NATURAL EXPEDITION TO TAMBOPATA CANDAMO 6 Days / 5 Nights

 

 

We cannot understand and appreciate the intricate and endangered wonders on our planet without looking at the Amazon Rainforest. It produces 20% of the earth's oxygen and 10% of the earth's fresh water flows from its rivers into the ocean. The Amazon has over 25,000 plant species, 4,300 bird types, and about 20,000 animal species. In less than one hour from Cusco, you are within Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone. This extensive zone, part of which is located in the Department of Madre de Dios, is considered one of the best preserved areas of Amazonia in South America.

The exceptional diversity found within small areas of this reserved zone is due to its unique location between the High Andean slopes and the low outlying forest and grassland. In this short visit to the "Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone" a diverse, profound, and colourful experience is assured. This program is the ideal rain forest tour for nature enthusiasts. You will see the world's largest clay lick, visit the canopy tower and oxbow lake at Posada Amazonas, hike to a Macaw nesting colony at Tambopata Research Centre, and explore its trail system at leisure with expert naturalist guides.

 

ITINERARY:

 

Day 01:- Arrival to Puerto Maldonado and River Trip to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Upon your arrival from Lima or Cusco, reception and transfer to the River Port of Tambopata in Puerto Maldonado. After a short City Tour visiting the main tourist attractions, we will board our motorised canoe for a two tour river trip to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

We will be served a box lunch on the way. We will also make a short stop over at the guard post since we will be entering to the Tambopata – Candamo National Reserve, which, with its around 1.3 million hectares of extension, is one of the largest in Peru. During the trip we may be able to appreciate some of the most typical bird species of the river banks, such as Skimmers, Sand Pipers, Crowned Herons, Jabiru Storks, Falcons and several species of King Fishers, Swallows and Fly Catchers. When we reach the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, we will unpack and get to know the installations of the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

We will receive an important orientation and introduction talk regarding our Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Rest until dinner time, after which we will carry out our night activity. At night we will board one of our boats to search for Cayman on the river banks using a strong search light. The Cayman are found on the river banks at night waiting for unsuspecting prey. After this nocturnal activity we will return to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

 

Day 02:- Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center

We will wake up at dawn to visit our Canopy tower, an observation tower of 25 metres of height. The tower has been built in such a way as to allow an easy and safe access using the internal stair cases which have railings on both sides, with the possibility to rest on the small platforms you will find every two metres. From the top you will not only be able to appreciate a spectacular view of the tree tops and the canopy, but it is also an excellent place where to spot those birds that live in the canopy or those that fly at that altitude, such as toucans, parrots and macaws. After that we will walk along the Trocha de la Castaña or Brazil Nut Trail, which is an old trail close to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge with an impressive number of Brazil Nut Trees, which have been harvested for decades, and who knows, maybe for centuries. We will visit one of the precarious shelters used by the Brazil Nut collectors during the two months of the year (January and February) when such activities are carried out. You will get to know one of the most important economic activities of the Madre de Dios Department and the only sustainable of such activities. We will be back to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge for lunch.

After lunch we will board the out board engine powered canoe to continue upstream till we reach the Tambopata Research Center. This trip takes approximately four hours. After an hour and a half on the river, leaving the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, we will stop over at the Park Guard Post. This post marks the limit of the inhabited area of the Intangible Area of the Park with its 700.000 hectares. In the inhabited core of this Intangible Area there are more chances to observe Capybara, Geese, Cayman and Macaws. When we reach the Tambopata Research Center, we will unpack and get to know the installations of the lodge.

We will receive an important orientation and introduction talk regarding our Tambopata Research Center. In the afternoon we will take a walk along the banks of the Tambopata River, taking in the fantastic view before our eyes. After dinner, scientists will give us a lecture on the natural history of Macaws and the Proyecto de Guacamayos Macaw Project underway for more than a decade in the Tambopata Research Center. You will learn about their feeding habits, mating behaviour, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Overnight at the Tambopata Research Center.

 

Day 03:- Tambopata Research Center

At dawn we will cross the river to observe one of the largest Colpa Macaw Clay Licks in the world where hundreds of Parrots and Macaws of up to 15 species gather on a daily basis. You can expect to see between ten or twelve of the following members of the Parrot Family: Red and Green Macaws, Blue and Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Red Bellied Macaws and the Blue Headed Macaws; Mealy Parrots, Yellow Crowned Parrots; Blue Headed Parrots, Orange Cheeked Parrots and White Bellied Parrots; Dusky Headed Parakeets, White Eyed Parakeets; Cobalt Winged Parakeets and Scarlet Shouldered Parrotlets and also Dusky Billed Parrotlets.

