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3 Day Amazon Expedition Wildlife Tour in Tambopata, Madre de Dios Region
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Jungle Wildlife Tour Peru

Wasai Lodge & Expeditions invites you to join this wildlife tour! Travel to the Amazon in search for an complete trip, full of adventure, with possibilities to find wild animals and the most attractive landscapes: The amazing macaw clay lick "collpa" in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. This tour is recommended for people with short time, special for birdwatchers. Take this opportunity to understand the ecosystems in Amazon!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: Expeditions are carried out with a minimum of two passengers.
  • Starting point and ending point: The journey starts and ends in Puerto Maldonado.
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Macaw, parrot, butterflies, birds, caimans, capybaras

Highlights

  • 2 days of wildlife tour
  • Chance to see macaw and caiman
  • Visit to Bahuaja-Sonene National Park
  • Nocturnal caiman search and ethno botanical walk
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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Accommodation

Wasai Tambopata Lodge is a destination by itself. It's also used as a starting point for tours into the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, to the largest world known macaw clay lick in the upper Tambopata River. Verified by Rainforest Alliance as a sustainable operation, Wasai Tambopata Lodge is located in the heart of the amazon, approximately 50 kilometers away from Puerto Maldonado in a straight line, and approximately 120 kilometers up the river, in the heart of the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, and surrounded by national parks.

There are 20 kilometers of protected forest trails around the lodge, which enhances possibilities to see amazon wildlife. You can visit the local community of Baltimore and share the way of life and the natural beauty, such as the El Gato Waterfalls, parrots, and mammal clay licks. Up-river from the lodge there are no more dwellings. The lack of people and the closeness to the Andes create a habitat with abundance of flora and fauna not seen in other areas of the Amazon rainforest.

This lodge can accommodate up to 50 passengers in 21 lovely cabins made in regional typical style (i.e. wood with palm roofs, terraces), most of them with river view. All rooms are facilitated with private bathrooms, mosquito nets, and terraces with hammocks. There are nine double-occupancy bungalows and four large bungalows with two and three person rooms. The central lodge building is facilitated with dining area, bar, common areas to relax, hammocks, library. kitchen, and Wi-Fi zone. The secluded two floor building is available for different activities such as camping or Ayahuasca ceremonies.

Program

Day 1: Boat trip from Puerto Maldonado to Wasai Tambopata Lodge

You will be received at Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM) and transportated to the Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge, where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage. You will travel for three to four hours in motorboat trip up the Tambopata river to Wasai Tambopata Lodge (box lunch on board). During the trip into the heart of the rainforest you will be able to observe clouds of butterflies, birds of the tropical rainforest passing above the boat, caymans, capybaras, and many other species of the local wildlife. You will also pass by typical amazon communities. You will have introductory walk to understand rainforest ecosystems and you will see some of the amazing trees. After that you will return to the lodge for dinner. You will enjoy diverse sounds of the jungle which will accompany your first night in the Amazon.

Day 2: Boat trip to the Upper Tambopata River and macaws clay lick

You will wake up early at 4:30 to take a light breakfast (coffee or mate) to begin with your 40-minute travel upstream to the Macaw Clay Lick “El Chuncho” in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries and wildlife of the riverbanks. At your arrival, if weather permits, you will observe one of the greatest wildlife spectacles where hundreds of parrots and different species of macaws gather to eat clay, an unforgettable experience that makes this one of the greatest tours in the Amazon. Then, you will walk through the river beach searching for animal footprints while you have refreshment. In the middle morning you will return to the lodge to have breakfast and then take a rest to relax or do the adventure activities, or enjoy the facilities and the surroundings of Wasai. Also, you will have the chance of swimming in the Tambopata River. Those who wish can do kayaking on the river. On route if the level of river is adequate, you will visit The Cat Cascades. After lunch, you will have an ethno botanical walk into the rainforest by the Tambopata cross path, to learn about plants and medicinal trees of the area; and to observe the amazing jungle ecosystem where you will see walking palm trees, giant lupuna trees, snake trees, and so on. At nightfall, you will embark again to make a nocturnal caiman search.

