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EDIBLE PLANTS

Wednesday, 17 January, 2024 | Blog | 0 Comentarios

These plants are essential for the survival of human beings, so they are used as nutrients and are primarily divided into trees, shrubs, grasses and shrubs. Every day more edible plants are used for the preparation of different dishes and cooking recipes.

WASAI

Its scientific name is Euterpe precatoria is a botanical species of palm trees, commonly known as palmito, manaca, chonta, açaí de la selva or huasaí; native to South America, specifically the Peruvian, Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon. Its consumption dates back to pre-Columbian times and is a very important food in the Amazonian diet. Its intensive cultivation has spread within the Brazilian territory during the 1980s and 1990s.

This plant has solitary stems, 3-20 m tall and 4-23 cm in diameter; 2 greyish with annular scars, 3 dm roots compact, scaly, their ends before touching the ground are covered with a light mucilaginous substance. Crown with 10-15 leaves,1 with rachis 2 to 3.5 m long,3 compound with 60 to 90 pinnae.1 The petioles form a green envelope at the end of the stem below their bases, 1 to 1.5 m long, where the palmetto is extracted. The bunch can have more than a thousand fruits

USES:

  • According to Galeano, the mesocarp of this species is highly oleaginous and richly flavored, so it is very desirable and is consumed directly after being lightly cooked; Oil and a black dye are also extracted from the fruits to decorate the body for ceremonies. The fruits of this plant and the very similar acai (Euterpe oleracea) are edible and consumed in the form of drinks, sweets, and ice cream.
  • Utensils It is also important to use it for construction, for the elaboration of different cultural elements and tools, for the elaboration of domestic utensils and as a source of hearts of palm. Another use, infrequent but mentioned in some cases, is the use of this palm for the manufacture of fences. In other regions, the stems are widely used in the construction of houses and malocas to make walls, for table tops, shelves. The trunk is also used to make pulp for paper and to make spears for hunting animals
  • Medicinal roots are used as medicine, especially against muscle pain and snake bites, they are also used to make the hair grow well and keep it black. It prevents pregnant women from losing their hair. The decoction of the leaves is used to relieve chest pain. The leaves and tender roots are macerated and drunk to cure the flu.
  • Ornamentals Handicraft products made with seeds of this wasai also have elements from other species, such as Chambira fiber and Canangucha seeds.

PEACH PALM

The chonta is the only domestic palm in the Americas. It seems that the domestication process took place from one or more wild varieties, called Bactris gasipaes var. Chichagui, giving rise to a proto-domestic variety, the Chichagui type 3. The data seem to indicate that this occurred in the southwestern Amazon. The Amazon in Ecuador and northern Peru have the greatest genetic diversity of domesticated varieties, highlighting the importance of cultivation in that area and the selection work carried out by its inhabitants.

Galluzzi’s study concludes that current patterns of climate change could increase areas suitable for chonta crops. This, together with the ease of its cultivation and the nutritional quality of its fruit, places the chonta as one of the most important promising species.

It is a palm up to 20 meters high, which grows in tropical forests from sea level to 1,200 meters, although the ideal limit is 800 meters. Its trunk is slender, and in most varieties it is covered with spines so hard that they easily pierce the sole of a boot.

It adapts to a variety of conditions, although it prefers well-drained, deep soils. It withstands poor and acidic soils. It produces from 1,000 millimeters of rain per year, but it is preferable to have about 2,000 millimeters or more. Its fruits are round or ovate, 2.5 to 6 centimeters long, with colors ranging from orange to reddish or yellow. The flesh is firm, fibrous, mealy, and surrounds a hard seed up to 2 centimeters long.

Uses:

  • Food: The fruit requires a long cooking, up to two hours. The most common is to do it with everything and shell, and with salt. It can be served as a side, with or without skin and with a cup of salt so that diners can serve themselves to their heart’s content. It can also be roasted, similar to European chestnuts, or baked. Chonta flour, or a “fariña” from toasted chonta flour, can be produced with multiple uses. Nutritionally, the fruit has 3% protein, 42% starch and 7% fat. It is rich in vitamin B2 and A, phosphorus and iron. By weight, it is one of the most complete and rich foods in tropical areas.

