The flight from Lima will take you to Puerto Maldonado on the edge of the Tambopata National Park. You can deposit your excess luggage at the Butterfly House reception lodge before you set off towards the main lodge. A motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River will take you up to the lodge.
The first excursion into the forest is on the very same day, after you have settled in and had lunch. Your guide will take you on a series of trails close to the lodge, exploring and at the same time also learning about the primary and secondary rain-forest, and its components.At dusk, a small sailing trip along the Madre de Dios River to seek out and hopefully see some of the nocturnal animals that reside in the Jungle will be arranged before you finally call it a night.
Over the next two days, you will be guided through the forest, experiencing the wildlife, the views and sights in a series of hikes and excursions. A hike to the Lake Sandoval and a ride on a dug-out canoe on the mirror-like lake is an amazing chance to see the endangered giant otter and the paiche fish (one of the world’s largest scaled fresh water fish). A similar canoe ride on the Cocha lake is where you can actually fish for for some of the native species. Many of the excursions will start off on the Madre de Dios River, taking you by a motorized canoe to the clay lick Cachuela to sight the the blue-headed parrot and the cobalt-winged parakeet; and also to the largest and longest tree top canopy tower in Tambopata, where hanging bridges interconnect and allow you to get up-close and personal with the wildlife hidden in the tree tops.
On the fourth day you re-trace your route back to Puerto Maldonado, where a mid-day flight will take you to Cusco.
Best time to visit Puerto Maldonado is from December to April