About two hours from Puerto Maldonado along Río Tambopata, followed by a 10-minute uphill walk, this posada is on the land of the Ese’eja tribe, and tribal members are among the guides. Book online or at Rainforest Expeditions in Puerto Maldonado. At or near the lodge, macaws, parrots and giant river otters can be spotted.
There are excellent chances of seeing macaws and parrots on a small salt lick nearby, and giant river otters are often found swimming in lakes close to the lodge. Guides at the lodge are mainly English-speaking Peruvian naturalists with varying interests. Your assigned guide stays with you throughout the duration of your stay.
Visits are also made to the Centro Ñape ethnobotanical center, where medicine is produced for the Ese’eja community. There is a medicinal-plant trail and a 30m-high observation platform giving superb views of the rainforest canopy. The lodge has 30 large double rooms with private showers and open (unglazed) windows overlooking the rainforest. Mosquito nets are provided. Electricity is available in the evenings; otherwise everything is candle- or lamp-lit.
No Reserva Nacional Tambopata entrance fees necessary.
The same outfit has two other lodges on the Tambopata: Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center.