Its oil content is evident to the touch and very visible in the cooking water. They can be extracted by hand for use in cooking by cooking crushed fruits and then cooling, where the oil floats to the surface. This oil is traditionally used to add flavor and color to different dishes.

The most common use in the Amazon is the production of chicha de chonta, a drink that results from adding water to a cooked, crushed and fermented chonta dough. In addition to refreshing and quenching thirst, this chicha has a high nutritional value. It is consumed constantly, throughout the day.

The sourdough from which chicha is made can be used in other preparations, for example as a base or complement to breads and cakes.

  • Its wood is very hard, resistant, and has been for thousands of years one of the most important materials in the Amazon. It is used to build houses, make hunting weapons and utilitarian objects.

SPRING TIDE

Mauritia flexuosa is a species of palm in the Arecaceae family. It is commonly known as moriche palm or simply moriche (in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico), aguaje (in Peru), burití (in Brazil), or morete (in Ecuador). It is prized for its fruits and its leaves are used in the manufacture of handicrafts

It is a palm with a solitary stem 20 to 35 m high and 3 to 4 dm in diameter, light brown in color, with large and deep roots, a trunk without thorns and light brown bark.45 The crown is made up of 11 to 14 leaves with rachis 2.5 m long.45 The inflorescence is erect with a peduncle of 1 m and rachis of 1.5 m long.45 Racemes with More than a thousand fruits, each 5 to 7 cm long and 4.5 to 5 cm in diameter, dark red or red in color, this fruit contains a bitter taste with orange or yellow fleshy mesocarp and chestnut seed. As with many species of palm trees, it is a tree that forms broad plant associations on the banks of rivers, called morichales or aguajales, a very thick and nourished, almost impenetrable vegetation.

Uses:

  • It is said that the consumption of aguaje is beneficial for health, it helps in the reduction of harmful cholesterol, the prevention of blood clots and the treatment of bacterial infections. Aguaje has also been attributed with a supposed ability to increase the volume of the female body, mainly in breasts and buttocks, however, this popular belief has not been proven by science.

Relieve PMS and menopausal symptoms. The benefits of aguaje for women’s health come from its ability to reduce the intensity of symptoms caused by estrogen deficiency.

Promote eye health. Thanks to its impressive beta-carotene content, buriti helps prevent xerophthalmia, which is the progressive loss of vision due to vitamin A deficiency.

Maintain good skin health. The high levels of antioxidant compounds in aguaje fruit promote good hair, nail and skin health, as well as protect from solar radiation.

The properties of aguaje come mainly from its high content of carotenoids, tocopherols, ascorbic acid, phenolic compounds, fiber, phytoestrogens and essential fatty acids.

The fleshy pulp of aguaje is also rich in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), with a concentration 30 times higher than that of avocado. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that promotes immune system health, helps dilate blood vessels, and prevents clots from forming.

  • Juice. Fresh aguaje juice is consumed in areas where the fruit grows naturally, and has been shown to be effective in preventing vitamin A deficiency in children and adults alike.
  • Pulp. Frozen aguaje pulp can be found outside of its native lands, and is a great source of beta-carotene, as well as vitamin E and other essential nutrients.
  • Dust. The dried, powdered pulp of aguaje is rich in dietary fiber and provides both estrogenic properties and essential nutrients, mainly vitamins A and E.
  • Oil. Unrefined aguaje oil is used for frying food and is rich in essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and E, for eye and skin health.
  • Essential oil. Aguaje oil is arguably the most popular use of this exotic fruit outside of its native lands. It is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin A, all of which are beneficial nutrients for skin health.
  • Cream. The healthy fats and carotenoids in aguaje are used in skin care creams to improve moisture and prevent premature aging.
  • Capsules. Aguaje capsules provide high concentrations of estrogenic compounds for hormonal balance, as well as vitamins and essential fatty acids

PIJUAYO

The pijuayo tree is a palm tree. The scientific name is Bactris gasipaes and there are more than 200 species. The fruit of the pijuayo varies greatly in size and color. Pijuayo is rich in essential oils, vitamins A and E, fibers and starch, which makes it a complete, fortifying and balanced food. It also contains minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium and magnesium.

