The vastness of the Amazon basin can make planning a rainforest vacation seem overwhelming. After all, eight countries in South America boast Amazon forests, and in total the Amazon basin covers an incredible 6.7 million square kilometers (2.58 million square miles). Famed for its matchless biodiversity, it is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, crisscrossed by thousands of rivers, including the great Amazon River itself.
So, how should you get started when planning an Amazon forest vacation? Well, in addition to important concerns such as comfort, safety and the likelihood of actually experiencing the fauna and flora of unspoiled forests, accessibility is a key factor.
Our Tambopata Ecolodge and our big neighbor, Tambopata National Reserve, where we offer many of our ecoadventure packages, are situated in southeastern Peru, on our country’s borders with Brazil and Bolivia. The sheer variety of the different tropical ecosystems within our protected forests makes us one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Imagine a rainforest paradise, home to jaguars, pumas, giant river otters, parrots, macaws, monkeys and caimans, and what you are visualizing is the place where we live and work: Tambopata.
And you don’t need several days, traveling over rough roads or along tough trails, to access the ecotourism experiences we offer. Our location, south of the Madre de Dios River in the province of Tambopata, means that our eco-lodge and the pristine forests we work to protect are easily accessible from Cusco or Lima. In fact, of all the most biodiverse travel destinations on the planet, we are among the easiest to get to!
To reach Tambopata and our own Tambopata Private Conservation Area, all travelers have to do is book a short flight from Cusco, South America’s most popular travel destination, or from the Peruvian capital, Lima, to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado. It’s even possible to take a bus from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado!
From there, we do all the work! We meet our guests from Puerto Maldonado airport and escort them to our office in town, and from there to the river port. The boat trip to our eco-lodge takes almost three hours. But that’s because we are located in untouched, protected Amazon forest, far from human influence, where rainforest fauna and flora remains untouched.
Traveling by river is one of the highlights of any trip to a tropical forest ecosystem, offering the opportunity to observe native flora and look out for examples of Amazon fauna, helped by an experienced boat crew and an expert naturalist guide. And the boat trip is just the start of the Amazon adventure we offer our guests.
At our jungle lodge, we offer comfort, good food, and the security of fully-escorted excursions on rivers, lakes and trails, in search of the countless wonders of the Amazon basin.
So, now you know: In the vastness of the South American jungle, at Tambopata Ecolodge travelers can enjoy the marvels of nature in comfort, just a short plane ride and a boat trip from two of Peru’s most vibrant cities!