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Tambopata, Sandoval Lake, and Heath Macaw Clay Lick 6D/5N

This trip takes us to the Tambopata National Reserve (5,710 sq. mi./14,789 sq. km.) in the Peruvian Amazon and the Madidi National Park (7,319 sq. mi./18,958 sq. km.) in Bolivia. With the adjacent reserves of Candamo and Bahuaja Sonene, the reserves form the second largest area of land conservation and by far the most biologically diverse region in South America.

The area offers numerous activities for wildlife lovers and birders. You can walk jungle trails on the lookout for wildlife; watch for tapirs at a mammal lick or linger at a bird clay lick where you can spend hours observing hundreds of macaws and parrots.

Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado to Heath Wildlife center

Our staff will welcome you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you through the city to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. A motorized canoe takes us to the Madre de Dios River and finally to the Heath River, the natural border between Peru and Bolivia. The riverbank of red earth, couch grass and Cecropia trees form a backdrop for viewing wildlife along the way. We’ll see herons, hawks, cormorants, and Orinoco Geese. We often see a family of Capybaras, the world's largest rodent weighing up to 55Kg.

We arrive at our simple, but comfortable accommodations in the Heath River Wildlife Center.

Day 2: Heath River Wildlife Center.

We get an early start and set off to visit the most spectacular attraction of this area: the parrot and macaw clay lick along the river. The colorful birds are attracted to the clay that they eat to neutralize toxins ingested in their diet of poisonous seeds of trees and acidic fruits.

We’ll see hundreds of parrots, parakeets, Chestnut-fronted Macaws and their larger cousins, the Red and Green Macaws, squabbling over the best places to eat the clay. This chaotic display is a real treat as it only occurs in a few places in the Upper Amazon Basin.

You’ll enjoy breakfast on the comfortable floating platform as you watch this incredible display of nature.

Down river we disembark to walk among the huge chestnut, kapok and fig trees as a local guide explains the numerous uses of the plants and trees. We’ll have a good opportunity to see many species of birds and up to eight species of monkeys along the way.

We continue our walk after lunch until we reach the forest edge and the beginning expanse of the Pampas del Heath. This natural grassland is the last of the well-conserved Amazonian savannas and is home to many species of endemic birds and mammals, such as the Peach-fronted Parakeet, Marsh Deer and the Maned Wolf. A viewing platform at the edge of the plain provides a magnificent view of this vast expanse of grasslands dotted with palm trees. The aguaje palm (Mauritia flexuosa) provides food and shelter for nesting pairs of Red-bellied Macaws and the more unusual Blue and Yellow Macaws.

After sunset we return to the Heath River Wildlife Center for a night walk and the sounds of frogs, insects, monkeys and other animals active after dark. Following dinner you’ll have the option to visit the mammal lick and see the Lowland Tapir, the largest mammal in the rainforest.

Day 3: Heath River Wildlife Center

On our second full day in at the center we can opt to return to the macaw lick or spend more time exploring the trails. We can also take a canoe to a nearby oxbow lake.

On our return boat trip in the evening we will most likely see caimans, the Amazonian cousins of the crocodile. This region is home to the Black Caiman, an endangered species. You may very well see the caiman’s glowing orange eyes on the riverbank before you see its body!

Day 4: Heath River Wildlife Center to Sandoval Lake Lodge.

At dawn we begin our return trip downstream. The early morning is prime time for wildlife observation and we’ll be rewarded with sightings of capybara families, tapir and hopefully, a jaguar.

At Port Sandoval we disembark and walk a few miles to Sandoval Lake within the protection of the Tambopata National Reserve. Along the trail we’ll see birds and butterflies. Our crew will take you the lodge in small rowboats and, along the way, we may get our first glimpse of the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) of the Amazon. We’ll wrap up the day with dinner and a short night walk on the trails near the lodge.

Day 5: Sandoval Lake Lodge.

We’ll be out on the lake just before dawn to witness the beautiful sunrise. The Giant Otters are active in the early morning so we’ll have a good chance to see them roaming the lake in their family groups. There will be plenty of time to observe the birds of the area as they go about their morning fishing and feeding. We will also have close-up views of the noisy, leaf-eating Hoatzin (Ophistocomus hoazin) bird.

After breakfast, we’ll walk through the cool understory of the primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. Most notable here are the abundant stands of Brazil nut trees.

After lunch and a rest we travel to another part of the lake to look for monkeys, of which the Capuchin is the most common species.

After dinner we’ll try to spot caimans floating in the lake.

Day 6: Sandoval Lake to Cusco.

After an early breakfast we say goodbye to Sandoval Lake, leave the, monkeys, caimans and otters behind and walk back to the river and our motorized canoe. We head upstream to the boat dock in Puerto Maldonado and finally, to the landing strip for the flight back to Cusco.

End of the tour.

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