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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
Jorge Chavez – Lima Airport
Anytime along the year
to observe more than 200 birds species of the rainforest lowlands specialist
Upon arrival at the international airport. Transfer to your hotel near the airport. Night in Lima.
Early departure to take the flight of 1h 20m, from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, then from our headquarters in Puerto Maldonado, we will take a 1h 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 are 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 Black Hawk, Black 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 will charm 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 venture 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
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Today’s departure will be in at early morning, downriver 1h 20m to the fabulous Chuncho Macaw Claylick; We will have a picnic breakfast as we enjoy the bird show. There are many diverse species of parrots gathering here. The riverbank is rich in minerals and it helps them to neutralize the toxins found in the fruits and seeds they eat. Birds we can see are Scarlet Macaw, Red-and-green Macaw 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 have seen them here before. Cobalt-winged parakeets are also commonly sighted. Participants will have the opportunity to see other beautiful birds too; like Woodpeckers, Birds of Preys, and Toucans among others. After this activity ends, we will head back to the boat and to our Lodge. We will keep our eyes open to any other wildlife and showing all to you is our goal and commitment.
We will be back at Tambopata Research Center (Lodge), for lunch, and then for a break afterward as many may 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 rare Rufous-fronted Antthrush; Plumbeous Antbird, Sunbittern, Cabanis’s Spinetail and Dark-breasted Spinetail, Black-capped Donacobius, Band-tailed Antbird, and many others. After 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
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, Ihering’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. After this intense fieldwork and the very nice walk, we will head back to our lodge for a delicious Peruvian meal and 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 firme. However, there is plenty of food for mammals like White-lipped Peccaries, Tapirs, Agouties, and Monkeys. We will focus on birding 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 swarm of ants move on the forest floor searching, predating and flushing out all kinds of insects, this is described as “The attach 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
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 past Red Brocket Deer and Capybaras eating the clay here, as well. After this, we will head back to the lodge for breakfast. After having packed our gear and luggage; We will depart Tambopata Research Center and navigate 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 for 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. After 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
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, Rufecent Tiger-Heron, Sungrebe, Greater Ani, Wattled Jacana, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Blue-crowned Trogon. Past participants have seen Harpy Eagle before though it is rare. Black 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.
After 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
After breakfast, we will head back to Puerto Maldonado for 45m by boat and 45m by bus to our hotel in Puerto Maldonado. We will be accommodated with rooms. And also, we will have a delicious Peruvian meal for lunch at the hotel.
For the afternoon we will meet with the army of women birders of Puerto Maldonado, we will be transferred to classic potreros habitats (Old Cattle Ranches), which is an interesting habitat for birding. Here the open areas have been increasing in 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; Southern Lapwing, Southern Caracara, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Black-faced Tanager, White-tailed Hawk, Pearl Kite, White-shouldered Kite, Red-breasted Meadowlark, Lesser Yellow-headed Caracara, 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 birders for conservation in Peru.
Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant in town.
Night at Hotel in Puerto Maldonado. 240 mts
Today we will head to the airport and fly to Lima for an international connection or to Cusco city.
END OF THE TOUR