For those contemplating a trip to the Tambopata River, here are some options for lodging:
Posadas Amazonas about 2 hours upstream from Puerto Maldonado. They do excursions to Tres Chimbadas Lake, where giant river otters are sometimes seen.
Refugio Amazonas about 3 hour up river.
Tambopata Research Center Lodge, about 7 hours upstream. It is 500 yards from the world’s largest macaw salt clay lick at Collpa de Guacamayos.
Tambopata Eco Lodge – used by G Adventures and it’s where we stayed. Under 3 hours upstream. You can also visit Lake Condenado and Lake Sachavacayoc. Unfortunately the giant river otters are no longer seen in these lakes.
Explorer’s Inn hike 3.5 hours from the Inn to Cocococha Lake on the off chance that you will see a river otter.