Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake 4 Days

On this trip to the Tambopata National Reserve , we will visit 2 very impressive places.

  1. We will visit the macaws clay lick that is its attraction of the place and also the tourist has more option to see biodiverity ,since it is a very leafy jungle, and there are not many visitors
  2. We will visit one of the most beautiful lakes in the south of Peru, which is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, where we can explore the lake to see biodiversity , animals that are in danger of extinction, which is still protected in this place, black caiman and the giant otters of course there are many more animals in their natural habitat. we will also have activities such as nocturnal walks, bird watching , survival practices and walks in different types of forests.
  • Package / Tour: Macaw Clay Lick – sandoval lake 4D/3N
  • Price 2020: 480.00 USD $
  • Locations Visited: Tambopata National. Reserve (collpa chuncho)
  • Frequency: 6 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5


Day 1 – Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata River – Jungle Walking:

Arrival at the airport or bus station and transfer to our office. Our guide will explain you about the tour, before leaving to our adventure. In case you have big luggage, we suggest re pack to store the not needed items and carry just enough for the trip.
Land transfer (4X4) wheeled truck to our destination for about 2 hours to reach the banks of the Tambopata River, if by river it will take more than 6 hours (just information). In this place we will take a boat to our lodge.
In the afternoon, after lunch we make an introductory walk into the rainforest where we will have the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat as amphibians, mammals, reptiles and wonderful insects, among others species.

Day 2 – Macaw Clay Lick – Amazon lodge – canopy walk:

We get up very early, at 4:30 am, to embark on an incredible boat trip to the largest macaw colpa in the world, “EL CHUNCHO”, a trip of approximately 1:30 hours by boat, on the way we will have the Opportunity to see some species such as capybaras, which are the world’s largest rodents, tapirs, and you can even see the most beautiful feline in South America, the jaguar, many of our clients are witnesses with photographic evidence of encounters with These beautiful mammals.
After reaching the macaw clay walls, you will see hundreds of parrots of different species that come to eat clay by the river on the wall. We will settle in our chairs to wait and start one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of birds in the world. . The parrots are followed by 3 species of the most colorful macaws in America, red and green, blue and yellow gather to eat the necessary clay in their daily diet and eliminate toxins. On a good day of activity, you will see hundreds of these wonderful animals flying over you. An experience for life Return to our hostel, for a comfortable lunch.
Then we will get our luggage ready to take the motor boat back to our next lodge,we will have a motorized boat and car, until to reach Puerto Maldonado city, immediately, we will take the motorized boat 40 minutes approximately, which will take us to our lodge the Amazon Lodge, later we will have the activity of canopy walk, it is another way to appreciate the Amazon from the topof the forest, before dinner we will also have the activity caiman searching, spend the night in our lodge.

Day 3 –  Amazon Lodge – Lake Sandoval  Spotting Wildlife:

A wake-up call by some animals at dawn will allow us to get up and have a delicious breakfast and then visit one of the most beautiful places in this part of the Amazon, we will walk approximately 3 km until we reach Lake Sandoval, and the way the guide can explain of the biodiversity that exists in this place, reaching the lake, we could have a hopeful encounter with the family of giant otters that frequent in the lake, and are more active at this time of day. Sandoval Lake offers abundant wildlife, including more than 40 species of birds resident on the banks of the lake, most of the birds that feed on fish around the lake also actively fish early in the morning, and this excursion should provide excellent views. , of prehistoric aspect. Hoatzins, these are easy to observe and also photograph from paddled canoes.
We will have lunch in a camp next to the lake. for those who want to bathe they can do it in the lake, later we will be back to the lodge
. For those who are still energized, there is the option to independently explore some of the forest trails. They are well signposted, or do a night walk through the forest.

Day 4 – Amazon lodge – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco or Lima:

After a good breakfast, we will take the motorized boat to go to the parrot clay lick , there we will see some species of parrots that eat the clay,then we will return to our lodge to take our breakfast, continuing with our activity we will visit a family of native Indians of the jungle, there the guide can explain the coexistence of the Indians and their customs also the guide will explain to you about this activity, more later after lunch, you’ll head back to the city to visit the local market and discover some tropical fruits. jungle adventure  end, our transfer will take you to the bus stations.
“Those who have a return flight, will leave our lodgel earlier (after breakfast) we will transfer in our mobility to the airport”



  • Pick up from the airport or bus station,
  • Professional tour guide
  • Land transfer (4X4)
  • Motor boat
  • All meals, breakfast, Lunch, dinner
  • Mineral water
  • 3 night at Lodge
  • Rubber boots
  • Frist-aid Kit
  • Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve.


  • Mosquito repellent,
  • Camera
  • Flashlight,
  • Binoculars,
  • Personal items,
  • sunscreen, hiking shoes,
  • Long and shirts pants
  • Hat, extra socks

Frequently asked questions

What is the size of the groups?

The size of the group is 9 people per guide; if we have more than (10 to 14), we send a second guide (not an assistant). If there are more than 14 people, we divide into 2 totally independent groups both with their own cars, boats, guides and cooks.

Can the boats have a roof?

Yes, the boats have roofs that will protect them from sun and rain. This does not ensure that you do not get wet during the navigation because it could get wet on the sides.

Do they provide water to drink during the tours? Is it purified water?

We request that hikers bring their own water the first day, since the containers with water will be accessible at dinner time. The rest of the trip, we will provide bottled and purified mineral water that we bring from Cusco.

How is the food?

Our meals are varied and taste of our hikers. In addition they are foods that last the heat and humidity of the rainforest.
Breakfasts consist of omelettes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, etc.

How are camping equipment?

To be comfortable we provide tents with capacity for 4 people for 2 people, we provide comfortable mats. The tents do not need a musketeer, because they carry musketeers at the door.

It is necessary to take a sleeping to the Camouflaged House, which you can replace it with a thin blanket or if you want you can rent it with us for $ 2.00 a day.

Do you guarantee to see birds in the Macaw Clay Licks?

We can not assure you that you will see the Macaws in the clay licks, but if you travel in the correct station you have more opportunities to see them.

The dry season is a good season to see these birds, the reason is that birds in some stations migrate to places of fruit production, or in some cases eat only seeds per season. The seeds are toxic in general to prevent birds from eating them; however, if the macaws eat them, they increase the poison in their stomachs and to neutralize the acids and poisons that are produced in their stomachs they eat nutritious clay.
In the rainy season there are many fruits until the beginning of the dry season, which is May. Then the macaws eat less seeds and fruits that are less toxic and feel less need to eat the clay, this means that there are few macaws present; at midday of the dry season there could be the presence of 100 to 150 macaws present in a morning, unlike only 10 to 50 at the end of the rainy season.

What temperatures are there in the Manu?

The first night at Rainforest Lodge (600 m.a s.l.) at temperature is around 27 ° C. In the low forest of the Manu the temperature at night is normally around 27 ° C, and during the day about 35 ° C, as always cold winds from Patagonia could reach the Manu area, and the temperature could drop around of 10 ° C. These “Friajes” are very common in the southeast of the hemisphere, the wind season (between April until the end of August)

Are there many walks?

There are not many walks in the sense of going far. All walks are done slowly. This is because most of you will find vegetation in the forest and be available to see the animals; giving enough time to see the surroundings and also hear it. The first day of the Tour we have afternoon walks around 2 hours. The second day is more to observe birds and animals along the Alto Madre de Dios River, with fewer walks than the other days.


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