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Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake Adventure 5D/4N

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Tour Details

Tambopata, situated in southeastern Peru, is a captivating region celebrated for its unparalleled biodiversity and pristine rainforests. It offers a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike, boasting a myriad of ecotourism opportunities amidst its lush landscapes.

From immersive jungle treks to wildlife-watching excursions, Tambopata beckons travelers to explore its untouched wilderness and discover its rich tapestry of flora and fauna. With its stunning natural beauty and commitment to conservation, Tambopata stands as a testament to the awe-inspiring wonders of the Amazon rainforest.

Showcase its stunning beauty and biodiversity.

Explore pristine rainforests teeming with unique flora and fauna.

Join invigorating jungle treks led by expert guides, spotting vibrant macaws, playful river otters, and elusive wildlife.

Traverse winding rivers and tranquil oxbow lakes, marveling at breathtaking scenery.

Beyond wildlife, hike verdant jungle trails, witnessing diverse ecosystems.

Tambopata beckons nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike, offering unforgettable experiences amidst nature’s splendor.

Whether seeking thrilling wildlife encounters or tranquil moments, Tambopata promises an extraordinary journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Price Includes

  • Hosting Service
  • Orientation
  • Transportation
  • Food

Price Excludes

  • Bar Consumption
  • Extra Expenses

What To Bring

  • Metal Canteen (1 liter)
  • Towel for face and hands
  • Toiletries and personal medications
  • Trekking shoes, tennis shoes, and flip-flops
  • Flashlight, spare battery, adapter, and charger
  • Hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (recommended with 40% or more DEET)
  • Raincoat, poncho, and umbrella
  • Loose-fitting clothing in ecological colors (not white): long-sleeved shirts, long pants, cotton socks, and underwear, bathing suit.
  • Warm clothing for cold fronts
  • Binoculars; Minimum magnification of 8×25, with a strap to be worn around the neck
  • Camera, adapter, and charger; with a strap to be worn around the neck
  • Large backpack and daypack, plastic bags
  • Toilet paper for the first day of the trip, in a plastic bag
  • Small denominations of money for incidentals and tips
Itinerary

Day 1Puerto Maldonado - Lodge

Upon arrival at the airport or bus station, you’ll be transferred to our office for a final briefing before embarking on our adventure. We recommend repacking your luggage to bring only essentials for the trip.
We’ll then travel by land transfer (4X4) in a truck for approximately 2 hours to reach the banks of the Tambopata River. If traveling by river, the journey may take more than 6 hours (for informational purposes only). From there, we’ll board a boat to reach the Monte Amazonico – Tambopata lodge.
Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with either breakfast or lunch, depending on the time of your arrival. In the afternoon, we’ll embark on an introductory walk through the tropical jungle, offering opportunities to observe various animals in their natural habitat, including amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and fascinating insects.

Day 2Lodge - The Chuncho Adventure

We rise bright and early at 4:30 am for an unforgettable boat excursion to the renowned macaw clay lick “EL CHUNCHO,” a scenic journey of approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, including capybaras, tapirs, and if you’re lucky, the majestic jaguar. Many of our guests have captured these encounters with stunning photographic evidence.

Upon reaching the macaw clay lick, marvel at the spectacle of hundreds of parrots of various species (11 in total) congregating to feast on the mineral-rich clay along the riverbank. Settle into your seats and witness one of nature’s most captivating bird shows as colorful macaws, including red-and-green and blue-and-yellow varieties, join in. On a good day, you’ll witness a breathtaking display as hundreds of these magnificent birds soar overhead.

After this awe-inspiring experience, return to our lodge for breakfast and relaxation. Later, embark on a leisurely stroll through the botanical garden accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, where you’ll discover a variety of fruit, timber, and medicinal plant species native to our region.

Following lunch, enjoy the opportunity to kayak along the tranquil Tambopata River, silently gliding through the water for optimal wildlife viewing. As night falls, you can choose to unwind and rest or partake in another nocturnal walk, immersing yourself further in the enchanting sights and sounds of the rainforest under the stars.

