SPECIALIZED TRAVEL / NATURE TRAVEL
The tropical forest surrounding the Tambopata River, with its amazing biodiversity, is considered to be a privileged spot for wildlife observation. This pristine jungle offers the visitor an incredible variety of activities, such as treks through primary forests, or canoe rides on oxbow lakes to observe nature. We must mention the biggest “Collpa” (lick) of macaws in the world, and also the opportunity to sight giant otters, specie currently near extinction. All these wonders attract tourists, scientists and photographers of the wildlife. Tambopata is the ideal place for ecotourism lovers and for those that desire to be in contact with nature in the Amazon and do not have much time to spare.
Day 1 | Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata
On arrival to Puerto Maldonado, reception at the airport and transportation to the Maldonado Ecolodge, where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage. You will embark for a 3 ½ hours motorboat trip up the Tambopata River to Tambopata Lodge (box lunch on board). During the trip into the heart of the rain forest we will be able to observe clouds of butterflies, typical Amazon communities, while groups of birds pass over the boat and animals such as capybaras, turtles and caiman. Reception and accommodation at the lodge. Introductory nocturnal walk to understand rainforest ecosystems and see some of the amazing trees. Return to the lodge for dinner. We will enjoy diverse sounds of the jungle which will accompany our first night in the Amazon. Overnight at Tambopata Lodge.
Day 2 | Tambopata
Early wake up at 4:30 am to take a light breakfast (coffee or mate), to begin with our 40-minute journey upstream to the Macaw Clay Lick “El Chuncho”in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries and wildlife of the riverbanks. At our arrival, if weather permits, we will observe one of the greatest wildlife spectacles where hundreds of parrots and different species of macaws gather to eat clay, an unforgettable experience. Then, we will walk through the river beach searching for animal footprints while we have refreshment. In the middle morning we return to the lodge to have breakfast and then take a rest to relax or or enjoy the facilities in the lodge. We leave again to take a 10 minute river journey to enjoy “Cascadas del Gato” (Cat Cascades), where we will swim in a “natural Jacuzzi”. If you wish, you can join us to fish in the river where inhabit more than 250 species of fish or do kayaking on the river (optional). After lunch, we will have an ethno botanical walk into the rainforest by the Tambopata cross path, to learn about plants and medicinal trees of the area; and to observe the amazing jungle ecosystem where we will see walking palm trees, giant lupuna trees, snake trees and so on. At nightfall, we embark again to make a nocturnal caiman search. Overnight at Tambopata Lodge.
Day 3 | Tambopata
After breakfast we will make a trip in boat to the Maldonado Ecolodge, in Puerto Maldonado where we will relax in our bungalows and enjoy a tasty lunch. After lunch we will leave and travel for thirty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to the access trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. 3 km hike to the banks of the lake. There we will board a canoe to paddle around the lake enjoying the beauty of the landscape and observing the wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds) , monkeys, etc. If we are lucky we could see the family of giant otters which live at the lake. It is time to begin our return hike to the Madre de Dios River to return to Puerto Maldonado. There we will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of Maldonado Ecolodge. After dinner we will be able to rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle. We can enjoy the pool and its cascade surrounded by verdant vegetation. Rest of the night free to enjoy the night life of this welcoming city. Night at Maldonado Ecolodge.