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Tambopata, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Erskine, Alberta, Canada

Macaw Wildlife Tour Information

3 days/2 nights - Highlights: Chuncho Clay Lick & Tambopata River

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Tambopata Macaw Wildlife Tour Information
3 days/2 nights - Highlights: Chuncho Clay Lick
Thank you for your interest in Joselo Barazorda Wildlife Tours in Tambopata, Peru. The biodiversity of this area will guarantee you lots of opportunities to observe and photograph the macaws - the colorful iconic bird of Tambopata. You will also have many opportunities to see a large variety of birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, plants and landscapes. As with any wildlife, we cannot guarantee that you will see all the creatures, but you will see a large variety. Your three day tour will take you deep into the Tambopata National Reserve where you will observe the macaws and many other species of birds and animals in their natural habitat.

Day 1:

You will be met at the hotel, bus terminal or airport in Puerto Maldonado, and accompanied by your tour guide throughout the rest of your tour. You will be given the opportunity to arrange your luggage, equipment and personal items for the tour to the lodge. If we need to wait for more passengers who are going to the lodge, you will get a city tour of Puerto Maldonado.

Lunch along the way.

Travel by motor vehicle approximately 2 hours to reach the banks of the Tambopata River where you will finish the trip to the Lodge via a short river boat ride. Have your eyes and cameras ready as your guide will start pointing out wildlife as soon as you enter the jungle. Many birds, including macaws, will be flying overhead. Monkeys will be by the roadside and you will have the opportunity to observe small farm lands and maybe to purchase some fruit from the local farmers.

Light refreshments available when you get to the lodge.

After settling into the lodge’s accommodations, the first wildlife observation opportunity awaits in your first jungle walk to introduce you to the Tambopata Rainforest. Learn the names of the trees, search for the monkeys that are always close by, and spot the birds in the trees. 

Grab your flashlight to experience the first night walk. You will be looking for nocturnal creatures who reveal their secrets only at night! See frogs of many colors, night monkeys, kinkajous, olingos, many insects, tarantulas and snakes. 

Supper at 7:30 pm. Time to learn more about Tambopata National Reserve and the plants and creatures that live there.

Day 2:

Early morning wake-up to go to the world’s best macaw clay lick! Boat leaves the lodge at 5:00 am. The sun will rise as you make your way up the Tambopata River to the clay lick, a trip of 1.5 hours. 

Along the river you will have incredible opportunity to see capybaras, tapirs and hopefully the jaguars! At the clay lick be prepared for one of the most beautiful natural show of birds in the world. Up to 16 different types of macaws, parrots and parakeets, will be arriving by the hundreds to eat at the clay banks.  Our stay at the clay lick includes breakfast and we will stay until the bird action subsides. 

On return trip to lodge there are more opportunities to see wildlife along the banks of the river.

Lunch at the lodge at 1:00 pm.

Afternoon - optional activities until 4:00 pm.  Options include a rainforest walk, farm tour, swimming or fishing. Joselo will arrange this with you.

Canopy tower visit and/or nightwalk activity as the sun sets.

Supper at 7:30

Free time or arrange another night walk around the lodge area.

Note: Order and or type of activities may be changed to accommodate weather or unforeseen conditions that may impact your safety.

Day 3:

Morning trip to the canopy tower to observe the sunrise and watch the many birds start their day. Macaws, eagles, hawks, toucans, woodpeckers are all common sightings.

Breakfast at lodge. Time TBA.

Pack and return to Puerto Maldonado - along the way you will stop and observe the birds, animals and flora that make this rainforest special.

Transfer back to office area to reclaim your items and be escorted to your next destination (bus station, airport, hotel).


End of tour.

Included in your tour:


  • Private tour with experienced and knowledgeable guide

  • English/Spanish speaking guide

  • Transportation from Puerto Maldonado to respective lodge. 

  • Entrance fees to Tambopata National Reserve

  • Meals as indicated (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner)

  • Lodging

  • Any special requests that were confirmed prior to your arrival (including special dietary requirements).


Not included in your tour:

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Bottled water

  • Optional tips for guides, drivers, lodge staff, etc. (Bring cash in small denominations)

  • Additional nights due to transportation cancellations/delays.

  • Insurance of any kind

  • Airfares/transportation costs to Puerto Maldonado

  • Phone calls or messages

  • Photo equipment

  • Visa fees


Please consider the following to make your trip more enjoyable:


  • DEET Insect Repellent is toxic to the environment we are trying to protect. It also deteriorates the rubber materials on photography and optical equipment. 

  • To protect yourself from insects use repellent that doesn't contain DEET. 

  •  Wear light colored (not black), loose fitting clothing to protect your arms and legs. DO NOT WEAR TIGHT LEGGINGS. (The bugs bite right through them.)

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from the sun.

  • Raincoat.

  • Flashlight, headlamps, extra camera batteries and a portable battery charger for recharging batteries when power is not available.

  • Water bottle

  • Small personal first aid kit to deal with insect bites (itch and infection), stomach upsets, aches and pains, diarrhea, prescribed medications.

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