Tambopata

What to Bring

  • Good binoculars
  • Camera gear
  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Small denomination bills
  • Small daypack

Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece).
If you are visiting other destinations in Peru that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day so we won’t be carrying them around uselessly. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.


Electricity

None of the lodges in the area (Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata Research Center) have electricity. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for tourists or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights.


WEATHER

The lowland rain forests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid. In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 78° and 93° F (24° and 31°C) and the average nighttime low is between 66° and 78° F (20° and 24°C). Nevertheless between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the nighttime lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle.
During the rainy months of November through April, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.


GRATUITIES

You will find tip boxes at each of the lodges. These are for staff tips. We suggest 3$ per person per day. To tip your guide, wait until the end of the trip, and do so personally. We suggest 10$ per person per day.


MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND EMERGENCIES

Yellow Fever Inoculations

Yellow fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata.

Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is present throughout the rain forests of southeastern Peru. It is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it; however, it is curable in every case and is also very easy to prevent by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and repellent on exposed skin at all times, and sleeping under mosquito nets.

Malaria

Malaria is present but extremely rare. If you wish to take medical precautions against malaria consult your physician or a specialist in tropical medicine.

Emergencies

In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Our guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emegerencies (such as an appendicitis). For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have  extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.


Guests Code of Conduct and Security Recommendations

  • No smoking in the forest, nor in the boats (which carry gasoline).
  • No littering.
  • Do not harrass wildlife when sighting wildlife follow your guides instructions.
  • No wildlife collection or manipulation, unless specifically authorized by Inrena. If you should come across hurt wildlife, leave it be. It is part of the natural processes of the wilderness.
  • Please separate your trash in the proper trash bins. All non-biodegradable trash is taken to Puerto Maldonado. Please take depleted batteries back with you.
  • Please keep it quite. Our rooms are not sound proof and guests come to listen to the sounds of nature. Should you want to listen music outside the bar area, please use headphones.
  • The lodges are highly flammable. Do not leave candles unattended and locate the nearest extinguisher.
  • Never go swimming on the Tambopata without a guide.
  • Stay on the trails and take to the trails only with a guide. If for some reason you are separated from your guide, you can return to the lodge using your map and the trail markers.
  • Always use life jackets on the boat, and wear light shoes that are easy to take off. Never have rubber boots on when in the boats.
  • Use rubber boots when heading to the forest or gardens at night. They reduce the risk of snake bites.
  • When taking people photos, ask first!

Conduct Specific to the Tambopata National Reserve (Tambopata Research Center)

  • No fishing.
  • Tambopata Research Center has the presence of Leishmaniasis. To prevent it you should use long pants and long sleeved shirts from dusk until dawn, at the very least.

Important Notice

Since the information provided above has been collected from several sources and even though we attempt to keep it updated, it tends to change, and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.