To begin the tour, we’ll meet you at Puerto Maldonado’s bus station or airport (or at another agreed-upon point, depending on your preference) and then head upriver along the Madre de Dios River to our own lodge, Ecoaventuras Amazónicas. There, we’ll enjoy a delicious local lunch before going for a walk along the area trails, in order to learn about the medicinal plants which Amazonian populations have been using for centuries.
Afterwards, we’ll tackle almost 600ft of Zip Line! This exciting activity will make you feel like a bird swooping through the Amazon’s canopy. Amidst the zip lines, we’ll also take a high-altitude walk along a hanging bridge, which will allow you to observe species that reside in the high treetops of the rainforest’s canopy, such as toucans and geckos, which you could never see or hear walking along the tree trunks.
We’ll go for an entirely different walk once the sun begins to set, as the jungle transforms dramatically in the night. This will allow us to experience the sights and sounds of the nocturnal Amazon, from its noisy insects and owls to the world’s only nocturnal monkey, the musmuqui (Peruvian Red-necked Owl Monkey).
Over an evening bonfire after dinner, we’ll share some anecdotes and legends about the Amazon.
Lodging in bungalows at Ecoadventuras Amazónicas.
We’ll wake up very early on this day, at 4:15am, to visit the Parrot Clay Lick along the riverside. At this early hour, when the rainforest begins to wake, the trip itself is quite magical. These are walls along which hundreds of parrots and macaws (up to 7 different species) gather to feed upon the clay, which contains minerals that allow the birds to detoxify from any unripe fruit or seeds that they’ve eaten. They also socialize and find mates at these sites. One can only witness this colorful spectacle in the first hours of the morning. The trip will last approximately 2 hours, afterwhich we’ll return to the lodge for breakfast.
Once we’ve eaten, we’ll depart by motorboat upriver (in the direction of Puerto Maldonado) to Tambopata Reserve. After a walk of about an hour, we’ll arrive at Lake Sandoval, where we’ll see cacophonous giant otters and peculiar hoatzin birds, which are locally known as Shansho or Anhginga, meaning duck snake. We’ll also be able to spot howler, capuchin, spider, tamarin and other monkeys. We’ll explore our surroundings by rowboat, including a stunning waterfall. We’ll arrive at the time of peak animal activity, but this wanes nearing midday. Thus, we’ll rest on the shore at this time, while enjoying a delicious tropical boxed lunch.
After lunch, we can refresh ourselves in the lake. In the evening, at approximately 5pm, we’ll return to Puerto Maldonado, concluding our services.