This 4-Day program takes you to the fascinating jungle of Tambopata without blowing your budget! The lodge, even though located closer to the city (Puerto Maldonado) than others, is a true haven making you feel completely immersed in the Peruvian jungle.
Two swimming pools and different paths will be discovered directly starting from the lodge: you have all the nature you were looking for at the doorstep. For some other excursions, you’ll make your way to other parts of the jungle and some boat rides are included as well. When it’s time to take a break, just lay in one of the hammocks with stunning views over the jungle.
The best part of this tour? You will be supporting a local project providing orphan children with shelter, food, and a perspective for their future.
Other jungle adventures taking you deeper into the forest or to other jungle destinations of Peru, can be found in our section with all of our Peru Amazon Tours.
After picking you up at the airport or the bus station of Puerto Maldonado, we will take you to the office for the check-in. Then, your adventure can already begin. We will transfer you to the eco-lodge, about 20 km away from the city of Puerto Maldonado. (To arrive at the lodge, you will go only by car, but you will have plenty of boat rides during your stay)
Upon arrival, a delicious fresh tropical fruit drink will await you. And not only that: you will soon realize that the surroundings of the lodge are simply amazing. From here, you have a seemingly endless view of the rainforest. Sunsets can be observed from the hammock area while listening to the sounds of animals coming out to feed. There are even two pools around, where you can spend your time when needing a rest.
Having soaked in the beauty of the place for a moment, you will then have your first lunch.
Now that you have gained some strength, your first activity already awaits you. We will take you to the botanical garden! Here, your guide will introduce you to the richness of medicinal plants and explain how the indigenous people used them to cure themselves. Not only medical plants but possibly also monkeys, parrots, and even toucans can be seen during this excursion.
“Aguajal” Walk and Canopy hanging bridge
You will continue with the visit to the vast “Aguajal”. This is a great ecosystem of palm trees in a swamp area, a habitat of many animals like parrots. Our walk will take us to a hanging bridge in the canopy. Once at the top of the bridge, you find yourself amid the treetops. From here, you can observe the rich wildlife of the rainforest such as birds, and monkeys. This is also a beautiful viewpoint to witness the sunset.
The great thing about today’s activities is: The places you will visit are only accessible from the lodge you are staying in. That means, there will not be many people present during your activities (chances are high, you might be the only ones), so enjoy having the jungle all for yourself.
Back at the eco-lodge, a comforting diner will be waiting for you before going to sleep to the soothing sounds of the jungle.
Having a very early departure (around 4.30 AM), we will drive you to a small harbor from where you will embark to “Colpa la Cachuela”. Don’t worry: getting up early today will be more than worth it.
The “colpa” is a cliff of clay where you will see several types of parrots, parakeets and macaws gathering to eat the clay before heading to the forest looking for real food. Of course, you will also hear conjectures why the birds have adopted this interesting habit. After this great show of feathers and colors, we will have breakfast on the boat, enjoying the splendid landscape of the river Madre de Dios.
Following the visit to Colpa Cachuela, you will continue our boat trip for about an hour and 10 minutes on the river Madre de Dios, until reaching the entrance of the National Tambopata Reserve (274 000 hectares of protected area). After a 3 km walk through the Reserve and its dense rainforest, you will finally arrive at the entrance to Sandoval Lake. Now, you’ll hop on a boat to make it to the lake itself. On the way, you may be able to watch birds, monkeys (capuchin, squirrel monkey, howler monkey), and other mammals.
In the wonderful place of Sandoval, many different species live together, including the famous hoatzins, herons, and anhingas. While navigating on the lake and with a bit of luck, you may be able to see giant river otters and caimans. You will also enjoy the local flora: palm trees, and aquatic plants, among many others.
At noon, you will take a break at a local family house where you will eat a local dish, typical for the rainforest. After taking a rest, you will return to the boat and navigate a little bit more before initiating the return to the eco-lodge.
