Refugio Amazonas Family Program for Kids

(5 days / 4 nights)

Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.

Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism.

Our Family programs for kids focus on being educational and entertaining at the same time. We have partnered with an educational NGO to set up a trail at Refugio Amazonas based on the story of a six year old girl living in the rain forest called Ania. Kids will feel as if they were part of the story and will learn how to value their relation with the Earth. Adults are welcome to join, but can choose to do other activities. Further visit a parrot and a mammal claylick.

 

Tambopata Vacation Package - The tour package includes:

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Transfers airport / lodge / airport in Puerto Maldonado

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4 Nights in bungalow double or triple occupancy at the lodge Refugio Amazonas

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge.

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Excursions mentioned in the program (Shared services - In group).

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English speaking guide and entrance fees.

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Optional flight tickets from Lima or from Cuzco

AXA Travel Assistant

Optional AXA Travel Assistant

Itinerary

Day 1: ... (Lima or Cuzco) / Puerto Maldonado / Refugio Amazonas (L-D)

  • Arrival & Reception by Kids Guide One of our regular naturalist with a feel for kids will be assigned to your groups. If solicited, a separate guide will be assigned to the rest of the family for regular activities.

  • Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters Upon arrival from Lima or Cuzco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

  • Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

  • Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

  • Circle of fire The first night, as a prelude to the upcoming activities that will take place with our guide, we head towards the circle of fire. A series of burners lights the path that leads through the forest and meets at the circle of fire. This is where Tawa, the ancient healer, house is with all its instruments and magic potions and extracts prepared from plants of the forest. There we sit and listen to our guide through the story "Ania and the Voice of the World" and learn the story and characters. It is the starting point for the adventure that awaits us in the coming days.

  • Dinner

  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

 

Day 2: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Canopy Tower A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

  • The Children's Rainforest Playground We play the “game of seeds” and learn all the powers that the seeds of the forest have. Together with our guide we learn how to collect seeds in our walks, which will help find special powers and thus better able to seek the “Treasure of ANIA.” Each seed represents a different level, we pass the 5 levels: Pona: Truth, Huasai: Friendship Cashapona: Courage, Huayruro: Freedom, Yarina: Love.

  • Lunch

  • The Children's Rainforest Trail: Ania & The World´s Voice An exciting journey designed for children ages 4 to 10 years, we travel with our guides on a challenging (but short) walk, where we follow maps, solve riddles and find clues that will lead to the "treasure of ANIA.” The path includes a visit to the houses of ANIA and TAWA , the grandfather of the woods. Searching for the “lost Brazil nut”, the city of ants and other fun games teaches children how people live in the rainforest, why keep it and leave a valuable message ANIA: "A child born into the jungle to fill our hearts with hope." The concept, history and the way are all registered in the name of ANIA, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create 100,000 acres of "Land of Children" – private, protected areas managed for children.

  • Dinner

  • Night walk You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

 

Day 3: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

  • Lunch

  • Ethnobotanical Tour Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.

  • Rainforest Tattoo At the lodge, we will prepare a paste from the fruit of huito and achiote to draw dark blue and red tattoos on ourselves. They last several days.

  • Dinner

  • Caiman Search We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

 

Day 4: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Parrot Clay Lick A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.

  • Mammal Clay Lick Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.

  • Lunch

  • Farm Visit Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.

  • Dinner

  • Tambopata National Reserve Lectures Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

 

Day 5: Puerto Maldonado / ... (Lima or Cuzco) (B)

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port

  • Transfer Tambopata River Port to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters

  • Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

Recommendations

It is recommended to buy your tickets according to the following schedules to avoid disappointment.

Arrival transfer (Puerto Maldonado - lodge) Two transfers daily at 13:00 hrs. and 14:00 hrs.

Transfer out (lodge - Puerto Maldonado) two daily departures at 07:00 hrs. and 8:00 hrs.

For other alternatives transfers please contact us.

Are recommended: Light clothing, long sleeve shirts, long pants, hats, waterproof jacket, two pairs of shoes, sunglasses, insect repellent, blockers, swimwear, boots, binoculars, flashlight, camera, water bottles, personal medications.

Luggage: large bags will stay in our offices in Puerto Maldonado, our boats are only for passengers, recommend carrying a small backpack with necessities for your stay at the lodge.

The program does not include:

  • Flight ticket Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Lima ask for our promotional airfares.

  • Any other service not mentioned in the program.

  • Entrances to Tambopata National Reserve US $ 13

  • Tips for guides and staff members.

Refugio Amazonas Rates 2018 - Rates per person in US Dollar

Room Type

Max. Passengers

Rate Per Person

Single Standard

1

$ 1,238

Double Standard

2

$ 965

Single Comfort

1

$ 1,469

Double Comfort

2

$ 1,121

Amazon Suite Double

2

$ 1,288

Child

20% Off

 

 

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  • Rates apply to foreign tourists, not residents in Peru and there are expressed in U.S. Dollars. Our fares include all taxes.

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  • Unused services are not refundable

  • Rates subject to change and / or availability

  • Does not apply to dates of Easter, Independence Day (25 to 31 July), National Holidays, Christmas, New Year and Special Events

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