Tambopata – Bahuaja Sonene Park- Sandoval Lake: 7D/6N

7Days 3,

Program Overview

Lake Sandoval, known as the «heart of the Peruvian Amazon», is located near the city of Puerto Maldonado, in the department of Madre de Dios. This lake, with clear and calm waters, is located in the Tambopata Natural Reserve, considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

While walking along the lake, it is possible to see several species of macaws and parrots. You will also see kingfishers, turtles, monkeys, herons, cranes and more than 1000 species of birds.

To get to the Tambopata National Reserve you must board a boat from the community of Infierno to the crossing of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers. Once there, you will visit the macaw clay lick, so called because it is the meeting point for these species. There are also parrots and parakeets that feed on the clay of this area. Travel aboard a catamaran along the Tambopata River to Tres Chimbadas Lake and continue to enjoy animals such as lizards, turtles and harpy eagles.

Itinerary

Day 01: …/ LIMA

Arriving to Lima we transfer to our hotel in Lima.

Day 02: LIMA, PUERTO MALDONADO, RECEPTION, TRANSFER TO WASAI TAMBOPATA LODGE

Transfer to the airport for the flight Lima/Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transfer to Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge where, after a greeting, the guide will give you a preliminary talk and explain the possibility of seeing birds such as the blue-gray tanager, palm tanager, silver-beaked tanager, crested flycatcher, and many others right here at the hotel.

After that, we will embark in a 4 hour journey to the Wasai Tambopata lodge. During the trip you will have the opportunity to see the birds of the riverbank such as swallows, egrets, herons, flycatchers, cowbirds, orioles, toucans, macaws, and many others. The specialized guide will describe each species and explain their identification either by sight or by sound. Arrive at the lodge where you will be welcomed by the staff and instructed about the jungle and its sounds.

In the evening we will take a nocturnal hike and have the opportunity to hear and hopefully see- owls, tinamous, and many other types of animals.

Day 03: PARROTS’ CLAY LICK – RAINFOREST

We will wake up early (5:00am) to go to the parrots’ clay lick. While passing through a forest of bamboo, we will have the opportunity to see birds like anthrushes, antwrens, antshrikes, motmots, trogons, and pufbirds. Depending on the weather, after reaching the collpa—or parrots’ clay lick we will have a great opportunity to see our first psitacids (parrots) such as: the mealy parrot, orange-cheek parrot, yellow-crowned parrot, chesnut-fronted macaw, and the dusky-headed parakeet. With some luck, we may see large macaws like the scarlet or the red-and-green. We will stay as long as it be necessary, and then go back to the lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast, you will have some free time to enjoy the lodge facilities. You can lie down on the hammock and enjoy the view of the surroundings. In the afternoon, we will start another excursion looking for more birds; learn about the kind of birds that live in the rainforest, the fruit trees from which they feed from and the important role they play in its conservation.

Day 04: MACAWS CLAY LICK “EL CHUNCHO”, BAHUAJA SONENE NATIONAL PARK

We will leave very early (4:00 am) for the Macaws’ Clay Lick ´´El Chuncho´´ one of the best attractions of the region due to the beautiful spectacle of color and sound that happened every morning when hundreds of parrots, parakeets, and macaws congregate in this place to feed on the clay lick, important for its daily diet to detoxified its bodies. With luck you might see up to 13 species of parrots all gathered in one place.

While seeing this spectacle, we will have breakfast and then walk through the trails to find toucans, guans, curassow, and other species of birds, only seen in Madre de Dios. On the riverbanks it is also possible to see the Orinoco goose, muscovy duck, purpluish jay, violaceous jay, olive orioles and the amazon orioles, and much more.

We will return to Wasai Tambopata Lodge for lunch. After which we will start a walk searching for birds, and hopefully find the only trumpeter of Southern Peru called the pale-winged trumpeter, as well as flock of tanagers tinamous, woodpeckers, wood creepers, honeycreepers, aracaris, and the small but beautiful manakins. If we are patient enough we can probably see two species of this kind of birds besides the harpy eagle and more species of birds.

Day 05: ISUYAMA PORT, WASAI MALDONADO ECO LODGE, SANDOVAL LAKE

After breakfast, we will leave for Puerto Maldonado. You will have another chance to see birds along the riverbak. Before we arrive to Puerto Maldonado lodge, we will visit Isuyama port, located in the southeast of Puerto Maldonado where we can easily find a great number of birds like nunbird, seed eaters, parrots, vultures, catle egrets, flycatchers and orioles.

We will arrive to Puerto Maldonado around midday.

After lunch, we will start a 25 minutes journey to the Sandoval Lake, a beautiful oxbow lake where we can find a great number of birds. Then we will walk 5km through the forest. During the walk we will have the opportunity to find the blue-crowned trogon, black tailed trogon, white-tailed trogon, and the violaceous trogon. You will also have a another good chance to see different types of hummingbirds such as: the long-tailed hermit, white neck Jacobin, the fork-tailed woodnymph and toucans like curl crested aracari and ivori billed aracari, hoatzin (punk bird) herons like agami heron, tigre heron, striated heron, anhingas cormorant, cocoi heron, and more species.

We can swim in the lake and then come back to the lodge in Puerto Maldonado. During the way back we will enjoy the spectacular sunset on the river.

Farewell dinner.

Night at Wasai Maldonado Lodge.

Day 06: PUERTO MALDONADO, LIMA

Breakfast and transfer to the airport. Arriving to Lima we transfer to our hotel in Lima.

Day 07: LIMA /…

Transfer to the airport for the international flight.

The price includes

  • Booking for Hotel based on double occupancy.
  • All scheduled land, lake and air transportations.
  • All transfers.
  • All scheduled excursions with local guides and interpreters.
  • All entrance fees. Meals and domestic flight airfares as specified in the itinerary.

The price doesn´t include

International airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages and items of personal nature.

Note

Essentials:

Vaccinations: It is highly recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever.

What to bring?

  • Binoculars, Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest.
  • Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton).
  • 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear).
  • Insect repellant (at least 50% Deet), sunscreen lotion.
  • Hiking shoes and sandals.
  • Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs.
  • Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses.
  • Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid forcontact lenses, for example).
  • Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
  • One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.

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