It is a great spectacle of nature, hundreds of parrots and macaws congregate to eat their daily diet of mineral salts

For the amateurs of the parrots, visiting a colpa of macaws and parrots will surely be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your trip to the Amazon jungle.

A colpa (locally known as a collpa) is a clay wall on the shore of a river that is naturally formed by the erosion of the river.

Every morning about the time of dawn, macaws, amazons, parakeets, parakeets and other parrots gather to eat the clay, sometimes joining hundreds of parrots at once, creating an incredible natural spectacle.

5 Tips to enjoy the best Macaw Clay Lick Tour

Here we tell you our tips to see Macaws in collpas, and have your best Macaw Clay Lick tour:

1. Keep in mind the best months to visit the colpas

If you are very interested in seeing parrots in the colpas, keep in mind that the activity in the colpas fluctuates according to the time of year and time.

According to research done by the Tambopata Research Center, the best time to see macaws in the colpas is between September and January, which coincides with their breeding season and changes in their diet. The least active months are between April and June.

2. Choose a lodge near a collpa

Most visitors stay at one of the jungle lodges located near the rivers and have a Macaw clay lick tour included in their accommodation or add it to their reserve. If visiting a clay lick is your priority in an excursion to Tambopata, check with your hotel in advance to confirm that there are Macaw clay lick tours available.

The only lodge that is located near Collpa Colorado, best Macaw clay lick in Peru, and the largest know in the world; is the Tambopata Research Center.

There are several lodges that are at an accessible distance for the other colpas and some can be accessed with a one day tour from your hotel or hostel in Puerto Maldonado. Some Macaw clay lick tours include camping one night near the colpa.

3. Rise early for the Macaw clay lick tour

When visiting the colpas, first of all, keep in mind that visitors should head to the colpas before the parrots arrive, which means a good early bird!

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 on the trees around the lick.

The entrance to the hiding places is before the start time (05:00 a.m.) of the collpeo of the most attractive species and the exit when the main activity has finished (09:00 a.m.).

4. Avoid getting in the way of parrots and macaws

Some measures are taken and recommended to avoid disturbing the parrots.

The observation is made only from the hiding places conditioned formally, according to the established thing. Your guide will ask your group to stay together in a certain area that will be at a considerable distance from the colpa itself (for example, for Colpa Colorado, this distance has been established at least 150 m) and that it remains relatively quiet, because the behavior of visitors, support staff and guides before, during and after the activity in the colpa, should not disturb the fauna.

In addition, guides, tourists, visitors or researchers must wear clothing that blends with the environment (cream, beige or petrol green), refrain from using flash and minimize noise and movement.

5. Take care of the areas around the clay licks and avoid polluting the jungle

According to the research of the Tambopata Research Center, the conservation of the areas near the clay clay licks is very important because these areas: harbor very large concentrations of Parrots, and they must have high densities of breeding birds that can serve as a source of individuals that then disperse through the wider landscape

In addition, the large-scale destruction of the forests adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve and an increase in pet trade resulting from the Trans Oceanica Highway could significantly impact Parrot populations.

For this reason, it is very important that during your Macaw clay lick tour, you have the appropriate provisions to take care of the jungle and the environmental impact that you can cause in the environment, as well as respect for the beings that inhabit it.