Day 3Monkey Island Adventure

After a hearty breakfast, our boat awaits to ferry us back to Puerto Maldonado. From there, we’ll transfer to the port and embark on a one-hour boat ride to our welcoming hostel, where refreshing fruit juices from the region await. Check-in and accommodation will be provided.

Following a brief rest, you’ll embark on a two-hour guided walk through the dense tropical forest. Led by an expert guide, you’ll traverse trails teeming with ancient trees, some over five hundred years old. Keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, including toucans, orioles, parrots, monkeys, snakes, and butterflies. Experience the enchantment of the Amazon jungle within the Tambopata National Wildlife Reserve, spanning 278,000 protected hectares.

After lunch, we’ll visit Monkey Island, situated across the Madre de Dios River from our lodge. Here, encounter different species of monkeys inhabiting the island, including the brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, and saddleback marmoset. Later in the afternoon, we’ll set out in search of alligators, often found on the sandbanks of the Madre de Dios River. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight for this excursion. You might also catch sight of capybaras along the way.

Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 4Sandoval Lake Adventure

Begin your day with a scenic 3 km trek through the dense tropical jungle, leading you to the enchanting Sandoval Lake, renowned for its rich biodiversity and piranha habitat.

Embark on a serene rowing boat excursion across Sandoval Lake, immersing yourself in the pristine surroundings. Marvel at the diverse array of bird species, including shanshos, cormorants, jacanas, and the majestic puma heron. Keep your eyes peeled for soaring buzzards, playful howler monkeys, brown capuchin monkeys, tamarins, and the elusive sloths.

With luck, you may encounter the remarkable family of giant river otters, nearly two meters long and facing the threat of extinction. Witness their playful antics and graceful movements as they navigate the tranquil waters of Sandoval Lake.

After your morning exploration, return to the lodge for a delightful typical lunch, savoring the flavors of the Amazon region.

In the afternoon, seize the opportunity for another immersive jungle trek, where you’ll encounter a fascinating diversity of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and nocturnal animals. Engage your senses as you delve deeper into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Conclude your day with a satisfying dinner at the lodge, followed by a well-deserved rest, reflecting on the extraordinary experiences and natural wonders encountered throughout the day.

Day 5Madre de Dios River - Puerto Maldonado

5:30 a.m. Canopy Walkway Excursion:

Start your day with an early morning adventure as we embark on a short walk to our canopy walkway, towering approximately 30 meters above the jungle floor. This elevated vantage point offers unparalleled views of the surrounding nature, providing a unique perspective of the Amazon rainforest. Marvel at the breathtaking panorama of the Madre de Dios River below as you traverse the walkway.

At the canopy walkway platforms, immerse yourself in the vibrant avian diversity of the region. Spot a myriad of bird species, including colorful toucans, majestic macaws, vibrant tanagers, and melodious orioles. Capture the beauty of these winged wonders as they flit and soar amidst the verdant canopy, making for an unforgettable birdwatching experience.

After indulging in this awe-inspiring encounter with nature, we’ll head back to the city for a delicious breakfast. Following breakfast, we’ll arrange transfers to the airport and/or bus station, marking the conclusion of our Tambopata adventure. Depart with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the remarkable biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.

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Emily

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The “Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake Adventure 5D/4N” was a mesmerizing journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest! From the moment we were picked up in Puerto Maldonado and transferred to the Monte Amazonico – Tambopata lodge, the adventure was non-stop. The introductory walk on the first day was just a taste of the incredible wildlife we would encounter, setting the stage for the days ahead. The early morning boat ride to the Chuncho clay lick on the second day was a highlight, where we witnessed a stunning array of macaws and parrots, an unforgettable spectacle of color and sound.

Each day brought new wonders, from kayaking on the Tambopata River to visiting Monkey Island and encountering various species of monkeys up close. The visit to Sandoval Lake was another standout moment, with the serene boat ride offering sightings of giant river otters and a myriad of bird species. The canopy walkway on the last day provided breathtaking views of the Amazon and its vibrant avian life. This adventure was a perfect blend of excitement and tranquility, allowing me to deeply appreciate the rich biodiversity of the Amazon. Highly recommend this tour for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike!

July 18, 2023