In Tambo Blanquillo (TB) – Private Reserve we work to make your live easier. In order to avoid any unnecessary headaches, we have come together with a list that contains the most Frequently Asked Questions also some tips that will help you plan and enjoy better your stay in TB. If you happen to have a question that is not mentioned in the list, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mostly hot and humid, between 22° C (71.6 F°) and 30° C (80 F°). There are a lot of sunny days but this is the amazon basin and rains are unpredictable even in the dry season (April-November).
It’s not unusual that also during this season a drop in temperature called “friaje” occurs for three or four day’s patterns. This phenomenon is unpredictable and it’s due to cold winds that come from the Patagonia.
The weather in the Amazon Rainforest is very hot and wet. We highly recommend you invest in some durable waterproof and breathable materials. Below is a list of the clothing items we recommend you to take on your journey with us.
Rain jacket & pants. The kind you put on top your everyday clothing.
Rubber boots – Can be bought cheaply at the CUZ or PEM street-markets. Specially for the rainy season (December-April).
Waterproof normal hiking shoes (a must)
T-shirts (white recommended) Long or short sleeve (insect repellent type are perfect but a bit hot).
Long sleeve light shirt to wear open on top of short sleeve T shirts. Old cotton dress shirts are perfect .
Light long pants (insect repellent are perfect) we don’t recommend shorts or bermudas.
Light and foldable wind breaker (if possible water proof in case of rain).
Socks (insect repellent are the best but long sport socks will work Ok).
Hat or cap if possible with ear flaps.
Bandana or neck protection.
A light winter jacket or turtle neck in case of a “friaje” (See Q&A #1).
Insect repellent the time release sweat proof type. Sawyers is our favorite with
low deet contents. They carry also a repellent that has no deet called PICARDIN.
Enjoy your time in TB every minute of it. Even at night or in the mid-day recess.
The Room Staff is more than willing to do your laundry for free. Even in rainy weather they will have a jean dry up in four hours max.
We have an big sauna that works with drift wood and works any time there is something to dry. We ask you to tip the person accordingly. Of course
don’t expect any ironing or less pressing. Just plain old time folding. Don’t do your laundry on the showers or lavatories, you will have a real mess
afterwards, your clothes will still be dirty and add to that; angry roommates and staff.
We can’t say whether you should get them or not, we will leave that decision to you. However, we can say that we haven’t had a case of either Malaria or Yellow Fever since we stablished the Lodge over 20 year ago. The main reason is that Manu is not a densely populated area. Towns and even local villages are very apart and mosquitos don’t travel that far and also have a very short life span.
One bag per person is recommended, due to space availability in our boats. However, you can bring another backpack with you, for personal items and camera equipment. We highly recommend the use of water resistant and heavy duty duffle-bags.
At Tambo Blanquillo, we pride ourselves with not having had a single serious accident since we established ourselves. Due to the high curiosity levels and little danger-awareness of most kids, we don’t accept them in the Lodge if they are younger than 10 years, as accidents are prone to happen.
Recent information disclosed by researchers indicate that the skins of nonnative infants below ten years old exude odors that attract mosquitos if introduced to an area where normally there is the presence of these insects and make most of the repellents almost useless including the ones that contain deet.
By being flexible with the start date of your trip, we might be able to pair you with another groups, allowing you to share the boat, and giving us the chance to give you the lowest price possible. This is mostly important for groups of three, two and one pax.
We do not recommend travelling for less than four days due to high transportation and fixed costs plus a very poor return for your money measured in fulfilled expectations.
Yes you and /or your group can stay for more days and do the same attractions as many times as you wish and also our trails. Just let us know to give you a quote on the customization of you program.
You are aware that the programs that we sell are about no ordinary tours to a zoo or park attraction. They are to a highly unpredictable environment which is the amazon/basin.
Inherent risks are involved that can’t be predicted or forecasted in advance. First aid assistance, safety protocols and evacuation procedures are covered by us but we can’t cover all the costs that an unfortunate accident might cause to our clients.
We think that it’s reasonable that clients have their own health and accident insurance (reason for the waiver).
Besides the liability waiver we place more emphasis into our client’s judgment and awareness guidelines of our guides, staff and also signs posted in the lodge and in our trails and facilities.
To access a draft of the Liability Waiver, please click here.
The journey from Tambo Blanquillo to Puerto Maldonado is much closer than the one to Cuzco, and after a few days in the jungle, we guarantee that you will be happy but quite exhausted. A 10 hours journey up the Andes on your way to Cusco is not as nice as it might sound, especially if you have done that route on your way in the amazon basin.
Our departure points are located in Cuzco (CUZ) and Puerto Maldonado (PEM)
Departures from CUZ (urban area) are at 4:00 am for the Manu Express and Pure Adventure and 7:00 am for the Complete Manu.So its almost sure that you will have to sleep in CUZ or its vicinity.
Note: The departure location is your designated hotel in Cusco (you have to provide this info). Any departure outside the urban area of CUZ (like the Sacred Valley) has to be requested and quoted in advance.
