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Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick Tour, Peru - 5 Days

Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick Tour, Peru

Tambopata Clay Lick Trip to Find Macaws

This moderately paced 5-day Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick Tour is available on request and takes you on a search for a number of macaw species living in the National Reserve of Tambopata. Hundreds of the most beautiful parrots gather to socialize and feed on the red clay at the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. The clay that's found on a 200m-wide cliff next to the river is important to supplement the birds' diet with minerals such as magnesium and aluminium hydroxide, and to help cleanse their guts. This is necessary because it neutralizes the toxins macaws intake with the unripe fruit and seeds they feed on.

At the Chuncho clay lick, it pays to keep attentive because there's a high possibility of spotting a Jaguar or Puma. And there are other amazing species, such as the Red Brocket Deer and Howler Monkeys, that routinely visit the lick.

Apart from enjoying the sights of the Chuncho Macaw clay lick, the tour also takes you to the breathtaking Tres Chimbadas Lake where you can watch a family of Giant River Otters and see some amazing bird species. These include the Cocoi Heron, Hoatzins, Red-breasted Kingfisher, Agami Heron, Anhinga, or snakebird, and Blue-and-Yellow macaws and Scarlet Macaws. The trek in the rainforest before you get to the lake offers great chances of spotting wildlife such as trogons or Tamanduas, relatives of anteaters but arboreal.

There is a night excursion along a jungle path from the lodge to spot nocturnal wildlife such as Musmuki Monkeys, many species of frogs and toads, tarantulas, false scorpion spiders and other amazing animals. And there's a visit to our 46m-high tower to take in the stunning beauty of the jungle canopy. At that height you can get even closer to birds such  as the King Vulture, Ornate Eagle and even Red Howler Monkeys, not to mention the macaws you got to know at the Chuncho Clay Lick.

Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick Tour highlights include:

  • A visit the Chuncho Clay Lick to spot an array of macaws and other parrots
  • The chance of an encounter with Jaguar or Puma
  • White Caymans on the Tambopata River on a night excursion
  • Walks through pristine Amazon rainforest to learn about the native jungle flora and fauna

If you have more time to spend on your holiday, you could think about enjoying an additional birding experience on our Macaws in Tambopata Tour.

Alternative Tour Name: The Clay Lick Chuncho Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Reception - Airport Puerto Maldonado - Infierno - Lodge

Informative talk given by our Jungle Guide on board an outboard wooden canoe

We will see animal species on the boat trip and how the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to the National


We will provide Box lunch in the boat

Arrival at the Lodge

Briefing given by the lodge manager with some tips and useful information for your stay.

Short break

Walk on the Sunset trail

Briefing by our jungle guide on different species of alligators that can be observed in the Tambopata National Reserve - endangered species.


Boat ride to do a night search alligators

Day 2
Day 2 - The Lick Chuncho Destiny is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the Amazon

Breakfast 7:30 am to prepare for our departure

Depart at 9:30 am (The Lick Chuncho Destiny is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the Amazon). Sail four hours up the Tambopata River. Stop at Checkpoint Malinowski for the Reserve entrance fee Control

Lunch provided on boat

Installing camp

Short break

Trocha half hour away

4:30 pm if weather conditions are warranted, we can cool off in the river.

Short break

Dinner at Camp site

Day 3
Day 3 - Experiencing wonderful species

We wake up early morning at 5:00 a.m. We sail 10 to 15 min in order to observe the spectacle from a distance of 200 meters.

Opportunity to visit and experience the unique spectacle of the Bolivian macaws, chirricles, blue-headed parrots, auroras, Huacamayos scarlets, red and green Macaws, Chestnut fronted Macaws, Parakeets dusky heads

08: 00 am Return to camp


Survey camp

Short break

Return to the lodge

02 hours downstream (lounch box boat - Lunch)

Brief relaxing time

15:30 Walk - Laguna Chica - 20 min. (700m) - Bird watching - Contemplation of nature

Return to the lodge

Short break

Sunset watching


Night walk - in search of the many creatures such as insects and hopefully bigger animals

Day 4
Day 4 - Lake Cocococha

Early start for Breakfast at 5:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. Heading to Lake Cocococha on the way you may see various forest types (Bamboo, floodplain forest, high terraces) 5.5.km walk (approx 2 hours) to the Cocococha Lake. On the way you will be able to see birds like tanagers, turkeys, nuns birds, some woodpeckers, monkeys and large mammals if we get lucky. In a blind hide we will wait for the (giant otter), after a while you can paddle on a catamaran in the permitted area for tourist-use

