The Tambopata National Reserve is 274,690 hectares (1,061 square miles) of preserved land in southeastern Peru. The reserve has many diverse habitats, including the lowlands of the Amazon rainforest, riparian forests, and horseshoe lakes. It is crossed by three rivers: the Malinowski, Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers.
Due to the protected status of the Reserve and its isolated location, it is incredibly biodiverse. The reserve is home to 1,200 species of butterflies, 169 species of mammals, around 632 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants. In fact, this reserve and the surrounding region is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.
The reserve and the surrounding area also have their own cultural background. Originally home to the Comunidad NativaEse Eja, many indigenous families still make their homes in the buffer zone of the reserve itself. Within the limits of the reserve, the only human settlements are some park ranger stations and our Tambopata Research Center shelter, known as the TRC. The TRC is on the reserve because the lodge was established before the area received National Reserve status in 1996. This really makes the TRC the most remote lodge in South America!