Amazon Green Tambopata 4 days / 3 nights
Amazon Green Tambopata 4 days: for those with limited time in jungle trips but still wanting to experience a rich and remarkable section of the Amazon Rainforest the beautiful Sandoval Lake Lodge in the lower section of the Tambopata National Reserve is an excellent choice. Here we present an extended version of our 4 day itinerary with a highly recommended extra day to make the most of this wildlife rich rainforest environment in amazon green.
This Tambopata Eco lodge is easily accessible from the friendly and fascinating jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, a major centre of the timber, gold mining and eco-tourism industries in the Southern Peruvian Amazon. Puerto Maldonado is itself easily accessed from Lima and Cusco due to excellent local air links. From Puerto Maldonado our lodge is approximately 3 hours away and the journey – a thirty minute boat ride, followed by a short jungle hike and finally a paddle to our jungle home by catamaran – is fascinating in itself. Lago Sandoval is an ox-bow lake, a curve of the Madre de Dios River cut off by the river changing course. These quiet and beautiful habitats are wonderful places for wildlife watching, whether exploring the Tambopata National Reserve lake in silence by catamaran, with only the sound of our craft’s paddles for company, or walking trails with experienced nature guides through diverse forest habitats.
Travel Itinerary Tambopata and Lago Sandoval
Amazon Green Tambopata 4 days / 3 nights
(OPERATIVE FROM APRIL 1st TO OCTOBER 31th)
Tours Day 1:
Lima / Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Amazon Green Tambopata Eco Lodge
Flight to Puerto Maldonado, and journey to the lodge. Following your morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box-lunch is provided on board. On arrival you’ll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you set off for an introductory walk into the “terra firme” forest behind the lodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarinds, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects by the eye-shine a specialization for increasing the light and see better, about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest.
Tours Day 2:
Amazon Green – Hike to Lake Condenado – Macaw Parrot Clay Lick – Chuncho – Collpa
Hike to Lake Condenado & trip to the Macaw & parrot Clay-lick “EL CHUNCHO” (Collpa). After an early breakfast you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning’s exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters lives in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds abound especially Rufescent Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattled Jacanas, Hoatzin, the noisy Donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch you return to the canoe to continue the journey upstream, a further 2 hrs, to an area deep within the Tambopata National Reserve where the isolated MACAW & PARROT CLAY LICK “EL CHUNCHO” is situated. This Collpa is actually the second large clay cliffs lining the Tambopata River in this area. After dinner you will go searching for some animals like Capybaras, Caimans, Tapirs, and the famous Jaguar by walk along the banks of the Tambopata River, Many foot prints of these animals are daily observed on the banks. Camping on the beach near the Collpa “EL CHUNCHO”. (B,L,D).
Tours Day 3:
Collpa El Chuncho – Tambopata Eco Lodge – Amazon Green
Visit the Collpa “EL CHUNCHO” and return to Tambopata Eco Lodge. A pre-dawn start is needed to get to the clay-lick before the birds. They arrive in search of minerals and salts and the digestive properties of the clay particles themselves. On average several dozens Macaws and smaller parrots visit the clay-lick daily, including Scarlet, Blue and Yellow, Red and Green, and Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed parrots, among others. Following a late morning hike we return down river to the lodge for lunch. At night you will go searching for Caimans (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by canoe along the Tambopata River. Night in the Tambopata Eco Lodge. (B, L, D).
Tours Day 4:
Amazon Green Tambopata – Return to Puerto Maldonado
Departure. Time to return to the city of Puerto Maldonado is scheduled according to flight time of the group. In the mornings you can see the wildlife that is particularly active at this time, are frequently heard howler monkeys or stop. Your guide will give support to his arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will relocate to the airport and assist you on your flight.
Additional days at the Macaw Lick or Collpa:
Any number of extra days in the vicinity of the Collpa, over and above the aforementioned program, is possible. These can be guided or unguided according to your preference and interests. During these days you can either; explore the trail system in more depth, going further a field along trails not visited before; visit a small lake hidden amongst the trees with a floating viewing platform situated in it; take a trip up river to explore a clear forest stream teeming with fish. Full board is included during each of these days.
Services included in your Macaw lick trip:
- All meals and accommodation (camping gear) from lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on your final day (inclusive).
- All transport from your arrival al Puerto Maldonado to your return to the airport (inclusive).
- All guided excursions describes in the itinerary (including on additional days, if you wish).
- One night excursion on the river looking for Caiman.
Services Excluded in your Macaw lick trip:
- Flights to and from Puerto Maldonado, The entrance Fee to the TNR $ 25.00 per person, airport taxes, Tree climbing (with harnesses and ropes). Any drinks you may purchase from the bar, Tips.
Very important shuttle Hostel Tambopata Eco Lodge In / Out:
- Arrival transfer (Puerto Maldonado – Lodge): We have daily shipments of 12: 00hrs. 12: 40hrs, after 13: 00hrs require private transfers at additional cost. Transfers after 16:00 hrs. Are not possible for the safety of passengers, they should stay in town to meet their accommodation and food costs for translation into early the next day for private transport or wait until the hour of the daily commute.
- Transfer out (Lodge-Puerto Maldonado) have daily departures from 6: 30hrs to 7: 00hrs so we recommend flights after 10: 30hrs.