Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake 4 Days
On this trip to the Tambopata National Reserve , we will visit 2 very impressive places.
- 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
- 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 2019: 450.00 USD $
- Locations Visited: Tambopata National. Reserve (collpa chuncho)
- Frequency: 4 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 – Lake Sandoval – Spotting Wildlife:
We wake up very early, at 4:30 am, to go on an incredible journey by boat to the world’s largest macaw clay lick “ EL CHUNCHO”, a journey of about 1:30 hours by boat, on the way we will have the opportunity to see some species such as capybaras, which is the world’s largest rodents, tapirs, and you can even see the most beautiful South American feline, jaguar, many of our clients are witnesses with photographic evidence of encounters with these beautiful mammals.
After arrival to the macaw clay licks you will see hundreds of parrots of different species come to eat clay adjacent to the river on the wall We will accommodate us in our chairs to wait to begin one of the most beautiful natural sights of birds in the world. A parrots are followed by 3 species of the most colorful macaws of America, reds and greens, blues and yellows come to gather to eat clay needed in your 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 lodge, lunch.
After lunch, our boat takes us to transport back to Puerto Maldonado, the same route back, we will return back to the town. Arrival in Puerto Maldonado and transfer to our next destination “The Lake Sandoval” We will take our motor boat and we are going to go down river Madre de Dios until Sandoval lake port. From here the trail takes you on a 2-miles (3, 2-kilometers) walk through secondary forest, until we reach a small canal where we board canoes and we will go across half the lake to the lodge.
After te time and a brief rest to avoid, we will learn about the history of the lodge and the philosophy of its founders. Then we once again board our canoe and set off to explore the entire west end of the lake.
As night falls we will look for the large and extremely rare Black Caimans. If it is a clear starlit night, we will also be able to float in the middle of the lake to marvel at the brilliance of the sky and listen to the sounds of the forest.
We return to the lodge for the dinner. At any point, you could step out from the bar to admire the wide variety of nocturnal moths, beetles and praying mantis attracted to our black light in the lodge clearing. For those with lots of energy, our guide will take us on a short night-walk into the forest behind the lodge. (L, D)
Day 3 – Lake Sandoval (Amazon Lodge) – Swimming in The Lake – Spotting Wildlife:
A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable us to be on the lake for sunrise and a hopeful encounter with the family of Giant Otters who frequent the lake and are most active at this time of day. Sandoval Lake offers abundant wildlife including over 40 species of birds resident to its lake margins, most of the fish-eating water birds around the lake actively fish in the early morning as well, and this outing should provide excellent views, of the prehistoric- looking Hoatzins, These are easy to observe and also photograph from the paddled canoes.
After breakfast, we will cross the lake to explore a primary forest trail and admire the impressive ancient rainforest trees and lianas with our knowledgeable resident naturalist guide. As we walk, the forest will be brought to life as your guide explains the ecology of the rain forest and its diverse flora and fauna.
We return for lunch, and then there is an optional rest for those who would like to escape the early afternoon heat. For those still full of energy, there is an option to independently explore some of the forest trails.
In the afternoon we will once again board our boat to explore the eastern end of the lake, and hopefully experience a spectacular sunset over the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner.
After dinner, there is a final chance to look for Black Caiman on the lake, or to go on a short night hike through the forest .
Day 4 – Sandoval Lake – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco or Lima:
After early breakfast we leave near dawn and we take a final, shorter paddle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the Giant Otters before returning by motor canoe for the 35 minutes return trip to the Puerto Maldonado Airport, taking advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity along the river. From here you fly to Cusco or Lima, where your jungle adventure ends.
Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.
IMAGES MACAW CLAY LICK
- Pick up from the airport or bus station,
- Professional tour guide
- Land transfer (4X4)
- Motor boat
- All meals, breakfast, Lunch, dinner
- Mineral water
- 2 night at Lodge
- Rubber boots
- Frist-aid Kit
- Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve.
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Mosquito repellent,
- 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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