Amazon Adventure Trip

Puerto Maldonado - Adventure Jungle - Sandoval Lake - Native Family - Parrot Clay Lick

Duration

04 Days

Max. Altitude

610 ft - 185 m.

Activities

Wild life, Photography, Bird Watching, Exploring, Night Walks

Difficulty

Moderate

Transport

Van, Boat and Canoe

Tour Description

Experience a compelling blend of a fascinating wild nature, adventure sports and culture.
Start in Peru’s Amazon jungle, where the biological diversity is simply unparalleled. Meet skilled local natives and share their ancient knowledge, navigate throught the Madre de Dios River spotting caimans during the night.

Trip Highlights

  • Walk through our hanging bridges sistem over 30 meters height.
  • Explore the Lake Sandoval, Natural Protected Area by the State, within the Tambopata National Reserve.
  • Navigate the Madre de Dios river during the night immersing in the sounds of the jungle.
  • Observe species of macaws and parrots.
  • Enjoy the typical exotic food, drinks and tropical fruits.

Note: The order and schedules of the excursions can be modified according to your guide, and as seen fit through coordination with the management by considering the physical condition of the passengers, and the climate of the moment. 

Itinerary

Jungle Adventure

On arrival of your flight or bus to Puerto Maldonado, our guides or staff will meet you at the airport or bus station and transfer you to our office to make a registration.

Your excess luggage will be stored safely in our office in Puerto Maldonado and then we will continue to the Capitania port. We take our motor boat along the Madre de Dios River for approximately 40 minutes to the Lodge. A cool welcome drink awaits you.

Our first adventure will be going to the hanging high canopy bridge and zip lines. The start of the adventure circuit is reached a tower and stairway that ascends to the treetops where a platform that marks the start of the zip-line almost 200mts long, the breathtaking views are only matched by the excitement of overcoming our fears and the adrenaline that courses through us as we leap off the platform supported by the high security harnesses that connect us to the zip- line cable to a platform 27mts high. The 75mts long of the log walkway, hanging 30m above the floor, leads off this platform, a risky balancing act, and takes us to the platform at the start of the second zip line, a 160m fly back to the tower and stairwell that descends to the forest floor.

Return to the lodge After a well-deserved lunch, we take the kayaks to the river, well protected with high quality life jackets, and accompanied by a motor boat that guarantees extra security; this level one activity is relaxing and accessible for all. Getting Monkey Island you will be able appreciate a great diversity of monkeys such as the: capuchin, tamarines y squirrel monkeys watching through the treetops that form their home.

Coming back to the Lodge. Nocturnal activities are available this night we have the Caiman spotting.

Sandoval Lake Tour

Early in the morning for breakfast before leaving for Lake Sandoval. Your guide will hand out a bagged snack for the excursion.

Lake Sandoval After roughly 20 minutes of travel on the river Madre de Dios, we arrive at the entrance of Lake Sandoval. During a 3 km hike through the wild vegetation, we will enter the territory of Tambopata National Reserve, where you will have the chance to admire giant trees, different snakes, monkeys (squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys) and various birds (notably the Hoatzin – also known as the stinky bird-, kingfishers and snakebirds).

Once on Lake Sandoval, we will embark in small rowboats in search of giant river otters. We will also have the possibility to spot a good number of other reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural habitat. When the guide finds an opportune spot where you can continue to observe the nature, we will eat lunch. For the return trip, make sure you have gathered your belongings and we will row back to the pier.
Return to the Ecolodge, dinner and rest.

Native Family – Fishing – Night Walk

We take to the majestic Madre de Dios River and set course downstream for a 30 minutes for the Native family of Matchiguengas, which we will visit. The Project “Rescuing Cultural Values“, situated on Gamitana Island, is working with two families who will show us the culture of their ancestors, their language and customs, clothing and dances.

In our modern, civilized world we have all but forgotten the existence of ancestral cultures and traditions. An ancient indigenous tradition like the Matchiguengas reveals to us the customs and way of life of indigenous peoples. They gift us with the opportunity to have a direct contact with a people of ancient warriors and hunters and to share their ancestral ways.

