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Giant Otters & Macaws Tour, Peru - 4 Days

Giant Otters & Macaws Tour, Peru

Birding and Giant Otter Watching Tour

This 4-day Giant Otters & Macaws Tour is moderately paced and available on request. It will take you to the spectacular Tres Chimbadas Lake, on the Tambopata River in southern Peru. This is a pristine environment in which a family of seven Giant Otters like to fish, play, or feed on the lake's abundant fish species and where you can get good views without disturbing them.

On this Giant Otter and macaws trip will also have great chances of spotting Black Cayman and fantastic bird species such as the rare Hoatzin, Puma Heron, Tiger Heron and Striated Heron, as well as the Jassana or Tuki Tuki. The lake sees very intense animal activity in the early mornings when everything is awakening and we aim to get you there to witness all the action.

"We only stayed at Explorer's Inn for three days. The staff is nice and goes above and beyond to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The rooms are clean, with mosquito nets and solar-powered lamps (since some rooms don't have electricity and you'll need these to get between the dining area and your room at night); some rooms have hot water, but the majority have cold water only. You can watch the sunset from a vantage point along the water's edge, or walk up a canopy tower. The guides were knowledgeable, and there was enough of time to explore during the days before dining at the hotel." - Emily M.

While looking for Giant Otters and macaws you will also visit the highest lookout tower in the Amazon, taking you to a height of 46m. You can enjoy spectacular views from there and the possibility of spotting some of the world's greatest bird species such as the Harpy Eagle, King Vulture and Ornate Eagle. Of course, there will be many species of beautiful and colourful macaws and toucans, and you will be in the realm of Red Howler Monkeys, too.

A visit to the Explorer's Inn clay lick will fulfil all your ambitions to see macaws, and at night we will organise a river excursion to spot White Cayman. This is an exciting activity that will give you the chance to take pictures of this amazing species as they hunt at night.

Visiting a local plantation is another colourful and tasty experience on this Giant Otter and macaw tour during which you will discover interesting rainforest plant species such as the Copoazu, or White Cacao, the Cocona, or yellow wild tomatoes, the wild cacao, or Macambo, different species of bananas, pineapples, the noni, and jungle species of avocados.

The Giant Otters & Macaws Tour highlights include:

  • A visit to the spectacular Tres Chimbadas Lake to observe a family of Giant Otters as fish, play or clean their fur
  • Visit the Explorer’s Inn Clay Lick, to spot Red-and-green Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Orange-cheeked Parrots, Blue-headed Parrots and White-bellied Parrots, among others
  • White Caymans on the Tambopata River in a great night excursion to spot them on river banks
  • Walks through pristine Amazon rainforest to look for fauna and learn about the jungle flora

If you'd like to try an alternative tour, take a look at this one: Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters.

Alternative Tour Name: Tambopata Mammals and Birds Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Guests are received at the airport and taken to the office, where you will be able to repack and leave in storage anything that you will not need on this part of your trip. We then continue on to the port in the native community of Infierno, from which we will embark on an hour and a half boat ride to Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge.

During this journey guests will receive a boxed lunch and there will be an obligatory stop the the La Torre control point to register our entrance into the Tambopata National Reserve.

Upon arrival guests will be greeted by the lodge manager, who will give useful recommendations and information to ensure an enjoyable stay.

After a rest, our naturalist guide will give an informative presentation about the distinct species of caiman that can be observed in the Tambopata National Reserve, in order to allow guests to learn more about this endangered species.


We again board our boat to start the nighttime search of caimans in the Tambopata River. Our naturalist guide uses a spotlight in order to locate them on the banks of the river, so that we can observe them from a respectable distance.

Day 2
Day 2 - Headding to Lake Cocococha

In order to have the best chance of observing endangered Giant River Otters, it is necessary to wake up very early to walk to the Tres Chimbadas Lake, a walk of 1 km; during which our naturalist guide will explain to us about the principal ecosystems of the tropical forest, as well as the diverse species of fauna that we see on the way.

While we play a game of hide-and-seek with the River Otters, we will enjoy a snack and a short journey around the lake on small catamarans, in order to enjoy the variety of wildlife that can only be found in this ecosystem.


After a rest we will visit a local farm close to the lodge, which belongs to a member of the local community. This activity directly supports the economic development of the La Torre community and gives us the opportunity to see and try various natural products of the area.


Day 3
Day 3 - Clay Lick

We wake early to visit the parrot claylick, which is a 10 minute boat ride from the lodge. A claylick is an exposed area of clay with higher concentrations of salts and other important minerals, where parrot species converge to eat.

In our case this is a small wall close to the river, allowing observation of various species of parrots and parakeets which you can see eating the clay. We will then return to the lodge walking one of our trails, where if we are lucky, we may see other animals in their natural habitat.



Day 4
Day 4 - Departure

Depending on your time of departure, we will organise a transfer from the lodge to our head office, then onto the airport as required.

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, 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, bush master, 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
4.83 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Wonderful jungle lodgings
    Emily M01 Sep 2018







    We only stayed at Explorer's Inn for three days. The staff is nice and goes above and beyond to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The rooms are clean, with mosquito nets and solar-powered lamps (since some rooms don't have electricity and you'll need these to get between the dining area and your room at night); some rooms have hot water, but the majority have cold water only. You can watch the sunset from a vantage point along the water's edge, or walk up a canopy tower. The guides were knowledgeable, and there was enough of time to explore during the days before dining at the hotel.

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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.

How do I book directly?

Complete the enquiry form here on Blue Sky Wildlife and we will make direct contact with you. If you use WhatsApp or alternative app, please include the appropriate number so we can call you easily to follow up directly. If you are interested in Worldwide Traveller Protection, please also enquire.

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.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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Price & Availability

USD600 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Suppliment USD 120
Group Discount Available
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This tour is operated by: Explorer’s Inn
4.72 based on 6 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Mammals
  • 4 to 8px
  • 4 Days
  • June to mid December
  • + 10 years
  • Moderate
  • Yes
  • English, Spanish, French, German
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport
  • Padre Aldamiz International Airport