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5 Day Corto Maltes Amazonia Wildlife Holiday in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios Region

Corto Maltes Amazonia, Puerto Maldonado, Kilometro 9 Rio Madre de Dios , margen derecho, Sandoval, Peru

Peru Wildlife Boat Tour

Join in a wildlife holiday in the Peruvian forest at Corto Maltes Amazonia lodge. Tambopata is situated on the southern side of the Tambopata River (Madre de Dios Region). This huge area of beautiful lowland rainforests harbors an equally impressive array of biodiversity, often referred to as the most biodiverse place on Earth.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • English speaking guide

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Highlights

  • Rowboat cruise in Lake Sandoval and hike to Tambopata National Reserve
  • One afternoon river cruise around the lodge, lookout tower and Brazil nut harvesting camp visit
  • Chance to spot different reptiles, monkeys, and a variety of birds and to admire the amazonian flora
  • Transportation during the tour by boat and rowboat, transfer by vehicle from Puerto Maldonado
  • Visit the Animal Rescue Center Taricaya and short hike to the parrots clay lick
  • Visit and have lunch with a Machiguenga native family
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation

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5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:30
Check-out Time:
08:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff

You will be accommodated at Corto Maltes Amazonia. Offering all-inclusive rates and located in Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios Region, Corto Maltes Amazonía provides bungalow accommodations deep in the amazon jungle. A complimentary airport shuttle service is available.

These beautiful bungalows are fitted with a wardrobe, a private bathroom with free toiletries and a terrace with a garden view. Bed linen and towels are provided.

Guests booking accommodations at Corto Maltes Amazonía will find complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, all excursions, including entrance to Sandoval Lake are paid, as are shuttle services from the airport to the property and back.

At Corto Maltes Amazonía guests will find an on-site restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, a shared TV lounge, large gardens and a 24-hour front desk.

The property is approximately a 45-minute trip form the airport, including a 15-minute drive and 30-minute boat ride.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Reception at the airport with transfer to the office, which is located in the center of Puerto Maldonado. Any luggage that you do not require during your stay in the rainforest can be safely kept in the storage room. This is to facilitate the transport by boat to the lodge. You will embark for the lodge traveling on the river-vessel “Puerto de Capitanía”.

After 40 minutes of navigation on the Madre de Dios River you will arrive at the facilities of the Lodge Corto Maltes Amazonía. You will be received with refreshments made from seasonal fruits. Later, your guide will give you the necessary information for your stay and hand over the keys to your bungalow and security safe, followed by the lunch and some time to rest until the first excursion.

At 3:30 p.m. depart for your first contact with the jungle. You will be accompanied by your guide, who will show you the tropical trees, medicinal plants and other aspects of the exuberant nature among the 60 hectares of Brazil nut concession that Corto Maltés Amazonia stewards.

You will go on a visit to a shiringuero encampment, which is another one of the most important economic activities in the Madre de Dios region. This is a reproduction of a real camp, in which you can see the process of collecting rubber (better known as latex), and see how it is used for many products. The time for this trek is 2 hours.

Back at the lodge, you can relax by the pool or in the hammocks on the terrace of your bungalow, savor an exotic cocktail at the bar, enjoy a relaxing massage by a qualified staff member, visit the shop for a handcrafted souvenir of the rainforest or head to the riverside to view the breathtaking sunset.

At 7:00 p.m. you have scheduled a caiman safari. Before dinner, you will leave for a nocturnal boat trip to observe caimans and, with a bit of luck, other animals which populate the riverbank at night. At 8:00 p.m. you will have dinner in your riverside dining room.

Day 2: Lake Sandoval

Wake up at 5:30 a.m. for some coffee or tea before leaving for Lake Sandoval at 6:00 a.m. Your guide will hand out a bagged breakfast and snack for the excursion.

After roughly 20 minutes of travel on the river Madre de Dios, you will arrive at the landing stage of Lake Sandoval. During a 3-kilometer hike through the wild vegetation, you will enter the territory of Tambopata National Reserve, where you will have the chance to admire giant trees, different snakes, monkeys (squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and capuchin monkeys) and various birds (notably the Hoatzin - also known as the stink bird - kingfishers and snakebirds). Once on Lake Sandoval, you will embark in small rowboats in search of giant river otters. You will also have the possibility to spot a good number of other reptiles, mammals, and birds in their natural habitat. When the guide finds an opportune spot where you can continue to observe the nature, you will eat breakfast. For the return trip, make sure you have gathered your belongings and you will row back to the pier.

Optional activity: Monkey Island - This activity depends on the season and the discretion of your guide. There are times that due to flooding it is nearly impossible to disembark and walk around the island. There are also times in the year for mating and reproduction, and it is important to leave the wild monkeys alone, without human interruption. The animals are accustomed to visitors and can come very close. Therefore it is very important to always follow the instructions of your guide.

At 1:30 p.m. you will return to the lodge for lunch.

At 3:30 p.m. you will visit the lookout tower and the Brazil nut harvesting camp. You will explore one of the two lookout towers of Corto Maltès Amazonía, with a height of 20 and 42 meters and designed for bird watching and the viewing of other types of animals living at this altitude in the canopy. In addition, you will enjoy an incredible view of the sunset. (The guide will consult with the guests on their preferences and adapt this excursion accordingly.) There will also be a visit to a Brazil nut camp, where harvesters stay for the duration of the season. The Brazil nut (also known as castaña, as it is known locally) is one of the most important economic activities in the Madre de Dios region.

