Tambopata Research Centre
Immerse yourself in pristine forests & macaw conservation projects at the only lodge in Tambopata National Reserve.
The Amazon rainforest covers over 60% of Peru and only 5% of the country’s population live here. Peru’s Amazon is particularly unique - it is the place where the dense forest plains, the eastern slopes of the Andes, and Pampas grasslands converge.
The entangled forests are intersected by winding waterways providing rich soils abundant with nutrients for the world’s most famous bird and mammal species. With over 800 species of bird and nearly 300 species of mammal dwelling in the dense thickets, an adventure into the Amazon is an opportunity to become immersed in Peru’s endemic wildlife.
There are three main entry points into Peru’s Amazonia. A flight north from Lima takes visitors to Iquitos, a city that can only be reached by air or water and an exciting place to view wildlife by boat. Further south, in the Madre de Dios region, Puerto Maldonado provides a stepping stone into Tambopata National Reserve, where colourful macaws abound. For a more intrepid experience travelling deep into Manú National Park (a 5 hour speedboat trip from Puerto Maldonado) offers a gateway into the bewildering territories of the jaguar.
Voyage through waters that weave through dense thickets from Iquitos. Explore the Amazon River by houseboat, and discover the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - the world’s largest protected flooded forest otherwise known as the ‘forest of mirrors’. Understand how the Ribereños peoples rely on the Amazon’s aquatic and terrestrial resources for food and income. Become immersed in colourful biodiversity, and catch a glimpse of the lively pink river dolphins and scheming giant river otters, the mammals of myths and legends.
The jungle of Tambopata National Reserve is ancient, dating back 75 million years. This accessible part of the Amazon is almost a third of the size of Costa Rica, and it has more species of birds and butterflies than any place of this size in the world. Stay close to the Madre los Dias River nestled into the forest in comfortable luxury, or delve deeper to uncover a more rustic unadulterated experience of the wildlife here within the reserve.
Manú is a mysteriously hidden world of flora and fauna, and many regard this as the final refuge for the Incas upon the arrival of the Spanish. This spectacular landscape is characterised by rolling, lush mountain-sides and gushing waterfalls, below this lying the tropical rainforest. The many endangered species that live here are protected by the National Park, and travelling here is an opportunity to see the puma, yagouaroundi, ocelot and jaguar. Manú may be further afield than Iquitos and Tambopata, but rest assured it is well worth the extra hours to get here.
On a Wayfairer safari into Peru’s Amazon, brace yourself for the most rare natural sightings on this planet. Let nature take hold, and feel as though you are the first to uncover the forest’s secrets.
Peru’s Amazon rainforest remains hot and humid year round. The best time to visit depends on what kind of experience you wish to have. Below, we will introduce you to the climate of the north and south regions of Peru’s Amazon, and list the best times to visit these depending on your desired experience.
The North Amazon Basin (Iquitos): Due to its placement on the tropics, Peru’s northern Amazon remains really warm throughout the year (averaging 30°C - 32°C) and receives higher annual rainfall than the south. Water levels are at their lowest from June to October, river banks become exposed and forest paths for trekking are available. The rainy season takes place from November to May and rivers rise nearly 25 feet during this time. March and April see rivers at their highest, giving boat access to higher parts of the canopy and remote areas deeper in the jungle. November to May is the best time to explore the densest parts of the rainforest by boat. You’ll explore the soaring canopies which are now only meters above your head, see birds up close and feel the brush of monkeys as they dance past. This is also the best time to catch a glimpse of pink river dolphins and giant river otters.
The South Amazon (Puerto Maldonado): From Puerto Maldonado, the famed Tambopata National Reserve and wild Manú National Park are both accessible. These fantastic destinations are warm throughout the year (ranging from 19°C - 32°C), and dotted afternoon showers are frequent. The dry season runs from May to November, coinciding with warmer weather and clear skies. This is a great time to visit as lakes and jungle paths are accessible. During the wet season from December to April weather becomes cooler and wetter, and the jungle becomes increasingly waterlogged. The nature reserves and national parks are inaccessible in February.
If you're journeying up to Iquitos, we recommend staying in Treehouse Lodge. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to set up base high in luxury accommodation high in the treetops above the forest floor. Alternatively, if visiting in high water season a Delfin Cruise is an exciting way to experience the 'forest of mirrors' and vast rivers in luxury from your own boat. The Tambopata Research Centre is the only lodge in the south Amazon actually located within the Nature Reserve, and takes its visitors on a journey right into the forest with the most supreme wildlife viewing opportunities.