Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian Ecotourism company founded in 1989. Rainforest Expeditions works with three main lodges in the wild rainforests of Tambopata. They are:
- Posada Amazonas Lodge: Owned by a local community of Ese’Eja people, this award-winning lodge is a fantastic destination all on its own. Guests can hike through beautiful rainforests near the Tambopata National Reserve, watch macaws fly by at a canopy tower, visit an Amazonian medicinal plant garden, and experience Ese’Eja culture.
- Refugio Amazonas:This eco-lodge is also situated next to the Tambopata National Reserve and offers a canopy tower, a parrot clay lick, a visit to a Brazil nut concession, sightings of wildlife along rainforest trails, and a visit to an oxbow lake. It also offers the Amazon's only trail for children.
- Tambopata Research Center: The only eco-lodge and research center found next to the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, guests to this wild, wonderful site can experience the natural macaw spectacle at one of the biggest parrot clay licks in the world and hike through pristine, wildlife-filled rainforests.
The Tambopata rainforest, abiodiversity hotspot
Situated on the southern side of the Tambopata River, this huge area of beautiful lowland rainforests harbors an equally impressive array of biodiversity. The numbers of species that make their homes in these rainforests demonstrates why the Tambopata region is often referred to as the most biodiverse place on Earth. It harbors:
- More than 10,000 species of plants.
- Over 600 species of birds.
- 200 species of mammals.
- More than 1,000 butterfly species!
- Literally thousands of species of insects.
- Well over 100 species of amphibians and reptiles.
Guests of the Rainforest Expeditions lodges get the chance to experience this biodiversity because lodges such as Refugio Amazonas and Posada Amazonas are located adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. The wild nature of the Tambopata National Reserve is further protected by the presence of the one million hectare BahuajaSonene National Park that abuts the reserve to the south. This is also where the Tambopata Research Center is located.