Day 3: Back to Puerto Maldonado

Enjoy the sunrise from your terrace, you can walk around the lodge before breakfast. After breakfast you will return by boat to Puerto Maldonado to take your flight to Lima or Cuzco.

Included excursions

You will have ethno botanical walk as an excursion.

Location

Peru

Peru is South America's third largest country, covering 1,285,215 square kilometers, and can be divided into three distinct geographic regions. The best known of these is the central high sierra of the Andes, with its massive peaks, steep canyons, and extraordinary pre Columbian archaeological sites. The Andes are still one of the world's most unstable mountain ranges, with frequent earthquakes, landslides, and flash floods. Despite such instability, the Andes are also the site of the most fascinating pre-Columbian cities of South America-like the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu.

The Andes are by no means the only region to visit in Peru. Also of great interest is Peru's narrow, lowland coastal region, a northern extension of the Atacama Desert. Although the Atacama is generally known as the most arid region on the planet, the climate along Peru's shores is made cooler and less dry by La Garuùa, a dense fog created by the collision of the frigid waters of the Humboldt Current with the heated sands of the Atacama. Lima, Trujillo, and Chiclayo, three of Peru's major population centres, are located along this coastal desert.

Peru's third great region is the dense forest that surrounds the headwaters of the Amazon beneath the eastern slopes of the Andes. This part of the country is so inaccessible that only the most adventurous and intrepid travelers should attempt to penetrate its mysterious emerald depths. In fact, the region's capital of Iquitos, a city of 400,000, is accessible only by air or by boat up the Amazon.

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado is small Amazon city, capital of Madre de Dios region in Peru. The city itself holds little interest to tourists; however it is a great starting point for visiting some of the amazing Jungle reserves, particularly the Tambopata National Reserve, and other wonders of the Peruvian rainforest.

Juan Alvarez Maldonado was a Spanish explorer who explored Madre de Dios in 1567 in search of gold. He was the first Spanish to travel and discover such territories, but having lost more than 200 men due to sickness and Indian attacks, he had to return. The memory of the hardness of these events prevented further Spaniards from returning to this area of the amazon in Peru for a very long time, but in the mid-19th century Colonel Faustino Maldonado went to make the first map of the area. Before perishing in the rapids of the Madre de Dios River, he carved his name on a tree trunk at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers, where the town named for him is located today, Puerto Maldonado.

Puerto Maldonado began as a rubber boomtown in 1902 after a mule road was built from the coast to the headwaters of the Tambopata River. After the rubber craze ended, gold mining and logging took its place and continues today, though fortunately measures are being taken to protect the environment from these activities. Tourism and Brazil nuts are becoming an increasingly important activity in this part of the amazon, providing a great alternative of business for the local people, promoting the beauty of the Peruvian rainforest, instead of destroying it. The wide avenues of Puerto Maldonado are surrounded by rows of wooden buildings. Instead of cars, mostly scooters and three-wheeled bikes or “motocars”, as locals call them buzz the streets. People from different countries and cultures have become a regular sight in the main plaza, visiting the different bars and restaurants that have appeared due to the growing tourism in the Amazon.

Tambopata National Reserve

Officially created in 1990, the Tambopata - Candamo National Reserved Zone is located east and south of Puerto Maldonado. It comprises 1.5 million hectares (3.5 millions acres) of the Madre de Dios and Puno regions. The Tambopata National Reserve has been the subject of numerous TV documentaries. You are invited to enjoy a tour in one of the world's largest macaw and mammal's clay-lick. You may also visit the pristine Sandoval Lake near to the lodge. During the trip a person could walk for a mile through the rainforest and never find two trees of the same kind. Much of this diversity is due to the special layering of plant life, the millions of insects and animals species, and the warm and humid climate of Tambopata.

