Birdwatching Tour in Tambopata

(9 days / 8 nights)

Birdwatching Tour in Tambopata

If you are a self-proven or a hardcore birder this nine day rainforest birdwatching program is the right one for you.

A productive, birdwatching expedition in the extremely diverse rainforests of the southeastern Amazon of Peru. We have a great number of easily accessible lowland rainforest habitats close to our lodges Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center.

 

Tambopata Vacation Package - The tour package includes:

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Transfers airport / lodge / airport in Puerto Maldonado

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8 Nights in bungalow double or triple occupancy

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodges.

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Excursions mentioned in the program

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English speaking guide and entrance fees.

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Optional flight tickets from Lima or from Cuzco

AXA Travel Assistant

Optional AXA Travel Assistant

Itinerary Birdwatching Tour in Tambopata (9 days / 8 nights)

 

Day 1: ... ( Lima or Cuzco) / Puerto Maldonado / Posada Amazonas (L-D)

  • Arrival & Reception by Birding Guide: Although all of our guides have basic bird identification skills, only a handful truly qualify as birding guides – able to identify hundreds of species by sound and sight. Our birdwatching expeditions not only have an especially designed program but also a trained birding guide.

  • Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters: Upon arrival from Lima or Cuzco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

  • Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata River Port: Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado we will drive to the Tambopata River Port. This forty five minute drive will take twice as long as we stop along the road’s secondary forest to scan for Purus Jacamar, White browed Blackbird, Pearl Kite, and Scaled Pigeon.

  • Transfer Private Boat - Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas: A private boat with individual seats and a roof will drive us upriver to Posada Amazonas. As we eat lunch on the boat, we will stop the hour long drive as many times as necessary to search for: Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive and Russet-backed Oropendolas and Ringed Kingfisher and Amazon Kingfisher.

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

  • Dinner

  • Overnight at Posada Amazonas


Day 2: Posada Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Posada Amazonas Canopy Tower: A thirty minute walk takes us to this 30 meter tall scaffolding tower, which will add a whole new dimension to our Amazon birding experience: the forest canopy. We will wait for a canopy mixed flock to appear. The mixed flock is mostly all about tanagers: Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Turqoise Tanager, Opal- rumped Tanager and others. The tower also offers good opportunity for Cream- colored Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Plum-throated Cotinga and Striolated Puffbird. Macaws and toucans are seen flying against the horizon, including the Chestnut-eared, Lettered, Emerald, Curl-crested, and Brown-mandibled Aracaries. We will see lonely raptors riding the thermals. This is your best chance for hawk-eagles and even harpy!

  • Parrot Clay Lick: This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.

  • Lunch

  • Shahue Trail: Today we will bird the Shahue Trail, good for Fiery-capped Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, Pale Rumped Trumpeteer and Pavonine Quetzal.

  • Dinner

  • Overnight at Posada Amazonas.

 

Day 3: Posada Amazonas / Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Bamboo Forest: We depart on a fifteen minute drive to the bamboo patches around Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will leave lake birding aside and focus on the bamboo specialists. We will look for the endemic White-cheeked Tody Tyrant, Peruvian Recurvebill, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Piculet, Brown-rumped Foliage Gleaner, Large- headed Flatbill, Dusky- tailed Flatbill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Flammulated Bamboo-tyrant, Dot- winged and Ornate Antwren, White-lined Antbird, Rufous capped Nunlet, Pheasant Cuckoo and Striped Cuckoo.

  • Transfer by private boat from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center: During the first three hours (about) of the boat ride, as we enter the Tambopata National Reserve, we will focus on recapping and listing. Then the fun begins and it lasts for three more hours! Numerous egrets, Capped heron, Cocoi Heron, Large and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, the classic Horned Screamer, Razor Billed Currasow, Blue-throated Piping Guan and Orinoco Goose and during the dry season months, migrant shorebirds, are all possibilities for this portion of the trip. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted above.

  • Chuncho Clay Lick: Three hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.

  • Boxed lunch.

  • Reception at Tambopata Research Center.

  • Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

  • Dinner.

  • Macaw Project Lectures: After dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

  • Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

 

Day 4: Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

  • Macaw Clay Lick: At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy the largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. We can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets.

  • Breakfast.

  •  Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest: We will explore the quintessential rainforest on the 5 mile Ocelot Trail and the 5 mile Toucan Trail systems. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds and streams forming during the rainy season. The Toucan Trail on the other hand is tall rainforest that rarely or never floods. Both of these trails represent the most speciose habitats for birds. Too many possibilities to list, this is habitat for starred wood quail, pale-winged trumpeter, several trogons, foliage-gleaners, black-tailed leaftosser, many woodcreepers, antbirds, flycatchers, manakins, and much more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory flocks led by dusky-throated antshrike and red-crowned Ant-Tanagers. They often contain 30-40 species (or more!) including: plain winged antshrike, bluish slate antshrike, white eyed antwren, plain breasted antwren, thrush-like antpitta, white winged shrike tanager, Amazonian barred woodcreeper and spix’s woodcreeper. The Ocelot trail also crosses some permanently flooded old ponds inhabited by agami heron, rufescent tiger-heron, pygmy and green-and-rufous kingfishers, and sunbittern.

  • Lunch. 

