Peru, 4 Days From $ 736 per person Themes
The Wellness programs are for guests looking at combining nature and culture in the Amazon with some relaxing activities. At Refugio Amazonas there is a small massage room where therapies such as digitopuntures or massages are given to guests. This program includes activities of nature and culture combined with two wellness activities in between to relax.
Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
Posada Amazonas is a participatory project by nature. The lodge is owned by the community and co-managed with Rainforest Expeditions. For its ownership, the community receives 60% of the profit. To make the co-management practical a Control Committee was created since the outset of the project, participating in the planning, implementation and management phases. The ten member committee is elected by the communal assembly and hold monthly meetings with RFE staff to decide upon human resources, financial and operational issues. It also has the responsibility of overseeing RFE operations and management and of communicating decision to the rest of the assembly.
To give an example at how important this was at developing sophisticated understanding of tourism dynamics, a list selected from the Trueque Amazonico´s report samples the effectiveness of this project at developing a sophisticated understanding of tourism dynamics.
- Change of attitude related to hunting
- Exhange money for communal work, with individual contracts
- There is greater integration between the Achuar and other communities
- Don't sell or trade wild animal species
- Creating zones for conservation, thinking about future projects
- Paying sanctions for breaking rules related to hunting in trails near the lodge
- Dedicate more time to ecotourism.
- More national and international travel for cultural exchange and professional development.
- Greater leadership skills within the community.
- More relationships with national and international organizations, and with people from different places and types of knowledge
- Greater consciousness about conservation
- Greater interest in professional development
- Greater concern for assuming responsibility
- More investment in education.
- Personal interests for developing ecotourism apart from the community enterprise
- More children studying in the community
DAY 1: Arrival & Reception by Guide
Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we ride 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business. The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. Then, you'll have The Inca Trail, City Tours, Machu Picchu, the Rainforest - in Peru you walk a lot! Give your feet a rest and allow them some recovery. They have earned that recognition.
DAY 2: Oxbow Lake Visit, Canopy Tower, Ethnobiological Tour, Farm Visit & Massage
Oxbow Lake Visit - We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Canopy Tower - A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
Farm Visit - Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.
Ethnobotanical Tour - Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
Rainforest Massage - They consist of 30 minutes of massages and approximately 10min. of relaxation. At the lodge you will find a list of options: Spiritual Peace, Energizant, Anti-stress, Cat's Claw, Brazil Nut Oil, and Chuchuhuasi/Matico. There is something for everybody!
DAY 3: Parrot Clay Lick, Mammal Clay Lick, Brazil Nut Trail & Camp, and Aromatherapy
Parrot Clay Lick - A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband's) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.
Brazil Nut Trail and Camp - A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Mammal Clay Lick - Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.
Aromatherapy - A gift for both your body and soul. Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy based on the use of essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, roots, grasses and trees. You will be able to choose between three aromatherapies: Anti-stress, Romance and Pasion. Depending on which you choose, you will be enjoying aromas of chamomile, lavender, jazmin, or sandal, among others.
DAY 4: Transfer Out
- Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
- Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
- Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. We also provide at all times unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.
Optional activities include jungle mountain biking, kayaking, canopy climbing, and stand up paddle boarding.
There is also the option to incorporation a voluntourism project that supports social or environmental initiatives in the rainforest. These programs combine activities such as the visit of an oxbow lake or a parrot claylick with the construction of communal infrastructure for a whole day.
International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
Notes: Programs to Refugio Amazonas : There is an additional $13 per person charge for entrance into the national park. This applies for tours to Refugio Amazonas Lodge
Programs based on double occupancy. Includes all meal, accommodations, and services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.