WHY THIS TRIP
The Wilderness, Wildlife and Whitewater on the Rio Tambopata trip is an incredible expedition that takes you into one of the most pristine regions of the Upper Amazon Basin. This trip is a guide’s favorite, but it is rarely undertaken and few travelers have journeyed here.
Your journey to the river takes you high into the Andes with breathtaking views of the Apolobamba and Carabaya mountain ranges, before dropping down into the Amazon rainforest. From our put-in on the banks of the Rio Tambopata, you soon bid farewell to all traces of civilization as you head into pristine jungle in search of wilderness, wildlife and wild water.
The first few days you tackle Class III-IV rapids. The rapids become less technical and more high-volume roller coaster as the river grows through the Amazon Basin foothills. As you reach the Amazon Basin, the last few days are spent drifting silently, spotting rare wildlife and exploring tributaries.
A night in a comfortable jungle lodge beside the spectacular Macaw lick gives you time to explore jungle trails, before heading downriver past gold miners and to Puerto Maldonado for a night before catching your flights back to home. Alternatively, you can break this flight in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas from where you can visit Machu Picchu, the amazing “Lost City of the Incas” and the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Please inquire for options.
The Bahuaja / Sonene National Reserve is considered to be the world´s best-preserved tropical rainforest reserve and the “last human-free jungle on the planet.” It is home to jaguars, tapirs, giant otters and capybaras as well as over 800 species of birds and 1,200 different species of butterflies. Rafting the Rio Tambopata, through the very heart of this national park, has recently been described by the scientific world as “The Ultimate Jungle Experience.”
LOCAL OPERATOR: AMAZONAS EXPLORER
For more than three decades Amazonas Explorer has led high-quality trips and alternative adventures throughout South America. Based in Cusco, its professionally trained guides, cooks and support crew bring their passion and skills to the travelers they serve and, in turn, build rewarding careers for themselves. This talented staff of local experts is focused on providing you with safe and comfortable adventures, all centered on making your holiday as memorable as possible.