Day 1 - arrive Puerto Maldonado to Wasai Tambopata
Upon arrival from Lima or Cuzco, a reception by the Wasai staff and transfer you by bus to WASAI Maldonado Lodge, where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage. Then proceed to the Tambopata River where you will embark for a 3 to 4½ hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata River to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center. ( box lunch on route ) During the trip you enter the primary rainforest where a variety of plant as well as wildlife can be observed. You will have the opportunity to observe caiman, turtles and numerous amount of bird species that flourish on the rivers edge. Also the opportunity to see families of Ronsocos, the largest rodents in the world. Upon your arrival you will take a short rest in your accommodation at the lodge, then proceed for a introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife natural history. Return to the lodge for dinner. After a hearty dinner you will make your first visit to the forest to observe the nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional encounter with nocturnal mammals. Here you can enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will accompany our first night in Amazonia. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (L/D)
Day 2 - Wasai Tambopata - Macaw Lick
Early morning wake up early (4:00 am) to drink a coffee or hot drink and leave for the "Collpa". You will travel up the Tambopata river ("Bahuaja" in the local dialect) for an hour and a half, before arriving a safe distance for observation one of the greatest spectacles of wildlife. Known as one of the largest Macaw Licks in the world, almost everyday hundreds of parrots and macaws of various species, enjoying their diet of mineral salts on the clay wall. It is an experience that never will be forgotten. Afterwards you will make a stop on the river bank to have a fruit snack and we will return to the lodge to have breakfast and rest.After lunch you will enter the verdant jungle on a special trail to observe wild life. You will then enter the territory of peccaries, deer and others, with the possibility to hear or see the tracks of them, or discovering a troop of monkeys traveling through the forest in search of food. Time permitting, you can return to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. After dinner we can make another trip through the jungle, search for caimans or relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal sounds. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 3 - Wasai Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado
After breakfast you will depart from the WASAI Lodge proceeding down river to by motorized boat to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge, in Puerto Maldonado where we will relax in our bungalows and enjoy lunch. After lunch you will leave and travel for twenty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to the access trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. ( approx. 5 km 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 pre historic looking birds), monkeys, etc. With some luck you may have the possibility of viewing a local family of the endangered giant otters which live at the lake. You will as well have the opportunity to fish for piranhas and swim in the lake. Late afternoon enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Lake Sandoval. Continue back by hiking to the Madre de Dios River then by boat to Puerto Maldonado. There you will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of WASAI Maldonado Lodge. After dinner you are able to rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle. You can also enjoy the pool and its cascade surrounded by verdant vegetation. Overnight at the WASAI Maldonado Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 4 - Wasai Lodge to Puerto Maldonado
Mid morning you will be transferred to the Puerto Maldonado airport for the flight to Cuzco or Lima. (B)
Possible Birds Viewed at the Wasai Lodges
Possible Animals Viewed at the Wasai Lodges
Required entry fee for the Tambopata National Park is not included.
3 day add $18.00 // 4 day add $30.00 // 5 day add $40.00 per person.
You may choose to pay the National Park Fee when you arrive Puerto Maldonado.