You will then have some free time to enjoy the pool or a massage, get refreshed at the bar or visit the souvenir shop. At 8:00 p.m. you will have dinner.

Day 3: Visit to a Native Family

At 9:00 a.m. after a 20-minute boat trip down-river, you will arrive at a chacra, which is a farm owned by a local family. Here you will recognize and even taste different seasonal tropical fruits as well as other native products (cacao, banana, cocona, bread-fruit, noni, yucca, lime). This place belongs to a typical rural family who maintain with care and without chemicals some native plants that grow naturally. They sell their products in the main markets of Puerto Maldonado for consumption. Once finished the visit you will return to take the boat, and after about 20 minutes you will arrive at the land of a native Machiguenga family.

At 12:00 p.m. you have scheduled a native family visit. The Machiguenga are one of the many ethnic groups that exist in the Peruvian Amazon. A family of native Machiguenga will receive you for a visit. They will show you the cultural value of their ancestors, as well as language and customs, including traditional clothes, hunting gear, handicrafts and the music they play during ayahuasca ceremonies. They will teach you how to take advantage of natural products to make tools, and what they use to make their houses, dresses and ornaments, each important for their daily life.

At 1:00 p.m. you will share lunch with the Machiguenga family in a typical construction and enjoy an indigenous dish from the jungle.

Ar 2:00 p.m. return to the lodge to relax and have free time to visit the boutique, refresh in the pool, have a cocktail in the bar or have a relaxing massage.

Dinner is scheduled at 8:00 p.m.

Day 4: Animal Rescue Center Taricaya

At 8:30 a.m. travel by boat (45-minutes) to the Animal Rescue Center Taricaya. This project, with its main office in the United Kingdom, collaborates with universities from all over the world who send their students to help as volunteers to take care of injured and rescued animals. The goal of the center is to reintroduce the animals back into their natural habitat. You will find here different species of animals: the jaguar, different types of monkeys, tapirs, peccaries and some exotic birds, like the trumpeter bird. These animals are taken care of in order to heal them and return them to their natural environment. However, there are some animals that can no longer be reintroduced into their natural habitat for various reasons. The project has a canopy-walk (a suspension bridge that rises to 42 meters in height and 90 meters in length, used for the monitoring of birds and observation of fauna and flora). There is a short walk to arrive to the canopy-walk. It will take approximately 30 minutes along an open path in primary forest. After climbing the first tower of 14 meters, you walk on the suspension bridge (canopy-walk), ascending to a platform of 42 meters of height. Here one can contemplate the extraordinary sight at the level of the tops of the highest trees in the forest.

Around 1:30 p.m. you will have the return boat trip back to the lodge for lunch, and a free afternoon to enjoy the recreational activities of the lodge, or other activities in coordination with your guide. In coordination with your guide, recreational activities around the lodge can be organized. Dinner is scheduled at 8:00 p.m.

Day 5: Parrots Clay Lick - Departure Day

Wake up at 5:30 a.m. for some coffee or tea before leaving for a 20-minute walk to the clay lick, where you will have the possibility to observe 3 to 5 types of parrots. The parrots come to the clay lick to ingest a particular kind of clay, only found in certain areas of this region. The clay is vital for the metabolic regulation of the birds, and therefore is host to a colorful and veritably delightful and exciting event.

At 8:00 a.m. you will have breakfast followed by free time. After breakfast, you will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado by boat. One of the organizer's vehicles will receive you at the port. After a short stop at the office, you will drive to the local market where the local population supplies itself with foods and other products. During a short visit of around 20-minutes, you will be able to appreciate the different typical products of the area. You will then head to the airport to check-in for your respective flights.

Note that the order and schedules of the excursions can be modified according to your guide, and as seen fit through coordination with the management by considering the physical condition of the passengers, and the climate of the moment.

Included excursions

  • Rowboat cruise in Lake Sandoval
  • Hike to Tambopata National Reserve
  • One afternoon river cruise around the lodge
  • Walk to the lookout tower and Brazil nut harvesting camp visit
  • Visit the Animal Rescue Center Taricaya and go on a canopy walk
  • Short hike to the parrots clay lick
  • Visit and have lunch with a Machiguenga native family
  • Visit the local market in Puerto Maldonado on departure day

Guides

Mateo

Location

This holiday takes place in Madre de Dios Region in Peru.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • River

Services

  • Mosquito net

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

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transportation during the tour by boat and rowboat
  • Transfer by vehicle from Puerto Maldonado
  • Rowboat cruise in Lake Sandoval
  • Hike to Tambopata National Reserve
  • One afternoon river cruise around the lodge
  • Walk to the lookout tower and Brazil nut harvesting camp visit
  • Visit the Animal Rescue Center Taricaya and go on a canopy walk
  • Short hike to the parrots clay lick
  • Visit and have lunch with a Machiguenga native family
  • Visit the local market in Puerto Maldonado on departure day
  • Airport round transfers

What's not included

  • Entrance fee to Sandoval Lake US$ 10
  • Flight Tickets to Puerto Maldonado
  • Airport Tax from Puerto Maldonado
  • Single room supplements
  • International flights
  • Extra Drinks, snacks
  • Tips and Gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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