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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

Today a representative will meet you at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, you will be 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 in the safe deposit box.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and driven ten minutes to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens you will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days and leave the rest in a safe deposit box. This will help keep the boats and cargo light.

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, you will then drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River port from where you will take the forty five minute boat ride to the lodge. A box lunch will be provided en route. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

In the afternoon, a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas will lead you to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.

After dinner, a daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available from a staff member.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Posada Amazonas

Day 3
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

This morning embark on a six hours ride by boat to your next destination. Two and half hours into the boat journey, you will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Almost five hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve you will stop at the Chuncho claylick for a chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. Enjoy a box lunch on board.

Upon arrival in the lodge, a three to five kilometer hike will lead you to have magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.

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
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Wake up early morning this morning for your visit to the macaw clay lick. 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, you will observe green-winged, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and then walk a five kilometer trail that covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos you will look for squirrel, brown capuchin, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries.

In the afternoon visit the pond platform, located ten minutes upriver from the lodge. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 5
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Early this morning, you will make a second visit to the macaw clay lick, if desired.
Return to the lodge for breakfast and then walk the Terra Firme trail, an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As you walk near the limits of the swamp keep your eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

In the afternoon visit 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.

In the evening, you will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but 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
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

In the morning, walk the Overlook Trail with magnificent views of the Tambopata river.

After lunch visit the Creeks Trail. This is a different kind of terra firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, we will focus on forest and creek ecology.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 7
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Enjoy the opportunity to explore any of the trails around the lodge 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
Amazon / Puerto Maldonado / Lima

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; Amazon transfers and excursions on a shared basis for lodge guests, except private transfer from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center; accommodation with private bath in the selected hotel category, including breakfast; meals as indicated in the itinerary; entrance fee to Tambopata. Inclusions 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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