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Tambopata National Reserve

Tour details

The most complete birding tour to the Tambopata National Reserve,  the tour includes activities at the largest Macaw Clay Lick , Oxbow lakes, the lodging at most exclusive rainforest lodges

Place of departure


Place of return

Jorge Chavez – Lima Airport

Departure time

7:00 am

End time

1:00 pm


Domestic flights LIMA – PEM - PEM – LIMA
Hotel accommodations
Professional bird guide with song library
River and land transportation
Meals from day 2 to (day 7, breakfast at Hotel only)
Snacks for each day and water

Does not include

Nights in Lima
Alcoholic beverage
Travel and Medical Insurance
Other items of personal nature


Entrance Fees

Tour Considerations

What to Expect

to observe more than 200 birds species of the rainforest lowlands specialist

  • Largest Clay Lick in the Southern Peru rainforest
  • Oxbow lakes to observe aquatic birds
  • Trail system in pristine and mature rainforest
  • Canopy tower birds of the emergent forest
  • Birding from motor boat


Day 1 Arrival Lima

Upon arrival at the international airport. Transfer to your hotel near the airport. Night in Lima.

Day 2 Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata Research Center

Early departure to take the flight of lh 20m,from lima to Puerto Maldonado,then from our headquarters in Puerto Maldonado,we will take a lh 30m vehicle by road to the Tambopata river port. Then we will continue our travel of 3h 30m by boat to our destination (Tambopata Research Center). Our typical box lunch will be arranged as we ride along the Tambopata river, by this time we will be inside the Tambopata National Reserve,where there ore fantastic opportunities to spot the local wildlife as we move;Caimans,Capybaras,Monkeys, River Turtles and also possibilities to spot the elusive Jaguar. Our birding will be non-stop and we will look for the birds like Pied Lapwing,Drab Water-tyrant, Sand-colored Nighthawk, White-winged Swallow,and White-Banded Swallow,also there are chances for endangered Orinoco Goose only here,Great Block Hawk, Block Caracara,Cocoi and Capped Heron, Yellow-billed Tern. Several of the different species of Parrots and Macaws will be seen at flight Chestnut-fronted Macaw,Scarlet Macaw,Red-and-green Macaw and Blue-and­ yellow Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, Mealy Amazon,and Yellow-headed Amazon.Oropendolas will make their appearance along the way as well. Yellow-rumped Cacique,Olive (Amazonian) Oropendola,and Russet-backed Oropendola willcharm you with their beautiful songs.This section of the river will bring special feelings to you,there aren't other humans here,our lodge is the only in this vast rainforest that extends to hundreds of kilometers in all direction.There will be only peace and harmony in the surrounding nature.

Upon arriving at the Tambopata Research Center,our home for the next three nights; the manager will provide a brief welcome followed by room accommodations. In the afternoon a bird outing as the trails here are excellent and we will ventura in search for some understory mix species flock; Long-winged Antwren,White-flanked Antwren and Gray Antwren, Bluish-slate Antshrike and Dusky-throated Antshrike,White-browed Antbird,Band-tailed Manakin,Red-crowned Ant­ tanager,Olivaceous Woodcreeper and Wedge-billed Woodcreeper,Ocellate Woodcreeper and Black-banded  woodcreeper, Collared Trogon,Semicollared Puffbirds, and Striolated Puffbird,Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner and Buff­ throated Foliage-Gleaner,Black-faced Antthrush and Rufous-capped Antthrush.Any mammalian sightings will complement every nature outing.

Night at Tambopata Research Center. 300 meters above sea level BL-D


Day 3 Tambopata Research Center.

Today's departure will be in it early morning,downriver lh 20 m to the fabulous Chuncho Mocow Cloylick; We will have a picnic breakfast os we enjoy the bird show. There are many diverse species of parrots gathering here.The riverbank is rich

in minerais and it helps them to neutralize the toxins found in the f ruits and seeds they eat. Birds we con see ore Scorlet Mocow,Red-and-green Moscow and Blue-and-yellow Macaw,Chestnut-fronted Macaw,Blue-headed Macaw,and Red­ bellied Macaws; Mealy Amazon and Yellow-crowned Amazon,Blue-headed Parrot,Orange-checked Parrot, and White­ bellied Parrot; White-eyed Parakeet and Dusky-headed Parakeet, also while Black-capped Parakeet is not common we  hove seen them here before. Cobalt-winged parakeets are also commonly sighted. Participants will hove the opportunity to see other beautiful birds too;like Woodpeckers,Birds of Preys,and Toucans among others.Alter this activity ends,we will head bock to the boat and to our Lodge. We will keep our eyes open to any other wildlife and showing ali to you is our goal and commitment.

