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Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve

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Av. Nicolas de Pierola 265 Barranco-LIMA, Manu National Park 17301 Peru
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#1 of 10 Speciality lodging in Manu National Park
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Tambo Blanquillo-Private Nature Reserve operates since 1990 in the tropical jungle of Manu. It is our privilege and duty to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Peru and provide visitors with an authentic experience in the untouched natural landscape of the real Amazon Basin. Located in the buffer zone of the Manu National Park, Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve is surrounded by a variety of wildlife, biodiversity and genetic variables that don’t exist elsewhere in the world. It is an honor to share this ecological wonder providing a safe, responsible all inclusive tour packages from Cuzco and /or Puerto Maldonado to our premises and quality accommodation. The river trip to the lodge is impossible to forget. We invite biology science students or enthusiasts to visit us, also we are ranked by Ebird as a prime destination for birders.
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Mariano Osma wrote a review Nov. 2020
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First time in Tambo Blanquillo reserve and lodge. Incredible service, treatment by staff and location. Not a bird watcher before the trip, but an insane amount of animals discovered. Food was very nice, and I recommend staying on the private bungalows with your couple. We Even got to play soccer with staff on a 38C sunday! Highly recommend Tambo Blanquillo experience.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nathan de Vries wrote a review Apr. 2020
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I had the opportunity to go to Manu National Park and stay for 5 weeks as a volunteer at Tambo Blanquillo. It was incredibly amazing. The facilities that far away from society are great. All the people who work at Tambo Blanquillo are so caring and they'll try to do everything to make your stay unforgettable. If you'll go here you'll see all kinds of different animal species, sleep like a baby due lots of insects performing concerts at night, eat like a king or queen thanks to the great cook Rufinna and experience speechless moments of stargazing. All with all, it will definitely be a wonderful adventure.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Luis R, Propietario at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve
Responded Apr. 6, 2020
Hello Nathan, It has been a great experience meeting you. Thank you for your kind words. Its great to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us, especially when seeing different flora, fauna and listening to all those nature sounds at night. We were very happy to have you, hope you can come back sometime for more relaxation and adventure!
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1800hammer wrote a review Feb. 2020
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I take my wildlife travel and photography seriously, so I did lots of research about what would be the right trip for my wife and I to visit the Amazon. There are so many places that look great on the internet competing for your dollar, it's easy to get it wrong, but harder to get it right. I started my search and quickly narrowed down to a couple of ideas and then started to send off some emails and download information off the web. Once I started to do that, there was only one place for us, Tambo Blanquillo, which I'll refer to as TB. We were planning a month in South America and have been to Peru before. So we were looking for a premier wildlife trip, that ran at our pace, with a team that was willing to make adjustments to suit our needs. Our final choice was a single night at the Cock of the Rock Lodge, then 3 days at Amazonia Lodge (both on the Manu Road from Cusco), then a full week at TB. We got Stefano and Luis from TB to arrange every aspect of the trip, from picking us up in Cusco, all the way until they dropped us at Puerto Maldonado 11 days later. Here's the review in detail: ARRANGING THE TRIP All of my email correspondence was answered quickly, and there was no pressure salespitch to sign up. Just helpful people answering questions and giving tips. The website was informative, tons of great pictures, and a downloadable wildlife guide which was really helpful. TB offer package trips for set lengths, ie 3/4/5 days etc, but also arrange that special trip - you only have to ask. TRANSPORT VIA MANU ROAD Leaving day from Cusco and our guide Darwin and our driver were on time in a roomy, modern van. Very clean, air-conditioned and spacious vehicle and we were really happy with the whole drive. It's a very long drive and the road is quite narrow and not for the faint-hearted. But our driver was incredibly safe and I noticed he even cleaned the vehicle out a couple of times when we got out for a stretch. Our guide, Darwin, made sure we exited Peru with some sightseeing on the way, and we stopped at Paucartambo for a nice walk around. COCK OF THE ROCK LODGE I was glad we chose to stay at the Cock of the Rock Lodge. I could have stayed a second night as there was loads of birds to see, but we easily saw our main target, the Cock of the Rock, and also a good display of hummingbirds and mammals at the lodge that evening and in the morning AMAZONIA LODGE After a short drive on the second day, we had to do a short river crossing in a motorised canoe to get to Amazonia Lodge. This was an extra stop I had planned for. It's a rustic little lodge but the hummingbird viewing is spectacular. We really enjoyed our time at Amazonia. It was lesser quality than Tambo Blanquillo but it was an easy three nights - nice easy walks, plenty of interesting things to see. We saw many people only stop for one or two nights and we were glad we stayed longer. The food was simpler than Tambo