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4 Day Amazon Wildlife Expedition in Madre de Dios, Peru
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Wasai Tambopata Lodge, Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, Tambopata District, Tambopata Province, Madre de Dios, Peru

Thrilling Wildlife Expedition Peru

Travel to the Amazon and begin your Amazon trip filled with adventure, with possibilities to find wild animals and the most attractive landscapes of Tambopata. This is a special amazon tour for nature lovers in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. The Amazon wildlife habitat is waiting for you to explore! Come and book your ticket to Peru!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: Expeditions are carried out with a minimum of two passengers.
  • Starting point and ending point: Puerto Maldonado.
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Capybaras, river turtles, caimans, different species of birds, the nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, nocturnal mammals, parrots, different species of macaws, kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique prehistoric looking birds), monkeys, and giant otters.

Highlights

  • 3 days of wildlife tour
  • Spotting macaws, caimans, capybaras, and other wildlife
  • Visit Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and Tambopata Reserve
  • Nocturnal caiman search and ethnobotanical walks
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 and dinners
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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Accommodation

You will be staying at Wasai Tambopata Lodge for the first and second night and Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge for the third night in Peru.

Wasai Tambopata Lodge

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, 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 mammals clay licks. Fishing is also possible. 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.

Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge

The accommodation at this Puerto Maldonado hotel is bungalow raised on stilts with local architectural style that blends with natural surroundings. Every bungalow offers relaxing views of the Madre de Dios River and astonishing sunrises. Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge is a natural refuge for wildlife, creating a habitat for different species of birds, sloths, monkeys, and other mammals which are often seen in the lodge.

Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge is conveniently located a block away from the main plaza. Easy access to the towns main services and entertainment places. This bungalow can accommodate up to 60 passengers in 28 rooms. Each bungalow in Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge is 35-meter square nicely decorated and equipped to fit your every need. The bungalow offers Frigo bar, hot water, air conditioner (optional), fans, cable tv, river views, room service, Wi-Fi, raincoats and rubber boots, and Wasai jungle bus 4x4.

The hotel´s restaurant sits 25 meters above the river bank, offering wonderful views of the river and surrounding vegetation. The cuisine is considered top in the region, offering typical and international dishes. The bar, gorgeously set in the second floor offers the best river view in town and refreshing exotic drinks. The swimming pool is surrounded by native vegetation and offers wonderful views of the Madre de Dios River. Exotic and traditional drinks can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.

Program

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado

You will get your reception at the airport and transport to the Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge, where you will receive a welcome tropical fruit beverage. After a short briefing about the tour, you will embark for a four-hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata River to Wasai Tambopata Lodge and Research Center (box lunch on route). During the trip, you will be able to observe the local farms and the jungle wildlife. The most likely animal to see is capybaras, the largest rodent in the world, river turtle, caymans, and different species of birds. You will be accommodated at the lodge at arrival.

After a short rest, you will have a brief introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife natural history and observe the nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional encounter with nocturnal mammals. You will return to the lodge for dinner. You will enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will accompany your first night in Amazonia. You will overnight at Wasai Tambopata Lodge.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

You will early wake up at dawn to take a light breakfast (coffee or infusion) to begin with the 40-minute journey 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. 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 the river is adequate, you will visit the Cat cascades.

After lunch, you will have an ethnobotanical walk into the rainforest by the Tambopata cross path, to learn about plants and medicinal trees of the area as well as to observe the amazing jungle ecosystem where you will see walking palm trees, giant lupuna trees, snake trees, and so on. At nightfall, you embark again to make a nocturnal caiman search. You will overnight at Wasai Tambopata Lodge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Madre de Dios River - Sandoval Lake

After having breakfast, you will make a trip in boat to the Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge, in Puerto Maldonado where you will relax in the bungalows and enjoy a tasty lunch. After having lunch, you will leave and travel for 30 minutes on the Madre de Dios River to the access trail to Sandoval Lake, a beautiful rainforest oxbow lake. You will have three kilometers hike to the banks of the lake. There, you will board a canoe to paddle around the lake enjoying the beauty of the landscape and observing the wildlife such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique prehistoric looking birds), monkeys, etc. If you are lucky, you could see the family of giant otters which live at the lake. You will have the opportunity to swim in the lake.

It is time to begin your return hike to the Madre de Dios River to return to Puerto Maldonado. There, you will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge. After having dinner, you will be able to rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle. You can enjoy the swimming pool and its cascade surrounded by tropical vegetation. You will have rest of the night free to enjoy the nightlife of this welcoming city. You will overnight at Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4

You will have your breakfast and transportation to the airport.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Location

This wildlife tour will take place in several locations in Puerto Maldonado, Peru including Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and Tambopata National Reserve.

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 is 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 aridest 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 centers, 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.

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 million 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, 1,122 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 behavior 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" is 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 five-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 Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

Features

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining

General

  • River

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

Three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners will be served for you during this wildlife expedition. On the first day, you will be welcomed with a delicious tropical juice and you will have boxed lunch on the road.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee

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)

  • Animal rescue center visit
  • Ayahuasca sessions
  • Botanical garden visit
  • Canopy adventure
  • City tours
  • Cycling
  • El Gato waterfall visit
  • Ese éja native community visit
  • Floating ropes
  • Kayaking
  • Nightlife
  • Rope bridge
  • Sandoval Lake visit
  • Suspended bridges
  • Swimming in the Sandoval Lake
  • Swimming in the Tambopata River
  • Tri lines
  • Visit Monkey Island
  • Visit the local community of Baltimore
  • Visit the pristine Sandoval Lake
  • Zip lines of over 100 meters

What's included

  • 3 days of wildlife tour
  • Visit Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and Tambopata Reserve
  • Wildlife viewing in El Chuncho macaw clay lick
  • Ethnobotanical trekking into the rainforest
  • Nocturnal wildlife viewing
  • Canoe wildlife tour at Sandoval Lake
  • Bilingual guide
  • Rubber boots
  • Permanent assistance
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Adventure activities (zip line, etc.)
  • Airport taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fee to the national park
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • Radio calls
  • Sodas
  • Telephone
  • Tips

How to get there

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 eight 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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