South East Peru – Tambopata Reserve Specialties 10 Days

With World’s Larges known Macaw Clay Lick

Recommended for Birders and Bird Photographers

A relaxing birding tour based at comfortable lodges in the extremely diverse rainforests of southeastern Amazonian Peru. We will have a great number of easily accessible lowland rain forest habitats close to our lodges, visiting  Sandoval Lake Lodge for it’s oxbow lake habitat, and Posada Amazonas, and Refugio Amazonas. This 10 day trip will take us to World’s Largest Macaw Clay Lick in the Chuncho area along the Tambopata River, which is also known for its increasing jaguar sightings which we might get to see if we are lucky.

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INCLUDES EXCLUDES
Hotel, Lodges International & Domestic Flight Tickets
Private toilets Airport Taxes
Hot water Visa Fees
WiFi Any alcoholic Beverage
Full meals, soft drinks Phones Calls, Laundry
Private land & boat transportation Taxis, extra activities
Entrance fees Tips (optional)
Birding guide. Other items of personal nature<

Day 1: Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel in Lima. Overnight close to the airport.

Day 2: Morning flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado – where upon arrival we will drive to the Tambopata River Port. and travel to– Sandoval Lake Lodge. This typically forty-five-minute boat trip may take longer as we stop along the river to view wildlife. It’s approximately another forty five minute walking to get from the river port entrance to the Sandoval lake, but again may take longer as we be look for some interesting species such as Black-Faced Cotinga, leks of Band-Tailed Manakin, and also found here is a very rare species of macaw in the Mauritia palms called Red-Shouldered Macaw. If lucky we may also see Long-Billed Woodcreeper, the always amazing Point-Tailed Palmcreeper, and Agami Heron. Sandoval Lake Lodge is a great place with different forest habitats including flood plain forest and terra firme. This combination makes for an excellent area for wildlife, and along with the lake, good place to see Otters, Monkeys, Caimans and other mammals. On arrival to the lake we will paddle across it to get the Lodge. Numerous specie can be seen on the way like egrets, Capped Heron,   Cocoi Heron, Large and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, Horned Screamer, Gray-Cowled wood-Rail, Sunbittern, Wattled Jacana, Greater Ani, the spectacular Hoatzin, and Blue-throated Piping Guan, Later in a catamaran we’ll search for the resident family of Giant River Otters (seen by 90% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as Black Caiman, Squirrel Monkey, Red Howler Monkey, Brown Capuchin Monkey, etc. If we lucky in the evening the very interesting Bicolored-Spined Porcupine, and a Southern Tamandua may show themselves.The lakeside resident Hoatzin, and the less frequent Horned Screamer are regular sightings. Macaws, Toucans and raptors can all be seen. Overnight at Sandoval Lake Lodge.

Day 3: For the next two days we will focus on bamboo and flood plain forest specialists. We will look for Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Piculet, Brown-rumped Foliage Gleaner, Large- headed Flatbill, Dusky- tailed Flatbill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Flammulated Bamboo-tyrant, Dot- winged and Ornate Antwren, White-lined Antbird, Rufous capped Nunlet, Pheasant Cuckoo and Striped Cuckoo. One day in the afternoon we’ll focus on the terra firme forest for an opportunity to see the Brazil Nut tree in its natural habitat.

Razor-billed Curassow, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Spix’s Guan, Great Tinamou, Lemon-Throated Barbet, Curl-Crested Aracari, Semicollared Puffbird, Collared Puffbird, Blue-Crowned Trogon, Amazonian or Blue-Crowned Motmot, Scale-Breasted Woodpecker, Ringed Woodpecker, Red-Necked Woodpecker, Plain-Brown Woodcreeper, are all strong possibilities. After dinner we will provide the opportunity to look for Tawny-Bellied Screech-Owl, spectacled Owl, and others nocturnal species.