  • Tambopata Research Center Gardens: After long hikes we can continue to bird within the confines of Tambopata Research Center. Species possible on the Tambopata Research Center clearing include: eventual canopy flocks, Squirrel Cuckoo, Masked Crimson Tanager, Cinammon- throated Woodcreeper, Speckled Chachalaca and Yellow-tufted Woodpecker.

  • Dinner and overnight at Tambopata Research Center

 

Day 5: Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast.

  • Second visit to Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest: After breakfast, we will venture back into the beautiful rainforests at Tambopata Research Center. Literally hundreds of bird species live in these forests and we often see a different set of birds on the same trails as the day before. We will search for antswarms attended by such exciting species as black-spotted bare eye, black-banded woodcreeper, sooty antbird, and maybe even a rufous-vented ground cuckoo, and will keep an eye and ear out for uncommon ground birds like tinamous, striated antthrush and razor-billed Curassow.

  • We will also look for such targets as the stunning pavonine quetzal, black-bellied cuckoo, amazonian pygmy owl, great jacamar, ringed antpipit, casque-headed oropendola, speckled spinetail, big mixed flocks led by white-winged shrike tanager, and many other species. Rare surprises such as crested or harpy eagle, forest falcons, and yellow-bellied tanager are also possible in these exciting rainforests.

  • Lunch.

  • Overlooks: We will bird at the transitional forests above the clay lick. These were bamboo forests until they flowered and died out a few years ago. Now they are akin to riparian forests but will eventually grow into terra firme as they are not affected by yearly floods. Here we will spot white-throated jacamar, buff-throated saltator, grayish saltator, scarlet-hooded barbet, crested and russet-backed oropendolas, piratic flycatatcher, yellow-billed nunbird and others. While birding these spots we will have extraordinary views of the Tambopata winding its way from the highlands.

  • Dinner and overnight at Tambopata Research Center

 

Day 6: Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast.

  • Riparian Habitat: We will explore older river created habitats at the pond a few minutes upstream from Tambopata Research Center – forests of Cecropia and Balsa Wood with a bamboo understory. This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Anthrush, and the lemon-throated barbet, spot-breasted woodpecker, cabanis spinetail, amazonian antpitta, blackish antbird, fuscous flycatcher, guira tanager and troupial. As we exit the pond’s forests, we will bird on grassy areas with tessaria and young cecropia trees. These are not very diverse for birds but are the main habitat for plain-crowned and dark-breasted spinetails, mottle-backed elaenia, spotted tody-flycatcher, black-billed thrush, orange-headed tanager, and seedeater species among others.

  • Lunch.

  • Canopy Tower: A thirty minutes (about) hike from Tambopata Research Center in the Terra Firme forest leads a 17 meter scaffolding canopy tower. From the top you will obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest. Toucans, parrots and macaws can be seen flying against the horizon. Flocks of mixed species of birds can also be seen flying and landing in the treetops next to you.

  • Dinner.

  • Night Birding: After dinner, we will venture out near the lodge to spot-light Pauraque, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, great potoo, long tailed potoo, ocellated poorwill and if we are lucky a mottled owl or crested owl. There is also the possibility of taking macro shoots of american bullfrogs, horned frog, tree frogs and other creatures of the night.

  • Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

 

Day 7: Tambopata Research Center / Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast.

  • Transfer private by boat from Tambopata Research Center to Refugio Amazonas.

  • A three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.

  • Boxed lunch.

  • Canopy Tower:A thirty minute (about) walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

  • Dinner and overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

 

Day 8: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast.

  • Overlook Walk: This 2 km trail will bring us along the Tambopata River. Diversity is guaranteed as the trail crosses both Terra Firme Forest and Secondary Forest. We will look for black fronted nunbird, bluish fronted jacamar, fiery capped manakin, gray crowned flycatcher and yellow-browed tody-flycatcher, among several other species.

  • Lunch.

  • Secondary Forest: Since Refugio Amazonas is built on land which was once part of a timber concession and cattle ranch the forest on parts of our trail system are secondary. This means we will focus on: barred Antshrike, short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, streaked flycatcher, boat-billed flycatcher, solitary black cacique, gray-fronted dove, ruddy ground dove and others.

  • Dinner and overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

 

Day 9: Puerto Maldonado / ... (Lima or Cuzco) (B)

 

We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

Recommendations

It is recommended to buy your tickets according to the following schedules to avoid disappointment.

Arrival transfer (Puerto Maldonado - lodge) Two transfers daily at 13:00 hrs. and 14:00 hrs.

Transfer out (lodge - Puerto Maldonado) two daily departures at 07:00 hrs. and 8:00 hrs.

For other alternatives transfers please contact us.

Are recommended: Light clothing, long sleeve shirts, long pants, hats, waterproof jacket, two pairs of shoes, sunglasses, insect repellent, blockers, swimwear, boots, binoculars, flashlight, camera, water bottles, personal medications.

Luggage: large bags will stay in our offices in Puerto Maldonado, our boats are only for passengers, recommend carrying a small backpack with necessities for your stay at the lodge.

The program does not include:

  • Flight ticket Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Lima ask for our promotional airfares.

  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Tips for guides and staff members.

  • Any other service not mentioned in the program.

Rainforest Expeditions Rates 2017 - Rates per person in US Dollar

Room Type

Max. Passengers

Rate Per Person

Single Standard

1

$ 4,206

Double Standard

2

$ 2,685

Single Comfort

1

$ 4,472

Double Comfort

2

$ 2,870

Amazon Suite Double

2

$ 3,036

 

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