We will be bock ot Tambopata Research Center (Lodge), far lunch,and then far o break afterword os mony man like to simply enjoy peace in the hummocks.

Afternoon outing is birding the fish pond and riverine forest (Tessaria, Gynerium, and Cecropia trees),a classic habitat in the Amazon rainforest to find:Orange-headed Tanager, Silver-beaked Tanager,and Crimson-masked Tanager,Black­ throated Antbird,Orange-backed Troupial,and Epaulet Oriole,American Pygmy Kingfisher,Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Magpie Tanager,Black-tailed Trogon,Purus Jacamar, Scarlet-hooded Barbet,Black-faced Antthrush and the rore Rufous­ fronted Antthrush;Plumbeous Antbird, Sunbittern,Cabanis's Spinetail and Park-breasted Spinetail,Black-capped Donacobius, Bond-tailed Antbird,and many others.  Alter dinner night activity (Owling) will be scheduled. Possibilities include Tawny-bellied Screech Owl,Ocellate Poorwill,Crested Owl,and other night creatures. Night at Tambopata Research Center. 300 Meters


Day 4 Tambopata Research Center

Exploring new trails is the goal and today's outing will take us to the Bamboo forest, this terra-firme habitat is unique for the exclusive set of birds.The specialization and the range-restricted to this habitat will be our topic; and targets will be Manu Antbird,White-lined Antbirds,Goeldi's Antbird,Bamboo Antshrike,Striated Antbird,Dot-winged Antwren,Yellow-breasted Bamboo Antbird,lhering's Antwren,Ornate (Bamboo) Antwren,Rufous-breasted Piculet, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Nunbird,Rufous-capped Nunlet,White-cheeked Tody-tyrant, Flammulated Pygmy-tyrant, and Long-crested Pygmy-tyrant. Birding is always excellent at Tambopata and this trail offers a lot; White-throated Jacamar,Little Tinamou, Letter Aracari,Red-stained Woodpecker,Red-necked Woodpecker,Blue-throated Piping-guan,Pale-winged Trumpeter, Razor-billed Curassow, Reddish Hermit, and many others. There will be flocks of mixed species and many opportunities to encounter mammals such Howler Monkey,Spider Monkey,and Dusky Titi Monkey.Definitely,this pristine forest holds wildlife species that cannot be seen elsewhere,indicating the quality of this undisturbed forest. This is why this region is called "Tambopata-Candamo,The last rainforest without a man" in the documentary movie by Daniel Winitzky. Alter this intense fieldwork and the very nice walk, we will head back to our lodge for a delicious Peruvian mealand a break.


Another nice outing for the afternoon in which we will explore the floodplain forest. Here the trees develop very wide-open roots,the soil is not as rich in nutrients as the terra for me. However, there is plenty of food for mammals like White-lipped Peccaries, Tapirs, Agouties, and Monkeys.We will focus on birds and the leader will work hard to find an unusual group of birds called the Obligated Army Ant-follower. Different species of birds that follow army ants,these swarms of ants move on the forest floor searching, predating and flushing out all kinds of insects,this is described as "The attack of the Marabuntas . So,the group of birds benefits from the ants and learns to move only when the ants are inactivity,explaining the fragility of this symbiotic relationship.we will put some effort to see Black-Spotted Bare-eyed,White-throated Antbird,White-chinned woodcreeper and Plain-brown Woodcreeper,Ringed Antpipit, Chestnut-tailed Antbird,Black-faced Antbird,White-throated Tinamou,Scale-backed Antbird,White-browed Antbird,and many others that take advantage by following the ants. Night

at Tambopata Research Center. 300 meters B-L-D

Day 5 Posada Amazonas

Today we will take the chance to experience Colorado Macaw Claylick in only five minutes by boat.In the last few years,the birds have reduced in numbers,this is why we focused on the Chuncho Macaw Claylick. Knowing that some bird species are more common here,we will show you;Red-bellied Macaw,White-eyed Parakeet, Blue-headed Macaw,White-bellied Parrot, Blue-and-yellow Macaw,Scarlet Macaw,and Mealy Amazon. Other birds that can be sighted are Spix's Guan,Black­ and-white Hawk-Eagle,White-throated Toucan,Purplish Jay,and many others. We have seen in the post Red Brocket Deer and Capybaras eating the clay here,as well.Alter this,we will head back to the lodge for breakfast. Alter packing our gear and luggage;We will depart Tambopata Research Center and navigate the dawn stream 4h 30m to Posada Amazonas Lodge. Upon arrival,we will venture to bird around trails until lunch time.

