WE SUGGEST THE 5 DAY PROGRAM AS NOTED BELOW
Day 1 - Lima or Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado - Refugio Amazonas Lodge
On arrival of your local airline flight into to Puerto Maldonado the Refugio Amazonas staff will meet and transfer you to the general office to drop off
excess baggage. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and
Tambopata Rivers and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are
gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief
survey of the town we will depart on the 2 hour boat trip by motorized canoe to Refugio Amazonas
Lodge. ( Note: Depending on the arrival time of the plane we will have a boxed lunch aboard the
boats or have lunch upon arrival at Refugio Amazonas Lodge. ) During your voyage we may see bird
species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron,
Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, a several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. When we
arrive at Posada Amazonas we will unpack and unwind. Afterwards you will receive a short orientation
and a complete briefing of the lodge. After dinner a evening excursion to search for nocturnal
species of the area. Afterwards return to the lodge for the night. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Day 2 - Refugio Lodge - Tambopata Research Center
The morning starts with a early a thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding
canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above.
The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest
extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well
as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely. Afterwards we will continue by motorized boat for four and half
hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center.
One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave
the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve,
sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.
Approximatly three hours from Refugio Amazonas,deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho
claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special
sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick
in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will
depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds donít visit the clay lick when it is raining.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
After we get settled in we will take a three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent
views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest,
is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.
After dinner on site scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories
for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.
Overnight in Tambopata Research Center. (BB/L/D)
Day 3 - Tambopata Research Center
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. Afterwards we will hike on a five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain
forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel,
Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat. We will return to the lodge for lunch
and later take a ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl
such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond
their home. Evening Night hiking in the area where most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with
shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Overnight at the T.R.C. (B/L/D)
You can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet,
Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy & Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellie Parrots;
Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets.
Day 4 - Tambopata Research Center
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. Afterwards we will hike on the Terra Firme Trail which is a entirely different habitat characterized by smaller,
thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near
the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks. Return to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon we will hike on the
Palm Swamp Trail that leads to an oxbow lake which provides both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year,
the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice,
makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats. Return to the lodge for dinner and re- capp the days events.
Overnight at the T.R.C. (B/L/D)
Day 5 - Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Puerto Maldonado -
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require
dawn departures.Transfer to airport for the flight to ... ( Cuzco or Lima )(B)
Required entry fee $75.00 for the Tambopata National Park is not included.