Peru Amazon family adventure with teenagers
Description of Peru Amazon family adventure with teenagers
The Amazon rainforest provides an incredible arena for families with teenagers looking for an exotic travel experience combining excitement with learning. Staying at a comfortable eco-lodge amid the jungle wilds of the Tambopata National Reserve, this trip offers a stimulating mix of daily activities to choose from that will leave both adults and teens with wonderful memories as well as new insights.
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 for your introduction to the rainforest, including an evening torchlight foray to the nearby river in search of caimans.
Then settle into a new rhythm guided by the Amazonian possibilities around. More active options include mountain biking on seven miles of forest trails, scaling a Brazil nut tree to explore the forest canopy 30m up, or choosing between kayaking, paddleboarding or swimming in the river (don't worry, the caimans won't bite!).
Wildlife forays include scanning the banks from a traditional dugout canoe to see what animals frequent the nearby Condenado oxbow lake, plus visits to clay licks which attract diverse wildlife from parakeets to peccaries. There are also night-time forays to experience the Amazon after dark.
Other educational activities include visiting an atmospheric local farm to discover exotic and little known Amazonian crops, plus a chance to learn from a resident team of experts about conservation activities in Tambopata Reserve including the use of camera traps and a chance to fly drones used for ecological research.
1 Reviews of Peru Amazon family adventure with teenagers
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2019 by Kathy Atherton
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Camping at over 4000m on a hillside surrounded by grazing alpacas. Magical.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do it ! The kit list can look daunting but pack what is recommended as there are huge changes in conditions between the high Andes and the Amazon - no smart
clothes needed for either!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. We made numerous contacts with local people in villages during the trek and it was clear that our guides and cooks were local and the trek was providing
a living, and also bringing us into contact with local people selling food and handicrafts so our money was going directly to them.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Really memorable. So many different experiences - mountain biking, rafting, ruins, trekking, wildlife spotting. Quite amazing how much we did in two weeks.
And we were really well looked after by friendly, knowledgeable and competent guides throughout.
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.