Puerto Maldonado, Peru
2 - 15
Day 1: River journey to Tambopata Ecolodge
Once we leave behind the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado (23 km by vehicle, 45 km by boat), the vegetation will change from colonized deforested areas to virgin rainforest. After time to settle in at the Ecolodge, 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.
Day 2: Bird and mammal clay licks
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 El Gato 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:
• Exploring the trails around the Ecolodge.
• Visiting a nearby forest farm.
• Swimming in a stream that flows close to the lodge.
• Relaxing and enjoying the facilities of the Ecolodge.
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.
Day 3: Hike to Lake Sachavacayoc
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 the Ecolodge for lunch, and you will have the afternoon free for relaxation and swimming.
Day 4: Return flight
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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Prices shown are per person in US dollars and do not include the entrance fee payable directly to Tambopata National Reserve..
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers