Tambopata Macaw clay lick + Sandoval Lake 4 days - 3 nights
- Duration: 4 days – 3 nights.
- Minimum number of participants: 02
- Type of service: pull.
- Departure: Every day.
- Best time to visit: March- October
CHUNCHO MACAW CLAY LICK -FULL DAY SANDOVAL LAKE
DAY 1. Pto. Maldonado-Collpa Lodge.
We will leave at 9:30 am from our hostel in Pto. Maldonado, the first two hours will be by car, the first part will be by paved road and the second part will be by dirt road until we reach the Tambopata River near the border of the reserve. Here we will take the boat to take us 25 minutes down the Tambopata River until we arrive to our lodge “COLLPAS TAMBOPATA INN”, near Chuncho Clay Lick, During the trip we will have good chances to observe capybaras and many shorebirds along the river bank. Upon arrival at the lodge, we will get a welcome drink.
After lunch we will do a basic hike, first in a secondary forest and then in a primary forest full of huge trees, vines and creepers, at the same time we will talk about the most important economic activities of this region. Chances to see howler monkeys, wild pigs “peccaries”, some brown capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys will always be possible.
When it gets dark we will return to our lodge, in the evening together with our boat we will do one of the most exciting activities, caiman spotting, we will look for white and black caimans, we may see more capybaras and we always have a good chance to spot an ocelot or a jaguar along the river bank.
DAY 2. Lodge- Collpa Chuncho Macaw Lick.
We will start at 5:00 a.m., previous a delicious coffee we will board the boat on the Tambopata River for 1 hour, crossing the government check point, we will have the whole sunrise just for us on the boat, with possibilities to see capybaras, which is the biggest rodent in the world, tapirs and even might see the most beautiful feline in South America “The Jaguar”, many of our clients are witnesses with photographic evidences of encounters with these beautiful mammals.
Arriving at our destination, the Tambopata clay lick, we will sit as close to the river and watch the spectacle at the lick, parrots, macaws, green, red, blue and yellow birds of all colors will parade to our eyes all around the beautiful jungle landscape, this behavior of these birds is every day and they do it in search of their diet, the clay.
We will stay from 6:30 am to 11:00 am approx. Our breakfast will be here, in front of the Tambopata clay lick.
At the end of this activity we will return to the lodge. We will have lunch and then we can take a rest.
In the afternoon we will take a walk to learn more about medicinal plants, quinine “good for malaria”, cat’s claw, Grado’s blood, and AYAHUASCA “the master plant of the shamans” are some of the plants that we will find during this interesting walk. This afternoon we will climb the highest observation tower, it is 50 meters high and the view of the Amazon basin with unforgettable view.
We will return to our lodge and then after dinner we will have a short night walk, the sounds at night, the wildlife at night “insects, spiders, tarantulas, frogs, armadillos and maybe even snakes will make this activity hard to forget.
DAY 3: Collpa MAMALS LICK
The sounds of birds and probably howler monkeys will be the sounds that will be in charge of waking us up, we will have breakfast and walk to the mammal lick, we will probably have better chances of finding howler monkeys, deer, wild boars and other mammals that feed. in this place, at the same time we will explain you the different techniques about the ways of hunting that exist in this area.
We will return for lunch at the lodge and then in the afternoon we have the activity of Kayaking in singles and doubles, this is an extra activity that is included in your program, it does not cost anything more, and we can go paddling down river. It is a very nice activity where you will enjoy the scenery and always hoping to see some wildlife along the river bank.
* The campfire is optional! It’s your choice!
DAY 4. SANDOVAL LAKE.
5:30 a.m. we will take our boat for 20 minutes and then 2 hours back to Puerto Maldonado by car, we will have breakfast at Tambopata Hostel and more then we will continue with the excursion, we will walk five minutes to the river dock. Madre de Dios” where our boat and driver will take us down river, after one hour on the river we will arrive at the entrance of the Tambopata National Reserve. After checking in at the control point, we will walk for about an hour along a trail to reach a channel that connects to the Sandoval Lake. We will then travel by canoe, paddling around the lake and making the most of our time in the area along the shore of this beautiful lake, full of wildlife: amazing insects, small and large birds, exotic and colorful.
There is also a family of giant river otters living in Sandoval Lake. There are very few of them left in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru and this is one of the few places where we can observe a group of them, almost always looking for fish to eat. According to statistics, there is a 60 percent chance of seeing them during a one-day visit to the lake. We also have the opportunity to observe black caimans living in the lake. Although nighttime is the ideal time to observe them when they are most active, they can also be found during the day.
We will continue to the house of a local family that lives inside the reserve. We will be welcomed with a delicious lunch, a traditional meal prepared wrapped in a jungle leaf to seal in the flavor, accompanied by a typical drink. Then, after resting, we can return to Puerto Maldonado.
End of our services.
* River and land tourist transportation.
* 03 night at the Lodge “Collpa Tambopata Inn”.
* Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve.
* Bilingual guide during the whole activity.
* Activities in our lodge.
* All meals: 04 lunches, 03 breakfasts, 03 dinners.
* First aid kit
* Rubber boots.
* Travel insurance for the trip
* Additional drinks (carbonated or alcoholic beverages).
* Copy of passport.
* Mosquito repellent.
* Comfortable and light clothes.
* Water bottle.
* Camera, charger and battery.
* Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho).
* Extra money.