Deep inside the pristine rainforest and surrounded by
its sounds. Enjoy a canoe ride at night with flashlights to spot caymans on the
river banks. We will observe exotic plants and insects, colorful butterflies, birds,
monkeys and (with luck) perhaps even some of the large mammals. At the lake canoes will be
available for paddling and observing wildlife on the shoreline.....
The trip is
full of adventure, with possibilities to find wild animals
and the most attractive landscapes: This program includes walks
through the heart of the reserved area of Tambopata Candamo and the
Bahuaja Sonene National park.
There are not
very many places in the world where different species of big
macaws, parrots and parakeets meet together every morning to eat the
mineral salts in the soil of the river banks
These places are locally called
"collpas ", a quechua name. You will watch several species of
macaw and many species of parrot and parakeet gather to eat clay in the
first few hours after sunrise.
El Chuncho Clay Lick is probably the
biggest collpa in the world, it is a low cliff located along
a tributary of the Tambopata, 5 hours upstream from Puerto Maldonado (40
minutes from WASAI Lodge). You should camp a day in advance in order to
make an early morning visit to the observation point early in the
include two beautiful lodges with 36 beds each. We have all the
equipment to make your stay a comfortable and pleasurable experience.
Our fleet of boats includes a large wooden motorized canoe big enough
for 20 people, to medium sized and small boats and non-motorized canoes
for paddling. We also have a wooden catamaran for pleasure trips on the
river and an inflatable dingy for rafting. We have a four-wheel drive
bus for land use, camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, portable stoves),
fishing gear, mountain bikes, telescopes and binoculars for better bird
and animal watching. We also have rubber boots, waterproof capes and
flash-lights for personal use.
5 Day Sample Itinerary
Arrive in the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado. You will be met at the
airport and transferred to the Wasai Maldonado Lodge. After a refreshing
drink you will make the 3-4 hour journey up the Tambopata River into the
primary rainforest of the Tambopata Reserve Zone with the opportunity to
see local communities and wildlife along the banks of the river. You
will arrive at the Wasai Tambopata Lodge in the late afternoon. After
refreshments you will go on a short introductory walk into the forest .
In the evening you will go on a night walk to look for some of the
nocturnal creatures of the forest.
You will wake before dawn and cross the Tambopata River to walk to the
parrot clay lick on the banks of the River Gato. You will watch parrots
and parakeets gather and feed on the clay. On the walk you may see
animals such as monkeys and other interesting plants and insects. After
breakfast you can relax in the beautiful surroundings of the lodge, go
fishing or swim in a nearby waterfall. After lunch you will make the 1
1/2 hour journey further up the River Tambopata into the Bahuaja-Sonene
National Park. This journey is an excellent opportunity to see birds and
animals such as capybara, jaguar and large caiman. You will arrive at
the site of the Chuncho Collpa in the late afternoon and establish camp
on the river beach. You will watch the sun set and can swim in the river
or have a go at catching some of the abundant fish. In the night you
will attempt to see animals visiting the clay river banks to eat clay -
and the animals that hunt them such as jaguar and caiman
You will wake at dawn to the sound of Howler Monkeys and hundreds of parakeets
wheeling through the red morning sky. You will watch several
species of macaw and many species of parrot and parakeet gather to eat
clay in the first few hours after sunrise. You will have a simple
breakfast on the beach followed by a short walk through the forest to
look for birds and animals. you will travel back down the river to the
Tambopata Lodge for lunch. in the afternoon you can go for walk, relax,
go fishing or swimming or visit a local community. After an evening meal
you will go out onto the river to get a close view of
You will haver breakfast and them make the journey back down the
Tambopata River to Puerto Maldonado. You will arrive at Wasai Maldonado
Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will Travel Down the Madre de Dios
River and from there walk through the forest to the tranquil and
beautiful Lake Sandoval. At the lake your guide will paddle you in a
wooden canoe to look for Giant River Otters and birds such as Hoatzin
and Aningha and you can fish for piranha. There is a wonderful sunset
here . You will walk back through the forest to look for some of the
nocturnal creatures of the forest and them travel back to the Lodge for
a Final evening meal.
