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Puerto Maldonado, Peru
After your flight to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado you will be met by our staff, who will escort you during the fascinating three-hour boat trip along the Tambopata River to the Tambopata Ecolodge. After time to relax and enjoy the comforts of the lodge, you will be invited on an afternoon guided trail walk as an introduction to the protected reserve’s rainforest habitat.
After an excellent breakfast and a short morning boat ride, we will set out along a forest trail to explore Lake Condenado by canoe. Swathed in rich tropical vegetation, forest wetlands are the best places for bird watching and the observation of other aquatic and terrestrial fauna. Back at Tambopata Ecolodge, after a superb meal in our restaurant, we will take to the river again in search of caiman and the other nocturnal rainforest species that fill the night air with their sounds.
The jungle town of Puerto Maldonado is the starting point for this four-day stay in the rain forest. Our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you for the 72-kilometer river journey. Our launch will take us to Tambopata Ecolodge in three hours, while minimizing negative impact with its high fuel efficiency and fiberglass (rather than wooden) hull. This river journey serves as our first introduction to the rain forest, and upon arrival –after time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the Tambopata Ecolodge – you will be invited to enter the forest you saw from the boat in the company of a naturalist guide.
The next day we will go much further into the forest to visit the wetland system around Lake Sachavacayoc. The forests around this beautiful lake teem with bird life, and the waters are home to black caiman and giant river otters. Back at Tambopata Ecolodge in the afternoon, you will have time to relax in a hammock or explore our clearly marked trail system independently.
We will leave Tambopata Ecolodge early in the morning for the return by river to Puerto Maldonado.
Once we leave behind the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, the vegetation will change from colonized deforested areas to virgin rainforest. After time to settle in at the lodge, in the afternoon one of our naturalist guides will invite you to explore the trails in the surrounding forest. Frequently seen fauna on these trails includes saddle-back tamarinds, brown capuchins, agoutis, blue-morpho butterflies, trogons, toucans and many other bird species. After dinner we will take a night walk in search of nocturnal rainforest species
After an early breakfast, we will board our launch for the 9-kilometer ride upriver to the trailhead. We will spend an hour walking this trail, with plenty of time to observe Amazon flora and fauna along the way. At the clay lick, we will await the arrival of the white-lipped peccaries that tend to gather here to feed on mineral deposits.
Moving on through the forest, we will continue to the macaw lick, where in the early morning groups of scarlet and red-and-green macaws often gather to feed on clay deposits. After plenty of time to observe birds, we will return to the river via another forest trail and take the launch back to the lodge in time for lunch. On the trails it is possible to see howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys. After lunch, guests can choose from a number of options, including:
In the evening, we will return to the river in search of nocturnal fauna, including caiman, after meeting in the bar for a brief talk given by our guides about this fascinating nocturnal creature. We will search for caiman using flashlights to pick out their “eye shine” as they hunt along the river banks.
After a short boat ride downriver, we will hike a forest trail to a spectacular lake. During the walk you will be introduced by your guide to more aspects of the forest and its fauna. At the lake it is possible to spot black caimans and giant otters. We will return to Tambopata Ecolodge for lunch, and you will have the afternoon free for relaxation and swimming.
Your stay in the Amazon basin ends on the fourth day with a magical early morning return by river for the flight from Puerto Maldonado. This is an excellent time of day for wildlife observation, as the forest awakens.
After a scheduled flight and brief transfer, it is a remarkable experience to find oneself suddenly in a boat, journeying upriver through a rain forest teeming with biological diversity. After this remarkable three-hour experience you will arrive at Tambopata Ecolodge, where you will have a chance to relax before being invited to explore the surrounding forest.
The next day, we will spend the morning on the trails and waters of Lake Condenado, in search of typical forest fauna, before boarding our boat in the afternoon for a 2-3 hour ride between forested banks to the remote Chuncho macaw clay lick, where we will explore the surrounding forest and spend the night in our excellently equipped campsite.
The following day will begin before dawn for us, as we position ourselves to witness the scenes at the clay lick. Surrounded by typical rain forest flora, this river bank is visited by parakeets, monkeys, deer, tapir and peccaries, but it is the colors and sounds of the different species of parrots and macaws which make this such a dramatic spectacle. In the late morning we will return to Tambopata Ecolodge for lunch, and that evening we will search for nocturnal species along the river.
Today the river will once again serve as our highway as we travel back to the town for our return flight to the outside world.
After arriving at the Eco lodge via a fascinating 72 kilometer river journey, you will be free to settle into your excellent accommodation before being invited to enter the forest for the first time in the company of one of our naturalist guides.
Our first full day in the National Reserve will begin with a 4-6 hour boat ride even deeper into the forest to Colorado, the world’s largest known macaw clay lick, where, after exploring the forests in the afternoon in search of species of fauna including troops of monkeys, we will camp in expectation of the scenes awaiting us the next morning.
A macaw clay-lick in the first few hours after dawn is an incredible sight. As soon as the morning sun begins to shine on the sheer riverbank, hundreds of parrots and macaws belonging to ten or more species arrive and perch in nearby trees. They come in pairs or in flocks hundreds strong, depending on the species. Then, with a flapping of wings and ear-splitting squawks, they begin landing on the face of the cliff to consume small portions of clay, creating a unique spectacle of color and sound.
Back at Tambopata Ecolodge, we will once again enjoy the comforts of our cabins, the restaurant and bar, as well as venturing into the forest at night in search of nocturnal species.
Our stay in the Amazonian forest ends today with an early morning boat ride to Puerto Maldonado. This is one of the best times to be on the river, as the wildlife begins to stir.
Your rain forest expedition begins with a 72-kilometer river journey to the lodge. As we leave the town, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. On arrival you’ll have time to settle into the lodge and meet the staff before setting off for an introductory walk in the surrounding forest, accompanied by one of our naturalist guides. Species here include saddle-back tamarins, brown capuchins, agoutis, blue-morpho butterflies and many bird species.
Today’s 4-hour boat ride upriver will take us deep into the National Reserve to an isolated clay lick where macaws, parrots and other fauna tend to gather in huge numbers. After arrival at our camp and a good lunch, you will have the afternoon free to explore the area’s forest trail system, spotting wildlife in the company of your naturalist guide. We will spend the night at our riverside campsite.
Today will begin before dawn for us, as we need to get into position before the birds arrive at the clay lick. Several hundred macaws and parrots visit the clay-lick daily. This is indisputably one of the greatest spectacles the Amazon basin offers visitors. Following a late morning forest hike in search of some of the nine species of monkeys present in the area, after lunch we will explore a clear forest stream where it is safe to bathe, before spending another relaxing evening and night at our campsite.
After a second opportunity to witness the spectacle at the lick, we will hike to an oxbow lake. These wetland ecosystems are among the best places in the Amazon basin to spot wildlife. A family of giant otters lives in the vicinity of the lake and is often observed. Birds abound here, especially rufescent tiger-herons, great egrets, wattled jacanas and hoatzins. Later, our final evening at Tambopata Ecolodge will be spent enjoying a fine meal, followed by a return to the river, in search of nocturnal species, including caimans.
A dawn start is required for the boat trip back to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado. Riverside wildlife is particularly active at this time of day. Howler monkeys are frequently seen and heard, staking out their territory.