Macaws in trees in Tambopata Reserve, Peruvian Amazon rainforest

3-day Amazon adventure

Trips/Explore Peru

3 days

We think it's a travesty to visit Peru and not visit the Amazon rainforest! This two-night getaway is the perfect add-on to a Peruvian adventure for anyone short on time but still eager to take a step into the world's most biodiverse ecosystem!

Please note that this itinerary is only a suggestion – we can swap out any activity for another on offer by Refugio Amazonas!

Detailed Itinerary

Peru Country Map

Day 1: See the forest as birds do

We fetch you from the airport in Puerto Maldonado and escort you on a one-hour bus drive followed by a one-hour boat ride to reach the lodge. Occupying a charming spot in a chestnut forest, Refugio Amazonas is an eco-hostel near Tambopata National Reserve. In the afternoon we suggest you climb the high tower to reach its lookout platform above the canopy. From here you can spot an array of exciting birds including toucans and macaws. Later, go on an exciting guided jungle walk to listen to the night chorus created by the many active and unusual creatures living in this corner of the Amazon!



Refugio Amazonas - young woman facing sunset on canopy tower overlooking Tambopata in Peru's Amazon rainforest

Day 2: Explore Tambopata River and Condenado Lake

On most clear mornings throughout the year dozens of macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate at a clay lick near Tambopata River, creating a raucous and colourful spectacle that inspired a National Geographic cover story. We go and settle 50 metres away with a telescope to watch the birds fly in and out. Later, we walk around Lake Condenado to look for wildlife such as otters, hoatzins, capybaras and alligators. Still later there's the chance to visit a neighbouring organic farm to see what's grown locally, including fruits you didn't even know existed!

A Hoatzin bird`Stinky Turkey` perched in a tree in the rainforest jungle in South America

Day 3: Departure day

This morning we take you back to the airport in Puerto Maldonado via boat and then bus. Here we say adieu, unless of course you're heading to Lima to join us on a culinary and historical tour of that incredible city, in which case the adventure continues!

Boat full of people wearing red life jackets on Tambopata River heading to lodge in Peruvian Amazon rainforest/jungle


Price Includes

Airport transfers via bus and boat

Accommodation at three-star ecolodge Refugio Amazonas

Arrival drinks upon reaching Refugio Amazonas

Three meals a day, including a packed lunch on the boat on arrival day

Unlimited teas and coffees

All activities, whether those suggested above or others as offered by Refugio Amazonas

Price Does Not Include



Where you'll stay

wooden walkway bridge with trees crowding in at Refugio Amazonas ecolodge near Tambopata Reserve in Peruvian southern Amazon rainforest

Refugio Amazonas

This comfortable ecolodge sits deep within the Amazon of Peru. It offers a wide variety of scientific and adventure activities and is actually HQ for Wired Amazon, a nature-preservation programme.

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Giant Kapok tree in Tambopata Peru
Amazon side-necked turtle with butterflies on a rock in Sandoval Lake, Tambopata, Amazon rainforest, Peru
Guide and tourists looking at fruit on farm visit in Tambopata of Peru's Amazon, Refugio Amazonas picture
Mountain biking Peru Amazon rainforest and river bank
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