Tambopata Tours Rainforest-4 Days / 3 Nights
Amazing Mammals in Search of Minerals
Due to the high rainfall across the Amazon, this seemingly fertile region suffers from the shortage of an element abundant in desert-like ecosystems -sodium. Sodium is essential for everyday cell functioning in all vertebrates. But it is very soluble and as such is washed out of the ecosystem very quickly. One of the places sodium can be found is in the dense clay deposited by the river systems. This clay has an added bonus, the capacity to bind natural plant toxins. As such, salt-rich clay is sought out and consumed by almost all animals that have a high percentage of vegetable material in their diets, from tiny bats and green agouchys (Myoprocta pratti), to the rainforest’s largest mammal (at up to 270 kg), the Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris).
- Length: 4 Days/3 Nights
- Type of service: Private or Group
- Location:Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve
- Activities: Tambopata Tours Rainforest, La Torre Clay Lick, Tres Chimbadas Lake, daily and night walking, piranha fishing, camping
- Altitude: 183 – 250 m.a.s.l.
- Best time to visit: March – October
- Departure: Every day
- Minimum of participants:2
- Maximum of participants: 10
- Price per person: USD
Short description of the Tambopata Tours Rainforest – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
THREE LAKE CHIMBADAS “Oxbow” was the name of a nearby place that is located in the Tambopata river can be forded supposedly three jumps (“oxbow”). diversidadesd protects large creatures that inhabit its clear waters, the Giant Otter, the pre historic bird (hoatzin), Kingfisher, Cormorant, heron, etc. and a variety of monkeys, turtles, alligators, surrounded by a wild and wet forest that is within the Tambopata national Reserve
Quick Itinerary of the Tambopata Tours Rainforest – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
TOURS DAY 1: Puerto Maldonado ,Transfer , Lunch ,Infierno native community, Boat River Tambopata , Lodge Chuncho ,Dinner ,Night Walk,
TOURS DAY 2: 5 AM Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho , Breakfast ,Trips in Canoe , Night Walk
TOURS DAY 3: Breakfast ,Visit Tres Chimbadas Lake , Fishing , Night Caiman
TOURS DAY 4: Chuncho Lodge , Breakfast , Return by Boat to Commmunity Infierno Port , Buss Back to City Puerto Maldonado 45 Minute , Transfer to earport
DAY 1: PUERTO MALDONADO, TAMBOPATA TOURS RAINFOREST, CHUNCHO LODGE
We pick you up from the airport/coach terminal of Puerto Maldonado to take you first to our office where you can leave your things unnecessary for the trip. There, you have also the last opportunity to buy some necessities such as batteries, waterproofs, etc.
Then, you get on our private vehicle to take you for an hour ride following a dirt road watching changeable nature along the way such as diverse forest types, traditional farms cultivating bananas and citruses, cattle farms, streams, etc. Then, we get to the Native Community of Infierno where the port of Puerto Nuevo is situated. We board our motorboat there to navigate for about 2 hours the Tambopata River with a direction to the Inotawa Lodge.
During the ride, we are provided lunch consisting of vegetable rice wrapped in a bijao leaf (a leaf traditionally used in regional cuisine) along with fruits, biscuits and bottled water while we can admire flora along the river banks, for example, cañabravales, cecropias, ficus, as well as fauna such as birds. We may see weaving birds with their nests high up in the trees, herons, macaws, parrots or toucans. If we are lucky, we might spot mammals such as capybaras and tapirs or white caimans and turtles resting on the banks. Once in the Inotawa Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Tambopata River, in the beginning of the Tambopata National Reserve, we accommodate ourselves while our Tour Guide indicates us about the best ways on how to enjoy our stay.
In the afternoon, our Tour Guide takes us on a walk to explore fauna and flora near the lodge. So we can watch some birds, for instance, trogons, quails, guans (wild turkeys – Penelopinae) as well as trees and vines such as Shihuahuacos, Almendrillos, Ceibas. Then we are served dinner in the lodge.
Optional: A night walk in a company of our Tour Guide who shows us some nocturnal animals, for example, nocturnal monkeys, frogs, spiders or insect.
DAY 2: CHUNCHO LODGE, TAMBOPATA TOURS RAINFOREST, MACAW´S CLAY LICK OF LA TORRE
We wake up at 5 am to sail by boat to a nearby clay-lick called Collpa La Torre (collpa means clay-lick). Upon arrival, we find a good viewpoint (about 30 metres far away from the clay-lick) providing us a perfect spot to observe macaws, parrots, parakeets and maybe deer, capybaras, squirrels as well.
The Collpa La Torre is similar to other clay licks along the Tambopata River and it consists of a 4 metre high and 20 metre long embankment. Its clay contains minerals necessary for digestions of the above mentioned animals. This entire spectacle lasts until 9 am (approximately).
Afterwards, we observe neighbouring nature where we can spot tapirs, lowland pacas (Cuniculus paca), peccaries and other mammals. For lunch we return to the lodge to later head for fishing in the Tambopata River. Dinner is served in the lodge.
Optional: A night caiman observation in the river.
DAY 3: CHUNCHO LODGE, TAMBOPATA TOURS RAINFOREST, TRES CHIMBADAS LAKE
We board a rowing boat after breakfast sailing downstream for 15 minutes to later continue hiking for 40 minutes until we reach the typical oxbow lake of Amazon – Tres Chimbas Lake. Upon arrival, the Tour Guide shows us the best way on how to appreciate the lake and its typical inhabitants – a family of giant river otters, an endangered species. Except of them, we can also admire a variety of birds, for example, hoatzin, anhinga (or darter), herons, kingfishers as well as some reptiles and mammals.
Then, we are given a chance to try to fish the famous and dangerous piranha! In the afternoon, we explore around a bamboo forest (Guadua weberbaweri) near the lake as well as the native community of Infierno. In this special bamboo biosphere, we can see its typical inhabitants such as the rare Peruvian Recurvebill (Syndactyla ucayalae) or White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes), which are both threatened due to their natural habitat loss, the Manu Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, the Rufous-headed Woodpecker, the White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus albifacies), which is an endemic specie to humid bamboo thickets, the Flammulated Bamboo Tyrant (Hemitriccus flammulatus), or migratory birds – the Eastern Wood Pewee and the Yellow- green Vireo.
We get back to the lodge at dusk accompanied by our Tour Guide. So we have an opportunity to enjoy some night jungle noises, a storm as well as to see some of the northern constellations such as the Scorpion or the Southern Cross. We take a spotlight with us just in case, as we go across a territory of caimans waiting for their prey. Dinner and overnight in the lodge.
DAY 4: CHUNCHO LODGE, TAMBOPATA TOURS RAINFOREST, PUERTO MALDONADO
We board a motorboat early after breakfast to take us back to Puerto Maldonado navigating upstream the Tampopata River. There, we transfer you first to our office to collect your belongings and then either to the airport or the coach terminal to take your connection.
End of service!
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
Included in the Tambopata Tours Rainforest – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
- A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
- Motorboat transportation:
- Private vehicle land transportation;
- A professional Cook,
- Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 3 nights in a lodge;
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots.
Not included in the Tambopata Tours Rainforest – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
- Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (65 Soles);
- Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you to the Tambopata Tours Rainforest – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- Small backpack,
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
- Long cotton trousers,
- Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
- Comfortable walking shoes,
- Sandals or light shoes,
- Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
- Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
- Binoculars (we also rent it),
- Camera and its charger,
- Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
- A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Antibacterial gel,
- Sun cream,
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
- A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
- Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.