Receive a welcoming reception upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado on Day 1, before being transferred to your eco lodge ready to immerse yourself in the lush Amazon! Take a jungle walk on Day 2 to Taricaya Reserve and catch a glimpse of flying macaws, parrots toucans or the infamous harpy eagle, before having the pleasure of meeting a community of the indigenous Ese-Eja on Day 3. On Day 4 head to another incredible reserve, the Tambopata National Reserve, then trek to Lake Sandoval, ending this inspiring trip on Day 5 by catching a boat back to Puerto Maldonado, where your trip comes to an end
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado Pickup - Boat to Eco-Lodge (L/D)
Welcome reception at the airport/bus terminal. Depending on when you arrive, you might first be transferred to our local office to wait for the rest of the group to arrive before, taking a boat transfer. There you'll be able to rest, have a snack, coffee and use the internet. Around noon, once the whole group has arrived, you'll transfer to Port Captain boat wharf, located 15 min from both the airport and bus terminal. Begin the 1-hour boat ride to your eco lodge while enjoying the wonders of the rainforest. We set off down the Madre de Dios River through the heart of the jungle surrounded by flora, fauna and breathtaking scenery.
Arrive at your eco lodge and settle into your private bungalow. Take a short rest before meeting with your guide, followed by an introduction walk around the lodge and its trails. Winding past giant Kapok trees, walking palms and strangler figs while being dazzled by the sounds of native birds. Return to your bungalow for a rest. Before dinner you may choose to take a walk with your guide and experience the jungle as it transforms from day into night making way for nocturnal animals and birds especially adapted for the dark. Return to the dining hall with your guide for your first dinner in the rainforest and enjoy a typical meal from this region. After dinner you may return to your bungalow or meet with other tourists to share stories and experiences.
Day 2: Jungle Walk - Taricaya Reserve (B/L/D)
After breakfast begin your adventure with a walk through the jungle amongst towering trees. We will arrive at our first platforms located 15 and 25 meters high in the branches of an old fig tree. Continue your walk into the Taricaya reserve towards the Canopy platform, the highest tree platform in the Amazon rainforest, 45 meters high and connected by a 90-meter long suspension bridge. Catch a glimpse of flying macaws, parrots toucans or the infamous harpy eagle; the views from this platform are truly unforgettable!
Continue into the reserve until we reach the animal rescue centre where you will encounter many different wild animals including a jaguar, puma, toucans, macaws, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, jaguarondi, tapirs and more. Stop at the butterfly house before returning to the lodge for lunch. After lunch walk to the Agroforestry farm and visit the reforestation projects of mahogany, cedar, cocoa, coffee and tropical flowers. Visit the Taricaya turtle project and its artificial beaches. Return to the lodge in your own inflatable boat as the sun sets. Take a rest before we finish the day’s activities with a caiman search along the river’s edge in a motorboat under moonlight. End the day with a delicious dinner.
Day 3: Ese-Eja Family Visit (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast before traveling by boat upriver for 10 minutes to visit a family of the Ese-Eja community. Learn about their ancestral customs while you make your own bow and arrow with the chief of the family. Have a personal experience as the chief and his family introduces you into their culture and how they have a direct relationship with nature. Finally, you can have one-on-one talk with them as they display their handcrafts (available to buy). Return to the lodge. Lunch and rest. Navigate the Madre de Dios River in your own inflatable boat with the opportunity to see turtles, monkeys, herons and other birds with a beautiful backdrop of the sunset over the river.
Day 4: Tambopata National Reserve - Lake Sandoval (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast before traveling by boat upriver for 45 minutes to the entrance of the Tambopata National Reserve and begin the trek to Lake Sandoval. Paddle in a rowboat around the pristine mirror like lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery with the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife such as the endangered giant river otter, howler monkeys, macaws and black caimans. Take a snack by the waters edge before continuing around the lake. Finishing with a walk back to the river where we board our motorboat and return to the lodge. Lunch and rest. Free Time. End the day with a Farewell dinner.
Day 5: Boat to Puerto Maldonado - Puerto Maldonado Drop-off (B)
Enjoy an early breakfast at your lodge before your 8:00am departure and a scenic return boat trip on the Madre de Dios River, bringing us back to Puerto Maldonado around 9:30am. Depending on your return flight/bus, you can be taken directly to the airport/bus station or dropped off at the office where you can rest, refresh yourself and use the wi-fi.
If time permits, you have the option of visiting the Puerto Maldonado city centre on your own today and exploring a few of the interesting sights of this jungle city by motortaxi at an additional cost. Choose to have lunch in town, take a stroll through the local markets where you will find everything from fish, meat and fruits to local arts and medicines or make your own way up to the Obelisk and admire the scenic view from above.
In time for your flight or bus departure, return to the office to catch your transfer to the airport or bus terminal, where this amazing experience will come to an end.
Taxi Office - Plaza/Restaurante Burgos S/.10 approx.* (one-way)
Lunch in City Centre S/.30 approx.*
Mototaxi Plaza - Obelisco/Mirador S/.10 approx.* (round trip) or 8-block walk
Entrance to Obelisco/Mirador S/. 3 approx.*
Mototaxi Plaza - Marketplace S/.10 approx.* (round trip) or 12-block walk
*Prices subject to change without prior notice.
Accommodation: Superior Lodge Option available at higher cost.
Suggested Packing List: Repellent with a minimum of 15% deet, Binoculars, Camera with extra batteries, Flashlight with extra batteries, Sun lotion, Pocket money, Daypack, Water bottle, Sun hat, Sandals, Swimsuit & Towel, Toilet paper, Dark clothes.
Please note: This itinerary may change without prior notice according to the weather and river conditions.