Pijuayo is a fruit rich in nutrients and antioxidants, especially carotenoids, which can help prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. In addition, pijuayo is an important source of essential fatty acids, such as oleic acid and linoleic acid, which can help improve cardiovascular health.

The fruit of the Pijuayo plant. It is also known by other names such as “chontaduro” or “palmito”. It is a plant that grows in the tropical areas of South America, especially in the Amazon region and in some parts of Colombia.

The pijuayo produces a fruit similar to a small palm, which is used in the gastronomy of the region. The flesh of the fruit is smooth and has a sweet and creamy flavor, similar to that of papaya. The seeds of the pijuayo are large and hard, and can be roasted and eaten as a snack.

Pijuayo is eaten fresh or used in the preparation of beverages, desserts and other culinary dishes. It is also used to make skin oils and moisturizers due to its high content of nutrients and fatty acids.

In addition to being a popular ingredient in Amazonian cuisine, pijuayo is an important source of nutrients. This jungle fruit is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A and iron. It is also an important source of dietary fiber and protein.

Uses

Food: The fruit of the pijuayo is edible and is used in the cuisine of the Amazon region to make various dishes such as salads, soups, stews, rice, and desserts. The seed can also be consumed, after roasting and peeling, as a snack.

Beverages: Pijuayo is used to make juices and energy drinks in the Amazon region. In addition, it is used to make wine, liquor, and schnapps.

Cosmetics: the oil extracted from the pijuayo seed is used in the production of moisturizers, hair and skin oils, due to its antioxidant and emollient properties.

Handicrafts: The leaves of the pijuayo plant are used to make handicrafts such as baskets, hats, and ornaments.

Wood: The trunk of the pijuayo is used to build houses, bridges, and other elements in the Amazon region.

At Ecolucerna Logde we can taste it in our regional dishes in the standard menu of all programs

BRAZIL NUTS EXPERIENCE IN TAMBOPATA

Friday, 6 October, 2023 | Blog | 0 Comentarios

The Brazil nut, also known as Castaña in the area [Bertholletia excelsa] is a tree of the Lecythidaceae family, native to South America, endemic to the Amazon, specifically Bolivia, Brazil, southeastern Colombia, Guyana, Peru and southern Venezuela. Its seeds are edible and have several names: Brazilian hazelnut, Brazilian chestnut, Brazilian coquito, Amazon nut, Bolivian nut, Brazil nut, Pará chestnut and mountain chestnut.

In fact, Amazonian chestnuts are classified as a superfood due to their great nutritional richness, their high protein level and the healthy fats they contain. The tree from which the chestnut seed comes can reach 50 meters in height and can live approximately 1000 years.

Madre de Dios is the only area in Peru that has chestnut trees in sufficient concentrations for their use. This product has even been considered one of the flagship products of the region.

The fruits of chestnut trees are coconuts with a diameter between 10 and 15 cm, inside which chestnuts grow, wrapped in a hard, woody shell. There are approximately 18-20 chestnuts in each coconut.

PRODUCTION

The chestnut is the only species in the world nut market that is not cultivated, but grows spontaneously in the forest and, being a forest resource that is only collected, keeps the tree standing and promotes its conservation; Brazil nut forests being the largest carbon capturers.

Therefore, whoever is dedicated to this activity, carries out wild collection work: between December and March, during the rainy season, the chestnut trees move to live in the camps that they themselves build and travel through large areas in search of of fallen coconuts.

HARVESTING AMAZON CHESTNUT

Every day, during the harvest season, the groups enter the forest, collect the fruits that have fallen to the ground and begin the arduous task of extracting the chestnuts from the coconuts, which they market as part of a sustainable activity that serves as livelihood for thousands of families in the Amazon jungle of Peru.  Harvesting seasons are between the months of November and March.

