DAY 1 DISCOVER DE JUNGLE
Reception at Padre Aldamiz International airport. Here your
professional guide will await you. He will accompany you
throughout your stay. From there we will go to our office to
obtain the official waterway permits (you can also guard luggage
you won’t need during your stay). Meanwhile you can visit the
town’s main square and also take some photos of the beautiful
scenery overlooking the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios
and Tambopata from Grau square.
Embarkation will be at Capitania Port, the destination being our
lodge. We will navigate approximately 40 minutes on the Madre de
Dios River in a typical Amazonian boat.
Arrival at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. Here we will have a
welcome cocktail. Afterwards you will be handed over the keys to
your bungalow and we will have lunch. The kitchen of our Lodge
stands out for the beautiful presentation and the exquisite
tastes of the dishes prepared by our French chef.
After that you will have some free time to get comfortable in
your bungalow, or take a refreshing dip in our pool.
3:30pm: It gets time to have some first contact with the jungle.
On this trek you will see a large variety of tropical trees,
medicinal plants, insects, butterflies and other animals. Upon
return we will make a small stop at a lookout. Here you can
observe toucans, macaws and other species of birds upon your
return for sunset. (Duration: between 2,5 and 3 hours)
Returning to the lodge you can take a refreshing dip in the pool
or have an exotic cocktail in our terrace- bar. You could also
watch the sunset in the relaxing, tranquility of palm and mango
trees at our port.
7pm: Before dinner we will go on a nightly boat trip, a little
safari trying to spot the white caiman (caiman crocodylus) that
lives in the river banks.
8pm: After the delicious dinner, those who wish can have some
Smalltalk in our reclining seats or have some fun and make
friends with other travelers in the bar. Another option is to
take a bath in the pool (with bar) under the shining Amazon sky
and marvel at the Cross of the South. (B, L, D)
DAY 2 MONKEY ISLAND AND LAKE SANDOVAL
At 5:30am we will go on a trek of about 20 min until we arrive
at the parrot clay- lick. Here a minimum of five different
species feeds on special clay, vital to their metabolism. It’s a
truly marvelous, multicolored spectacle.
8am: Breakfast and free time to explore the splendid gardens of
Corto Maltes Amazonia. We have dozens of varieties of exotic
plants and flowering trees.
10:30am: Again we will navigate the Madre de Dios River. This
time on an expedition destined to “Monkey Island” where some
species of these interesting and entertaining animals live in
freedom. Following another boat ride of 30 min we will enter the
territory of the Tambopata- Candamo National Reserve. We will
trek 5km through the dense vegetation of the tropical rainforest.
Giant trees, snakes, monkeys, birds and sometimes even the
illusive jaguar can be observed here
Our destination is heavenly Sandoval Lake. Its privileged
settings are shared by numerous species of animals: Birds (in
particular Hoatzins, Kingfisher, and Cormorants), different
species of monkeys (Squirrel monkeys, Howler monkeys, Capuchin
monkeys). At the lake itself we can enjoy the spectacle of Giant
River Otters. Black Caimans and Piranhas (sometimes we can even
observe anacondas in the areas covered by reed). This is also
the habitat of the giant Arapaima, a fish of more than 2,5m,
weighing in at +200kg. Traveling by canoe, the sunset in the
lake is a spectacular unforgettable sight. On our return to the
river we might be able to spot some nocturnal animals.
8pm: The body demands rest and food after an active day in the
jungle. You will enjoy the exotic tastes of our meals,
especially our desserts. If you still have energy left you can
share moments of music and conversation in the bar whilst having
a cocktail or enjoy the sounds of the rainforest surrounding you
from your hammock.
After a long day full of activity you will enjoy the comfort of
you bungalows hammocks. You can also recover with a massage by
the lodges’ qualified masseurs. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 GAMITANA CREEK
8am: Breakfast and free time to have a bath in the pool or maybe
buy some exclusive Amazon handicrafts and jewelry in our shop.
