In addition to guided walks in the Amazon Rainforest to find incredible wildlife, enjoy other Puerto Maldonado Amazon activities at certain Amazon lodges. Here we will focus on some top Puerto Maldonado lodges and mention the various activities on offer. The activities are both nature focused, such as gazing down from rainforest canopy towers, watching parrots at clay licks, rainforest walks, or exploring Amazon lakes, to more active offerings, such as mountain biking and kayaking.
Here we will go over three top Puerto Maldonado Amazon lodges that offer different Amazon activities to experience this incredible environment. First, let’s introduce the lodges. We will then mention the activities on offer, which is followed by tour bubbles where you can send any further questions direct to each lodge and receive a free itinerary. Don’t forget to check off the extra activities you’re interested in on the info form.
A great choice for a short tour, the community owned Posada Amazonas Lodge sits in a community reserve close to the main Tambopata protected area and provides tours of the Tambopata Amazon. Enjoy lake tours, visiting the clay lick, and searching the rainforest for a variety of animals.
Another fantastic lodge for a short tour or family Amazon vacation, Refugio Amazonas Lodge offers guided wildlife tours through Amazonia, lake tours, and visits to a nearby parrot clay lick. On guided tours through the rainforest, see a number of different rainforest animals. Recently, the lodge has found a number of harpy eagle nests near the lodge and they have been the subject of many fantastic photographs.
Tambopata Research Center
The deepest lodge on this list, Tambopata Research Center provides one of the largest clay licks in the Amazon Rainforest, guided rainforest walks to see different Amazon monkeys, and opportunities to see more diverse and larger rainforest life owing to its deeper position within Tambopata National Reserve.
Parrot Clay Licks
Offered at all three lodges, clay licks provide a great place for wildlife. The clay draws in parrots, parakeets, monkeys, and other animals to obtain different minerals and the medicinal clay itself helps neutralize toxic compounds found in forest fruits. The largest lick is offered at the Tambopata Research Center where the lick is particularly attractive to many different macaw parrots. Enjoy fantastic photography opportunities as you observe a raucous display of sound and color.
At the Refugio Amazonas Lodge in the Tambopata Amazon, enjoy a wellness center to receive a massage and choice of spa treatments so you can truly relax and unwind in the rainforest environment.
Climb canopy towers for a bird’s eye view of the Amazon Rainforest as you gaze out over the Tambopata region to see toucans, parrots and other birdlife high in the trees. Both the Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas offer a canopy tower. The Tambopata Research Center then offers a small tower to observe a nearby swamp area inhabited by blue and gold macaw parrots.
Giving an opportunity to get up in the trees to experience life as a canopy researcher, climb 30 metres into the tree tops with a rope, harness and jumar. Although a challenging exercise, no previous experience is necessary and the activity is perfectly safe. Canopy climbing is offered at Tambopata Research Center, Refugio Amazonas and the Posada Amazonas Lodge.
Explore different lakes in the Puerto Maldonado Amazon region to find lake wildlife, such as primitive-looking hoatzin birds, different fish, giant Amazon otters, caiman crocodilians, water birds, turtles, horned screamers, and monkeys at the lake’s edge. Lake tours are offered from both the community owned Posada Amazonas Lodge and the Refugio Amazonas Lodge. If you’re specifically searching for giant amazon otters, you have a higher chance of spotting them at the Posada Amazonas as the lake is home to a resident otter family.
More trails are offered at the Tambopata Research Center but guided rainforest walks are also part of the experience at the Refugio Amazonas Lodge and Posada Amazonas Lodge. Enjoy walks to find Amazon animals, medicinal plants, clay licks, Brazil nut trees, and enjoy night walks scouting for nocturnal wildlife.
An activity you can enjoy from the Tambopata Research Center, Refugio Amazonas Lodge and Posada Amazonas Lodge, kayaking is a fantastic activity in the Puerto Maldonado Amazon. Enjoy chance sightings of different rainforest animals as you paddle down a portion of the Tambopata River. We will encounter some rapids, but the activity presents a low level of difficulty and requires no previous experience. As its a water activity, the lodges simply make sure that you know how to swim. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Amazon and seeing some locals work their farms at the edge of Tambopata rainforest.
Jungle Mountain Biking
Offered on stays at both Posada Amazonas Lodge & Refugio Amazonas Lodge, mountain bike through the Ese Eja community land at the Posada Amazonas, as you bike across wooden bridge, down rainforest slopes and through jungle creeks to the Nape botanical garden. Refugio Amazonas Lodge offers a similar experience, as you begin your ride from the Refugio Amazonas and across many different creek beds. Guests interested in staying at the deep Tambopata lodge of Tambopata Research Center can also enjoy mountain biking from Refugio Amazonas, as you will spend a night at Refugio before your deep Tambopata adventure.
One of the newer activities on the Amazon’s waters, enjoy paddle boarding in Tambopata. An easy activity, enjoy floating down steady waterways of the Amazon for chance sightings of rainforest wildlife. We will be accompanied by jungle sounds and stand a chance of seeing different birds, caimans and turtles. As with kayaking, the activity requires no previous experience but they do ask that you know how to swim.
A frequent question to TourTheTropics, what is a rainforest tattoo? Giving a glimpse into local Amazon culture, a knowledgeable guide will prepare a past of huito and achiote and then you can apply temporary dark blue and red tattoos that last for several days.
Offered at the Tambopata Research Center in the middle of Tambopata National Reserve, enjoy a sunset cruise among the sounds of a Tambopata evening. The lodge provides wine and hors d’oeuvres. The cruise lasts 2 hours with 1/2 bottle of wine per person.
As an extra option, the new Tambopata Amazon Villa offers all the above activities and a couple of unique options. Enjoy this very comfortable private Amazon Villa, which offers internet access, a comfortable environment, a lot more privacy, and bathroom with tub.