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Duration: 04 Days
Location: Puerto Maldonado
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  • This itinerary is for those looking for a glimpse of the Amazon Basin in 4 days. Row around an oxbow lake, take your chances at the parrot clay lick, walk through the jungle to know the many Amazonian plant and animal species, visit an ethno botanical center and farm within the native community, meet with the natives and get to know about their culture and challenges, go on night safaris to experience the many jungle creatures and their survival techniques in the “world’s largest and most challenging rainforest”. An experience that is not only educational and amazing, but one that you will cherish for a lifetime!

    Highlights:

    • View of the Amazon jungle from a canopy tower.
    • Early morning visit to the lake to see the otter family.
    • Day time jungle safaris to know more about the jungle species.
    • Jungle night walk.
    • Visit to the parrot clay lick.
    • Brazil Nut tree and camp or the Ceiba Trail Hike.
    • Eco tourism lecture.
    • Visit to the ethno botanical center and farm.
    • Meet with the local native community.
    • Taste local Amazonian food at the lodge.
    • Stay in eco lodges, that give you a refined experience of experiencing the jungle.

    Highly Recommended:  This trip can be an extension to your Peruvian adventures, club with the other itineraries of Peru. After your magical experience with Machu Picchu, fly from Cusco to the airport of Puerto Maldonado. You can also fly from Lima directly to Puerto Maldonado, if you chose not to via Cusco.

    Glimpse of the Amazon Rainforest - page photo

  • Day 01

    Upon arrival from Cusco or Lima to Puerto Maldonado airport, meet and greet with the eco lodge representative and transfer to the lodge Puerto Maldonado head quarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens, we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps to keep the boats and cargo light. Then we transfer to the Tambopata River Port to take our boat ride to Posada Amazonas Lodge or Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

    After dinner, we will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shore with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of the reflection from caiman eyes. Overnight at the lodge.

    Meals included: Boxed Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 02

    Post an early morning breakfast, we proceed to the Oxbow Lake to see the otters. We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws. Indulge in some piranha fishing at the lake, under the watchful eye of the well experienced and knowledgeable guides.

    Back at the lodge and after some refreshments, we head to a 25 meter scaffolding Canopy Tower, 30 min walk from the lodge. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the viewing platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest. From here the views of the forest are breath taking and one can likely spot toucans, macaws and raptors.

    Post lunch, we head to an Ethno botanical centre and farm. Along this trail, we will find variety of plants and trees that are used by the local native population for variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.

    Post dinner, the staff at lodge, will give eco lectures covering areas such as conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve or the Infierno eco tourism project. Overnight at the lodge.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 03

    Post breakfast, we head to the Parrot Clay Lick. From your camouflaged spot, on most clear days, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on the clay lick to ingest the clay. Researchers say that they eat clay for the sodium in it. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With some luck, in the early morning, we may see the Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeked parrot. We visit the lick at dawn or mid morning or early afternoon, when the parrots are most active.

    Post lunch, we hike from the lodge to a beautiful growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades. We will demonstrate the whole process the whole process of the rainforest’s sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

    Next, we head to the Mammal Clay Lick to try our luck at spotting the wild rain forest pigs. These pigs show up in herds of 5 to 20 to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them around are 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife that can be viewed are deers, guans and parakeets.

    Post dinner, we head out for the Night Walking Safari. If we are lucky, we might encounter some mammals, they are difficult to spot, as they camouflage themselves well and make themselves scarce around human presence. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their histories, spiders with webs, interesting nocturnal insects, tarantulas etc. Overnight at the lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 04

    Post breakfast, we transfer by boat to the Tambopata River Port, then onto the Puerto Maldonado head quarters to collect your luggage from the safe deposit and head to the airport to catch your flight to the next destination.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at info@funkytravels.com to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    Accommodation Type for this trip: Eco Lodges

    • Posada Amazonas is owned by the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno and managed in partnership with Rainforest Expeditions. Posada Amazonas is located within the Ese-Eja’s communal reserve, next to the Tambopata National Reserve. View more details of the lodge at this link – http://www.perunature.com/posada-amazonas.html.
    • Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism. There is an additional $13 per person charge for entrance into the Tambopata National Park. View more details of the lodge at this link – http://www.perunature.com/refugio-amazonas.html.

    Note:

    • The lodges reserve the right to alter the activities mentioned in the itinerary or the order in which mentioned.

    Boat Transportation – The boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55hp outboard motors.

    • Trasnfer – in (from Puerto Maldonado to Lodge) – 2 daily departures – 13.00 and 14.30 hours.
    • Transfer-out (from Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) – 2 daily departures – 07.00 and 08.00 hours.

     

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on double sharing basis in your choice of lodge – Classic or Superior Room.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • All airport / land transfers / river transportation as stated from and to Puerto Maldonado airport.
    • All tours and transfers in private air-con vehicle with English speaking guide and including all entrance fees (except the national park entrance fee, mentioned above).

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare and airport / government taxes, fuel surcharges etc.
    • Domestic Airfares.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.