The Amazon rainforest along the Tambopata River, Peru

4-day Amazon adventure

Trips/Explore Peru

4 days

If you want to visit the Amazon but only have a few days, then Peru is the answer, as its portion of the famous rainforest is more accessible than most. Join us on a four-day jungle adventure that's packed with incredible animal encounters and plenty of fun physical activity!

Please note 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: Climb above the canopy

We fetch you from the airport in Puerto Maldonado and escort you via bus and then boat to reach the lodge at Refugio Amazonas. Occupying a charming spot in a chestnut forest, the ecolodge is a stone's throw from Tambopata National Reserve. We recommend you climb the high lookout tower in the late afternoon to gaze across the canopy and see the many colourful birds active here. In the evening you can go on an exciting guided jungle walk to listen to the chorus created by the many nocturnal animals living in this corner of the Amazon!

Follow Alice group waving at drone from top of canopy platform at Refugio Amazonas, Amazon of Peru

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!

Two scarlet macaws in flight in Peruvian Amazon rainforest

Day 3: Brazil nut camp visit and guided medicinal walking trail

This morning you can visit a nearby brazil nut farm to discover how the seeds of immense chestnut trees (yes, brazil nuts aren't technically nuts) are harvested once a year in the region's most sustainable economic activity. Later, there's the chance to go on a fascinating guided walk into the rainforest to learn about the great variety of plants and trees the local population has used for years to heal both body and soul. In the evening, listen to researchers from the Wired Amazon Project discuss the opportunities and challenges they face in seeking to study and protect the biodiversity of the Peruvian jungle.

 

Family with local guide on a nature trail in Amazon rainforest of Tambopata Reserve, Peru

Day 4: Departure day

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

Tambopata river journey in Peru Amazon rainforest

Inclusions

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 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

Drinks

Tips

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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Red Howler Monkey Alouatta seniculus in Tambopata National Reserve, Peru
Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) swims in lake in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, Peru
Passion fruit flower by Carlos Gonzales
Man in branded Follow Alice T-shirt on a mountain bike on path in Amazon rainforest, Peru
The Rainforest along the Tambopata River, Peru

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