One of the highlights of this introduction to the Peruvian rainforest environment is the trip to Collpa El Gato. What makes this excursion unique is the opportunity it offers our guests to experience both a mammal clay lick and a macaw clay lick.
Many forest animals gather at these sites in search of the minerals essential to their diets, and during the walk through the forest we will have the chance to observe troops of monkeys and many species of birds. The mammal clay lick is often visited by White-lipped Peccaries, which are renowned for forming large groups, sometimes ranging from fifty to more than a hundred individuals.
This trip also enables our guests to explore the forest around the Lodge, observe the rich aquatic and avian life around an oxbow lake, search for nocturnal fauna such as caimans on the river, and relax and enjoy the facilities of our comfortable Lodge, located in the heart of the forest.
Macaw Lick Program
Day 1 - Flight to Puerto Maldonado, and journey to the lodge.
Following your morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box lunch is provided on board. On arrival, you'll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you set off for an introductory walk into the "terra firme" forest behind the lodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarinds, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner, a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects by the eye-shine a specialization for increasing the light and see better, about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest. (L, D)
Day 2 - Trip to the Macaw Clay-lick (Collpa).
After breakfast, you return to the canoe to continue the journey upstream, a further 4 hrs, to an area deep within the Reserve National where the isolated Collpa is situated. The Collpa is actually one of the large clay cliffs lining the Tambopata River in this area. After lunch, you and your guide have the afternoon to explore the trail system in the area. Camping on the beach near the Collpa. (B,L,D). All camping gear is provided by us
Day 3 - Visit the Collpa and return to Tambopata Eco Lodge.
A pre-dawn start is needed to get to the clay-lick before the birds. They arrive in search of minerals and salts and the digestive properties of the clay particles themselves. On average several hundred Macaws and smaller parrots visit the clay-lick daily, including Scarlet, Blue and Yellow, Red and Green, and Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed parrots, among others. This clay-lick is considered one of the largest in the world. Following a late morning hike and lunch, we return down the river to the lodge. At night you will go searching for Caiman (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by canoe along the Tambopata River. Night in the Tambopata Eco Lodge. (B,L,D).
Day 4 - Departure.
Time to return to the city of Puerto Maldonado is scheduled according to the flight time of the group. In the mornings you can see the wildlife that is particularly active at this time, are frequently heard howler monkeys or stop. Your guide will give support to his arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will relocate to the airport and assist you on your flight.
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- We do not recommend children under 5, otherwise guest must sign a disclaimer.
- Excursion schedules may vary depending on weather conditions and demand, The US Travel Advisory for Peru usually recommends yellow fever shots and malaria-preventive medication for tourists traveling to rainforest regions. Please consult your doctor at least a month before entering the Amazon Basin.
- The Lodge has filtered river water that can be used for showers but is not safe to drink.
- Check in: 13:00 pm / Check out: 11:00 am
What to wear
- The weather is tropical, with an average temperature of 32°C (89° F), ranging from 25°C (77° F) to 42°C (107° F). The hotter season usually ranges from December to March and comes with frequent afternoon rainfall. Between June and September you may need some warmer clothing since occasional “friajes” or Patagonia Cold Fronts can reduce the temperature to 10°C (50°F).
- It is important that you bring only necessary clothing and travel gear to the lodge. Due to weight and space limitations on the domestic flight and on the boat to the lodge, passenger luggage is limited to 10 kg. (22 lbs.) Per person. You may store some of your luggage in our office in Puerto Maldonado City and take only the most essential during your stay.
- Light cotton clothes, pants and long sleeve shirts (preferably in earth colors: olive green, light brown/khakis of light, breathable, quick-dry material; please avoid using white color in the jungle)
- Hiking boots or walking tennis shoes resistant to humidity; cotton socks.
- Bathing suit
- A light waterproof parka jacket, raincoat or sweater (when the temperature goes down considerably or when it rains)
- Visitors must anticipate the extreme heat and humidity of the jungle by finding out the exact weather condition at the time of travel in order to be ready with clothing and accessories.
What to bring
- Hat/cap (preferably with large visor)
- Sunscreen / sunblock.
- Insect repellent (with deet)
- Personal medicines /medications; first-aid kit
- Portable converter, rechargeable batteries, electrical adaptor for your charger
- Camera with a big memory card; preferably in a waterproof case.