5 Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Day Sample Itinerary
Reception at the airport and transportation to the WASAI Maldonado
Lodge, where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage. You
will embark for a 3 to 4 1/2 hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata river
to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center (box lunch on route).
During the trip we will be able to observe the local farms, while groups
of birds pass over the boat. Opportunity to see families of Capybaras,
the largest rodents in the world. Reception, accommodation at the lodge,
short rest we will have a brief introductory walk in the forest nearby
to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife natural
history . Return to the lodge for dinner.
dinner we will make our first visit to the forest to observe the
nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional
encounter with nocturnal mammals. We will enjoy the diverse sounds of
the jungle which will accompany our first night in Amazonia. Sleep in
Wake early (4 am) and travel up the Tambopata River for an our and half
to the Bahuaja- Sonene National Park. You will see a magical sunrise and
it is a great opportunity to see animals such as capybaras, tapir ,
Jaguar, and deer in the surrounding virgin forest. We will observe (
from a save distance) one of the greatest spectacle of the rainforest:
Hundreds of parrots, parakeets and macaws of various species, enjoying
their diet of mineral salts on a river bank. We will have a
hot drink and a snack whilst watching birds and go for a short walk to
look for animals such as monkeys. We will return to to the lodge to have
a late breakfast, and rest.
lunch we will enter the verdant jungle on a special trail to observe
wild life. We will then enter the territory of peccaries, deer, and
others, with the possibility to hear or see the tracks of them, or
discovering a troop of monkeys traveling through the forest in search of
food. Time permitting, we will be able to enjoy a relaxing swim in the
cascade of the cat. After
dinner we can make another trip through the jungle, search for caimans
or relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal sounds.
After breakfast we will make a trip in boat to the WASAI Maldonado
Lodge, in Puerto Maldonado where we will relax in our bungalows and
enjoy a tasty lunch. After lunch we will leave and travel for twenty
minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to the access trail to Lake
Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. 5 km hike to the banks of
the lake. There we will board a canoe to paddle around the lake enjoying
the beauty of the landscape and observing the wildlife, such as
kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds) ,
monkeys, etc. If we are lucky we could see the family of giant otters
which live at the lake. We will have the opportunity to fish piranhas
and swim in the lake. Prepare yourself for a spectacular sunset.
It is time
to begin our return hike to the Madre de Dios River to return to Puerto
Maldonado. There we will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of
WASAI Maldonado Lodge. After dinner we will be able to rest or go around
the city on foot or on bicycle. We can enjoy the pool and its cascade
surounded by verdant vegetation. Rest of the night free to enjoy the
night life of this welcoming city.
Breakfast and transportation to the airport.
Reception at the airport and transportation to the
WASAÍ Maldonado Lodge, where you will receive a welcoming tropical
fruit beverage. You will embark for a 4 hour motorboat trip up the
Tambopata river to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center (box
lunch on board). During the trip into the heart of the rain forest
we will be able to observe clouds of butterflies, typical Amazon
communities , while groups of birds pass over the boat and animals
such as capybaras turtles and caiman. Reception and accommodation
at Wasai lodge.
Introductory walk to
understand rainforest ecosystems and see some of the amazing trees .
Return to the lodge for dinner. We will enjoy diverse sounds of the
jungle which will accompany our first night in the Amazon. Sleep in
Wake early (4.30 am) and travel up the Tambopata River for an hour
to the Bahuaja- Sonene National Park. You will see a magical sunrise
and it is a great opportunity to see animals such as capybaras,
tapir , Jaguar, and deer in the surrounding virgin forest. We will
(from a save distance) one of the greatest spectacle of the
rainforest: Hundreds of parrots, parakeets and macaws of various
species, enjoying their diet of mineral salts on a river bank. We
will have a hot drink and a snack whilst watching birds and go for
a short walk to look for animals such as monkeys.
We will return to to the lodge to have a
We will then have an Ethno botanical trekking through one of the
trails, learning about medicinal plants. We will enter the territory
of peccaries, deer, and others, with the possibility to hear or see
the tracks of them, or discovering a troop of monkeys travelling
through the forest in search of food. Lunch . In the afternoon we
will be able to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat.
After dinner we can make another trip through the jungle or search
After breakfast we will return by boat to Puerto Maldonado to take
our flight to Lima or Cuzco.