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Our three days Tambopata Clay Lick tour or the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick programme is exclusively designed to offer the most of the Tambopata national reserve in a short time. Tambopata National Park is an excellent place to experience the Amazonian Culture and sight some distinct species of flora and fauna.
Tambo means “building” and Pata means “high place”. Tambopata, the name derives from the renowned Tambopata river. It originates from Lake Titicaca.
The national park is massive and is spread over 274,690 hectares and is home to over a 650 species of birds and some 1500 species of butterflies. There are eight species of macaws in Tambopata.
Chuncho Clay Lick is one of the unmissable experiences in Tambopata. Bright red and blue Macaws and other parrots flock to the cliff in Chuncho every morning to eat the clay. The clay is known to contain minerals that helps these birds to flush out toxins that they may have had.
The rainforest is home to Ese Eja, a group of native indigenous Amazonian communities who have been living there for decades. The word, Ese Eja in Quechua means – people. They are three Ese Eja communities – Palma Real, Infierno and Sonene. Their main source of income is from fishing, hunting and farming.
They have now started participating in tourism through agencies like ours where we give them an opportunity to learn and understand the life and culture of travellers from different countries and give a first hand experience of Ese Eja culture to our guests.
Machu Picchu Amazon Peru is a fully locally owned tour operator. We protect the endangered habitats in Tambopata for every tour booked with us which helps you offset your carbon emissions from travelling.
We also collaborate with the local communities deep in the lowland rainforest to overcome both social and economic challenges. All of our crew on Tambopata Adventure 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 on first aid as safety is of utmost important to us.
Our local experts will be offering you many insights to 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.
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Puerto Maldonado Airport
Depending on your flight’s arrival time
We will be picking you up from Puerto Maldonado Airport or bus terminal and will be transferring you to our office. Here we will give you a short introductory briefing on what to expect on the three days Tambopata Clay Lick tour.
If you have big bags, you can leave them at our office at no additional cost. We will then transfer you to the Tambopata boat pier. It is an hour’s drive from the city centre. Here you will be boarding the motor boat to our jungle lodge.
The hotel staff will extend a warm welcome to Tambopata. After checking in to your respective roome, we will be serving a typical Amazonian meal for lunch.
After lunch, we will be hiking on one of the trails. On this tour, you will be introduced to the Tambopata Rainforest. You will also be able to spot different animals, plants and birds. You will also see river otters and other mammals on the river banks.
Later in the evening, we will return to the lodge where we will serve dinner.
Early in the morning at 04:30 AM we will be leaving the lodge and will travel by boat for an hour and a half to see the spectacular Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. This is the largest Macaw Clay lick in the world.
The boat ride offers sights of different Amazonian wildlife including the world’s largest rodents – Capybaras. You will also be able to spot Jaguars on the river banks.
Chuncho Macaw Clay lick is a unique sight. You will see hundreds of brightly coloured Macaws and Parrots flock to eat the clay. The clay has a mineral content that helps them to flush out the toxins from their body.
Once you have had your fill of the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick, we will return to the lodge for breakfast. You will then have some free time to relax in the cozy ambience of our Jungle lodge.
After lunch, we will be hiking further into the rainforest. Our local expert will be explaining the use of different plants. Locals in the rainforest rely on these plants to cure their sickness. You will also get to see many insects, animals and birds.
After this, we will return to the lodge for dinner. At night, we will have a short night safari where you will be able to spot some nocturnal insects and animals.
We will be starting the day quite early in the morning. We will be hiking on one of the interesting trails to witness the biodiversity in Tambopata.
After this, we will be returning to the lodge for breakfast. We will then take the boat back to Puerto Maldonado boat pier. From here, we will drive you back to our office in the centre of the city and organise your transfer to the airport or bus terminal.
I have returned for the seventh time to the Amazon only to witness this spectacle of hundreds of large macaws and other parrots descending in flocks to the clay lick. Of course, you have . to hope itw ill not rain (it did on the day we visited but stopped early enough) and we were rewarded by this fireworks of colours and noise.
It was worthwhile coming to Peru just to witness this miracle of nature
There are more Clay Licks in Tambopata than in any other jungle. If you have a good guide, he’ll tell you how the birds select their location (if not ask. The answer is fascinating.). Be sure you have at least a 275 or 300 lens. If you only bring your cell phone, you’ll kick yourself.