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Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata – Lake Sandoval Peru

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Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata and Lake Sandoval Peru Tour Details

The six days Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata and Lake Sandoval Peru Tours offer a complete tour of the Tambopata National Reserve. Accompanied by an English-speaking local naturalist guide, you will be visiting the clay lick where you will spot different species of Macaws and parrots.

Tambopata Clay lick is the largest natural clay lick in the world. Tambopata dominates a vast region of the Amazon Basin. It is home to distinct species of birds and animals like the brown capuchin monkeys. 

Many environmentalists have mentioned that the Tambopata Reserved Zone’s diversity in wildlife is because of its location. It is located at the confluence of low land Amazon jungle and three other ecosystems.

Tambopata National Reserve houses some 13 endangered species. This includes giant otters, jaguars, giant armadillos, and harpy eagles. 

Why Machu Picchu Amazon Peru?

Machu Picchu Amazon Peru is a fully locally owned tour operator in Tambopata. We protect the endangered habitats in Tambopata for every tour booked with us which helps you offset your carbon emissions from traveling.

We also collaborate with the local communities deep in the lowland rainforest to overcome both social and economic challenges. All of our crew on Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata and Lake Sandoval Peru Tours are locals. We support them by offering them opportunities as boat drivers, chefs, and helpers. 

Our excellent team of local guides are born and raised in Tambopata and are fluent in English. They are trained in first aid as safety is of utmost importance to us.

Our local experts will be offering you many insights into the culture and wildlife conservation in your Tambopata Amazon Expedition. We work with some of the notable jungle lodges to offer you a comfortable stay during the experience. 

Do spare a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor

Departure & Return Location

Puerto Maldonado Airport

Departure Time

12:00 Noon

Price Includes

  • Naturalist, conservationist and bilingual guide
  • Meals (vegetarian option)
  • 05 breakfasts / 05 Lunches / 05 Dinners
  • 2 nights in our lodge in the Lago Reserve
  • 3 Night in our Tambopata Inn Lodge
  • First Aid kit
  • Water
  • Rubber Boots
  • Entrance fees to the Sandoval Lake Reserve / Tambopata Reserve.
  • Airport / Bus Terminal Transfers

Price Excludes

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Airport Taxes
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips (Optional)

Recommended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a minimum!!)
  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack
  • Entrance Fees
  • Long sleeved cotton t-shirts (preferably green)
  • Cotton Trousers
  • Long cotton socks
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Sandals or light shoes
  • Rain gear (eg rain poncho)
  • Swimsuits
  • Binoculars (we can also rent)
  • Camera and its charger
  • Plastic bags used for clothes and a camera
  • A hat as protection against the sun or rain
  • Small towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sun Screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • A bottled water (1 liter minimum)
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some drinks
Trip Summary
  • First Day - Puerto Maldonado - Lake Sandoval Peru
  • Second Day - Macaw Palm Tree Lick - Giant Otter Spotting
  • Third Day - Lake Sandoval Peru - Tambopata Reserve Center
  • Fourth Day - Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick
  • Fifth Day - Exploring Tambopata (Flora and Fauna)
  • Sixth Day - Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado

Day 1Puerto Maldonado - Lake Sandoval Peru

We will pick you up from the airport or bus terminal in Puerto Maldonado. On our way to the boat pier, we will have a brief stop in our office. You can leave your belongings here and carry just what will be needed for the Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata and Lake Sandoval Peru Tour. 

All set, we will be driving you to the Puerto Capitana boat pier. Here, you will be taking a motorized boat for an hour’s scenic ride on Madre de Dios river. 

You will spot different species of birds, turtles, monkeys, alligators, river otters, and more. We will be stopping at the Lake Sandoval checkpoint where we will be registering your visit. 

We will hike for five kilometers to the boat pier of Lake Sandoval. It normally takes an hour and a half. Here we will be embarking on a 50-minute ride on our rowing canoe to Sandoval Lake Lodge.

The lodge is located near Tambopata Research Center amidst lush jungle. 

After settling in your respective rooms, we will be meeting in the dining room. The crew will be serving an authentic Amazonian lunch. After lunch, we will embark on a full-day guided tour to explore the flora and fauna on Lake Sandoval Peru. You will get to see black caimans, giant otters, turtles, and more. 

After the guided tour, later in the evening, we will return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, our naturalist guide will take you on a short night’s walk. On this exclusive visit, you will spot different nocturnal creatures. 

Later in the evening, we will be returning to our lodge.