Return to the lodge - Short break

Lunch 1:00 pm

Short break

Visit the 42 meters high tower, where we will have a wonderful view of the forest

Explanation of the vertical layers of the forest (in the tower) – we will get an espectular view of the jungle and see the sunset


Night walk - in search of the many creatures such as insects and hopefully bigger animals

Day 5
Day 5 - Departure


Airport - Return - Transfer - Puerto Maldonado

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Tambopata is home of some of the most spectacular amazon fauna such as the Giant anteater, Giant armadillo, Bush dog, Small-eared dog, Giant river otter, Jaguarundi, sloth, Ocelot, Jaguar, Crested eagle, Harpy eagle, Black caiman, Spectacled caiman, and Yellow-spotted side-necked turtle, Tapir, Puma, Tamandua, coati, aguti paca, red brocket deer, white-lipped peccary, white-necked peccary, capybara, dwarf cayman, anaconda, bushmaster, coral snake, tarantula, false scorpion spider, spider monkey, howler monkey, capuchin monkey, squirrel monkey, night monkey, woolly monkey, tamarin monkey, Striated Antbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Rufous-Fronted Antthrush, Pale-Winged Trumpeter, Blue-Crowned Motmot and Musician Wren, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Black-Spotted Bare-Eye, Pale-Legged Horner, Band-Tailed Manakin, among many others conspicuous ones.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional multi-lingual guide(s) and support staff
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves
  • All meals
  • Limited snacks throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
4.67 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Walking in the Amazon Jungle can be an exciting adventure
    Yelena V01 Aug 2017







    It was excellent to have a local guide. Bring along and wear thick gloves (garden or ski) if you lose your balance when walking in your boots in deep mud. If you fall into the mud, you have the option of sinking into the mud or hugging/grabbing onto the next tree, which may be full with unpleasant surprises such as scorpions. The second option allows you to grab onto something and protect yourself while also improving your grip. A face mosquito net is also a good idea. Take pleasure in the unknown world of surprises and the unexpected, but be ready :)

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Why book with Explorer’s Inn?

Rainforest Inn is one of Peru’s oldest and most historic rainforest eco-lodges. It is the only Peruvian tour operator located inside Tambopata National Reserve, which means you do not need to leave the ecolodge throughout your stay offering a spectacular base from which to discover the natural wonders that are offered on your doorstep. It is also a place where sustainable ecotourism, biological research and biodiversity conservation work hand-in-hand.

What things should I pack that are really necessary?

T-Shirts, long sleeves, trousers, cap, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunblock, a bottle of water, binoculars and/or scopes, camera, flashlight, poncho or waterproof jacket which is also windproof, comfortable trekking boots for long hikes, small rucksack to carry personal belongings.

Which services are included in the tour program?

The included services are: Transport since you arrive to Puerto Maldonado until you check out, lodging in a double or triple cabin, the single room has a supplement charge, all meals in a full board system and guided excursions. Refer to inclusions tab for more details.

Which flight is it convenient to take in?

There are 2 options if you are coming from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado International Airport, we would suggest you take AVIANCA 809 or LATAM 2075 though check something like Sky Scanner regarding latest options.

How long does it take to arrive to Explorer’s Inn Eco Lodge?

It takes normally takes about 2 hours divided into a 25 minutes bus ride and 1 hour and a half of a boat ride trip on the Tambopata River which is a nice way to start your tour. Alternatively, we could organise a taxi or direct pick up from the airport.

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Is there electricity and Internet access at the Explorer’s Inn Eco Lodge?

Yes, there is electricity from 5.00 to 6:30 am in the mornings and midday from 12.00 to 2.00 pm in the afternoon and later from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at night. Mobile or cellular phone coverage is provided by the Company CLARO phone operator and you can use the Internet if you have got a data package with the same phone operator.

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Price & Availability

USD1,050 / per person
Single Suppliment USD 120
Group Discount Available
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This tour is operated by: Explorer’s Inn
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Tour Facts

  • Peru
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 5 Days
  • + 10 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English & Spanish
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport (also known as Puerto Maldonado International Airport)
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport (also known as Puerto Maldonado International Airport)