Peru Amazon Rainforest family adventure
Description of Peru Amazon Rainforest family adventure
Peru's Amazon rainforest is the perfect adventure playground for families looking for an unforgettable trip combining excitement with learning, with a choice of trip durations. You'll stay at a comfortable eco-lodge amid the lush jungle of the Tambopata National Reserve where you can discover both local wildlife and learn about local communities.
Each morning offers a choice of activities geared to younger explorers – such as an educational exploration game based on a six year old rainforest girl – with trips for the adults, while families come together for varied afternoon adventures.
After flying into Lima or Cusco, transfer to the Tambopata River Port for a 2 ½ hour boat ride to the Refugio Amazonas in the 1.3 million hectare Tambopata National Reserve. Here, after introductions to the forest – and the first of your delicious dinners – grab flashlights to head out into the jungle night in search of caiman.
By day, morning trips for the grown-ups range from forays to spot exotic local birds like Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Barraband's Parrot to discovering medicinal plants on guided walks in the surrounding rainforest.
Optional “A la Carte” activities
These tours are available to add at extra cost. You may have to omit some of the set trips to be able to have time to fit these in.
Night Walk: Experience the sounds of frogs, insects, and other nocturnal animals.
Piranha fishing: Catch and release of this symbolic species while looking out for otters and caiman.
Build a Jungle Raft: Use traditional techniques to create a working raft.
Giant Otter Search: We look for a family of these adorable creatures in a nearby lake, as well as monkeys, caiman, and birds.
Canopy Tower: An opportunity to view the rainforest from the heights of the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower.
Parakeet clay lick: A dawn visit to a clay lick attracting both parrots and parakeets.
Ese Eja Day: (opening 2023) Learn local traditions, cultures, and history.
Oxbow Lake Visit: We will visit an oxbow lake, observing wildlife from a traditional canoe.
Birdwatching: More than 600 bird species await on this birdwatching-specific tour.
Ethnobotanical Tour: On a rainforest trail we will learn about the traditional and medicinal use of local plants.
Children’s Trail: Expert guides bring the forest to life with scavenger hunts and gripping stories.
Farm Visit: We visit a family owned farm growing popular and little known Amazonian crops.
Sunset Cruise: Enjoy the river and its surroundings at sunset.
Circle of Fire: Fireside stories to connect children with nature and the environment.
Rainforest tattoo: A beautiful, artistic, and temporary reminder of your time in the Amazon.
Brazil Trail Nut Trail: A chance to learn about the harvesting of Brazil nuts.
Ceiba Walk: Hike to some of the forest’s largest Brazil nut trees, some of them jaw-dropping in size.
Night lectures: Listen to the experts explain the rainforest’s secrets.
Tambopata National Reserve Lecture: Nightly lectures on conservation, threats, opportunities, and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
1 Reviews of Peru Amazon Rainforest family adventure
Reviewed on 12 Apr 2013 by Dee bertino
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Machu Picchu was absolutely incredible. It lived up to our expectations and exceeded them in every way.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Check the weather before you go. Different regions have very different temperatures and dressy clothes are not needed anywhere - even at very nice restaurants it seems. Order your soles before you go and have enough on hand for tips, purchases, meals, etc. We'd recommend $500 USD.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We feel our holiday benefited local people in the way tourism in general benefits the region and we were pleased that our rainforest lodge was very concerned about its conservation efforts. However, we would have welcomed more interaction with local people and I think our next holiday will involve a service project.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Our holiday was excellent. Some minor bumps along the way (a mouse on my bed at my hotel in Cusco!) but the Peruvian people were amazing. The country was beautiful and we always felt safe. The tour was well-organized and we would recommend it to our friends (and already have!).
PlanetThe Lodge is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. It works in partnership with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism.
This Amazon lodge connects guests to the vast and remote wilderness of the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve without sacrificing comfort or accessibility. Guest revenues in rainforest conservation and sustainable development of the lodge and the rainforest.
Rooms have three walls and common areas have none. This means you are always in close contact with primary tropical rainforest. The lodge is a 'natural construction' – an airy lodge built from traditional materials such as wood, palm fronds and clay.
The Tambopata National Reserve is a 275,000 hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers (formerly known as the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone). It is adjacent to the huge 1 million hectare Bahuaja Sonene National Park. Both conservation units protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.
This Connecticut-sized area of pristine forest contains:
600 bird species
32 parrot species (10% of the world’s total)
200 mammal species
1200 butterfly species
90 species of amphibians
over 10,000 species of vascular plants.
PeopleThe lodge is owned by the Ese’eja Native Community of Infierno. One hundred seventy native and ribereño families work and profit from their lodge.
We work in partnership with a local Brazil nut farm to sustainably manage the forests we share.
Less than 5000 people inhabit the Tambopata National Reserve’s “area of influence” to the north. They make a living of slash and burn agriculture, small scale gold mining, timber extraction, and hunting and fishing. One thousand Ese’ejas live in four titled communities within this area of influence.
The undergoing pavement of the Interoceanic highway, joining Brazil’s north Atlantic coast with Peru’s Pacific Coast and access to the Asian markets presents the principal threat over the mid term to this region’s incomparable wilderness.
Both the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park form part of the titanic 30 million hectare Vilcabamba-Amboro Conservation Corridor. The corridor is formed by 16 protected areas ranging from the Vilcabamba mountain range west of Cusco to the Amboro National Park in central Bolivia, and include Manu National Park, the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and the Madidi National Park, among others. In addition, this corridor protects over 40 ethnic groups. Its objective is to spur the region’s development through participatory planning for the strengthening of local organizations, sustainable small businesses and agroforestry in order to minimize the loss of biodiversity.
We work to help to protect this region, and by visiting the lodge, you are helping eco-tourism to provide a sustainable income for the people who live in the forests, as well as the animals and plants.