By the afternoon we have time to do roustic fishing in Madre de Dios river, where with some luck we’ll have chance to catch some species like pictus cat fish, small mouth, armored cat fish. Back to the lodge, dinner an rest. Return to the Lodge and before the dinner we will explore the jungle having a night walk looking for nocturnal fauna.

Parrot Clay Lick – Puerto Maldonado

Clay Lick: Wake up at 4:30 am for some coffee or tea before leaving for a 1.5-hour up the river. The clay lick, where you will have the possibility to observe 5 to 7 types of parrots and parakeets.

The parrots come to the clay lick to ingest a particular kind of clay, only found in certain areas of this region. The clay is vital for the metabolic regulation of the birds, and therefore is host to a colorful and veritably delightful and exciting event. Breakfast and free time: 8:00 am. After breakfast, we will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado by boat.

One of our vehicles will receive you at the port. After a short stop at our office, We will then head to the airport to check-in for your respective flights.

  • Transfer from the airport or bus station to the lodge and return to Puerto Maldonado airport or bus station.
  • 3 meals a day (also vegetarian options).
  • Three night’s accommodations (double ones with private bathroom).
  • Excursions with expert jungle guides in English.
  • Entrance fee to Sandoval Lake.
  • Canopy walks.
  • Equipment in Adventure activities.
  • Water and typical beverages.
  • Rubber boots.

Not included:

  • Tips, Extra expenses.
  • Binocular, Alcoholic drinks.
  • Flights to Puerto Maldonado or bus tickets.
  • First Breakfast and last day dinner.
  • A shaman for a private Ayahuasca meditation ceremony.
  • Original passport.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Small back pack and confortable shoes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
  • Three complete change of clothing.
  • Sport sandals or water shoes.
  • Personal hygiene products.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Money (soles).
  • Swimwear.

The Region

Puerto Maldonado is the capital of Madre de Dios, province of Tambopata and has a population of 67,632 inhabitants. This region of Peru is located southeast of the country and the region has 85,300.54 km2 and a population of 99,452 inhabitants, consists of three provinces: Manu (Manu), Tambopata (Puerto Maldonado) and Tahuamanu (Iñapari), with ten districts.

The Natural Protected Areas with which this Department has, are the National Park of Manu, National Park of Bahuaja-Sonene, The National Reserve of Tambopata, as well as the Reserved Zone of Alto Purús. The main economic activities are the extraction of Brasilian nut, rice, cassava, coconut, rubber (historically the most important), wood and alluvial gold. The city of Puerto Maldonado was founded on December 26, 1912. The richness and abundance of its biodiversity are also reflected in the cultural wealth, existing ethnic groups such as the Machiguengas, Mashcopiros, Ashaninka, Shipibos, Ese Ejas, among others.

From the city of Puerto Maldonado you can see how the great Tambopata River flows into the Madre de Dios River with approx. 300 m wide flow. It is located in the Amazon Rainforest of Southern Peru, at an altitude of 186 m.s. The climate you will find is Humid Tropical with rainy season from December to March, so the best months to visit Puerto Maldonado and its surroundings are between July and November.

Weather

The city of Puerto Maldonado has a hot and humid climate, except for the months of June and July in which the temperature can drop due to the cold, caused by the winds coming from the South that reach the Amazon.

The rainy season is from December to March. In the towns of the province of Manu the climate is temperate and rainy, with high atmospheric humidity and the presence of nebulae in the mornings; in these areas of high forest the precipitations are majors that in the low forest.

Can I design my own trip?

Absolutely. If you want you can change the program according  your interest, just let us know and the Neotropic Travel Designer is going to give you more options.

Are flights included?

Unfortunately no. Neotropic Peru does not include flights for this trip.

How many people will be part of my tour group?

Our organized itineraries like this 4 Day tour are typically done as individual bookings. While others may join you if interested in the same day, the groups will always be small up to 12 people max. Private groups are very easily accommodated as well.

Are there flights from Puerto Maldonado to Lima?

Yes there are, you can find several options and differentes companies and it’s takes generally 1h 30m. Also there are comfortable buses companies where the trip takes 10 hours approximately.

Which Vaccines Do I Need for Peru?

Vaccines for Peru vary based on your specific itinerary. A Passport Health travel specialist will help you decide which vaccines are best for you. The CDC and WHO have recommended that travelers receive the following vaccines:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

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