Amazon Cultural Tour
Peru, 6 Days From $ 1,350 per person Themes
This program emphasizes cultural interaction between guests and locals.
Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.
History & Culture
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, Canopy Tower & Ecotourism Lecture
Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members.Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community's Primary Forest Private Reserve.
Orientation - The lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Canopy Tower - A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
Ecotourism Lecture - A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
DAY 2: Oxbow Lake, Parrot Clay Lick &Ethnobotanical Tour
Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake - Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.
Parrot Clay Lick - This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
Ethnobotanical Tour - A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
DAY 3: Infierno Community & Farm Visit
Infierno Community Visit - Forty five minutes downstream from Posada Amazonas, close to the port, lies the community of Infierno´s hub. Although homes are scattered over 10,000 hectares, the "hub" centralizes the shared infrastructure – school, store, medical post, and meeting room. We only visit with community authorization.
Farm Visit - A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.
DAY 4: Brazil Nut Trail
Transfer Private Boat - Posada Amazonas to Refugio Amazonas The one hour and forty five minute boat ride from Posada Amazonas to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
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.
Rainforest Tattoo - At the lodge we will prepare a paste from the fruit of huito and achiote to draw dark blue and red tattoos on ourselves. They last several days.
Tambopata National Reserve Lectures - Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
DAY 5: Agroforestry Farm, City Tour
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Hotel in Puerto Maldonado We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado to our hotel.
Victor Zambrano's agroforestry farm - Fifteen years ago, visionary grassroots farmer leader Victor Zambrano replaced an almost bare manioc plantation with a combination of crops, medicinal plants, fruit trees and hardwoods. Today, a visit to his farm in the outskirts of Puerto Maldonado is hard to differ from a hike in the forest.
Puerto Maldonado City Tour - The signs of timber extraction, gold mining and rainforest agriculture are visible everywhere. We will explore the market, the town square, and the gold exchange street. Enjoying local ice cream and night life is mandatory.
DAY 6: Serpentarium & Transfer Out
Visit to the Serpentarium - A short walk from the airport is the Serpentarium where the region´s principal snake species, including boas, bushmasters and fer-de-lances, are on display.
Transfer Hotel in Puerto Maldonado to Airport
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.
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.
Programs based on double occupancy. Includes all meal, accommodations, and services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.