The Peruvian Rainforest is home of more bird species than the one in Costa Rica - nevertheless the small Central American country attracts more birdwatching fans than Peru. Everybody relates Peru to the Andean Mountain Range and Inca culture, but its rainforest covers actually about 60% of the country while the remaining 40% belong to the coast and the Andean Mountains. And not only birdwatching makes it worth visiting the rainforest: the rivers belong to the amazing pink dolphin, caimans hide close to the river shore and the world's biggest rodents, the capybaras, walk quietly over rivergrassland.
Help the country's nature with your trip to the rainforest! We kindly recommend you visiting this part of the country for its significance in terms of environmental protection. Only if the native fishermen recognize that they can earn more in tourism than with the slaughter of pink dolphins, than there is the hope that their will finally revise their thinking and attitude. Only if the destruction of the rain forest's flora for economical reasons becomes unimportant compared to a good income in tourism, trees could be saved. The positive influence of tourism can be seen in Southern Peru whichs receives the highest number of foreign visitors each year. Every inhabitant there can tell you how different towns looked before; not only the government but also the normal people put in effort in making the region an attractive site to visit. It would be desireable if the same could happen in the rainforest whose structure is so fragile and on whose intact condition we depend - also in the First-World-Countries.
DAY 1: Reception at the terminal or airport in Puerto Maldonado, transfer to the tour operator office, welcome, possibility to leave your big suitcase in a storage there (you may travel with the clothes you actually need in this environment, a medium backpack will just be fine.)
Transfer by private coach to the shore of the Tambopata River, estimated time 1:30 hours. Our boat is waiting for you there to bring you to your acommodation in the rainforest. In the afternoon we will make an introductory walk in the rainforest and in the evening there will be an incredible opportunity to see nocturnal animals, night monkeys, frogs, tarantulas and many beautiful insects.
DAY 2: Early wake-up at 4:30 a.m. to leave at 5:00 a.m. for the world's largest Macaw clay lick (Collpa Chuncho). Your boat takes you in an aprox. 1:30 hr trip to the wonderful site, passing by high jungle trees where monkeys enjoy the first light of day. We will have the incredible opportunity to see capybaras, which are the world's largest rodents, than tapirs, and maybe with a bit of luck even a jaguar.
At the Collpa de Guacamayos we install us in an appropriate place waiting for the hundreds of parrots of different species to appear at the River clay. Three species of the South American macaws, the red, green and blue - yellow, visit this place, eating parts of the clay to eliminate certain toxins in their organism.
Return to the lodge, breakfast and rest. Before noon we will go again by boat, this time our destination is a place in the low Amazon forest, a beautiful waterfall, where you can take a bath and enjoy the cool waters during the heat at noon. After our lunch, we will go on a long hike, approximately 3 hours, to observe the wildlife in and at the feet of huge jungle trees. Possibility of another night hike later.
DAY 3: After a good breakfast we prepare for another excursion in the jungle. Our boat takes us to the checkpoint Malinowsky where we enter the forest to start a hike of 2 km to get to a clay lick for mammals. From a hidden place you will be abel to observe more of the Peruvian wildlife in the jungle. An unforgettable moment!
We return to the checkpoint and then by boat to our lodge for lunch. Than leasure time at the lodge.
DAY 4: After a good breakfast, our boat will take us back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrival to Puerto Maldonado transfer to the office for the next excursion.
In the city time to explore the city of Puerto Maldonado, and at noon meeting at our office with your guide. Your boat takes you onthe beautiful river Madre de Dios to the entrance of Lake Sandoval ( 40 min). Here we will disembark, then ,passing the National Park entranve controll of Lake Sandoval. From there we walk about 3 km until we reach the lake where a typical local wooden boat is waiting for us. We will discover the lake silently, amazed by the variety of flora and fauna, such as birds, monkeys, reptiles and amphibians as well as its number one attraction: "the playful River wolves" or giant otters. At sunset we will look out for some of the caimans in the Lake. Youi may be lucky detecting one of the huge ones of about 5 m length.
Overnight at our hostel with all comforts close to Lake Sandoval.
DAY 5: Our last day in the jungle will be accompanied by a beautiful sunrise on Lake Sandoval. After breakfast we will take our boat and return to the city in time for your return trip to Cusco or Lima. End of services.
Package Price per person in a double room: USD 680Services included:
- Pick up at the airport
- Accommodation and meals mentioned in the program
- Transfers to and from the lodges and sightseeing places
- Guide in English
- Entrance tickes for the National Reserve