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.
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.
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.
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.