They collect the coconuts, open them and place the chestnuts in the bags. Finally, they take the bags to a processing plant in Puerto Maldonado, capital of the region, where the peeling and selection process of the nuts continues, guaranteeing traceability from the forest to the sale.

At Ecolucerna Lodge Tambopata we offer you the opportunity to see and participate in this process as well as to be able to taste this delicious food, which can be consumed in many ways such as raw, with skin, without skin, toasted, salty or tasteless. They are an excellent topping for salads, smoothies, ice creams, kekes, among many other options and preparations.

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QUADRUPLE STANDARD

Monday, 2 October, 2023 | Our Bungalows, Standard | 0 Comentarios

A place for 4 people, in a beautiful room equipped to give you comfort and security, with 180 ° views to the forest. You can choose to use it with 04 single beds or for family with  01 large kingsize bed plus 02 single beds.

It is also provided with towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap and a special framed mosquito net that fits into each bed to give you rest that you deserve.

All cabins are with separate bathroom and shower, so we are sure that you will love spend time here, just in the middle of the jungle.

Choose your pack, because we have an additional discount for being 4!

CHOOSE THE BEST PROGRAM!  Per room Book Now
Express Sandoval 02 Days /01 Night $ 716 View Program
Express Macaws 02 Days/01 Night $ 752 View Program
Magic Tambopata 03 Days /02 Nights $ 1040 View Program
Tambopata Culture & Adventure  04 Days/03 Nights $ 1148 View Program
Wild Tambopata  04 Days /03 Nights $ 1256 View Program
Sandoval & Guacamayos 04 Days/03 Night $ 1616 View Program
Tambopata Extreme 05 Days /04 Nights $ 1976 View Program

“Incluye”

  • Private Bathroom
  • Hot Water
  • Wi- Fi
  • Telephone at Reception

  • ** Prices are based in group departure with specific time for check in/out from Puerto Maldonado to the lodge.
  • ** Our company handdle only short groups, with english or spanish guide specialist.
  • ** Please ask our sales team wich is the best time to arrive/leave Puerto Maldonado or other languages for additionals.

SINGLE STANDARD CABIN

Monday, 2 October, 2023 | Our Bungalows, Standard | 0 Comentarios

A cabin with exquisite wooden design that evokes your trip to the Amazon

A space for 1, totally ecological with 180° views of the forest, equipped with special mosquito nets that fit on each bed to give you the rest you deserve. The electrical system is entirely solar, in addition to providing toiletries of organic origin.

You can choose a king size double bed or 2 single beds.

CHOOSE THE BEST PROGRAM! PRICE BOOK NOW
Express Sandoval 02 Days /01 Night $ 318 View Program
Express Macaws 02 Days/01 Night $ 334 View Program
Magic Tambopata 03 Days /02 Nights $ 347 View Program
Tambopata Culture & Adventure  04 Dias/03 Nights $ 383 View Program
Wild Tambopata  04 Days /03 Nights $ 419 View Program
Sandoval & Guacamayos 04 Dias/03 Noches $ 539 View Program
Tambopata Extreme 05 Dias/04 Noches $ 549 View Program

“Incluye”

  • Baño Privado
  • Agua Caliente
  • Wi- Fi

SINGLE DELUXE CABIN

Monday, 2 October, 2023 | Deluxe Superior, Our Bungalows | 0 Comentarios

A cabin with exquisite wooden design that evokes your trip to the Amazon

A space for 1, totally ecological with 180° views of the forest, equipped with special mosquito nets that fit on your bed to give you the rest you deserve. The electrical system is entirely solar, in addition to providing toiletries of organic origin.

Fin on this cabin a private porche with hammock and entire private area outof your cabin with full garden view

Fins your self in a very peaceful space, then combine it with luxury outdoor gamedrives.

