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7 Day Birding Holiday in Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios Region
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Explorer's Inn, Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru

Peru Birding Tour

Join in a seven days holiday to see the best of nature in the wild at the Tambopata National Reserve. Guides that are qualified and knowledgeable about the variety of birds will provide all necessary information and the best places to observe and photograph the variety of birds in Tambopata National Reserve.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum 2 maximum 9 persons
  • Children from the age of 5 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • English speaking guide. French or German speaking guide upon request and at extra price - 25 USD per day
  • Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve included.

Highlights

  • 6 days of trips and walks to see various bird species
  • Chance to spot a great variety of birds such as parrots, macaws, antbirds, sparrows, toucans, etc.
  • Explore Tambopata National Reserve and have a grasp of the amazonian forest of Peru
  • Daily hikes and walks to the parrot clay lick, the canopy tower, and Lake Cocococha
  • All transfer services since you get to Puerto Maldonado
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport
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Accommodation

The Lodge

Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge is an award-winning eco-lodge in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Founded in 1975, it was one of the first in Peru to offer visitors the chance to experience the rainforest at first-hand; to this day, Explorer´s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge continues to offer outstanding opportunities to see Amazonian wildlife, being located inside the Tambopata National Reserve, regarded by some scientists as the most biodiverse place on Earth. World records in bird, butterfly, and dragonfly biodiversity are among the marks set in the rainforest immediately around the lodge.

Explorer´s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge has a total of 70 beds in single, double and triple bedrooms spread out in a series of thatched bungalows, built on raised platforms to protect from flooding. Each bedroom has a porch, complete mosquito netting, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

The fruit trees scattered around the Inn, along with some native plants and flowers in the lodge itself attract an assortment of butterflies, birds, insects, and mammals. Together with the dispersed nature of the accommodation, visitors can thus witness a fascinating array of Amazonian wildlife without even leaving the Inn.

The main lodge building, which includes the dining room, bar and reception, is built around a living ironwood tree, known as shihuahuaca by local people who believe the species to be sacred. The Inn also houses a laboratory, enabling much of the biodiversity research that has helped to make the inn famous over the years.

But the most important thing about the lodge is its stunning setting at the confluence of the La Torre and Tambopata Rivers, 40 long miles upriver from the bustling frontier town of Puerto Maldonado, in the province of Madre de Dios.

Program

Day 1

Guests are met at the airport by their specialist guide, and taken to the office, where you will be able to repack and leave in storage anything that you will not be needing on this part of your trip. You then continue on to the port in the native community of Infierno, at about 45 minutes from the city of Puerto Maldonado.

During this journey you may make some stops in order to make sightings of the Great Pootoo, Purus Jacamar ,and White-Throated Jacamar. Once at the port, while you are waiting to embark, you have a chance to see species of oropendolas, tanagers and flycatchers, etc.

During the boat trip up to Explorer’s Inn guests will receive a boxed lunch, and you will also have the opportunity to see riverine birds such as the Cocoi Heron and Capped Heron; as well as some parrots and macaws in flight. There is the chance to see a variety of bird species during this journey, with luck you may even spot a flock of Sand-Colored Nighthawks, or other rare species.

Upon arrival guests will be greeted by the lodge manager, who will give useful recommendations and information to ensure an enjoyable stay.

After a short rest, the hosts will make a short introductory walk to search for some nocturnal species, such as the Tawny-Bellied Screech-Owl, and with some luck you may observe the Great Horned Owl. The walk will be followed by dinner.

Day 2

There will be a very early breakfast before visiting the parrot claylick, located at a 10 minute boat ride from the main lodge, after the visit to the claylick, you will return on foot.

At the claylick you may see Yellow-Crowned Parrot, Orange-Cheeked Parrot, Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, Blue-Headed Parrot and on occasion you will even get to see Scarlet Macaws.

During the walk back you will be searching for some specialist varieties of birds that inhabit the surrounding areas, such as bamboo forest, primary forest, high forest, and stream areas. Some of the species to be found include Striated Antbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Rufous-Fronted Antthrush, Pale-Winged Trumpeter, Blue-Crowned Motmot and Musician Wren, among others. After that you will have lunch.

You will then visit Lake Chica at a 20 minute walk from the lodge, to look for species of toucans and aracaries. You will also have the chance to spot other species such as Black-Capped Donacobius and Little Cuckoo. Upon return you will attempt to sight some species of owls. Dinner is scheduled in the evening.

Day 3

You will have an early breakfast before embarking on a full-day hike, complete with boxed lunch, exploring the primary and secondary forests found on the trails “Main” and “Taipir”. You will be walking approximately 6 kilometers in total, in order to search for the largest variety of species possible, hopefully including some mixed flocks which could include Semicollared Puffbird, White-Winged Shrike-Tanager, Red-Crowned Ant-Tanager, Pavonine Quetzal, Round-Tailed Manakin, Scale-Backed Antbird, White-Throated Antbird, Blue-Crowned Trogon, Curl-Crested Aracari, Golden-Collared Toucanet, and many others.

The return to the lodge will be around 4 p.m., in order to rest before dinner.

