Tambopata or Manu?
I always wanted to visit Tambopata nature reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. After doing my search online to understand the difference between the Reserve of Manu and Tambopata, I decided to go to Tambopata, which is less expensive, you can visit it in a few days and it is easier and quicker to access as there are direct flights to Puerto Maldonado from Lima.
After doing my search online to understand the difference between the Reserve of Manu and Tambopata, I decided to go to Tambopata, which is less expensive, you can visit it in a few days and it is easier and quicker to access as there are direct flights to Puerto Maldonado from Lima. We flew with Star Peru and the flight was fine, we did a small stop in Cuzco.
Upon arrival, we expected a small bus that would take us to the river terminal to take our boat for a two hour trip down the river Tambopata with direction to our home for the next four days, “Cayman Lodge”. This paradise of a French owner is located on the Tambopata River between giant trees and hanging nests of orioles.
It was a privilege to have our own guide. Jocelyn is such an incredible and warm person. He knew so much about the jungle, his passion was greater than any schedule he had to follow, he even took us in his free time to go fishing and a “small Piranha “ was prepared by the chef and served for dinner that evening. Jocelyn became a friend of us, he and the other guys working at the lodge invited us to play football with them.
I was afraid that the food was going to be a problem, so far away you don’t have too much choice but the food was delicious and fresh. During dinner, we share our meals with Jocelyn and talk about our experiences and thoughts about the reserve.
If you want to relax and be in touch with nature for a few days I recommend you visit this wonderful place. No Internet, no electricity (there was only electricity in the restaurant area at certain times) at night in our bungalow we were using candles which did not bother me at all.
We had to wake up at 02:00 am to navigate the river and reach the Aras.
Watching them eating clay, was spectacular.
Be prepared to walk a lot, at the end of the day enjoy the sunset with a good drink.
Did I mention that the food was delicious?
Butterflies like to fly at the shore of the river to obtain the necessary minerals.