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Tambopata – The Amazon In Depth

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  • Private Journey
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 2 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • Year-round, available upon request
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Summary : Discover the Amazon on this Tambopata adventure – the ideal rainforest tour for nature enthusiasts. Visit the world’s largest clay lick, hike to a macaw nesting colony, and explore the forest's trail system at leisure with expert naturalist guides. Spend seven nights in the Peruvian jungle experiencing two amazing eco-lodges: Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center. Surrounded by the Amazon's biological diversity, you will discover endless birding opportunities—macaw sightings can be found in the hundreds—and captivating flora and fauna.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrive Lima

Upon your arrival in Lima you are met by a representative and transferred to your hotel.
Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores
Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 2
Lima / Puerto Maldonado

A representative meets you at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, you're welcomed at the airport and driven to the tour operator's Puerto Maldonado headquarters. In order to keep the boats and cargo light, you'll be asked to pack only the necessary gear for the next days, leaving the rest at the safe deposit.

Transfer to the Tambopata River Port, entering the native community of Infierno. Enjoy a boxed lunch aboard the boat for the forty-five minute boat ride from the port to your lodge, taking you into the community's private forest reserve.Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you on important safety tips, followed by a visit to the canopy tower.

A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop, obtain a spectacular view of the vast expanse of standing forest, etched by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots, or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.

Dinner at your lodge, and enjoy the evening presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Posada Amazonas

Day 3
Posada Amazonas / Tambopata Research Center

Six by boat from Posada Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. Cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, and leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

En route to the research center, stop at Chuncho Claylick, located deep within the Tambopata National Reserve. After a brief walk, you'll have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho Claylick is thought to attract more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it's raining.

After arriving at the lodge, hike the three to five kilometers that leads you to an overlook that commands magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest along this trail is good for howler monkey and dusky titi monkey activity.

After dinner, scientists will provide an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 4
Tambopata Research Center

On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, observe green-winged, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

Following breakfast, explore the floodplain trail. This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rainforest, with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos, look for squirrel, brown capuchin, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat.

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle, a great place to spot waterfowl such as muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin, along with woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.

In the evening, attend a nature talk in the lodge by the team of scientists and guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 5
Tambopata Research Center

Visit the macaw clay lick, followed by breakfast. Then set out to explore an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes that cover this five kilometer terra firma trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. Walk near the limits of the swamp keeping your eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

After lunch, walk the palm swamp trail. Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice, makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats.

Following dinner, you'll have the option of a night walk in hopes of spotting one of the rarely seen mammals that is active after dark, though rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 6
Tambopata Research Center

In the morning, walk to the overlook trail with magnificent views of the Tambopata River.

In the afternoon, explore another trail that's crossed by a number of creeks and eventually leads to the Tambopata River. Learn about forest and creek ecology.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 7
Tambopata Research Center

Enjoy the opportunity to explore any of the trails around the lodger with the chance to see different species that haven't yet been spotted. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the macaw clay lick again, to snap more photos and witness the behavior of these fascinating birds.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 8
Puerto Maldonado / Depart

After an early breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for your flight back to Lima.

Meals: Breakfast

Notes

These trips fill quickly, as hotel space and permits for entry to Machu Picchu are limited. Program availability is contingent upon securing permits, and all attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in the itinerary. If the original hotels are not available or are overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Hotel Options:
Superior:
Guests stay at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores on Day 1; and at the Tambopata Research Center Day 2-8
Deluxe:
Guests stay at Miraflores Park Hotel on Day 1; and at the Tambopata Research Center Day 2-8

NOTE: These trips fill quickly, hotel space is very limited. All attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in itinerary; if original hotels are not available or overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved.

Included:
Transfers with local representatives; accommodation with private bath in the selected hotel category, including breakfast; meals as indicated in the itinerary; entrance fee to Tambopata. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

International airfare; domestic airfare; visa and / or passport fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages and items of personal nature; any meals not indicated in itinerary; items of a personal nature; extra expenses due to itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond tour operator's control; gratuities.

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