Day 4

You will have an early breakfast before visiting the 42 meter high tower, in order to view canopy birds. Some species which can be observed include Gilded Barbet, Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Purple-Throated Fruit Crow, White-Necked Puffbird, Paradise Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Green and Gold Tanager, as well as the chance of seeing species of macaws, parrots, toucans and aracaries, and with a lot of luck the extremely endangered Harpy Eagle.

You will then return to the lodge, looking for understory and ground-level birds on the way. You will have lunch at the lodge. After you will embark on a walk of the Lake Chica trail, entering Big Tree trail and leaving from La Torre trail. This walk will pass through various distinct forest types, allowing us the chance to see perhaps the Blue-Throated Piping Guan, Black-Spotted Bare-Eye, Pale-Legged Hornero, Band-Tailed Manakin, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Cream-Collared Woodpecker and many other species. The day will end with dinner at the lodge.

Day 5

Enjoy an early breakfast where you will also be given boxed lunches for the day. You will walk directly to Lake Cocococha, a 5 and a half kilometers hike, which you will attempt to make as early as possible in order to enjoy birdwatching during the sunrise. Here we may see Horned Screamer, Hoatzin, Anhinga and various types of jacanas, kingfishers, and perhaps Red-Bellied Macaw and Blue and Yellow Macaws. With luck you may see the rare Agami Heron, Point-Tailed Palmcreeper, and Long-Billed Woodcreeper. There are various other specialist lake birds that may accompany you, as well as the chance of seeing endangered Giant River Otters.

After a couple of hours rowing around the lake you will return to the lodge, exploring the forest on the way for new species.

You will arrive to the lodge at around 4 pm for a rest before dinner.

After dinner there is the option of a boat ride on the river for caiman spotting, with the possibility of seeing species of nocturnal birds such as Ladder-Tailed Nightjar, Common Pootoo, and Tropical Screech-Owl.

Day 6

You will make the most of this last chance to walk the trails in order to search for species that have not yet been seen, explore some of the different areas of the forest, or perhaps repeat any of the activities that guests would like to experience again. Either before or after dinner we will embark on a nightwalk to search for owls and other nocturnal species.

Day 7

You will have an early breakfast and get ready for your departure from the lodge. The time of departure is programmed according to the flight times for guests finishing their tour on the same day. Guests are taken from the port to the Puerto Maldonado office, and then on to the airport.

Included excursions

  • Claylick trip to see various species of parrots
  • 6 kilometer walking trip to explore the forest along Main and Tapir trails
  • Visit to the 42 meter high tower, in order to view canopy birds
  • Hike to Lake Cocococha and rowing on the lake

Location

Tambopata National Reserve

The Tambopata National Reserve protects 274,690 hectares of rainforest in the Madre de Dios province of eastern Peru. It encompasses the former Tambopata Reserved Zone (TRZ), 5,500 hectares of undisturbed subtropical moist forest within which the Explorer's Inn was built. Research over the last four decades has concluded that this area of forest has the greatest diversity of wildlife of any single locality on Earth. It has more species of birds (600 spp.), butterflies (over 1200 spp.) and many other animal groups than any other location of its size.

This exceptional diversity is due to its privileged location at the meeting point of three important biomes: lowland tropical Amazon forest, the humid Pampas savannah, and extensive seasonally flooded palm swamps, not to mention the close proximity to pre montane cloud forest of the Andean foothills just 100 kilometers to the south. Indeed, at least nine major forest types can be distinguished around the Explorer's Inn, each with own community of distinctive plants and animals.

The forests of the Reserve were originally set aside in 1977 for long-term protection by the Peruvian government as a direct result of research undertaken at the Explorers´ Inn. In 1990, the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone (TCRZ) was created. This conservation area has since been superseded by the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, the latter of which was created in 1996.

These internationally important protected areas would not have been created without the biological studies and other educational initiatives undertaken around Explorer's Inn in Tambopata Reserve. Together the Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene protect more than 1.3 million hectares, and together with the Madidi National Park in Bolivia, they are forming one of the largest contiguous protected areas of tropical forests in South America.

Within easy walking distance of the Inn lies Cocococha, a peaceful oxbow lake. The undisturbed ecosystem here supports a family of giant river otters along with other endangered species such as black caimans.

Bird life is particularly prolific; 620 species have been recorded in the area immediately surrounding the Inn - an all-comers’ record. You will not cease to be amazed by the variety and colors, whether you are a professional ornithologist or a rainforest neophyte. Walking our extensive network of trails is an experience never to forget; encounters of various monkey species are common, and you have a good chance of glimpsing other mammals such as peccaries, agoutis, anteaters and coatis.

Very occasionally, lucky guests at the Inn have even sighted jaguars, arguably the rainforest’s most magnificent as well as its most elusive inhabitants.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of trips and walks to see various bird species
  • Claylick trip to see various species of parrots
  • 6 kilometer walking trip to explore the forest along Main and Tapir trails
  • Visit to the 42 meter high tower, in order to view canopy birds
  • Hike to Lake Cocococha and rowing on the lake
  • All transfer services since you get to Puerto Maldonado
  • Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve
  • Guiding services
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Guiding in German or French - 25 EUR per day

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Padre Aldamiz International Airport (PEM). The organizer will pick you up from the airport; the pickup is included in the price.

Airport: Padre Aldamiz International Airport Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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