Mother of God

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

TE
3 reviews
May 28 - Jun 12, 2021
Group size: 5 - 12
Mother of God
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

3 reviews

May 28 - Jun 12, 2021
Group size: 5 - 12

About this trip

This trip will include three separate locations:


Las Piedras


The Las Piedras watershed is located in the sacred headwaters of the Amazon Basin, the system that contains 1/5 of our planet’s fresh water, produces 1/5 of global oxygen, sequesters a substantial amount of the world’s carbon, and is home to more biodiversity and threatened cultures than anywhere else on earth. Here you will have access to places no one has ever set foot. Where the quiet thrumming of the forest is a roar of life. The Amazon is also home to trees, streams, waterfalls, wildlife, and more stars in the sky than you have ever seen before! It is in this incredible, life-altering abundance that you will have the chance to become immersed in nature at a level rarely felt. At a remote research station, participants will be immersed in pristine forest, a biological reservoir of unmatched diversity, beauty, and of course, ADVENTURE!  


Floating Forest


The Native community of Infierno is comprised mainly of people from the Ese-Eja tribe. The community is located about two hours from the city of Puerto Maldonado, and straddles both sides of the Tambopata River. A very special ecosystem we will have access to is the Floating Forest, which is known to be the home to giant anacondas reaching over 20 feet in length. Our focus in this area will be looking for anacondas.  


Malinowski River


Illegal gold mining in Peru is a major problem. Just Google it. The devastation can be seen from space as a scar across the Amazon – over 350,000 acres have been lost. And because the gold in this part of Peru comes mixed in with the sediment, miners have to cut down forest, burn it, suck up the earth, and then use mercury to separate the gold from the soil. It’s a horrendous process that completely annihilates forest, wildlife, and poisons the land forever in the process. 


I traveled to the Malinowski River to better understand what was happening. What I found is that the miners killing the forest weren’t doing it because they were ‘bad guys’, but because there were no other options for work. This began the collaboration that lead to this trip. All around the mining camp I saw incredible and unexplored lakes. Streams that wound through the jungle. There were signs of anacondas, jaguars, and macaws in the air. All of this could be lost if the forest was cut. And so began the process of talking to the miners. I spoke to them, showed them photos, and got some friends to vouch for me. 


A year later, the miners have shut down their operation. What have they been doing since? Building accommodations for visitors. That’s right. These miners, who were about to destroy an entire river, stopped and went for ecotourism because we asked them to...


Because they believe in a better future for themselves. 


Because even illegal gold miners care about the earth and will do the right thing if given the chance. 


So this location has become the most exciting new addition to the Tamandua schedule. This is your chance to actively take part in Rainforest Conservation. Come explore the lakes and streams, help us compile a species list! This is a whole new river, whole new chapter, and the chance to do something positive for the local people. In the process, you joining this trip will help to protect hundreds of acres of wild, primary forest that is packed with wildlife! 




What’s included

  • Puerto Maldonado Hotel
  • Jungle Accommodations
  • Jungle Meals
  • Guides and Staff
  • Airfare
  • Puerto Maldonado Meals
  • Travel Insurance
    This is required to come on an expedition.

Available options

Tamandua T-Shirt
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Itinerary

May 28
Take Off

Grab your bags and head to the airport. Time to set off for an inspiring journey to Peru! Your trip will be a once in a lifetime adventure in the Amazon Rainforest.

Your Organizer


TE
Tamandua Expeditions
3 reviews
Tamandua Expeditions originally began running trips out of the Peruvian Amazon Basin over 10 years ago. Today, we offer adventure-packed, hands on, expeditions through some of the most beautiful and challenging wilderness on earth. With locations in Peru and India. Our focus on wildlife research, conservation, and responsible adventure travel.

Reviews

This was a trip of a lifetime! Paul and the team did an extraordinary job showing us the Amazon and how important it is to continue their conservation efforts. I can’t wait to go back and see it and do it all over again! The cuisine cooked up by Chef Roy was second to none and the accommodations gave me that true jungle experience. I highly recommend this trip and Tamandua expeditions.
In all respects the expedition exeeded all my expectation. All was well prepared, Holly and JJ had flawless the entire expedition. Despite their youth, the participants were experienced. Inspite of extreme situations, no crisis situations have occured. Mybe one hint. All participants come to see and catch a bigg anaconda spicies which, after telling in these locations, cannot be. In this area would probably be something done. Sasa
This was one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on. I learned so much about the jungle, conservation and myself, I can’t wait to be a part of another trip like this. Thank you Tamandua!