Day 2Macaw Palm Tree Lick - Giant Otter Spotting

We will be leaving from the lodge early in the morning to see Macaw Palm Tree Lick. The lodge is located in the heart of Tambopata National reserve, so we won’t be spending much of the time traveling. The clay lick is right around the lodge.

Here you will get to see different red and green brightly colored Macaws and Parrots. These birds eat the palms as they are rich in a nutrient that helps them to flush out any toxins from their body. 

After witnessing this incredible sight, we will be returning to the lodge. The crew will be serving you a nutritious breakfast.

After breakfast, we will embark on a hike to see different native flora and faunas, most distinct to the region.

You will also see different species of monkeys, wild boars, deers, spectacled bears, tapirs, and more. For lunch, we will return to the lodge. After lunch, you will have some free time to take a dip in the clear waters of Lake Sandoval. 

Later in the evening, we will embark on a rowing canoe to the other side of the lake to witness the sunset. At around 0700 PM, we will be returning to the lodge for dinner. 

After dinner, we can do a short night tour to spot caimans and more nocturnal animals. 

Day 3Lake Sandoval Peru - Tambopata Reserve Center

After breakfast, we will be checking out from the lodge. We will be taking the canoe to the pier and hiking back to the Lake Sandoval Peru checkpoint. We will then take our motorized boat in the direction of Puerto Maldonado on the Tambopata river for 50 minutes.

The route offers sights of different species of birds, capybaras, turtles, and more. Often it’s easy to spot Jaguars resting on the shores.

We will be reaching our exclusive jungle lodge, Tambopata Lodge Inn. The crew will extend a warm welcome to you with some traditional beverages. We will then have lunch.

After lunch, we will be hiking through a dense forest. It houses many ancient trees that coexist with many creatures. You will be spotting different insects, spiders, ants, toads, butterflies, monkeys, and some mammals.

We will then return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will do a night activity with our flashlights on. You will see alligators, capybaras, and perhaps some felines on the shores. They normally hunt at night.

After this, we will be returning to the lodge.

Day 4Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick

This is the highlight of the Tambopata Jungle Tour. At daybreak, we will be going to see the parakeets and Parrots clay lick. We will be leaving at 0500 AM and embark on a journey by boat for an hour and a half. 

Along the boat ride, you will have plenty of options to spot different animals and birds. 

Macaws Clay Lick is an unmissable sight in the Amazon. Several brightly colored Macaws and parrots fly here. They lick a typical clay, rich in mineral salts which is essential to metabolize and neutralize the toxins they might have consumed from fruits and seeds.

We will be there from 0630 am to 1130 am. We will be serving breakfast right in front of the clay lick. 

After this activity, on our way back to the lodge, we will be making a brief stop at the checkpoint. Here we will be visiting a small museum. We will then return to the lodge where you can take a refreshing dip in the clear waters. 

We will then embark on a short hike and explore the flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest. On this short hike, you will appreciate a great variety of species. After this experience, we will be returning to the lodge for dinner. 

Later at night, we will do a night walk where you will spot some nocturnal creatures such as insects, spiders, tarantulas, frogs, snakes, and night monkeys.

We will then return to the lodge.

Day 5Exploring Tambopata (Flora and Fauna)

You will be waking up to the sound of chirping birds and howling monkeys. After relishing a traditional native breakfast, we will embark on a 30 minutes ride boat ride downstream from Tambopata. 

Along the way, we will be stopping at Gato String for fishing. This region is home to many native fishes like Catfish, Tarpon, Sabalos, and Pilchards. We will then stop by a stream where you can swim and relax in clear freshwaters. Once you have had your fill of the clear waters, we will be visiting a local farm.

Later in the afternoon, we will be visiting mammal clay lick. You will have a better probability to spot howler monkeys, wild pigs, and deers among other mammals. They come here to eat the clay because it contains a lot of mineral salts and sodium. This helps them in digesting any toxic contents they may have had.

After witnessing this, we will return to the lodge for dinner. We will then make a campfire. The tour guide will share some interesting facts about life in the jungle and answer any questions you may have about life in the Amazon.

We will then return to our Tambopata Inn lodge.

Day 6Tambopata- Puerto Maldonado

​​The last day of your Macaw Clay Lick Tambopata and Lake Sandoval Peru Tours. After relishing a typical Amazonian breakfast, we will embark on a boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Along the way, we will be making a couple of stops.

We will be visiting three distinct local communities along Lake Condenado, Tres Chimbadas, and the Community of Infierno. Along with our local guide, you will be getting an insight into their distinct traditions.

We will then continue to the boat pier in Puerto Maldonado. Our driver will be meeting you here and will be transferring you back to the Airport or Bus Terminal.