BIRD WATCHING TOUR
TAMBOPATA - PERU
8 days 7 nights
TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE - BAHUAJA SONENE PARK- SANDOVAL LAKE
Foto E. Del Solar
The Tambopata National Reserve and The Bahuaja-Sonene National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Records include over 700 species of birds, 1200 species of butterfly, 90 species of mammals, 120 species of reptiles and amphibians and innumerable species of insect. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in areas visited by Wasai tours and there are places where it is possible to see over 100 species in a day. We can take you to a number of parrot collpas where many species of macaw, parrot and parakeet feed at clay licks and also mammal collpas where animals such as tapir, deer and peccary come to feed. The lodge and its surrounded are used by photographer and TV. The base for observation is Wasai Tambopata Jungle Lodge and Research Centre which has over 20 km of trails, overnight accommodation away from here is in tents.
Day 1.- Reception – Transfer to Wasai Tambopata Lodge
Reception at the airport and transportation to Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge where after a greeting, the guide will give a preliminary talk and explain the possibility of seeing birds such as the blue-gray tanager, palm tanager, silver-beaked tanager, crested flycatcher, and many others right here at the hotel.
After preparations, take a four-and-a-half hour ride on a wooden boat to the Wasai Tambopata Lodge. During the trip you will have the opportunity to see the birds of the riverfront such as swallows, egrets, herons, flycatchers, cowbirds, orioles, toucans, macaws, and many more. The specialized guide will describe each species and explain their identification either by sight or by sound. Arrive at the lodge where you will be received by the staff and welcomed to the jungle and its sounds.
In the evening take a nocturnal hike and have the opportunity to hear and hopefully see owls, tinamous, and many other types of animals.
Day 2.- Parrots' clay lick - Rainforest
We will wake early (5:00am) to go to the parrots' Clay Lick at the Gato River . While passing through a forest of bamboo, we will have the opportunity to see birds like anthrushes, antwrens, antshrikes, motmots, trogons, and pufbirds. Depending on the weather, after reaching the collpa—or parrots' clay lick, we will have a great opportunity to see our first psitacids, (parrots) such as: the mealy parrot, orange-cheek parrot, yellow-crowned parrot, chesnut-fronted macaw, and the dusky-headed parakeet. With some more luck, we may see large macaws like the scarlet or the red-and-green. We will stay as long as is prudent, and then go back to the lodge for breakfast.
|Foto. E. Del Solar
Rest for the morning. In the afternoon, we go into the forest again in search of more animals and to get to know the types of forests and the different species of birds found within them. Learn the fruit trees that provide for the diversity of birds in Tambopata, and learn the important role the winged creatures play in their forests.
Day 3.- Macaws clay lick “El Chuncho” – Bahuaja Sonene National Park
We will leave very early (4:00 am) for the Macaws' Clay Lick ´´El Chuncho.´´ This place is very special because every morning with good weather nature presents a spectacle of color and sound that is very special and unforgettable for all bird-lovers. Hundreds of parrots, parakeets, and macaws meet in this place to feed on clay embankments. With luck you might see up to 13 species of parrots all gathered in one place.
| Foto: Jorge Borja
You will then have the opportunity to walk through some of the trails to find toucans, guans, curassow, and others. have breakfast, take a short break and take the boat again to go further into the jungle, this time to the world's largest macaws' clay lick the Collpa Colorado. Here, we will have the opportunity to see a ganzo and other ducks that are only found in Madre de Dios . Along the riverbanks you might find the orinoco goose, muscovy duck, purpluish or violaceous jays, olive orioles, Amazon orioles, harpy eagle, and much more!
We will have lunch after reaching the campsite of the Tambopata Research Center . After which we will search and hopefully find the only trumpeter of Southern Peru called the pale-winged trumpeter, as well as flocks of several other birds like tanagers, tinamous, woodpeckers, wood creepers, honeycreepers, aracaris, and more inside the jungle. Sleep at the campsite.
Day 4.- Macaws' clay lick “Colorado”
Again we will have an awakening full of color, as we will be directly in front of the world's largest clay lick, where many documentaries have been filmed. We will have the chance to see many mealy parrots, chesnut-fronted macaws, blue and yellow macaws, red and green macaws, scarlet macaws, dusky-headed parakeets, and blue-headed parrots. With some luck, we will see the rare blue-headed macaw, sometimes seen around this area an incredible spectacle that surely you will not get tired of.
Breakfast and return to Wasai Tambopata lodge, with another chance to see the birds of the riverfront. After lunch take a well-deserved rest. In the evening, hit the trails again in search of small but very beautiful manakins; with patience we can see two types of these wonderful birds. Later, return to the lodge and rest.
Day 5.- Free day
Free day in Wasai Tambopata Lodge. You will have a lot of opportunities to see different species of birds around the lodge.
Day 6.- Isuyama Port- La Cachuela- Wasai Maldonado lodge
After breakfast, we will leave for Puerto Maldonado. You will have another chance to see birds along the river. Before to arrive to Puerto Maldonado lodge, we will visit Isuyama port, located in the southeast of Puerto Maldonado where we can easily find a great number of birds like nunbird, seed eaters, parrots, vultures, catle egrets, flycatchers and oropendolas .
We will arrive to Puerto Maldonado around midday.
After lunch we will leave for the hamlets of Cachuela, a very beautiful place where rare birds are seen each time it is visited. Birds such as the southern caracas , horned screamer, jacana, egrets, jacamars, anise, raptors, and more can all be seen here. It is close to Puerto Maldonado, and we will travel here by car.
Dinner at the lodge.
Day 7.- Saldoval Lake – Collpas de Shebon
4:30 am we will have breakfast. After breakfast we will depart on a 45 minute trip along the Madre de Dios River , and take a 5km walk through the forest for Sandoval Lake , a lake with a large numbers of birds and other species. During the walk we will have the opportunity to find the blue-crowned trogon, black tailed trogon,
white-tailed trogon, and the violaceous trogon. You will also have a good chance to see different types of hummingbirds
such as: the long-tailed hermit, white neck Jacobin, the fork-tailed woodnymph and toucans like curl crested aracari and ivori billed aracari. We will search for a local palm with high content of clay called shebon, where parrots used to feast every day. Here we will have the opportunity to see bellied macaw, white bellied parrot, blue and yellow macaws, and more species.
Once in the lake, we will embark in a canoa to paddle around the lake to see birds like hoatzin (punk bird), herons like the agami heron , tigre herons, striated Heron, anhingas cormorant, coci Heron , and other kind of birds.
After lunch we will have the chance to swim on the lake and then come back to the lodge in Puerto Maldonado.
Farewell dinner and night at Wasai Maldonado.
Day 8.- Transfer to the airport
Breakfast and transportation to the airport.
- Transfer from/to the airport
- Complete meals
- Bilingual guide
- Rubber boats
- Drinks: water, natural juices and infusions.
- Boat journey
Services not included:
Entrance fee to the Natural Reserve and National Park ($65.00)
- Flight ticket
- Airport taxes
- Alcoholic drinks
- Phone calls
- Radio calls