As the sky darkens and nighttime draws us , the only real lights illuminating our quarters would be the brilliance of the stars and the nautical lanterns. There’s no power here – we’re deeply in the Peruvian Amazon’s Tambopata National Reserve in the Tambopata Research Center. This lodge, at the most distant uninhabited wilderness of the refuge serves as our base for this amazing wilderness experience.
Our Rooms’ open walls confront the forest, so that even at nighttime we net with the wilderness. We are lulled to sleep by the surrounding Amazonian silence broken only by the delightful night noises of the woods. Our early-to-bed, early-to-rise routine only serves to accentuate our sense of relationship to nature.
This morning, we made our way to the nearby Macaw lick during Tambopata tour, the largest on earth, to see in amazement because of scrabbling, dizzying stream of birds descended their banquet of clay. Later we improved the pristine woods paths, taking in the glorious views of the winding Tambopata River while watching for creature sightings, a few of endangered species. Luis, our guide, pointed out many different trees and plants used by the local population for medicinal purposes. Nothing in our own wildlife travels compares to what we’ve seen and heard here.
Tonight we will go in hunt of Caiman and other mammals which seem to be active mostly at night. We have been told this is a genuine highlight of the trip.
Our time here has been magnificent – The lodge offers a huge option of rainforest activities – sea kayaking and canoeing trips in the quiet of this river and the lakes nearby, a canopy tree climb with rope and harness (the children especially loved this!) To get a bird’s eye perspective of this sanctuary, ethnobotanical walks to get acquainted with the plants and trees used by locals for medicinal and other functions, and a means to interact with locals and get acquainted with the culture.
Here, we are a 7-hour boat excursion from any human population. We began our wildlife journeys there using a 3 day app packed with activities typical of that region of the Amazon, aimed not only to adults but especially to adolescents and young children. The highlight for them came from a trip with a local farmer who taught them to prepare an Amazon plant paste used for tattooing. We’d 3 blue-tattooed children !
For us all, 1 highlight created way for the next, leaving us happily exhausted at the end of each exhilarating moment. This is a family adventure holiday that effectively substituted”it all” together with the intriguing, magical universe of the Amazonian forest.
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