South American operator Aracari is shining a spotlight on the lesser-known Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon with the launch of a new and exclusive experience for guests in 2018. It has partnered with the Tambopata Research Center, creator of the pioneering Macaw Project, to offer its guests the chance to witness one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena in the heart of the vast reserve: the daily gathering of thousands of parrots and macaws.
Tambopata National Reserve is home to the highest concentration of avian clay-licks in the world which attract a myriad of birdlife to feast on its detoxifying clay. Located just 500 metres away from the largest and most famous macaw clay-licks, the Tambopata Research Center is the headquarters for in-depth scientific explorations into these gatherings. Aracari has worked with the team to develop a special behind-the-scenes experience for 2018, which will see guests accompany researchers to gather data, study the complex lives of the vibrant residents, and hear first-hand why this colourful phenomenon mystified scientists for years.
The research centre is one of the remotest lodges in Peru and the only accommodation offering in the Tambopata National Reserve. It will be ramping up the level of luxury with three new rooms in 2018. Each will offer an immersive jungle experience with bedrooms opening out onto the wilderness, and showcase a range of traditional Peruvian crafts and furnishings.
Further activities include night walks through the jungle, guided boat trips in search of jaguar and the chance to get involved with scientists from Wired Amazon, the pioneering research project studying the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Amazon. In addition to accompanying scientists on trips into the wilderness, guests can also help monitor the 100-plus remote cameras that are located in the area, in turn earning themselves ‘travel credits’ to be traded in for future stays at Tambopata Research Center or one of the other lodges in the area.
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