How to explore the Amazon jungle from Cusco?

29 September 2023 (365 visits)

Tambopata National Reserve, where we offer our eco-lodge based rainforest ecotourism excursions, protects a massive area of the Amazon rainforest and is located to the north-east of Cusco.


Despite its remote location, our jungle home is easily reached from Cusco via regular scheduled flights to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, and there is even a bus service from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. Our Tambopata Ecolodge team meets all our guests from the local airport or bus station, to begin the boat journey to our eco-lodge, in protected and unspoiled rainforest, 68 kilometers from the town.


The Tambopata River, which feeds into the Amazon River, is an important waterway and artery that runs through the National Park and flows past our eco-lodge, and it is our only connection with the outside world. The river acts as an important transport route through the area, and as a major ecological haven it is the focus of many of the trips and tours we offer in Tambopata National Reserve.


Tambopata National Reserve and our own Private Conservation Area are great places to experience the ecological diversity of the Amazon rainforest, with plenty of opportunities to spot a huge number of different bird species, primates, caimans, and even giant river otters and jaguars. Some remote areas of the rainforests where we are based are also home to uncontacted indigenous groups and other communities with limited knowledge of the wider world.


Whether you fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, or take the bus from Cusco, you should allow for a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights to get a good taste of life in the rainforest with us at our jungle lodge. And if you have time, we recommend spending 3 or 4 nights with us, so you can explore more of the rainforest in the company of one of our expert naturalist guides.


In fact, if you are planning to visit Peru on a short annual vacation, our eco-lodge and the tropical forests we help to protect are the best place in Peru or South America to see wildlife and immerse yourself in the typical flora of the Amazon basin. Because the Amazon is so vast, jungle trips to other parts of the South American rainforest usually require much more time, and can only be completed in a minimum of 6 or 7 days.


So, if you’re planning a Peru vacation, contact us for more information on how to include a trip to the rainforest, and make sure you see everything Peru has to offer before you head back home!



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Check out the itineraries we offer:

rainforest EXPERIENCE

3 days (USD 494.00)

rainforest EXPLORER

4 days (USD 677.00)

rainforest ENCOUNTER

4 days (USD 761.00)

rainforest ADVENTURE

4 days (USD 932.00)

rainforest JOURNEY

4 days (USD 1148.00)

rainforest EXPEDITION

5 days (USD 1370.00)

What your rainforest visit means

In Peru ecotourism has helped make it possible to create national reserves and save the forests of the Amazon basin from destruction. By implementing our ecotourism-based conservation model (see our video), we are ensuring the forests will be around for future generations to appreciate. Pioneering projects like Tambopata Ecolodge, which was established in 1991, serve as a conservation model, by showing how responsible ecotourism can support conservation initiatives.
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