Blanquillo but we enjoyed it. TRANSPORT TO TAMBO BLANQUILLO If I have a full day of travel ahead of me, I always expect it to be tiring or boring. I have to say, our boat ride down to TB from Amazonia Lodge was the best travel day we have ever had in our life. The boat driver was great and circled back for photos for me a few times. We got a little rain but everything stayed safe and dry. Our driver navigated the many treefalls with ease and our safety was always his top priority. TAMBO BLANQUILLO - Accommodation TB has a variety of sleeping options, from simple tent sites, to a dormitory for the budget traveler to beautiful lodges. I got a guided tour of the dorm and was really impressed with how clean and well-arranged it was, including some great wildlife photos on the walls. The lodges are just amazing, for a place in such a remote location. Really spacious with a small reading/hammock area, a huge bed with canopy netting, and a roomy bathroom area out of site slight separate to the bedroom. We found the bedroom always immaculately clean and it contained everything we needed. TB has wonderful grounds -the gardens were really nice and it was great to see so many birds in the garden. TAMBO BLANQUILLO - Food We never went hungry at TB, and we were really happy with the quality of food. We've done some remote travel and sometimes quality of food is one thing you compromise. Happily at TB food was excellent, every time. At the end of the day, we also got to find a quiet spot in the main lodge for a chat with one of the team, or just read a book. We would have an evening cocktail or two to top off each wonderful day. TAMBO BLANQUILLO - Things to do TB really is a special place and things to do and see is really where TB stands out from the rest. There are 3 lakes, each having different features meaning different bird and animal life. A highlight was the resident Giant Otter population, which we spent about an hour observing as they calmly fished around us without a concern. The TB team will paddle you around the lakes on sturdy boats - they are like platforms fixed on top of two pontoons. We were generally on our own but I am sure the boats could easily fit 8-10 people with cameras. Very good for photographers as you can use a tripod safely, or get down low if needed. TB also has a massive platform way up high in one of the trees overlooking the lake. Very unique, and since we visited I see they have anew canopy walkway. It's these extras that sets TB apart from others. The extra investment for guests to get the most out of their trip. The highlight is the Macaw Clay Lick. There are only two decent clay licks in this part of the Amazon, and the best is right at TB. An amazing viewing facility that can easily house 50 observers, and you get it included at no charge when staying at TB - we went three times and twice we had it all to ourselves and our guide. Seeing 100 Green and Red Macaws flying close around you, and sometimes taking off at once is breathtaking. TAMBO BLANQUILLO - The Team For me, one of the things that made TB special was the team. Both Luis and Stefano made us feel welcome. Everyone was always very helpful and friendly. We knew we were always safe, and the staff worked behind the scenes quietly to make our experience the best it could possibly be. Our lack of spanish language was never a problem, the team were just fantastic. TAMBO BLANQUILLO - Guide We were fortunate to have the amazing Darwin as our guide. A local who grew up not far from TB, Darwin is truly a knowledgeable guide, but also an adventurous spirit. He gave us the tour that only someone who grew up in the jungle could give. His idea of fun on his days off is to go hiking through jungle looking for spots no-one has been before. A great sense of humour, he was a most professional expert who also understands the needs of photographers. TRANSPORT FROM TB TO PUERTO MALDONADO It's a long trip from TB to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight out. It goes motorised canoe for a couple of hours, an hour van shuttle to the next river crossing, another quick motorised canoe ride, then a comfy van to the airport. It is a long day but we got a good breakfast and also a packed lunch and snacks which was a thoughtful and quality touch. The transfers were made with a minimum of fuss, and each vehicle we used was safe and we arrived in plenty of time for our flight. I will come back to this post and add some pictures. If you have questions, please ask me. Our time at Tambo Blanquillo was one of the best experiences ever with a fantastic group of people that have brought excellence to the wilderness. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you Luis, Stefano, Darwin and the team. I hope our paths cross again.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from stefanoraffo88, Owner at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve
Responded Feb. 17, 2020
Hola Craig, It's been a total delight to read what you had to say about your experience with us. First of all, thank you very much for your words. Even though we are highly passionate about Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve, you insight is definitely encouraging for us in making the Reserve a better place day by day. We are making company changes for the upcoming season to allow more avid nature lovers the chance to discover the magic within our forests like you and Pam encountered. Thank you for sharing your images, they are very unique and I am sure they can be very helpful for our marketing/conservation purposes. Is there a chance we could include some of your insights in our publications? I think this could help point out in the right direction for travelers in searching process to find a bit of what you encountered. I tried downloading your images, however it seems the link is not available anymore. Do you think you could hand them over via email. Took some time to scheme through your website and was very impressed by the quality/uniqueness of your footage. We really hope yo have you again with us soon, Thanks and best regards!
