AAPJ01-C  Tambopata Ecolodge Macaw Clay-Lick        4D/3N


Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata.

Following your early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, your naturalist guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the pier from where a dugout canoe trip up the Tambopata River will take you to the lodge. On the journey, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. On arrival, you will 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 Saddleback Tamarins, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner, a night walk is organized 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 trailhead 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 near the lake and easily can 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 hours, 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 footprints of these animals are daily observed on the banks. Camping on the beach near the 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, 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 the late morning hike, we return 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 sunrise 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.

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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.





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