Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick + Sandoval Lake
Tambopata's Technicolor Dream: 4 Days of Jungle Wonders
This 4-day Peruvian adventure ushers you deep into the Amazon to reveal its mesmerizing wildlife and vivid sanctuaries from Tambopata’s rivers to the jungle canopy. Marvel at scarlet macaws gathering by the hundreds at the Chuncho Macaw clay lick, meet monkey families face-to-face, scout for elusive jungle cats, traverse the Flooded Forest in search of giant river otters and stealthy anacondas, and more. With expert guides by your side, fully immerse in the rainforest’s captivating sights, sounds and secrets.
- Witness the dazzling multicolored macaws that congregate by the hundreds at the remote Chuncho Macaw clay lick.
- Venture deep into Sandoval’s flooding rainforest waterlands by dugout canoe seeking elusive wildlife.
- Trek to macaw nesting grounds for intimate encounters with majestic breeding adults and chicks.
- Enjoy close-up rainforest wildlife experiences with intriguing creatures at diverse jungle habitats.
- Board on thrilling nocturnal safaris under the stars to discover the Amazon’s mysterious nightlife
» Welcome to the Amazon!
Greetings at Puerto Maldonado airport and transport to our charming rainforest eco-lodge, gateway to the magnificent Tambopata National Reserve. Settle into your jungle suite with sweeping views of flourishing forest and tambopata riverscapes before a revitalizing lunch.
This afternoon, join our expert naturalist guide to uncover exotic wildlife along the reserve's trails. Glimpse vibrant toucans and macaws flitting overhead, curious monkeys peering from the canopy and ancient kapok trees soaring over 6 stories tall. Tower up a birdwatching platform for panoramic rainforest vistas brimming with life.
As darkness falls, glide by boat through inky waters keeping watch for night creatures. Spot sleepy sloths, fishing bats, shiny caiman eyes glinting by flashlight beam. Then gather for a delicious meal back at the lodge, serenaded by a gentle nighttime chorus of insects.
Dreamy jungle accommodations await to nourish the adventurous spirit within. Tomorrow brings more rainforest magic!
» Chuncho Macaw clay lick
Gear up pre-dawn when the rainforest wildlife awakens, bound for a secluded jungle clay lick. Skim by boat while scanning for jaguar along the river banks and stealthy anaconda coiled in morning mists. At the lick’s viewing blind, watch in awe as vibrant macaw and parrot families descend to feast, their raucous squawks echoing. For hours marvel at this explosion of color and sound as the birds jostle and socialize - a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!
Mid-morning, cruise forest trails spying capybara, wild boar, monkeys and massive caiman as your naturalist guide explains the rainforest’s complex web of life. After a delicious picnic lunch amid this thriving jungle, return to our charming lodge to rest up.
Late afternoon, embark towards scenic Lake Yacumama to take in breathtaking rainforest vistas and a dazzling sunset. Glide across mirrored waters by canoe, trying your hand at catching wily piranhas. Watch playful otters, myriad birds, and toothy caiman roaming this lush lakeside oasis before heading back under a starlit sky.
» Rainforest Trek to the Otters' Kingdom
Predawn, venture deep into Tambopata's wild heart towards the fabled Sandoval Lake. Keep watch for exotic birds, mischievous monkeys and lumbering tapirs along nearly 2 miles of sinuous jungle trails leading to this remote floodplain oasis.
Silently ply the mirror-like waters by dugout canoe, scouring for elusive jungle dwellers. Peer into still lagoons seeking the formidable anaconda coiled in wait. Marvel at giant river otters frolicking through the marshy banks. Overhead, vibrant macaws and parrots dart across rain-darkened skies as your guide sheds light on this mesmerizing habitat.
After a picnic lunch, visit our Matsigenka friends - native Amazonians possessing generations of rainforest wisdom. Learn ancient ways of cotton spinning, jungle rope making and fire starting. Then bid farewell before paddling back under golden hour light.
Come nightfall, venture out once more into the darkness on aguided nocturnal rainforest walk seeking out exotic creatures seldom seen by day: gliding bats, tiny poison frogs, wandering spiders, woolly opossums and more. Then reconvene for dinner before a well-earned rest.
» Into the Emerald Canopy
After breakfast, stroll through towering stands of kapok giants dating back 700 years, bound for the Rainforest Canopy. Gear up with harnesses to traverse a network of hanging bridges suspended high in the jungle ceiling.
Over the next hours, venture out on an airborne journey through the upper rainforest realm, watching for jewel-hued birds that dart past and monkeys swinging through vines. Peer down from dizzying heights towards the forest floor far below. With luck you’ll glimpse a sleek jungle cat or hear the bellow of howler monkeys echoing through the trees.
After a thrilling treetop immersion, descend and bid farewell to the enchanting Tambopata wilderness. Depart our riverside rainforest lodge by boat, scanning for caiman and macaws one last time. Our guide accompanies you back to Puerto Maldonado for homeward flights or overland transfers - already longing for your next rainforest adventure!
- Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve.
- Bilingual naturalist guide.
- Fluvial and terrestrial transportation.
- Pick up from the airport or bus station.
- Tips, Snacks, Drinks, Extra expenses.
- First Breakfast and last day dinner.
- Original passport and student ISIC Card if applicable.
- Small back pack and confortable shoes.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- 4 complete change of clothing.
- 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.
- Extra Money (soles).
- Sit down with a shaman for a private meditation ceremony.
- Observe local weavers at work during private demonstrations.
- Hone your kitchen skills during Peruvian cooking classes with celebrated chefs.
- Amp up the adrenaline with exhilarating adventure activities such as riding the fast-flowing rapids of the Vilcanota River, or zooming along zip lines among towering Andean peaks.
What is the best time of year to visit Tambopata?
The dry season from May to October is ideal for wildlife viewing and easier hiking. Peak macaw season is from August to October.
What is the weather and temperature like?
The climate is tropical, warm and humid year-round. Temperatures range from 60s-80s°F. Pack light, quick dry clothing.
What wildlife is commonly seen?
Expect amazing birds like macaws, parrots, toucans and wildlife like monkeys, sloths, caiman and more. Sightings vary by season and luck.
How physically demanding are the tours?
Tours range from light to demanding with rugged hikes. Most require some fitness. Guides pace tours appropriately. Discuss concerns with us.
What are accommodations like?
We offer a range of accommodations from jungle lodges to tents. Most have private rooms and bathrooms. Expect rustic, comfortable simplicity immersed in nature.
Is it safe to travel there?
Tambopata is very secure and tourist friendly. Our expert local guides ensure proper precautions are taken on tours and excursions.
What essentials should I pack?
Light, quick-dry clothing, hiking shoes/boots, hat, binoculars, camera, batteries, flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen are highly recommended.
Let us know if you have any other questions! We look forward to welcoming you to Tambopata!