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Tambopata Macaw ClayLick
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with Michael Tweddle / Tambopata Ecolodge

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Day l: 
Flight to Puerto Maldonado, and journey to the lodge. Following your early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout boat for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box-lunch is provided on board. On arrival you'll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you set off for an introductory walk into the "terra firme" forest behind the lodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarins, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects by the eye-shine a specialization for increasing the light and see better, about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest. (L,D)

Day 2: 
Trip to the Macaw Clay-lick (Collpa). After breakfast boat trip and continue the journey upstream, a further 4 hrs, to an area deep within the National Reserve where the isolated Collpa is situated. The Collpa is actually one of the large clay cliffs lining the Tambopata River in this area. After lunch you and your guide have the afternoon to explore the trail system in the area. Camping on the beach near the Collpa. (B,L,D)

Day 3: 
Full day at Collpa and explore the forest trails. A pre-dawn start is needed to get to the clay-lick before the birds. They arrive in search of minerals and salts and the digestive properties of the clay particles themselves. On average several hundred Macaws and smaller parrots visit the clay-lick daily, including Scarlet, Blue and Yellow, Red and Green, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed parrots, among others. This clay-lick is considered one of the largest in the world. Following a late morning hike in the trail system in search of some of the nine species of monkeys present in the area, including Spider monkeys, Squirrel monkeys and Dusky titi monkeys as well as the elusive large mammals like Tapir, White-lipped peccaries and Jaguar. After lunch a rest time taking a trip up river to explore a clear forest stream where you can take a bath. Camping on the beach near the Collpa. (B,L,D).

Day 4: 
Visit the Collpa, return to Tambopata Eco Lodge and hike to a Oxbow - lake. A second opportunity to witness the wonders at the lick. You will return to the Tambopata Eco Lodge in the early afternoon in time for lunch. After lunch you will hike to the Condenado Oxbow – Lake, where you will see a special kind of ecosystem created in hundred of years for the chance of the river source, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters live in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds abound especially Rufescent Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattled Jacanas, Hoatzin, the noisy Donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. At night you will go searching for Caiman (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by canoe along the Tambopata River. Night in Tambopata Eco Lodge. (B,L,D).

Day 5: 
Quedrada El Gato Collpa, 30 minute journey by boat. Then we a 30 minute trail walk through the pristine rainforest exploring a Mammal-Collpa,in the search of Brazilian Tapir, Red-brocket deer or a herd of White-lipped peccaries. Then continue to Quedrada El Gato ( Cat´s Creek) to explore and contemplate the Macaw Clay-lick or Collpa (4-5h) visited by Scarlet Macaws and Parrots. Back for lunch to the Lodge. Last chance afternoon walk exploring the trail system in the area in search of Monkeys, Butterflies and Birdwatching.(B,L,D)

Day 6: 
Departure. A dawn start is required for the boat trip back to Puerto Maldonado giving memorable views of the sun rise over the river. Lookout for the early morning wildlife which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stakeout their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to you departure. (B)

Additional days at the Macaw Lick or Collpa: Any number of extra days in the vicinity of the Collpa, over and above the aforementioned program, are possible. These can be guided or unguided according to your preference and interests. During these days you can either; explore the trail system in more depth, going further a field along trails not visited before; visit a small lake hidden amongst the trees with a floating viewing platform situated in it; take a trip up river to explore a clear forest stream teeming with fish. Full board is included during each of these days.

Services included in your Macaw lick trip: All meals and accommodation (camping gear) from lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on your final day (inclusive). All transport from your arrival al Puerto Maldonado to your return to the airport (inclusive). All guided excursions describes in the itinerary (including on additional days, if you wish). One night excursion on the river looking for Caiman.

Services Excluded in your Macaw lick trip: Flights to and from Puerto Maldonado, The entrance Fee to the TNR (Aprox US$36), airport taxes, Tree climbing (with harnesses and ropes). Any drinks you may purchase. 

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