Tambopata Full Day Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho

Tambopata Full Day Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho


Tambopata Full Day Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho

Macaw Clay Lick:

On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

The Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone lies within the confines of the Amazon basin in SE Peru with a sub-tropical climate and distinct wet and dry seasons in Peru Amazon. It originated in the late 1970s as the small Tambopata Reserved Zone comprising about 5,000 hectares, but was much enlarged to 1.5 million hectares in 1990 and now covers altitudes from 240 to 3,500 metres, and habitats ranging from sub-tropical moist forest, to cloud forest, to tropical savannah. In September 2000 it was central in the creation of the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park which now covers 2.7 million hectares, protecting an ecosystem which holds several world records in flora and fauna species numbers and is recognised as one of the planet’s hotspots of biodiversity. Rainfall averages 2,000 mm per year and humidity is about 75%.

Tambopata Full Day Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho

  • Length: 1 Days
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Lake Sandoval Reserve, Tambopata Reserve
  • Activities: Amazon trail, Full Day Sandoval Lake, palm clay lick, maloka lodge, Sandoval Lake Lodge
  • Altitude: 139 – 400 m.a.s.l.
  • Best time to visit: March – October
  • Departure: Every day
  • Minimum of participants: 2
  • Maximum of participants: 10
  • Price per person: USD


Tour Itinerary


1 Day

Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata full day Trip :

We will pick you at 3:00am from our hotel after start the trips to tambopata macaw clay lick We will have 2 hours by car 4×4, the first part will be by the high way and the second part will be in a dirt route until we get to the Tambopata River near the limit to the reserve. Our boat will be waiting for us to take us 1 hour and 30 minutes up the Tambopata River crossing our Lodge and the check point. We will have all the sunrise just for us in the boat, and we will have really good chances to spot shore birds, capybaras, White caimans, and why not to mention … A jaguar or an anaconda, I like to say it, we have a 20 %of probabilities to see one of these guys by the river bank.

Getting to our destination, we will get a show at the clay lick, parrots and macaws Green, red and yellow birds all around us, flying and making loud noise will be spectacular this behavior of this birds. We will explain you the reason why every day the whole year around this birds go to the Cliff toe at clay. We will spend from 6:30 am to 11:00 am approx. Our breakfast will be in front of the clay lick activityAt the end of this activity, in our way down river to the lodge we will make a short stop in the check point to learn more about the small museum that there is here, after this we will continue toward our lodge to get an unforgettable swimming in the stream or may be in the Tambopata River.

We will get our lunch and then we can go for a short walk to explain you a Little bit about the local economic activities in the area, the agriculture, the Brazil nut harvesting, the gold mining are just 3 of the 5 economic activities that we will talk about. And at the same time walking around we have good chances to spot some more wildlife. In the afternoon around 4:00pm will start our way back to Puerto Maldonado, First 15 minutes by boat and then 2 hours by car.


Tour Includes / Not Includes


Included in the Tambopata Full Day Trip:

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation;
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance fee to the Sandoval Lake Reserve;
  • A professional Cook,
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots.

Not included in the Tambopata Full Day Trip:

  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips to local staff.

What to take with you to the Tambopata Full Day Trip :

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
  • Original passport,
  • Small backpack,
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
  • Long cotton trousers,
  • Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
  • Comfortable walking shoes,
  • Sandals or light shoes,
  • Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
  • Swimsuit;
  • Binoculars (we also rent it),
  • Camera and its charger,
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
  • A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
  • Toiletries,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
  • A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.




Monitoring and Population Census Rio Lobo in the Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja Sonene National Park:

Natural Protected Areas and the Tambopata National Reserve, Manu National Park and Bahuaja Sonene National Park, home to the largest population of giant otter. But the restricted distribution of the otter, south east of the country, makes the development of global strategies for the conservation of the giant otter in and out of the current state conservation areas indispensable, it is necessary to develop new mechanisms, methodologies and generate better and more working groups to benefit the conservation of the species and its habitat.

The Tambopata National Reserve is home to a sizeable population of giant otter, the lakes present along the Tambopata River are an important habitat for the giant otter in our country (Hajek and Groenendjink, 2006, Schenck and Staib, 2001). The hierarchy of protection that has protected area and presenting large bodies of lentic waters of this area, which encourages groups of Rio Lobo stably use it as the Sandoval family, which can develop and reproduce successfully, these meta-populations allow the survival of the species in this area (Schenck, 1999).

The Bahuaja Sonene National Park is an important area for the otter, the main lodge family groups, the river Heath acts the same as the natural border between Peru and Bolivia, however residents of the lakes groups of Heath, easily cross these limits, since they know no borders.

Evaluation and monitoring 2010 achievement recorded in the Tambopata National Reserve, a total of 50 individuals (38 adults and 12 pups), sightings were recorded in three rivers (Azul, La Torre and Patuyaco) in Jack Creek and 5 You lakes. In the Bahuaja Sonene National Park totaling 10 individuals in the lakes of Peruvian territory, and a total of 30 individuals in 15 lakes of which the species was sighted in 07 lakes registering. While nearly all the lakes is any indication of their presence was recorded.

The restricted distribution Wolf River, south east of our country and the fact that none of the ANP of Mother of God protect a genetically viable population, makes the development of global strategies for the conservation of the giant otter in essential and outside current state conservation areas, it is necessary to develop new mechanisms, methodologies and generate better and more working groups to benefit the conservation of the species and its habitat.


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