks, are fully escorted and guided. For a truly rewarding tour in Tambopata, both within the National Reserve and in our own Private Conservation Area, the services of a certified naturalist guide are essential.
Our naturalist guides are trained in a variety of skills to prepare them for showing you around the forests we help to protect, while educating you on the wildlife and flora around you and contributing to their conservation. They have all taken extensive courses on the natural history, biology and ecology of Peru, and Tambopata in particular, as well as classes in conservation, wildlife and environmental interpretation, managing the natural heritage of protected areas, camping techniques, survival first aid, and much more.
Our guides are your eyes and ears while you are exploring the forest, taking you to the right places and helping you to spot wildlife that you most likely wouldn’t get the opportunity to see without their expert local knowledge. At the same time, they are educated in the ethnography and history of the Amazon basin, and are able to share stories and personal experiences that will enhance your trip. They will point out endemic flora and fauna, and tell you fascinating stories about the extraordinary species it is possible to find in the forests.
Good guiding calls for dedication. Our guides spend most of the year in the forests that surround our eco-lodge. Immersed in nature, they know these forests, lakes and rivers intimately. And good guiding also requires the ability to communicate all that enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication. As a traveler, if you aren’t well versed in Spanish, you will want a guide you can understand and ask questions during your tour. At Tambopata Ecolodge, our guides speak English, as well as other major languages.
A good naturalist guide should have a solid local knowledge base, including the history of the land, wildlife and culture. This is one of the major benefits of having a local guide with you in Tambopata, and we recommend that you take full advantage of their expertise. Feel free to ask your guide questions and use them as a resource, so that you will end your trip with a better understanding of the unique natural environment you experienced!