Manu Blanquillo Macaws Clay Lick 6 Days
TAMBO 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.
Day 1: Cusco – Paraiso Lodge:
We will pick you up around 05:00 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco in our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains and afterwards we will briefly visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca, and the cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious Pre–Inca culture. We will then travel to Paucartambo, a small traditional town, which is known for its folklore. At Midday we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and enter into one of the most protected natural areas in the whole of South America. We will continue in our transport down to a small road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name in Quechua. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the “Cock of the Rocks” you will be amazed by the spectacle, complete with an impressive array of sounds that can only be found in the jungle. On our first night, we will stay at “Paraiso Lodge”. Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Paraíso Lodge – Tambo Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick:
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. Then we will arrive at the port of Atalaya, we will begin the boating part of our journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios River, a part other 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). Then, we will continue by boat to Boca Manu, where you will have a chance to buy snacks, insect repellent, and beverages, etc. Then, we will continue by boat along the “Madre de Dios River” until “Tambo Blanquillo”. Here, we will sleep close to the river in tents (there will also be the option to spend the night in a lodge according the weather conditions) Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3: Tambo Blanquillo – Macaws Clay lick – Cocha Camungo:
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. Later on at night we will go to try and spot some caimans in the river and there is also optional some night walk. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4: Tambo Blanquillo Cocha blanco – lindero (campaing):
This day we will wake up from our camp after a good breakfast we will visit one of the beautiful lagoons (white cocha), we will sail on a catamaran we will explore the lagoon, there we will be able to observe a great diversity of fauna such as monkeys, alligators, the famous river wolf and Birds, after exploring this lagoon we will take the motorized boat that brings us back up the river, and through the search ground a place where we can install our tents to spend the night accompanied by a beautiful bonfire. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5: Lindero Camping – Palotoa Ecological Lodge:
This day after a good breakfast we will get ready to then take the motorized boat, which will take us to the Palotoa lodge there we will arrive at lunch time approximately after we settle in our respective rooms we will have a rest time, later we will start walking in A type of forest to try to see more wildlife. The guide can explain the great biodiversity of this place, for later we will be back to our hostel where we spent our last night in a comfortable lodge
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. Breakfast and Dinner.aldonado city.
IMAGES TAMBOPATA AMAZON TOURS
- Private bus and boat
- Rubber boots
- duffle bag for personal belongings
- All camping equipment
- Accommodations and lodges
- Proffsional 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
- Alcoholic drinks at the bar
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Repellent with a minimum of 40 % deet
- Good binoculars
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Swimming suit
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Long sleeved T-shirt
- Dark color clotles
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