Tambopata Jungle Rafting, Six days rafting down Class III and IV rapids in the high Tambopata River, as well as a visit to the Macaw clay lick featured in the January 1994 National Geographic and time to acquaint ourselves with the wildlife and indigenous life. PromPeru, the government tourism agency, rates the Tambopata as Peru’s finest white water rafting for its isolation in the warm forests and rich wildlife as well as the technical rafting encountered.
We descend from highlands above 4500 meters, through elfin and cloud forest, into the Amazon Jungle at 250 meters. The various forests contain 13 species of monkey, ocelots and pumas, the capybara and tapir, and armadillos. We may see rare crocodiles or otters, who eat one another, and whose food caches and garbage ponds are among the most important sources of nutrition in the river. We will camp on the beaches along the river, visit the Tambopata Research Center and stay at the Posada Amazonas, a wonderfully designed jungle lodge.