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Michelle N wrote a review Dec. 2019
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I traveled to Peru for the entire month of September 2019 with 2 friends. We had researched our options for the rainforest part of our trip and decided on Tambo Blanquillo. Every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. Our guide was incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. The staff at the lodge itself was wonderful and saw to our every need, whether it was the food, accommodations, or transportation to and from the surrounding sites. I can't recommend this place highly enough. We signed up for the 6 day/5 night option and could have stayed longer. Just make sure you are flexible and ready for the heat and insects. The mosquitoes really liked me, so if/when I return, I will be sure to use 100% DEET! The first day was quite comfortable temperature-wise as it had rained buckets the night before, but eventually, the heat did get to me. Bring something that cools you off. We stayed in the bungalows, so I can't comment on the main lodge. We wanted our own bathrooms, and for the jungle, we all found them luxurious.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: I recommend one of the bungalows.
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Response from Luis R, Manager at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve
Responded Dec. 24, 2019
Hello! Its wonderful to hear so highly from your experience. Pristine, immaculate, with installations well preserved, Blanquillo is unbelievable. However, as you experiened, we could never provide our service at such level if it would not be because of our focused personnel, commited guides, and everybody involved in our service-staff. Warmth and generosity are tokens the forest provides for all of us. Certainlly being in the tropical jungle provides us with innate characteristics like acute heat, hummidity and mosquitoes but also issues us aspects that exceed our expectations, like you said! Thanks for sharing with us. We were delighted with your stay and hope to have you back sometime!
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erica w wrote a review Dec. 2019
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I found every part of my stay at Tambo Blanquillo exceptional. To start with the basics the grounds are beautifully landscaped with flowers galore. The accomidation is exceptionally clean and comfortable if you are lucky to stay in a bungalow you'll be treated to a delightful private retreat looking out onto lush flowering gingers and hibiscus. The staff are amazing, every meal was delicious and served with freshly prepared juices of jungle fruit and a sweet treat I felt like royalty. Also to go beyond my expectations plentiful hot water and good wifi. But it was all the attention to the small details that realy made my stay exceptional. I feel there has been alot of thought put into the lodge so guests can make the most of the wildlife. Simple details like the purple flowering bushes at the front of the lodge so you can watch butterfly's humming birds and large bumblebees bees while you relax in the cool. You are only a 5 minute walk from a mammal clay lick that is set up with mattresses and mosquito tents so you get the best chances of seeing Tapir, other mammals and if you lucky a giant ant eater. The canopy viewing platform a top a 400 year old tree, mackaw clay lick ,two lakes and all the trails surrounding the lodge were all top notch I had the experience of a life time. I saw giant otters, sloths, Cayman, capybara, so many types of birds. I couldn't have wished for a better jungle experience. Thankyou everyone at Tambo for your hard work I wish you all the best and hope to see you again in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Luis R, Guest Relations Manager at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve
Responded Dec. 23, 2019
Hola Erica, Thank you for your opinion. It is certainly gratifying to be part of your jungle memories. Experiences like yours are a main reason why we put so much into effort and hard work in keeping Tambo Blanquillo Private Reserve pristine, organized and magical (especially in the small details). You certainly have touched our "soft-spot" when mentioning you would like to be back. The lodge, workers and guides trully appreciate every guest and share such mystique in sharing the inspiring energy Blanquillo has to offer. Pictures, videos or even words sometimes fall short when attempting put into perspective the magnitud of this natural wonder. We couldn´t be happier to know that you were so satisfied and able to observe mammals, reptiles, birds and took the time to visit our 6 nature attractions... Thank you for your stay, we hope to have you soon!
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What are some of the property amenities at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve?
Top room amenities include a mosquito net, a view of the mountains, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Does Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.
Is Tambo Blanquillo Private Nature Reserve accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.