Tambopata National Reserve covers more than one million square hectares of Amazonian wilderness. It’s a vast and astonishingly biodiverse place that harbors 575 bird species, 1,200 butterfly varieties, 103 different types of mammals and 94 fish species. Endangered creatures, among them the giant river otter, South American bush dog, black caiman and the fantastical-looking harpy eagle, all find sanctuary in this protected rainforest tract.
The flora of the reserve is equally showstopping. Some 1,400 different plant species thrive here, including cedar, palms, Brazil nut and the Peruvian pine – one of the tallest trees in the rainforest and a frequent target of loggers. Weaving through the reserve are the Tambopata and the lower Madre de Dios rivers, and it is near these that most tourist activities, including jungle excursions and boat rides, take place.
Also encompassed in the reserve is the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. Here, the absence of permanent human settlements has allowed species like the tapir and spider monkey, which are extinct in other areas of the Amazon, to thrive. Lodges built in the reserve inject some unexpected style and comfort and are a tempting choice for anyone seeking an Amazon luxury travel experience.