As the Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve protects a diversity of landscapes and wildlife, including pristine oxbow lakes with herons, kingfishers, caimans, giant otters, spectacular waterfalls with swimming holes, and amazing clay licks ("collpas"). In the tour you will observe hundreds of macaws, monkeys and tapirs, swamps filled with palm trees in which bird colonies nest, and rivers with sandy white beaches for camping in Tambopata. All these wonders attract tourists, scientists, and wildlife photographers. The Tambopata - Candamo region holds several world records in flora and fauna species numbers for the 5,500 hectare region: 545 bird species, 1122 butterfly species, 151 dragonfly species, and 29 tiger beetles species.

In 1996, part of the area near to Bolivia was declared Bahuaja-Sonene National Park . This new addition will result in the largest bi-national park, since Bolivia 's Madidi National Park is right across the border. The Tambopata - Candamo Reserved Zone can be visited all year-round.

At the Tambopata National Reserve is located El Chuncho Clay lick (Collpa). "Collpa" is a quechua name for places where many animal species congregate to eat mineral rich soil. Scientists believe that this behaviour complements these animals diet. However, others believe that the ingestion of soil reduces the toxic effects of some wild fruits and seeds. The most spectacular "collpas" are the Macaw Clay Licks that have made the Tambopata - Candamo Reserved Zone famous. During the tour you will see hundreds of macaws and parrots species that gather in this place. "Collpas" are located on open, vegetation-free cliffs that are continuously shaped by dynamic rivers. Some of the common species spotted in these places are the blue-and-gold, scarlet, red-and-green macaws, and blue-headed parrots. Monkeys, tapirs, deer and capybaras also visit collpas, but they are more frequently observed at clay licks along creeks and stream borders inside the Tambopata forest. El Chuncho Clay Lick is a low cliff located along a tributary of the Tambopata, is a 5 hour upstream trip from Puerto Maldonado (40 minutes from Wasai Lodge). You should camp a day in advance in order to make an early morning tour to visit the observation point.

As for Heath Pampas, they are located near the border with Bolivia and contain large grassland areas over 100,000 has. There is no forest, only shrubs.The fauna is very rich and two endemics species can be found here such as a type of fox known as mane wolf and a type of wetlands deer. This is the only area that shows these unique features within the Tambopata Peruvian rainforest and because of this, it was initially considered as a national sanctuary and more recently was made part of the National Park Bahuaja Sonene.

Features

Activities

  • Kayaking

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • River
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Mosquito net

Food

You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. On the first day you will be welcomed with a delicious tropical juice and you will have boxed lunch on board.

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Kayaking
  • Swimming in the Tambopata River
  • Visit El Gato waterfall
  • Visit the local community of Baltimore
  • Visit the pristine Sandoval Lake

What's included

  • 2 days of wildlife tour
  • Bahuaja-Sonene National Park visit
  • Nocturnal caiman search and ethno botanical walks
  • Cat Cascade visit
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Motorboat trip to Wasai Tambopata Lodge

What's not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Airport taxes
  • Entries into Tambopata Candamo Reserve and Bahuaja Sonene National Park (30 USD)
  • Extra food not included in the meals
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Communication services
  • Laundry
  • Other personal needs

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wasai Lodge & Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

The road link between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado has improved considerably in the last few years; this new road is called the Inter Oceanica, and was made during 2009-2010. Not long ago it would have taken two or three days to reach Puerto Maldonado by bus, but now this trip can be done in 10 hours by bus, or 8 hours by car. Beautiful landscapes can be observed as you descend from the mountains, to the upper jungle, and finally, to the lower jungle of Madre de Dios. The Cusco-Puerto Maldonado road has never been so pleasant. Buses leave from Cuzco in the afternoon and arrive to Puerto Maldonado in the morning, same goes if you leave from Puerto Maldonado. Minibuses are available during the day and are faster than the bus. The transport by "Movil tours" offers the best quality in buses and service. Other bus companies with good services are Mendivil and Machu Picchu.

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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