AAPJFD03  Tambopata Ecolodge Macaw Clay-Lick        4D/3N

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Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata.
Arrival in to Pto. Maldonado and journey to the lodge. Following your early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box-lunch is provided on board. On arrival you'll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you set off for an introductory walk into the "terra firme" forest behind the lodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarins, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects by the eye-shine a specialization for increasing the light and see better, about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest. L, D. 

Day 02: Trip to the Macaw Clay-lick (Collpa).
Hike to Lake Condenado & trip to the Macaw & parrot Clay-lick "El Chuncho”. After an early breakfast you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning's exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters lives in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds abound especially Rufescent Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattled Jacanas, Hoatzin, the noisy Donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch you return to the canoe to continue the journey upstream, a further 2 hrs, to an area deep within the Tambopata National Reserve where the isolated MACAW & PARROT CLAY LICK "EL CHUNCHO" is situated. This Collpa is actually the second large clay cliffs lining the Tambopata River in this area. After dinner you will go searching for some animals like Capybaras, Caimans, Tapirs, and the famous Jaguar by walk along the banks of the Tambopata River, Many foot prints of these animals are daily observed on the banks. Camping at the river shores near to Collpa "EL CHUNCHO". B, L, D. 

Day 03: Visit the Collpa and return to Tambopata Eco Lodge.
A pre-dawn start is needed to get to the clay-lick before the birds. They arrive in search of minerals and salts and the digestive properties of the clay particles themselves. On average several dozens of Macaws and smaller parrots visit the clay-lick daily, including Scarlet, Blue and Yellow, Red and Green, and Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed parrots, among others. Following a late morning hike we return down river to the lodge for lunch. At night you will go searching for Caimans (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by canoe along the Tambopata River. Night in Tambopata Eco Lodge. B, L, D. 

Day 04: Tambopata out.
A dawn start is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado giving memorable views of the sun rise over the river. Look out for the early morning wildlife which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stakeout their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to you departure. B.

 Gross Rates per Person US$ 750.- 

Included: All meals and accommodations (camping gear) from lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on your final day (inclusive). All transport from your arrival al Puerto Maldonado to your return to the airport (inclusive). All guided excursions describes in the itinerary, 2 nights Lodge accommodation and 1 night camping.

Not included: Flights to and from Puerto Maldonado, The entrance Fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (aprox. US$35. - per person), airport taxes, tips, personal travel insurance.

Note: Program can be modified due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Tour Operators Commission: 10% 

Departures: Any time 

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