Tambopata – Bahuaja Sonene Park – Sandoval Lake

10Days 4,

Program Overview

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.

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.


Day 01: Day 1: …/ LIMA

On your arrival to Lima we will transfer you to the hotel.


Transfer to the airport for the fight Lima/Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transportation to Wasai Maldonado Ecolodge where after a greeting, the guide will give 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 preparations, take a four-and-a-half hour ride on a wooden boat to the Wasai Tambopata Lodge. During the trip you will have the opportunity to see the birds of the riverfront such as swallows, egrets, herons, flycatchers, cowbirds, orioles, toucans, macaws, and many more. 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 received by the staff and get some briefing about the jungle and its sounds.

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


We will wake early (5:00am) to go to the parrots’ Clay Lick at the Gato River. 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 more luck, we may see large macaws like the scarlet or the red-and-green. We will stay as long as it is prudent, and then go back to the lodge for breakfast.

Rest in the morning. In the afternoon, we will go into the forest again in search of more animals and learn about the types of forests and the different species of birds that can be found within them. We will know the fruit trees that provide for the diversity of birds in Tambopata, and learn the important role the winged creatures play in their forests.


We will leave very early (4:00 am) for the Macaws’ Clay Lick «El Chuncho». This is a very special place because,in good weather conditions,nature offers such a fantastic display of sounds and colors that birdwatchers will never forget.it. Hundreds of parrots, parakeets, and macaws meet in this place to feed on clay embankments. With luck you might see up to 13 species of parrots all gathered in one place.

You will then have the opportunity to walk through some of the trails to find toucans, guans, curassow, and others. We will have breakfast, go for a short break and take the boat again to go further into the jungle, this time to the world’s largest macaws’ clay lick the Collpa Colorado. Here, we will have the opportunity to see a ganzo and other ducks that are only found in Madre de Dios. Along the riverbanks you might find the Orinoco goose, muscovy duck, purpluish or violaceous jays, olive orioles, Amazon orioles, harpy eagle, and much more!

We will have lunch after reaching the campsite of the Tambopata Research Center. After that we will search and hopefully find the only trumpeter of Southern Peru called the pale-winged trumpeter, as well as flocks of several other birds like tanagers, tinamous, woodpeckers, wood creepers, honeycreepers, aracaris, and more inside the jungle. Sleep at the campsite.


Again we will have an awakening full of color, as we will be directly in front of the world’s largest clay lick, where many documentaries have been filmed. We will have the chance to see many mealy parrots, chesnut-fronted macaws, blue and yellow macaws, red and green macaws, scarlet macaws, dusky-headed parakeets, and blue-headed parrots. With some luck, we will see the rare blue-headed macaw, sometimes seen around this area an incredible spectacle that surely you will not get tired of.

Breakfast and return to Wasai Tambopata lodge, with another chance to see the birds of the riverfront. After lunch take a well-deserved rest. In the evening, hit the trails again in search of small but very beautiful manakins; with patience we can see two types of these wonderful birds. Later, return to the lodge and rest.

Day 06: FREE DAY.

Free day in Wasai Tambopata Lodge. You will have a lot of opportunities to see different species of birds around the lodge.


After breakfast, we will leave for Puerto Maldonado. You will have another chance to see birds along the river. 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 oropendolas.
We will arrive to Puerto Maldonado around midday.

After lunch we will leave for the hamlets of Cachuela, a very beautiful place where rare birds are seen each time it is visited. Birds such as the southern caracas, horned screamer, jacana, egrets, jacamars, anise, raptors, and more can all be seen here. It is close to Puerto Maldonado, and we will travel here by car. Dinner at the lodge.


4:30 am we will have breakfast. After breakfast we will depart on a 45 minute trip along the Madre de Dios River, and take a 5km walk through the forest for Sandoval Lake, a lake with a large numbers of birds and other species. 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 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. We will search for a local palm with high content of clay called shebon, where parrots used to feast every day. Here we will have the opportunity to see bellied macaw, white bellied parrot, blue and yellow macaws, and more species.

Once in the lake, we will embark in a canoe to paddle around the lake to see birds like hoatzin (punk bird), herons like the agami heron, tigre herons, striated Heron, anhingas cormorant, coci Heron, and other kind of birds.

After lunch we will have the chance to swim on the lake and then come back to the lodge in Puerto Maldonado.

Farewell dinner and night at Wasai Maldonado.


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

Day 10: LIMA /…

Transfer to the airport for the international flight.



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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