(Arrive day 1 and leave day 5)
Arrival to Puerto Maldonado. Welcome and reception at the airport, bus terminal or hotel.
Transfer to our house/office for registration, repacking and luggage storage.
12:30- 1:30pm – Go down the port to the motorboat to begin the 1.15 hour river ride to Amazon Planet while enjoying the wonders of the rainforest.
We set off down the Madre de Dios River through the heart of the jungle surrounded by flora, fauna and breathtaking scenery. Arrive at Amazon Planet and settle into your private bungalow.
Lunch will be expecting you at the dining room in the Main house.
Take a short rest before meeting with your guide for an introduction talk about us, followed by an introduction walk around the lodge into the rainforest, winding past giant Kapok trees, walking, palms and strangler figs while being dazzled by the sounds of nature in search for wildlife.
Return to your bungalow for a rest. Before dinner, take a walk with your guide and experience the jungle as it transforms from day into night making way for nocturnal animals especially adapted for the dark.
Return with your guide for your first dinner in the rainforest and enjoy a typical meal from this region.
After dinner you may return to your bungalow or meet with the other guests or the volunteers from Taricaya, enjoy cool drinks at the bar and share your stories and experiences.
Breakfast is serverd at 7:00am. After breakfast, begin your adventure walking through the trails surrounded by 300 year old trees while we identify the flora and fauna by sight and sound. We will arrive at our first platforms located 15 and 25 meters high above on top of the branches of an old fig tree accessed by a suspension bridge while we explore the amazing structure of this tree and the wildlife that live in and around it. Continue your walk into the Taricaya Reserve towards the Canopy platform, the highest tree platform in the Amazon rainforest. Located 45 meters high up in the crown of an ancient Kapok tree and connected by a 90-meter long suspension bridge. Catch a glimpse of flying Macaws, parrots or Toucans; the views from this platform are truly unforgettable!
Continue into the reserve until we reach the Taricaya Rescue Center where you will encounter many different wild animals including a jaguar, pumas, macaws, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, jaguarundi, bush dog, tapir, turtles and more. These animals are in the process of rehabilitation before being released back into the wild. Stop off at the Butterfly house before returning to the lodge for lunch.
Take a rest after lunch before venturing off on the 30min walk to the Agroforestry farm and visit the reforestation project of mahogany, cedar, cocoa, coffee and tropical flowers. Visit the artificial beaches of the Taricaya turtle project (between July, August and September you will see the flags pointing out the turtle nests in the sand, relocated to be kept safe from poacher).
Walk back along the trails and stop in the Mahogany workshop to learn about the work done with the wood from the farm and how it can be an excellent economic alternative for local families.
Arrive to the Lodge for rest before we finish the day’s activities with a caiman search along the river´s edge in the motorboat under the moonlight. We will search for white caiman, black caiman and spectacle caiman with a flashlight as they lay along the river banks at night. Return to the lodge for dinner, then rest or enjoy a board game, the pool table and drinks at the bar.
Wake up to the sunrise and grab your early breakfast to go before traveling by motorboat upriver for 45 minutes to the entrance of the Tambopata National Reserve and begin the 3 km trek to Lake Sandoval. Paddle in a rowboat around the pristine mirror like lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery with the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife such as the endangered giant river otter, howler monkeys, macaws and the impressive black caiman. Take a snack by the water´s edge before continuing around the lake. Finishing with a walk back to the river where we board our motorboat and return to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest.
Enjoy a relaxing late afternoon activity as you float the Madre de Dios River in your own inflatable boat with the opportunity to see turtles, monkeys, herons and other birds that are along the river side with a beautiful backdrop of the sunset over the river (between July and September you can stop at the beach and enjoy a refreshing swim in the river. End your day with a delicious dinner, then rest or enjoy our delicious and classic Pisco Sour and more at the bar.
Have your breakfast before traveling by motorboat upriver for 10 minutes to visit a native family of the Ese-Eja tribe. Listen to their own language; learn about their ancestral customs while you make your own bow and arrow using natural materials from the rainforest following the direction of Enrique, the chief of the family.
Have a personal experience as the chief and his family introduces you into their culture showing you how their tribe lived in direct relationship with nature (Enrique´s grandfather and many natives were forced out of the rainforest by missionaries to become part of the modern society).
Finally, you can have one on one talk with them as the women of the family display their handcrafts and native jewelry for sale, an important economic activity women maintain until now.
Return to the lodge for lunch and rest. In the afternoon help your guide to prepare your fishing pole and bate and take a hike to the Taricaya creek or the motorboat to the Gamitana creek to experiment on fishing local species like piranha, catfish, paco, etc. as you enjoy your surroundings with great chances of spotting the wildlife that lives around the creeks. If fish caught are babies or youngsters we release them back into the river, if they are big enough you can enjoy your catch of the day for dinner or donate it to the Rescue Center for the wild dog or spectacled bears, fish is their favorite meal!
Watch some very interesting videos and documentaries about Amazon Planet, the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, the different projects and much more while dinner is being served. After dinner, rest or enjoy a game of pool, cards and delicious drinks at the bar.
Breakfast is served at 7am. The motorboat is ready to leave at 8am. Transfer to Puerto Maldonado city. Say goodbye to the jungle as we go up the river for an hour and a half until we head to Puerto Capitania where the car service is expecting you for your transfer to the airport or to the house/office for later departures.
NOTE: Please note these activities are subject to availability