Walking with the Giants
After finishing the generous breakfast, you will head to the nearby rainforest and walk by the giant trees such as the Brazilian nut tree or the ‘lupuna’ (Ceiba), a mythical tree for the indigenous people. Surrounded by the rainforest, you can at times also see parrots, sloths, toucans, monkeys, and strange-looking insects. This trail is also accessible only from the lodge.
To cool off the morning’s heat, you can head to the swimming pool and enjoy a relaxing time in the freshwater coming from our spring. You will be served a tasty dish of the local cuisine for lunch.
Santa Teresa Lake
After a comforting break, you will continue our program with a visit to a lovely lake in the community of Santa Teresa, a private protected area. This place is unique for bird watching and yet a very different experience compared to the lake visit of the day before. Macaws, parrots, parakeets and many more can be seen there. They usually build their nests at the top of the dead palm trees growing everywhere around the lake.
The lake also offers the possibility to fish for piranhas to have a closer look at them. At night, the piranhas go out hunting: it is the perfect moment to fish for these water predators. (In case you are wondering: you will free the fish again, after catching them.)
After returning from the visit to Santa Teresa Lake, you will have one last dinner at the lodge.
After finishing breakfast, you can take one last glance at the beautiful view of the lodge before we will take you back to the city.
To round up this experience, we will take you to visit the local market, full of colors, tropical fruits, and other local products. Finally, your jungle trip comes to an end and we will take you back to the airport or bus station for your return trip.
If you still have time before your bus/plane goes, you can also stay in the city for a bit longer and enjoy an ice cream in Gustitos del cura, for example. Or, if you prefer to spend some more time relaxing in the lodge, you can do so too. An extra lunch here costs only 30 Soles.
We always speak about basic accomodation, but the lodge is confortable enough, with the extras of a bar and two different swimming pool areas.
Hot and humid conditions are more or less the rule, but again, rainy days can lower the temperatures quite a lot, or extraordinary events called “friaje” or Antartic winds could ruin your plans of sweating the hell out of you.
Find more info about climates in Peru in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Peru“.
Visit a travel doctor who can give you professional advice on what vaccinations may be necessary. A yellow fever vaccine is not obligatory but recommended.
Other people/groups might be at the lodge at the same time as you, but for the activities described here you will have a private guide and times will be differentiated if other have the same itinerary. Meals are served at the commom dinning room, so for this part you will be sharing with others.
Yes, although it might not always be available.
The tours you will be participating in are not very strenuous as such. However, be aware that the humidity and heat can be. Make sure to use sunblock and always wear a hat. Despite the heat, wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers to protect yourself from mosquitos.
By the way, if (one of) you suffer from vertigo, this route might also cause problems, as crossing a suspended bridge (canopy walkway) is offered. But you can always decide to refrain from this activity and just participate in all the other ones. While your friends go to the canopy walk, you can realx by the pool at the lodge.
The admission ticket to the Sandoval Lake (part of the Tambopata National Reserve) is included in the price you pay.
No, you can easily reach the Lodge by car. However, for some of the excursions, you will have to take a boat then.
You will probably arrive to Puerto Maldonado very early in the morning. A great spot to have your breakfast before making your way to the lodge is Gustitos del Cura, the ice cream place that supports the same local project as Estancia Bello Horizonte.
Jhon was born and grew up in Puerto Maldonado, where he still lives today, trying to help children in need thanks to the income generated by tourism. The idea of creating an association came from his father, who is the creator of APRONIA (association for the protection of children and adolescents). Now, Jhon as well dedicates his time to the cause, trying to give the children a perspective.
Having studied tourism, he created the Estancia Bello Horizonte Project, giving all income to the orphanage of APRONIA. Creating jobs for the children who have already grown up, by hiring them in the office, lodge, or as guides have lots of importance for him, too. Jhon wants the project to be self-sustainable and thus remain for a long time.
At the same time, he wishes to preserve the environment and precious ecosystems of Tambopata by showing visitors its beauty and importance. Jhon is exactly the kind of person we need in a fragile place such as Tambopata!