 

FIT THE BEST PROGRAM! PER ROOM  BOOK NOW
Express Sandoval 02 Days/01 Night $ 348 View Program
Express Macaws 02 Days/01 Night $ 364 View Program
Màgic Tambopata  03 Days /02 Nights $ 387 View Program
Tambopata Culture & Adventure  04 Days/03 Nights $ 418 View Progam
Wild Tambopata  04 Days/03 Nights $ 449 View Program
Sandoval & Macaws 04 Days/03 Nights $ 569 View Progam
Tambopata Extreme 05 Days/04 NIghts $ 599 View Program

“Incluye”

  • Private bathroom
  • Hot water
  • Wi- Fi

EXPRESS MACAWS 2D/1N

Wednesday, 27 September, 2023 | Our Packages | 0 Comentarios

Itinerary

Day 01: Reception  – Walking in the rain forest

The journey begins when you arrive in Puerto Maldonado, where your tour guide awaits for you and have a boat trip along the Madre de Dios River to Ecolucerna Lodge (approximately 1 ½ hrs downstream). Upon arrival you will enjoy a tasty lunch made from organic and native ingredients. After lunch you will take a walk through the trails, where you will discover and learn about the primary and secondary forest, its components, uses, man-made transformations, and its relevance to the world. This walk will end at night where you will have the opportunity to observe the behavior of the nocturnal flora and fauna of the Amazon.

Our day ends with a restorative dinner, since tomorrow we will have to get up early to travel

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 02:  Chunchos Macaw Clay lick – Transfer to Puerto Maldonado

We get up very early (4:20 am), to embark on an incredible BOAT travel route to the largest macaw clay lick in the region “CHUNCHOS”, a trip of approximately 1 hour by boat, along the way we will have the opportunity to see some species such as capybaras [largest rodents in the world] tapirs, and even the jaguar, many of our clients are witnesses with photographic evidence of encounters with these beautiful felines. After reaching the macaw clay lick, you will see hundreds of parrots of different species (11) coming to eat clay. We will settle into our chairs to wait for one of the most impressive natural views in the world to begin. We will see the most colorful macaws in America, red and green, blue and yellow birds and other birds feeding on clay necessary in their daily diet to eliminate toxins.

We return to the city of Puerto Maldonado on a combined trip by dirtroad and river, ending in the main square or at the airport.

Food: Breakfast, Lunch

**Program may vary in order of activities according to flight departure time, weather conditions or group availability.

** Current itinerary use a night in a shelter near of clay lick, in a confortable route from Puerto Maldonado.

Includes

The program includes

  •  Transportation from bus station – Lodge – Airport
  •  01 night of accommodation in a private cabin with shelter
  •  Excursions described according to the program
  •  01 breakfasts, 02 lunches, 01 dinners
  •  River transportation by canoe on all excursions.
  •  Official guide in Spanish / English throughout your stay
  •  Rubber boots in case of rain
  •  Safety life jacket for ee in the boat.
  • Tours described in the itinerry
  • Entrance ticket to the Tambopata National Reserve
  •  Travel assistance.

The program does NOT include

  •  Travel or medical ensurance
  •  Flight or bus tickets from / to Puerto Maldonado
  •  Alcoholic beverages and bar consumption
  •  Extra passenger expenses

Prices

N° Members Standard Cabin Deluxe Cabin
01 $ 334 $ 364
02 $ 418 $ 458
03 $ 657 **
04 $ 716 **
  • ** Prices are based in group departure with specific time for check in/out from Puerto Maldonado to the lodge.
  • ** Our company handdle only short groups, with english or spanish guide specialist.
  • ** Please ask our sales team wich is the best time to arrive/leave Puerto Maldonado or other languages for additionals.

DO YOU NEED A VACCINE TO TRAVEL TO THE AMAZON?

Tuesday, 26 September, 2023 | Blog | 0 Comentarios

If you want to visit the Amazon region of the country, the Ministry of Health recommends getting vaccinated against yellow fever. To travel to the Amazon you only need to have the yellow fever vaccine and present your identification document when traveling by air. None are mandatory in Peru, but they are recommended. Generally, when traveling, vaccines against typhoid, infectious hepatitis and polio are recommended. Check with your doctor or local clinic before traveling.