10am: We will follow the course of the river for approximately
1,5 hours in order to visit a native community. Occasionally we
can see monkeys, river turtles, caimans and various birds in the
dense vegetation of the riverbanks. We will also see some
medicinal plants. (Sangre de Grado, Oje, Capirona)
The “Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values” supports the
local native community “Palma Real”. It is the biggest with
approximately 200 families of the Ese’eja tribe.
This project, located at Gamitana creek works together with two
families that will introduce us to the cultural values of their
ancestors, their language, their customs, their garments and
their dances. In an era where globalization rapidly changes
traditional societies this is a great opportunity to have direct
contact with this tribe of ancient warriors and hunters. As well
as a chance to support them economically with the purchase of
some of their handmade products
1pm: Circumnavigating the Gamatina creek we can occasionally see
animals escaping the human presence. Afterwards we will visit a
chakra (local term for farm). We will get to know a variety of
tropical fruits and other local products (Cocoa, bananas, café,
cocona). Here we will also have lunch consisting of a typical
The chacarero(farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits
that will later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for
Upon return to the lodge you will surely enjoy a bath in our
swimming pool; maybe with a cocktail that might also serve as an
aperitif for dinner.
8pm: Dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to
have some tropical cocktails, relax chit-chatting in our
reclining seats at the central terrace or have a bath in the
pool underneath the shining Amazon sky. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 VISIT TO TARICAYA CENTRE
8am: Breakfast and free time.
10.30am: Boat ride of approximately 90 min to the “Taricaya
Biological Centre” (headquartered in the UK) This centre can
count on the collaboration of universities from around the globe
who send volunteers helping to guard and reintroduce hurt or
confiscated animal s into their natural habitat. We will have
sufficient time to see the animals and visit the facilities
accompanied by a volunteer of the centre.
The name of the centre “Taricaya” goes back to a conservation
project for the river turtles or “tarikayas” that collects, and
incubates the eggs and returns the offspring back to the Madre
de Dios River upon birth.(unfortunately there is a black market
who is responsible for adding this animal to the list of the
species in danger of extinction)
There are lots of animals to be seen: Jaguars, various monkeys,
tapirs, peccaries and exotic birds such as the Pale-Winged
Hurt or sick animals captured on the black market or brought
from the jungle are nursed and later on returned to their
natural environment. The Centre has also constructed a Canopy
Walk (Suspension bridge at a height of 42m with a length of 90m,
mainly for bird watching).
1pm: Lunch, afterwards 30min of free time you might want to use
to talk to the resident volunteers.
2:30pm: 30min trek through primary rainforest to the Canopy Walk
3pm: After climbing the first tower of 14m we will ascend to a
platform (height 42m) via the suspension bridge. Here we have an
extraordinary panoramic view of the jungle. The trees seen from
above, the sounds of the jungle emerging from underneath our
feet and the overwhelming green for as far as the eye can see.
Few times will you have the chance to experience the jungle in
this unique way.
4pm: Return to the boat. Throughout the journey back to Corto
Maltes Amazonia you can marvel at the sunset showing off shades
of gold, pink, yellow and green creating an almost magical
atmosphere. Upon return to the lodge you can refresh yourself at
the pool or slow down in the hammocks. Alternatively a massage
by the lodges’ qualified personnel might just make your stay
with us unforgettable.
8pm: Every dinner is a chance to taste new dishes at Corto
Maltes Amazonia. The imagination of our French chef will
fascinate you with every dish and his desserts made of tropical
The night comes alive with animal sounds. You can enjoy this
concert in our bar with a cocktail or maybe a cup of tea. The
starry night sky is spectacular, especially in moonless nights
when the jungle is even more mysterious. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 TRANSFER OUT
After breakfast is time to say goodbye to the setting and staff
of Corto Maltes Amazonia. Your guide will accompany you on your
way back to the city. We will pass by our office again to
recollect the baggage left. Following that we will visit the
local market to show you agricultural products of the region;
especially fruits of the Amazon. Afterwards our personnel will
accompany you to the airport wishing that your stay was as
pleasant for you as it was for us to show you this beautiful
corner of Peru.
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