Machu Picchu & Tambopata Reserve 12 Days

Birds of Peru Tours has designed a NEW birding tour for 12 full days from Machu Picchu to the Amazon basin. Machu Picchu for the impressive Inca city plus endemics species, and Tambopata for Amazonian specialists and the biggest Macaw clay lick in the world. The birds are genuinely breathtaking. We should encounter more than 400 species, including some of the fanciest and most sought-after in the Neotropics.

The ruins at Machu Picchu tower above the rushing waters of the Rio Urubamba snaking its way fifteen-hundred feet below. By staying one night at 6500 feet, on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes we will be able to experience the site both culturally and for its great birding. Although the ruins alone are worth the visit, the subtropical slopes and the narrow gorge below are surprisingly good for birds.

Southeastern Peru has long been acknowledged as the most species-rich birding region on Earth. This tour combines three classic reserves on the Rio Tambopata. Tambopata Research Center (TRC), Posada Amazonas (APA), and Refugio Amazonas (ARA). These complementary sites include trails through rainforest rich in monkeys and terra firme birds; the spectacular Tambopata Ccollpa de Guacamayos, (macaw clay lick); a canopy tower in Eseʼeja Indian territory from which we have seen both Crested and Harpy eagles; a wonderful hoatzin filled  oxbow lake (cocha) complete with Giant Otters and reached by a trail through rich bamboo stands; and a board walk through a palm swamp with Point-tailed Palmcreepers.

Together with our experienced guide, these areas will produce an astonishing variety of lowland Neotropical birds and mammals. One of the biggest draws for birders to southeastern Peru is a mysterious and spectacular phenomenon that is generally considered one of the most dazzling wildlife spectacles in the world. The Ccollpa de Guacamayos, as it is called locally, is a clay bank along the Rio Tambopata about eight hours by boat upriver from Puerto Maldonado.

Here, almost daily and depending on the season of the year, dozens of big macaws and hundreds of other colorful parrots gather to a vertical, 130-foot riverbank carved out of the foothills to consume a beak full or two of mineral-rich clay, a vital but mysterious part of their diet, now thought to protect them against toxic chemicals ingested in various fruits they eat. The phenomenon was richly documented by Charlie Munn in the January 1994 issue of National Geographic. The Tambopata Research Center, immediatelydownstream from the ccollpa, was founded to study the macaws and their fascinating behavior and now makes it possible for tourists to experience this incredible spectacle firsthand. The Tambopata ccollpa is reputed to be the largest known clay lick in South America.

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Hotel, LodgesInternational & Domestic Flight Tickets
Private toiletsAirport Taxes
Hot waterVisa Fees
WiFiAny alcoholic Beverage
Full meals, soft drinksPhones Calls, Laundry
Private land & boat transportationTaxis, extra activities
Entrance feesTips (optional)
Birding guide.Other items of personal nature<


Day 1Arrive to L imaWelcome to Peru at Lima airport and transfer to selected Hotel.Lima Hotel
Day 2Early Flight to Cusco – Train to Aguas Calientes TownEarly Train to Aguas CalientesAguas Calientes Hotel
Day 3Machu Picchu Archeological site – Train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo TownEarly bus to Machu Picchu Archeological site and an Afternoon of birding. Late train back to Ollantaytambo to overnight, or continue on to CuscoCusco Hotel
Day 4Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Refugio Amazonas LodgeMorning flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. and boat trip to Regio AmazonasRefugio Amazonas Lodge
Day 5Refugio Amazonas LodgeEarly morning birding to small oxbow lake and explored Bamboo Forest and Terra Firme Forest TrailRefugio Amazonas Lodge
Day 6Refugio Amazonas Lodge to Tambopata Research Center (TRC)Early boat trip to Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick and onwards to TRCTambopata Research Center Lodge
Day 7-8Tambopata Research CenterVisit to Collpa Colorado Macaw clay lick and birding several different habitats: Terra Firme, Flooded Forest and more Great wildlife opportunitiesTambopata Research Center Lodge
Day 9Tambopata Research Center to Posada AmazonasBoat Trip to Posada Amazonas and an Afternoon birdingPosada Amazonas Lodge
Day 10Posada Amazonas LodgeEarly visit to Tres Chimbada Oxbow Lake and Bamboo Forest, Canopy Tower with yet more great wildlifePosada Amazonas Lodge
Day 11Posada Amazonas Lodge to Puerto MaldonadoReturn to Puerto Maldonado for an afternoon of birding to look for some species we missed. and visit Puerto Maldonado bird hot spotsPuerto Maldonado Hotel
Day 12Puerto Maldonado – fligth to LimaEarly birding at Puerto Maldonado bird hot spots before flights to LimaDinner are not included
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