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Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick 3d/2n

Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick: Primarily, we have travelled here to study the parrots. Peru’s Tambopata region is the only area in the world where Parrots and Macaws, clay licks, eat clay from riverbank mud cliffs, known as colpas or clay licks. There is no conclusive answer as to why the birds do this but prevailing scientific opinion suggests that clay particles help neutralise toxins ingested with their diet of unripened fruits and nuts. Whatever the reason, it is integral to their survival and the act of feeding itself, often comprising hundreds of birds at a time, is one of the Amazon’s most spectacular displays. As with many areas in the Amazon basin, increasing economic development is putting a strain on the natural resources of Peru’s rainforest.

In Peru the logging, farming and tourism are a growing threat to its wildlife amazon, particularly in this area along Las Piedras River just east of Manu, Peru’s premier national park. Unlike Manu and the neighbouring Tambopata River nature reserve, the adjacent Las Piedras river system is not yet protected. But like the Tambopata, Las Piedras represents a body of water running through one of the largest tracts of pristine rainforest on the planet. It’s an area considered to be one of the world’s hotspots in terms of biodiversity – the heart of the Amazon Peruvian.

The aim of this six-week expedition is to gather data – clay lick behaviour, mammal and bird population densities and effects of human traffic on wildlife. The published results are then presented to decision-makers in Peru (the government, park authorities and the like) to provide them with valuable information on how to manage this natural eco-tourism resource – one which is increasingly becoming essential to the regional economy of Peru

  • Length: 3 Days/2 Nights
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve
  • Activities: Tambopata Research Center ,El Gato Waterfall, daily and night walking
  • 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: 400USD

Short description of the Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick:

The Tambopata National Reserve is located in the Tambopata River Basin covering south of the Madre de Dios River Region (40% of the reserve) as well as Puno Region (60% of the reserve)! It was established in 1990 in order to protect adjacent forests around the Heath and Tambopata Rivers. There can be found two important ecosystems and 8 microclimates. Its rich biodiversity includes 103 mammal species, 1,300 butterfly species, 90 amphibian species and 41 tree families that contain 165 tree species! The reserve covers an area of 274,690 hectares. The climate is warm and humid with high annual rainfall.

During this tour, we discover the fantastic El Gato Waterfall that lies on the Tambopata River amidst the Amazon Rainforest!! We also do a couple of daily and night walks through this part of jungle.

Quick Itinerary of the Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick:

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata Research Center – Chuncho Lodge

Day 2: ChunchoLodge – Tambopata Research Center El Gato Waterfall

Day 3: Inotawa Lodge – Tambopata Research Center – Puerto Maldonado


Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick 3days and 2nights


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.


After breakfast, we get on the boat to sail upstream the Tambopata River for about two hours until we reach the Gato Creek. There, we start a short hike to get to the astonishing El Gato Waterfall inviting us to take its photos as well as to enjoy an unforgettable swim! Later on, we explore the local high rainforest vegetation full of epiphytes and bromeliads and millenarian Brazilian nut trees as well! In the afternoon, we return to the lodge.

Optional: A night caiman observation in the Tambopata River.


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 Amazon Clay Lick 3days:

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • A professional Cook,
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation: 2 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 Amazon Clay Lick 3days:

  • Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (65 Soles);
  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips to local staff.

What to take with you to the Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick 3days:

  • 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),
  • Swimsuits;
  • 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,
  • Toiletries,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Antibacterial gel,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses,
  • 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.

Confirmed departures of the Tambopata Amazon Clay Lick 3d/2n.

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