Departures from PEM imply that at this moment (February 2017) there are no early flights arrivals to PEM meaning that you have to arrive the day before and expect pick up the next day at 7:00 am also from your designated hotel (you have to provide this info).
Our returning Points: The returning points for any of our programs including the custom made ones are also Cuzco (CUZ) or Puerto Maldonado (PEM).
If you or your party choose to be dropped off at the end of your program in CUZ (urban area) expect to arrive around 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the same day of departure from Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. If you wish your departure outside of the urban area (like the Sacred Valley) please ask for a quote.
If your decide it is PEM the dropoff point, expect to arrive around 1:00 pm the same day of your departure from Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. We can take you to designated hotel (urban area) or to the airport.
Any drop off outside the urban area of PEM will be quoted separately.
Just get into the tab that says Contact Us and fill in the form and we will give you an estimate ASAP.
Our two payment methods are the following:
1. Bank wire transfer is the one we prefer for its low cost to both parties. Just make sure that the exact amount gets to our account and no intermediate transfer fees are taken from the amount quoted for your program. In case you want to perform a Wire Transfer, our Bank Information is the following:
International Bank Transfer Information:
Bank / Banco: Banco de Crédito del Peru
Address / Dirección: Calle Centenario #156, La Molina, Lima, Peru
SWIFT Code / Codigo Swift: BCPLPEPL
Beneficiary / Beneficiario: Tambo Blanquillo SAC
Account Numeber / Numero de cuenta: 194-1712473-1-16
Address / Dirección: Jr. Moquegua 512, Tambopata-Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Perú
2.VISA payment option
If you prefer to choose a payment through your VISA card please let us know to give you a Link that has already included the amount you should pay (with no possible error) and you should only fill in your personal data and that of your card in acceptance.
There is not a single guide that will help you learn about all the different wildlife species in the Amazon Rainforest. If you are specially interested in Birds, please see Q&A 14 below.
For mammals, the best resource is the Handbook called “Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A field Guide”, which can be found in Amazon here.
As for herps, the best guide is “Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist´s Guide”, which can be found in Amazon here.
Thankfully, when it comes to Birds, there is a single guide that contains all of the species found in Peru, the Field Guide called “Birds of Peru” by Princeton Field Guides. This Field Guide can be found in Amazon here. If you decide to purchase it somewhere else, please make sure you are getting the updated version, as there were several revisions in the first version.
Is it mandatory to tip in Peru?
Please bear in mind that in Peru there is no obligation to Tip, but its customary to do so in the leisure business, specially if you spend time with the provider of the service.
Is the Guide also the driver? Or each of those are dedicated positions?
Each of those are dedicated positions. You will have one guide throughout the whole trip. However you might have more than one driver throughout your trip, depending on your itinerary. Tip accordingly.
How much should we tip?
This depends on how you enjoyed the trip, and how you asses the effort put by the staff to make sure you had a great time.
We recommend the following:
How to proceed:
The best way to tip, is to talk to your guide the night before leaving the premises, so he can arrange the Kitchen, Room, Ground, and Boat staff to be present. In the case of the Guide, we recommend you wait until the last point of the tour (the airport, your hotel, or a previously discussed destination).
Please, if you wish to tip someone more than the rest, we recommend you do this privately.
Tambo Blanquillo’s Bar offers a variety of National cold beers, national and international wines, and the best Pisco Sours east of the Andes. At the moment, we only accept payment by cash when purchasing in the bar, and this need to be done in Soles (S/.). Please, keep in mind that we might not have change if you pay with large bills (S/.100 and S/. 200).
We recommend our visitors to bring around S/.250 in bills of S/.50, S/.20, S/.10. This should cover all the extra expenses for an average tourists inside our Lodge.
If you are spending soles at our Bar, don’t you dare to miss Leandro’s Pisco Sours , specially after an exciting and long day, while enjoying the Sunset from our Balcony. They are extremely good, proceed with caution.
First 50% upfront of total amount for confirmation and reservation of the program and dates of departure and arrival.
Second 50% 90 days before departure date. We will recognize only US$22.00 as bank fees from our bank one time.
The excess will be covered by the client, specially in several bank transfers and most specially if other banks intervene during the transaction.
90 days prior to scheduled departure date: full refund of deposit made (minus bank transfer costs and/or Credit Card Fees).
60 days prior to scheduled departure date: 50% refund of deposit made.
45 days prior to scheduled departure date: no refund will be made.
From the date TB will dispense treated water and filtered in bulk. We will no longer provide individual plastic bottles to travelers.
This means ALL passengers must bring their own water dispenser containers
or canteens, and will be responsible for the cleaning of these to avoid sanitary problems.
We have been criticized for using plastic cutlery for box lunch, so we are doing our best
to avoid food items that require the use of these.
We use plastic cutlery because they are the lightest and easiest to transport. All our plastic cutlery
are recycled properly after use.