Blanquillo Macaw ClayLick 6 Days

Blanquillo Private Reserve

“Tambo Blanquillo Lodge” is located two and a half hours down river from Boca Manu. At the Lodge, there will be platforms with a comfortable dining room. The reserve has three Oxbow Lakes (Blanco, Blanquillo and Camungo Oxbow Lakes) with ideal conditions to observe giant otters from a wooden catamaran. Also there is a 45 meter-metal tower perfect location where bird watchers can spot many birds . Near the lodge, there is one of the most beautiful places in the world called “Collpa” A Collpa is a clay lick where some species of mammals and birds go every day to neutralize the toxins in there system. In Blanquillo, tourists can enjoy an amazing Macaw Clay Lick. Red and green macaws are daily visitors of the clay lick along with many parrots and medium size macaws.

Macaw Clay Lick:

One distinctive habitat nearby “Tambo Blanquillo” is the shebonal forest. This type of forest is high in clay content, creating clay licks, locally known as Collpa which are specially used by macaws and other rainforest species as a healthy diet supplement that helps them remove toxins from their digestive tracks. Macaws usually obtain these noxious chemical substances from unripe fruits they ingest. Our lodge is just 10 minutes away from the Macaw Clay Lick. A blind of 10 meters of altitude has been built facing it, so you can take close-up pictures without disturbing the bird’s activity. It consists of 40 comfortable seats, each with a personal counter where your binoculars and cameras can be placed in order to give you better stability to take superb pictures of the macaws on the clay lick. Breakfast will be served at the blind and a toilette facility is available. MACAWS CLAY CLICK HERE

  • Package / Tour: Blanquillo Macaw Clayclick 6D/5N
  • Price 2019: USD$ 1010.00
  • Locations Visited: Manu Blanquillo Macaw Clayclick 6D/5N
  • Frequency: 3 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
  • 2 People: 1800.00 USD$ (Per Person)  PRIVATE TOUR
  • 3 People: 1400.00 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 4 a + People: 1010.00 USD$ (Per Person)

Start: Cusco
End: Cusco
Style: Original and unique
Type: Adventure and biodiversity
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Age Minimum: 08 years old with their parents, 18 without parents
Group size: Minimum 2 Maximum 08
Tour Route and altitude
 (3,300m.s.n.m.) – Andes– (3830m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,500m.s.n.m.), Amazon Basin (290m.s.n.m.)
Manu National Park covers an area of  1716 292 22 million hectares, and is categorized as one of the most extensive parks in South America. 


  1. NOTE: The program involves several trips by bus and boat, and so given the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without notice.

Day 1: Cusco / Pilcopata (Paradise Lodge):

On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up at around 05:00 a.m from your hotel in Cusco, using Palotoa Tour’s Private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will visit the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas Pre-Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric and Colonial town. At mid-day, we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dust road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name from Cloud Forest. Eventually, we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay “Paradise Lodge”. Will arrive to Cusco in the evening.

Day 2: Paradise Lodge / Tambo Blanquillo Reserve:

At 06:30 a.m., we will depart for Atalaya Port; on the way, we will make a few stops to visit the small local’s farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits including the famous coca plant. Later we will begin the boating part of our journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios River, a part of the famous Amazon River. During our day, we will have the chance to witness many types of colourful birds such (like) parrots, oropendolas, vultures and other species. We will make a stop at the natural hot springs, and hopefully get to see some jungle animals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long we will continue by boat to Boca Manu, where you will have a chance to buy snacks, insect repellent, and beverages, (non-alcoholic and alcoholic are both available) etc. Then, we will continue by boat along the “Madre de Dios River” until “Tambo Blanquillo”. (There will also be the option to spend the night in a lodge according the weather conditions)

Day 3: Blanquillo Tambo Lodge / Macaws Clay Lick:

Very early in the morning, we will go by boat to “Macaw Clay Licks”, a special place where flocks of Parakeets, Parrots, and Macaws come every day to eat the nutritious lick, located at the wall of the river. We will stay here at a camouflaged hideout house for the birds, it is bird lover paradise, where you will get to see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much weather dependent. (Hiding house) There we will spend around 5 hours waiting to see the macaws in their daily activity returning to the lodge to take our delicious lunch, we will have some of our last activities, we will visit the camungo oxbow lake we will have the opportunity to follow a tower of observation from there we can the Amazon plain and the lake, and feel the adrenaline overhead, then return to the lodge there waiting for a delicious dinner, then to spend our last night in the Peruvian Amazon.

Day 4: Macaw Clay Lick / Palotoa Ecological Reserve:

This day, we will leave Tambo blanquillo and we will return form our trip around 3 hours up river until Boca Manu. The river trip may hold surprises and we’ll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches. Leaving Boca Manu, we’ll head up to the “Madre de Dios River” for 5 hours to the comfortable Palotoa amazon lodge. This is strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Palotoa amazon travel a local conservation group and do a base for birdwatchers research in the area and a center for visitors want to explore the rainforest. We should arrive in time for dinner, those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. Night at “Palotoa Amazon Lodge”.

Day 5: Palotoa Ecological Reserve (exploring):

Very early in the morning, we will go on a trek through the jungle on our way to view the best the Amazon has to offer, the amazing sounds of the birds and the kind of experience that only the jungle can offer. We will explore the jungle and have ample opportunity to see all sorts of wildlife like a monkeys, anteaters, peccaries and many different varieties of trees and medicinal plants. During the day, we will have the chance to do plenty of bird watching, and we will have the chance to see birds like macaws, toucans, woodpeckers, parrots, oropendolas, and many more different types. The tour guide will explain the relationships between the animals, plants and insects, and inter-dependency of the environment. In the afternoon we will come back to Bonanza Lodge and then later on at night we will go to try and spot some caimans in the river and there is also optional some night walk

Day 6: Palotoa Ecological Reserve / Cusco:

The sixth day will be our final day, we depart early in the morning travelling up stream to the “Port of Atalaya” where our private bus will be waiting for us and take us back to the magical City of Cusco arriving at approximately 07:30 p.m. 



  • Private mini van and  motor boat
  • Rubber boots , rain poncho
  • duffle bag for personal belongings
  • All camping equipment
  • Accommodations and lodges
  • Professional Bilingual native guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day included vegetarian option
  • Professional Chef
  • Entrance to the natural hot spring
  • Entrance to Palotoa Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance to Blanquillo macaw clay lick


  • Repellent with a minimum of 40 % deet
  • Good binoculars
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Swimming suit
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Dark color clotles

Frequently asked questions

What are the Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick?

They are typical areas of salt stones that contain a high concentration of aluminum, and little organic matter.
Macaws, parrots and other species of birds ingest clay from the colpa. Only red and green macaws, Grunflugel (ARA chloptera) have been observed to frequently visit the Blanquillo clay.

Why do macaws ingest clay?

It is no wonder that these macaws use high concentrated aluminum clay to cure their stomach pains. Aluminum hydroxide drugs are also used in the Manu National Park.

When is the best time to visit the Macaw clay licks?

Activity in parrot licks typically begins shortly before dawn, when the first parrots approach the area of ​​the lick, usually in pairs as they call, and then land in the trees around the lick

What rules should I follow to visit the macaw clay licks?

Some measures are taken and recommended to avoid disturbing the parrots. First of all, keep in mind that visitors are taken to the colpas before the parrots arrive, which means a good morning! In addition, your guide will ask your group to stay together in a certain area that will be at a considerable distance to the colpa itself (for example, for Colpa Colorado, this distance has been established at least 150 m) and that it remains relatively quiet.


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