The southern Peruvian Amazon is home to the Manu Biosphere Reserve, one of the oldest national parks in South America with very high levels of biodiversity and also the Tambopata National Reserve, an area of pristine rainforest covering over 275,000 hectares.
The Manu Biosphere Reserve has over a thousand bird species and 200 mammals (including 13 monkey species). Access is from Cusco, via a short hopper flight or an overland journey - dropping steeply from the heights of the Inca capital, winding through cloudforest and countless microclimates before plunging into the steamy Amazon.
South-east of Manu towards the border with Bolivia is the Tambopata National Reserve, which is home to the world’s largest macaw claylick and a record number of species. The reserve is reached by a river trip from Puerto Maldonado (daily flights from both Lima and Cusco). There are a number of good lodges, both in the forest reserve and along the Madre de Díos river, whilst further south the rainforest opens up into pampa grasslands on the Heath river.
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Hacienda ConcepcionLodge/Hosteria - TambopataSet within 382 hectares of natural rainforest the hacienda is reached after a scenic 45 minute canoe ride from Puerto Maldonado along the Madre de Dios river. Whilst their river excursions give ample opportunity to spot hoatzins and other wildlife, and it is possible to walk to nearby Lake Sandoval. All meals are included.
Posada AmazonasLodge/Hosteria - TambopataA simple but comfortable lodge on the banks of the Tambopata river, 1 hour upstream from the port of Infierno. It is situated within a 200 acre uninhabited private community reserve adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve and owned by the Native Ese eja Community of Infierno, which works and profits from the lodge.
Refugio AmazonasLodge/Hosteria - TambopataA simple but comfortable lodge built using traditional materials on the banks of the Tambopata river, about 3 hours from Puerto Maldonado and accessed by a combination of road and motorised canoe. It is situated in a 200-hectare private rainforest reserve, within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve, and surrounded by a Brazil nut forest managed by a local concessionaire. There is an open sided dining area, a bar, communal seating areas, a small shop and massage room.
Reserva AmazonicaLodge/Hosteria - Tambopata45 minutes by motorboat from Puerto Maldonado on the banks of the wide Madre de Dios River. This is one of the most comfortable lodges in the area, with rooms in a series of individual bungalows set in a forest clearing.
Tambopata Research Centre (TRC)Lodge/Hosteria - TambopataA remote lodge immersed in primary rainforest within the Tambopata National Reserve on the banks of the Tambopata river, about 5 hours from Puerto Maldonado and accessed by a combination of road and motorised canoe. Meals are served buffet style in the open sided dining area, there is a bar, hammocks, communal seating areas and small massage room.