Baawaja Expeditions: Tambopata Adventure Tour: Go Off the Beaten Path in the Jungle

Tambopata Adventure Tour: Go Off the Beaten Path in the Jungle

Madre de Dios, Peru

Baawaja Expeditions

Social Enterprise

4 days
From$321 USDper person

Tour Highlights

  • Experience daily life in la Comunidad Nativa de Infierno while supporting healthcare, education, and environmental conservation initiatives in Tambopata.
  • Meet the community Shaman and discover how tradition medicines from the botanical gardens are made.
  • Watch the unique rituals of the clay-eating macaws.

Tour revenue will help strengthen Baawaja Expeditions’ programs in youth education, healthcare for the elderly, cultural preservation, fish breeding, and forest conservation.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    Flexible in the afternoon

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Children 4+

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Tour Participants

    3 to 32

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Day 1

Meet at the Padre Aldamiz International Airport, also known as Puerto Maldonado International Airport, five minutes from the Baawaja Expeditions office. There, you will have time to pack your bag and gather your belongings for the tour. You will be able to leave your other valuables in a locked space. Then, take a 45-minute ride to la Comunidad Nativa de Infierno, where you’ll board a motorboat and cross the warm and tranquil waters of the Tambopata River. This trip will take roughly 30 minutes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious, traditional Peruvian lunch. Then, take some time to settle in at the lodge before reviewing your tour options and starting your jungle adventure!

Archery:
Find out from a member of the local community how the ancient Ese Ejas mastered the bow and arrow in order to hunt and provide food for their families. Learn the technique behind this age-old sport and hone your skills! You’ll need concentration and precision to shoot an arrow and hit your target in the distance!

After dinner, head to the riverbank for a boat trip. Search the river with a flashlight and spot the red glow of the caiman’s eyes. See nocturnal animals come to life and experience the magic of the great outdoors at night!

Day 2

Lago Tres Chimbadas:
After breakfast, take a 30-minute boat ride and walk roughly 25 minutes to the edge of the lake next to the Tambopara Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll have a stunning view of the lake, surrounded by beautiful palm trees. You’ll be able to see a great variety of native fauna -- species like Hoazín, monkeys, macaws, black caimans, parrots and river otters (Pteronoura brasilienses), a species that is in danger of extinction.

Macaws Licking Clay:
Head back to the boat for a 15-minute ride to the macaw's hideaway, where you can observe a ravine formed by the erosion of the river in the clay soil. Each morning, different types of macaws, parakeets, and other birds meet for breakfast. They carry out their ceremony of hovering and circling above before "el cellpeo," when they consume the clay. After 20 to 25 minutes, the birds leave. It is believed that the small particles in the clay serve as a detox for the birds’ fruit diet.

Later, finish up the tour at the lodge and enjoy delicious refreshments. Take some time to rest and relax before lunch.

Nape Botanical Garden:
After lunch, take a trip to the medicinal garden nearby the lodge. Meet the Shaman of the community, who knows many medicinal plants such as ayahuasca, chacruna, para para, chuchuhuasi, uña de gato, ajosacha, and more These medicinal plants are used and prepared by community members to cure colds, fevers, coughs, and illnesses like rheumatism, malaria, diabetes, gastritis, and anemia. Afterwards, you will have the unique opportunity to go to the laboratory and observe how these medicines are prepared!

Night Walk:
After dinner, go for a night walk along the lodge trails, searching for insects, amphibians, tarantulas, bats, and nocturnal birds. Hear sensational animal calls and the pleasant crackle of leaves falling from the trees. See some nocturnal mammals as well!

Day 3
After breakfast, discover the mammals that also gather around the collpas to eat clay, although not in the same way as the macaws. The mammals eat the clay at any point in the day or night, and are more reserved about it and much less routine. These mammals are difficult to spot unless you sit and wait for them for 24 hours. See the hog-like white-lipped peccar and collard peccary, deer, agouti, squirrels, and tapir.

After lunch, learn how chestnuts are harvested. Collecting chestnuts is an important economic enterprise in the Madre De Dios region. There are many tall chestnut trees close to the camp that are used two months out of the year by the chestnut farmers. Learn about chestnut production from from start to finish. Then return for dinner.

Day 4
After a fabulous four days enjoying your trip in the Peruvian jungle, and will leave having learned more about the Tambopata Reserve and its ethnic tourism. After a relaxing breakfast with traditional Peruvian food, you'll have the morning free to buy souvenirs and take your final photos. Then return to the Puerto Maldonado, ending the tour at the airport.

Tour ends before lunch on the 4th day.

Please note: this tour generally requires a minimum of 3 participants. Your reservation may only be confirmed once the minimum number is reached.

How To Get There

A member from the community will meet you at the Padre Aldamiz International Airport, also known as Puerto Maldonado International Airport.

More About Baawaja Expeditions

Mission

To promote ecotourism, research, and activities related to conservation in the Native Community of Infierno in Tambopata, Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

Main Programs

  • Fish breeding

  • Agroforestry

  • Education and language preservation of the Ese’Eja