Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata 4 Day tour
Discover the incredible biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest on this 4 day, 3 night excursion to the Tambopata National Reserve. Travel by motorized canoe deep into the jungle to reach the Chuncho macaw clay lick, where you can observe hundreds of colorful macaws and parrots that gather daily to feed. Enjoy early morning birdwatching tours with expert naturalist guides who will help you spot toucans, tanagers, monkeys and more. Spend your days exploring oxbow lakes and lush rainforest trails, and your nights sleeping in comfortable bungalows built on stilts, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle. This immersive Tambopata jungle tour offers an unforgettable up-close encounter with the Amazon’s astounding wildlife.
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Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata 4 Day tour
Road trip to natural reserve, motor boat and walk
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Madre de Dios, take a 2-hour bus and boat ride to reach your remote jungle lodge in the Tambopata National Reserve. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and introduction to your accommodations, which feature spacious rooms and bungalows with private bathrooms overlooking the rainforest. The property includes a bar, swimming pool, and buffet dining surrounded by monkeys and tropical birds. In the afternoon, embark on a 2-3 km hike through the jungle with expert guides pointing out medicinal plants and the seven monkey species that inhabit the area. You'll also see a variety of exotic birds during the unforgettable rainforest walk. Later, visit the lodge's 50-meter-high canopy tower for spectacular views of the lush Tambopata landscape. You can opt to take an evening boat ride to spot black and white caiman in their natural habitat along the Tambopata River for an amazing up-close wildlife encounter.
Visit the CHUNCHO Macaw clay lick
Day 2.- We get up early in the morning, at 4:30 am, to take a boat trip to the "collpa" (Quechua word meaning clay with minerals) of the most popular macaws of the Amazon called Chuncho. We will make a trip of 1 hour and a half by motorboat, during the trip we will have the opportunity to see some animals such as, for example, capybaras, tapirs and it is even possible to see the largest cat in South America, the jaguar.Many travelers are witnesses and bring photographic evidence of encounters with many of these wild animals.
After arriving at the macaw clay lick, we will first observe the arrival of large groups of parrots and parrots of different species, which arrive before the macaws to eat the mud located next to the clay wall on the river bank.
We will find a camouflaged place as close as possible to better see the clay lick from our chairs to await the start of one of the most beautiful bird watching views on the planet.In a day of normal activity in the macaw clay lick, you will notice a great selection of these wonderful animals flying over you becoming an unforgettable experience.Back to our ecolodge, we will have breakfast and rest after an exhausting activity.
We will go for Kayaking in the river or the stream depending on your expectation, is a beautiful activity also with big chances to see Capibaras, turttles and river birds during this two hours activity.
hiking out at night when most of the insects are active is our plan. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Spiders, tarantulas and even maybe a snake is possible to see.
Jungle hike and fishing
Day 3.- This five to eight kilometer trail leads through a picturesque rainforest with huge trees, interspersed with streams and ponds. Among the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will be on the lookout for mammals, lollipops, squirrels, brown capuchins, as well as red howler and peccary howler monkeys. The Collpas Tambopata Inn is located in this habitat.
Time for fishing in the waters of Tambopata river that provide us with a variety of fish such as payaras, pacu (giant piranha), catfish (zungaros, piros, surubim, etc.). We usually fish for two hours on the third afternoon, our local methods always have a good chance of catching some.If you are interested in piranha fishing, we are happy to do it.
Morning walk to Lagoon
Day 4.-Another type of floodplain forest is available for a half-day activity. We cross the Tambopata river and take a 2-hour walk until we finally reach Lake Quiroz, a small lake with alligators and turtles that are also active during the day. A pleasant walk through the jungle to the Tambopata National Reserve where we will focus on the forest and ecology.
It's time to say goodbye, the journey is coming to an end.
Your visit will make a direct contribution to the Wired Amazon and Tambopata National Reserve.
On the way back to the city, go to the bus station or to the airport, from where you will take your domestic flight
$ 362 USD
Following Optional Jungle Hotels are available
Terms & Rules
There are no age restrictions for arrival
Pets are NOT allowed.
We accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express (AMEX).
We accept also Bank transfer to our account number and PayPal for credit card processing.
This is an “All inclusive tour from pick up till drop off”
Pick up from (Airport, bus station or hotel)
03 Nights accommodation in bungalow with private bathroom
1 Ticket entrances to natural reserve 1 to (Macaw clay lick)
1 Professional bilingual guide in the jungle
1 Motor boat transportation for all trips
Breakfast (3) Dinner (3) Lunch (3)
All activities listed in the itinerary
Purified Water 24 hours (To recharge your canteen)
Wellingtons (Rubber boots)
No additional payment for single room or (Solo traveler)
Storage room for large luggage
First aid kit
Drop off to (Airport or bus station)
Drinks bought at the bar
Domestic Flights or Bus from/to Cusco, Lima
Extra snacks and drinks
Extra snacks and drinks
- In these parts of the Amazon there are no land roads o access the jungle, most transportation is by motor boat.
- Motorboats are designed to carry 20 to 40 people on a trip
- We have scheduled daily times where speedboats transport to and from the natural reserve area, every day a speedboat arrives in the city of Puerto Maldonado around 9 am to catch some departing morning flights.
- Another boat leaves daily from Puerto Maldonado to the Nature Reserve starting at 9:50 am. In case there are flights arrivng before 11:30, we will wait for them to be able to leave as a group.
- One more boat leaves the nature reserve at approximately 4:00 pm. arriving in Puerto Maldonado at approximately 5:00 pm for people who have a night bus to Cusco or who will overnight in the city of Puerto Maldonado
- If you have flight out after 9:00 a.m. We recommended you to take our motor boat after breakfast so we can drop you off to the airport at any time your flight is scheduled for.
- Motorboats spend around $100 USD of gasoline per hour of transportation, we can open a new boat deperture for free if a minimum of 8 passengers want to leave from the natural reserve.
- If you are 2 people, we can arrange a motor boat to start the tour at anytime your flight arrives, for solo traveler please arrive before 9:30 am or let us know so we can manage in advance to join you to a group
- In case you want to leave the natural reserve at any time, we can rent a private boat for you, but it will cost $100 per hour depending on Jungle hotel location and it is required to pay in advance
Traveler pickup is offered
Padre Aldamiz International Airport (Puerto Maldonado)
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Note: departure to the airport on day 3 will take place right after breakfast. Please plan your departure flight accordingly
It is recommended you bring light pants, long sleeved shirts, hiking shoes, rain jacket, day pack, flashlight, binoculars, pocket knife and insect repellent
Minimum age is 5 years old
Maximum luggage per person is 30 pounds (15 kg) Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Note: to conserve energy, the power is turned off for a short amount of time in the afternoon. Due to this, it is possible the lodge will be hot during this time.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
If you cancel at least 90 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 40 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel between 40 and 90 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. Learn more about cancellations. (All tickets are non refundable)
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during this tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are: Face masks required for travelers in public areas Face masks required for guides in public areas Face masks provided for travelers Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
What is the policy on sanitization during this tour?
The policies on sanitization are:
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What is the social distancing policy during this tour?
The policies on social distancing are:
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during this tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:
Guides required to regularly wash hands Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
What is the maximum group size during this tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.
What kind of weather can we find in the Amazon Jungle? It is sunny year-round, and like any other tropical rainforest, it can be hot and humid. The average year-round temperature is 27°C (80°F), with nights being slightly cooler. December to June is the rainy season, with April and May experiencing more rain, and temperatures normally between 23°C (73°F) and 30°C (86°F). July to November is the dry season, with temperatures from 26°C (78°F) to 40°C (104°F).