The Canopy Tower is scheduled for this afternoon and we will be walking fer about forty-five minutes and then climbing the scaffold tower to 120ft to the canopy !layer of the rainforest. The view is fantastic here,as well the birds; Curl-crested Aracari, ivory-billed Aracari,Gilded Barbet, Bare-necked Fruitcrow,Spangled Cotinga,Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Cinnamon­ throated Woodcreeper,Yellow-backed Tanager,Green-and-gold Tanager,Opal-crowned Tanager and Opal-rumped Tanager,Turquoise Tanager and Paradise Tanager, Crested Oropendola,Casqued Oropendola,Red-and-green Macaw can be seen eye to eye from this tower; Shock-headed Capuchin Monkey and Black-capped Squirrel Monkey are possible to see,as well.Alter this terrific birding,we will head down to the ground and bird as we walk back to the Posada Amazona Lodge.

Night activity (Owling), before or after dinner will be optional for the group. Night at Posada Amazonas Lodge. 260 meters elevation


Day 6 Posada Amazonas

Early departure will be to the  tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. In This order;Breakfast at the lodge,walking to the boat, 25m boat ride,walking for 30m into the beautiful lake.At the lake we will use a paddle catamaran to move around.This lake has been protected by the Ese-eja's indigenous people for more than 25 years,their goal is to protect the Giant River Otters that inhabitant here,and we will try to find them for you.Birding is excellent here and we will focus on our targets like;Hoatzin, Black-capped Donacobius, Rufescent Tiger-Heron,Sungrebe,Greater Ani,Wattled Jacana,Cream-colored Woodpecker, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper,Blue-crowned Trogon. Post participants have seen Harpy Eagle before though it is rore.

Block Caiman and Pirana Fish are also here.As the weather heats up,we will retrace our path to our boat and then into our lodge.

Before lunch and depending on the time,we will venture to visit the small parrots Claylick, from a well accommodated blind, we can see;Black-capped Parakeet,Cobalt-winged Parakeet and Dusky-billed Parrotlet; Also,Spix's Guan and Ruddy Pigeon.

Alter lunch:An optional activity will be arranged for the group. A visit to the herbal and botanical garden (Centro Nape), led by the local indigenous shaman who will explain the local use of the plants,such as Cat Claws (Cancer relief), Para-para (Natural Viagra), Cordoncillo (local Anesthesia) and more,and you will have the chance to smell and taste the beverages. Birding may take a step back,but will not stop.

Night at Posada Amazonas Lodge. 260 mts B-L-D

DAY 7 Puerto Maldonado, birding with the "Women Birder"

After breakfast,we will head back to Puerto Maldonado for 45m by boat and 45m by bus to our hotel inPuerto Moldonodo.

We will be accommodated with rooms.Andalso,we will have a delicious Peruvian meal for lunch at the hotel.

Far the afternoon we will meet with the army of women birders of Puerto Moldonodo,we will be transferred to classic potreros habitots (Old Cattle Ranches),which is an interesting habitat for birding.Here the open areas hove been increasing southeastern Peru since deforestation. A lot of the new resident species are found here and have just been added recently to the list of the Birds of Peru.Birds like;southernLapwing,southern caracara, White faced Whistling-duck,.

Black-foced Tanager,White-tailed Hawk, Pearl Kite,White-shouldered Kite,Red-breasted Meadowlark,Lesser Yellow­ headed Corocoro,and other local birds will be seen. The time sharing with the local feminist group will help to bond with new friends and understand their challenges as borders for conservation inPeru.

Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant in town.

Night at Hotel In Puerto Maldonado. 240 mts B L-D

DAY 8 Fligth to Lima or Cusco

Today we will head to the airport and fly to Lima for an international connection or to Cusco city.


Day 9 Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport


Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport

We retrace our river and roadjourney back to Puerto Maldonado,our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.



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