Although vaccination against yellow fever is not officially required for Peru, with a single dose of the yellow fever vaccine, the disease is known to be present in the rainforest, and the vaccine is recommended for those traveling to all destinations located In the tropical forests of South America, Central America and the Caribbean, people will be protected for life. Vaccination is carried out in Minsa hospitals and vaccination centers. After getting vaccinated, you receive a card that certifies protection, and you must carry it when traveling to jungle areas.

Those looking to get vaccinated before traveling should note that vaccination must be given at least ten days before visiting the jungle. Those who are already vaccinated should remember that they will require a booster vaccination every ten years.

The yellow fever (AA) vaccine is a single dose and provides lifelong protection. It is not necessary to get vaccinated again annually or in case of trips to a country where this immunization is required. It is good that we know more about this vaccine, that citizens remember its use, during the holiday season.

At Ecolucerna Lodge we recommend that you first visit your doctor so that he can tell you which vaccines you should get to take maximum precaution. Yellow fever can be prevented with the attenuated yellow fever virus vaccine, strain 17D, which is considered effective and safe, and has been used for more than 60 years for the active immunization of children and adults against yellow fever infection. yellow fever.

Who should not be vaccinated against yellow fever?

List of contraindications for yellow fever vaccination.

  • Children under 6 months of age.
  • People with a history of thymus diseases (of any type).
  • Myasthenia gravis.
  • Anaphylactic reaction to ingestion of eggs and their derivatives.

WHERE TO STAY IN TAMBOPATA – PUERTO MALDONADO?

Tuesday, 26 September, 2023 | Blog | 0 Comentarios

If you want to have an unforgettable experience in the Amazon we definitely recommend booking at an ecolodge. Because they are within the Amazon, they work like a resort and have everything included for your expedition. But you can combine your stay with accommodations in the city to enjoy the magic of an Amazonian city and venture to travel by tuc tuc or motorcycle taxis.

The spectacular natural beauty of Puerto Maldonado and the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest will undoubtedly delight you, as it is known for its beautiful jungle walks and its wide variety of bird species. Being over 30 degrees and enjoying an Amazonian flavored ice cream after having ventured into ecological activities in the forest, you will like them well.

Puerto Maldonado is characterized by having short, hot, wet and cloudy summers. The climate ranges from 18°C ​​to 32°C, with winters being short and partly cloudy.

In Puerto Maldonado you can choose between comfortable hotel accommodations in the heart of the city. And also deep in the rainforest, sustainable resorts offering comprehensive nature experiences give you the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of green living.

At Ecolucerna Lodge Tambopata we offer you the version of a stay within the Amazon with everything included, naturally according to the program you choose, you can do different activities and routes, Ecolucerna Lodge Tambopata offers an excellent mix of jungle environment and comfort, here you will also have the opportunity to come into contact with local tribes. But we can also manage your more comprehensive stay with some partners in the city so you can enjoy your stay in Puerto Maldonado.

No matter how you look at it, there is no loss with Puerto Maldonado. Extraordinary sunsets, lakes, reservoirs, exuberant nature, peace and adventure. Everything you can imagine and what you can’t can find here. Puerto Maldonado await you!

 

TRIPLE STANDARD CABIN

Saturday, 8 January, 2022 | Our Bungalows, Standard | 0 Comentarios

A beautiful place for 3, with 180 ° views to the rainforest, Choose a 01 large king size bed plus 01 single bed, or 03 single beds, towels, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and a special framed mosquito net that fits into your bed to give you the rest you deserve.

All cabins have a separate vanity from bathroom and shower, so we are sure that you will love being in your rented space in the middle of the jungle.

CHOOSE THE BEST PROGRAM! PER ROOM  BOOK NOW
Express Sandoval 02 Days /01 Night $ 597 View Program
Express Macaws 02 Days/01 Night $ 657 View Program
Magic Tambopata 03 Days /02 Nights $ 822 View Program
Tambopata Culture & Adventure  04 Dias/03 Nights $ 912 View Program
Wild Tambopata  04 Days /03 Nights $ 996 View Program
Sandoval & Guacamayos 04 Dias/03 Noches $ 1278 View Program
Tambopata Extreme 05 Dias/04 Noches $ 1566 View Program

“Incluye”

  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Wi- Fi