This incredible show will continue until the parrots feel a danger, usually in the form of an eagle and they all leave at once in a flurry, in an explosion of colours, shapes and sounds. After breakfast we will make a walk through a Flood Plain Forest, which is an area with tall trees and also areas of ponds and gulches. Amongst the Ficus, Ceibas and Iron Wood Shihuahuacos we will search for Common Squirrel Monkeys, Black Faced Capuchins and Spider Monkeys. We will also have a chance to see White Lipped and Collared Peccaries, the Rain Forest equivalent of Wild Pigs. This area is part of the forest surrounding the Tambopata Research Center.

We will have lunch at the Center. After lunch, we will make a ten minute boat trip upriver to a small platform located by a small lake. Here you will be able to observe many of the birds that call this lake their home. The platform, located at the centre of the lake, is an excellent place where from to observe them. In the evening we will go for a night walk in the Rain Forest, being this the hour of major activity for mammals, although they are difficult to spot. Much more common are the frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Overnight at the Tambopata Research Center.

 

Day 04:- Tambopata Research Center

In the morning we will have free time off to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the Tambopata Research Center, maybe venture out on other trails or repeat your favourite activity. Before lunch we will get to know the Trocha Terra Firme Trail. It is a trail that goes through a different habitat, characterised by small and thin trees, hilly slopes and the five kilometre trail that goes through the area. Black Hooded Saddleback Tamarin Monkeys are often seen on this trail. While we walk close to the limits of the swamp we may also be able to see Tapir tracks.

After a short and easy walk we will go back to the Center to enjoy our lunch. 30 minutes walk from the Tambopata Research Center will, take us to the Swamp. There we will be able to see dead Aguaje Moriche Palm Trees, which serve as a base for the nests of Red Bellied and also Blue and Yellow Macaws. A high forest canopy tower will allow the visitors to get a close view of the macaws while they enter and leave their nests.

Dinner and Overnight at the Tambopata Research Center.

 

Day 05:- Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas Lodge

After breakfast we will leave for the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where we will arrive approximately three hours later. You will be served a box lunch in the boat. Once recuperated from the boat ride, we will part for a walk to the Lago Condenado Lake. We will paddle through the Lake in search of fauna such as the Hoatzin, a kind of pre historic birds and Cayman. If we are very lucky we will be able to catch a glimpse of Lobos de Río or Giant River Otters, although they are not very common on this lake. We will go back for dinner in the Refugio Amazonas Lodge. After the dinner there will be a presentation carried out by the Staff of the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where you will be hear about the threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight in the Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

 

Day 06:- Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Return to Puerto Maldonado

After a very early breakfast, we will take a boat back to the City of Puerto Maldonado and from there to the Airport where we will arrive in time to catch your return flight to Lima or Cusco.

 

End of our services.

 

INCLUDED:

 

• 05 Nights accommodations in the specified lodges based on double occupancy.

• All meals specified from your arrival to the City of Puerto Maldonado until your return to the airport for your departure.

• All excursions with bilingual guides (Spanish / English)

• All transfers and land and river transportation from your arrival to the City of Puerto Maldonado until your return to the Airport to catch your departure flight.

• Entrance to the Protected Natural Area

• All Taxes applicable except airport taxes (see below)

• Reconfirmation of Domestic flights from the City of Puerto Maldonado

 

NOT INCLUDED:

 

• International and Domestic Flights

• Airport taxes

• Excess Luggage

• Additional Nights due to bad weather or flight cancellations

• Alcoholic drinks, sodas or bottled mineral water. Snacks

• Laundry

• Tips

• Personal Expenditures

• Domestic or International Long Distance Calls.

• Radio Calls and Messages

• All types of insurance

• Reconfirmation of International Flights

 

YOU SHOULD BRING:

 

• Flash light with extra batteries

• Wanking sandals

• Binnaculair

• Water bottle

• Swiss army knife

• Biological belongings for personal hygiene

• Insect repellent with minimal 25% deet

• Coton t-shirts

• Light pants

• Coton underwear

• Coton socks

• Swimming clothes

• Sweater/ trousers

• Sun hat

 

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