Day 4: Back to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to Posada Amazonas Lodge. Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado we will drive to the Tambopata River Port by Infierno native community. a forty five minute drive on a dirt road If we have time here are places with secondary forest near Puerto Maldonado city to look for Purus Jacamar, White-Throated Jacamar, Red-Breasted Blackbird, Pearl Kite, and Scaled Pigeon. From Tambopata River Port we take a private boat upriver to Posada Amazonas. As we eat lunch on the boat, we may see: Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Ringed Kingfisher and Amazon Kingfisher. Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Day 5: An early start and a thirty minute walk from the lodge takes gets us a 37 m tall canopy tower, which will add a whole new dimension to our Amazon birding experience: the forest canopy. Here we will wait for a canopy mixed flock to appear. The mixed flocks are mostly all about tanagers: Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Turqoise Tanager, Opal- rumped Tanager and others. The tower also offers good opportunity for Cream- colored Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Plum-throated Cotinga and Striolated Puffbird. Macaws and toucans are seen flying against the horizon, including Chestnut-eared, Lettered, Curl-crested, and Brown-mandibled Aracaries. We will see lonely raptors riding the thermals. and this is your best chance for hawk-eagles and even Harpy Eagle! After lunch we will bird along the trail for Fiery-capped Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, Pale-winged Trumpeter and Pavonine Quetzal. Overnight at Posada Amazonas.

Day 6: An early breakfast at the lodge to spend the morning exploring  the trail system near by and we’ll have the opportunity to visit the enormous Ceiba or Kapok Tree and the surrounding  area for great birds species such as Ash-Throated Gnateater, Ringed Antpipit, Golden-Crowned Spadebill, White-Bellied Tody-Tyrant, Elegant Woodcreeper, Cinnamon-Throated Woodcreeper, Buff-Throated Woodcreeper, Laughing Falcon, Slaty-Backed Forest-Falcon, Double-Toothed Kite, etc. Other wildlife also is very rich in the area and so we will look out for the herds of peccary such as White-Lipped Peccar which travel in large groups, and their smaller relative the Collared Peccary, as well as Tayra, Red-Brocket Deer and various species of monkeys. Afternoon boat trip to Refugio Amazonas. Overnight Refugio Amazonas .

Day 7 – 8 – 9: One day we will visit upstream Tambopata River and enjoy the world’s largest known Macaw Clay Lick at Chuncho (this is the best clay lick to now visit as the Colorado clay lick is almost gone although it used, to be the largest) where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. We can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue and Yellow, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets. Here we will also explore the terra firme rainforest along a 4 mile Castana Trail, and the trail that goes to the old oxbow Lake, passing through floodplain forest with ponds and streams forming during the rainy season. The terra firme forest trails on the other hand are tall and  rarely or never floods. Both of these trails represent the most specious habitats for birds. Too many possibilities to list, but this is habitat for Starred Wood Quail, Pale-winged Trumpeter, several Trogons, Foliage-gleaners, Black-tailed Leaftosser, many Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Flycatchers, Manakins, and much more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory flocks led by Dusky-throated Antshrike and Red-crowned Ant-Tanagers. They often contain 30-40 species (or more!) including: Plain winged Antshrike, Bluish Slate Antshrike, White eyed Antwren, Plain breasted Antwren, Thrush-like Antpitta, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, and Spix’s Woodcreeper. The flood plain trail to the old oxbow lake crosses some permanently flooded old ponds inhabited by Rufescent Tiger-heron, Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfishers, and Sunbittern. After long hikes we can continue to bird within the confines to the lodge. Species possible in the lodge clearing include: some canopy flocks, Squirrel Cuckoo, Masked Crimson Tanager, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Speckled Chachalaca and Yellow-tufted Woodpecker. We will bird the transitional forests by the river side. These were bamboo forests until they flowered and died out a few years back. Now they are akin to riparian forests but will eventually grow into terra firme as they are not affected by yearly floods. Here we will spot Buff-throated Saltator, Grayish Saltator, Crested and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Piratic Flycatatcher, Large-Headed Flatbill, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Red-Billed Scythebill, and others. While we are birding these spots we will have extraordinary views of the Tambopata river making its way down from the highlands. Overnight: at Refugio Amazonas.

Day 10: We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado and catch the afternoon flight to Lima and connecting international flights (or to Cusco if desired) depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

Boat Transportation: All the boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 75 hp outboard motors. Daily arrivals and departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline´s arrival and departure with a maximum two hour wait. We reserve the right to change the order of activities.