Amazon Travel Macaw Tambopata
Amazon Travel Macaw Tambopata as major seed predators, macaws and other parrots are engaged in an “evolutionary race” with plant species, which have developed a protection mechanism where their seeds contain chemical defences – toxins that are either distasteful or harmful to birds that eat them. Macaws engage in geophagy (eating soil) as a way to counter these toxins. Geophagy occurs at clay licks – special deposits of clay found along riverbanks – where macaws and parrots gather in large numbers to consume clay, which is high in sodium. The Tambopata National Reserve is a nationally protected area of tropical lowland forest in the Peruvian Amazon.
The Reserve was created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo Rivers, and surrounding rainforest. The world’s largest clay lick, Colpa Colorado, is found here among the many clay licks of the Tambopata River. Almost 5,000 people inhabit the Reserve, making a living from slash and burn agriculture, small-scale gold mining, timber extraction, hunting and fishing, all of which threaten the forest and its biodiversity. A network of organisations and communities exist within the Reserve, with the aim of preserving biodiversity by improving awareness of the value of leaving the forest standing.
- Length: 3Days/2 Nights
- Type of service: Private or Group
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve,
- Activities: Macaw clay-lick, piranhas fishing,
- Altitude: 400 – 3,600 m.a.s.l.
- Best time to visit: All Year
- Departure: Every day
- Minimum of participants: 2
- Maximum of participants: 10
- Price per person: USD
DETAILED ITINERARY PROGRAM TO AMAZON TRAVEL MACAW
Day 1 : Amazon Travel to River Tambopata and Hiking
Day 2 : AmazonTravel to Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho and Piraña Fishing
Day 3 : Amazon Travel Tambopata to Puerto Maldonado
TOURS DAY 1:Amazon Travel to River Tambopata and Hiking
We will start at 8:30 am from our Hostel or we can pass to pick you up from your hotel, we will have 2 hour by cay in a 4X4, the first part will be by the high way and the second part will be in a dirt route until we get to the Tambopata River near the limit to the reserve. Our boat will be waiting for us to take us 25 minutes up the Tambopata river to get to our Lodge, we will have good chances to spot capybaras and many shore birds along the river bank, getting to the lodge we will get a welcome drink and the manager will explain us all we need to know about our lodge and its around.
After lunch we will go for an introductory walk in first in a secondary grow forest and then in a primary forest full of huge trees and lianas and vines, at the same time we will talk about the most important economic activities in this region. Chances to spot some Brown capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys will be always possible.
When is getting dark we will come back to our lodge to get our torch and go to our boat and we will do one of the most exiting activities… it will be the Cayman spotting, we will go to look for White and black Caymans along the river bank with a big spot light, we might see more capybaras and we always have good chances to spot and ocelot or a jaguar by the river too.
TOURS DAY 2: Amazon Travel Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho and Piraña Fishing
We will wake up around 5:00am, we will get a hot drinks to get some energy and we will take our boat up the Tambopata for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Crossing the check point. We will have all the sunrise just for us in the boat, and we will have really good chances to spot shore birds, capybaras, White caimans, and why not to mention … A jaguar or an anaconda, I like to say it, we have a 20 %of probabilities to see one of these guys by the river bank.
Getting to our destination, we will get a show at the clay lick, parrots and macaws Green, red, blue and yellow birds all around us, flying and making loud noises, it will be spectacular this behavior of this birds. We will explain you the reason why every day the whole year around this birds go to the Cliff to eat clay. We will spend from 6:30 am to 11:00 am approx. Our breakfast will be in front of the clay lick activity.
chuncho Macaw Clay Lick tambopata reserve sandoval lake lodge with amazon travel in peruAt the end of this activity, in our way down river to the lodge we will make a short stop in the check point to learn more about the small museum that there is here, after this we will continue toward our lodge to get an unforgettable swimming in the stream or may be in the Tambopata River.
We will get our lunch and then we can take our boat for 30 minutes down the river to go for a fishing afternoon at the Gato stream, there are always hungry piranhas waiting for some meat that would be our bate, the stream is a really good place to swim too after we catch some piranhas, it is an unforgettable experience. We will have a short walk to explain you a Little bit about the local farm.
We will go back to our lodge and then at night before dinner or after dinner we will have a short night walk, the sounds at night, the insects, spider, tarantulas, frogs and maybe snakes will make this night hike something difficult to forget.
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TOURS DAY 3: Amazon Travel Tambopata to Puerto Maldonado
We will wake up with the sounds of the birds and probably howler monkeys, will get our breakfast and then we will go for a walk, we will cross by the mammal clay lick and then continue looking for some more wildlife and during this walk we will talk about the medicinal plants, the quinine “good for the malaria”, the cats claw, the dragons blood, and the AYAHUASCA are only a few plants that we will find during our last walk in the jungle before our way back to Puerto Maldonado.
After lunch we will have time to repack and take our backpacks back to the river first and then the car 2 hours back to Puerto Maldonado.
Included in this Trips to Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days:
- A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
- Motorboat transportation:
- Private vehicle land transportation;
- Meals: 2x Breakfast, 2x Lunch, 2x Dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 2 Nights in lodges;
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots
Not Included for Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days:
- Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Breakfast on the first day and Lunch on the last day;
- Entrance fees to the Tambopata Reserve ;
- Tips to local staff.
What you need Bring to Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days:
- Mosquito repellent (¡DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- Small backpack,
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
- Long cotton trousers,
- Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
- Comfortable walking shoes,
- Sandals or light shoes,
- Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
- Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
- Binoculars (we also rent it),
- Camera and its charger,
- Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
- A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Sun cream,
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
- A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
- Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.