Posada Amazonas Lodge Birdwatching Tour
This 5 days birding tour in the Amazon of Tambopata, southeast of Peru, offers a variety of habitats within walking distance from Posada Amazonas lodge that is reflected in highly productive expeditions. If you are a birder with some or little experience this is the right program for you.
- Our birdwatching expeditions not only have an especially designed program but also a trained birding guide.
- Immersing in different habitats in the private reserve of the Native Community of Infierno.
- As a private expedition, you will be able to explore along the journey to/from the lodge at your own pace including road's secondary forest and birds from the riverbanks.
- Identify different species of parrots or macaws from the parrot clay lick and canopy tower.
- Look for endemic birds on bamboo forest patches
- Join a birding night walk
Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 1-hour journey by bus with few stops along the road’s secondary forest to scan for Purus Jacamar, White-browed Blackbird, Pearl Kite, and Scaled Pigeon and a 1-hour boat till the lodge the necessary stops to search for: Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive, and Russet-backed Oropendolas and Ringed Kingfisher and Amazon Kingfisher.
Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you let the city behind to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes
Posada Amazonas Lodge awaits – a spacious ecolodge, with bar, a massage center, and buffet service in the heart of a private concession own by the Native Community of Infierno, the guardians of the rainforest.
Accommodation includes a 45 ms square room with a private bathroom and an open wall facing the forest.
Your stay includes three meals daily, teas, coffee, guided excursions and activities, refreshments upon arriving, and transfers to and from the airport.
This morning join a hike to the 40-meter scaffolding Canopy Tower. A banister staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above 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, Turquoise Tanager, Opal- rumped Tanager, and others. The tower also offers a 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-mandible Aracaries. We will see lonely raptors riding the thermals. This is your best chance for hawk-eagles and even harpy!
Only a twenty-minute walk from Posada Amazonas is the parrot clay lick. 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 riverbank. 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.
By the afternoon, we will bird the Shahue Trail, good for Fiery-capped Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, Pale Rumped Trumpeteer, and Pavonine Quetzal.
We depart on a fifteen-minute boat 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.
By the afternoon the Shije’eje Trail, offers opportunities to spot Variegated Tinamou, Blue-crowned and Rufous Motmot, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Curl-crested Aracari, and mixed-species flock. A small clay lick attracts Dusky-headed and Black-capped parakeet, and Cobalt-winged Parrotlets in addition to Spix’s Guan.
A thirty-minute boat ride and thirty-minute hike from the lodge will take us to Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake, which has palm swamp and grassland vegetation as well. We will try to spot Pale-vented Pigeon, Azure Gallinule, Purple Gallinule, Slender-billed and Snail Kites, Rufescent Tiger-Herons, Sungrebe, Green Ibis, Gray-breasted Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, and two of the "must-see" Amazonian classics: Horned Screamers and Hoatzin.
The secondary forest can be created in a number of ways, from degraded forest recovering from selective logging to areas cleared by slash-and-burn agriculture that have been reclaimed by the forest. Generally, secondary forest is characterized by a less developed canopy structure and smaller trees. 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
After dinner, we will venture out near the lodge on a birding night walk 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 Frogs, tree frogs, and other creatures of the night.
It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end.
Your visit will make a direct contribution to the Native Community of Infierno in their efforts to protect Tambopata.
You will take the journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.
Some road’s secondary forest to scan for Purus Jacamar, White-browed Blackbird, Pearl Kite, and Scaled Pigeon and while in the river: Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive, and Russet-backed Oropendolas and Ringed Kingfisher and Amazon Kingfisher.
The mixed flock is mostly all about tanagers: Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Opal- rumped Tanager, and others. The tower also offers a 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-mandible Aracaries. We will see lonely raptors riding the thermals. This is your best chance for hawk-eagles and even harpy!
On parrot clay lick species such as Mealy and Yellow-headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot, and Dusky headed Parakeet.
On Bamboo patches, 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.
What is included?
- All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
- Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
- Professional bi-lingual guide(s) and support staff
- Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
- Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
- All meals
- Snacks throughout the tour
- Water throughout the tour
- Selection of drinks during the meals (incl. water and soft drinks)
- All activities as specified within the tour itinerary, with an option to change if you prefer without additional costs
- 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)
- Optional tour extensions where applicable
- Tips & gratuities
- Any other drinks not mentioned above
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Our Location - All of our lodges are located in road-less rainforests of the Tambopata National Reserve and adjacent buffer zones. Unbeatable Wildlife - Protected, primary rainforests are filled with wildlife, and the habitats around our lodges are no exception. Monkeys, toucans, herds of hundreds of white-lipped peccary and well over 500 other bird species, Giant Otters, and even Jaguar are seen by guests Gorgeous Lodges - Our lodges are carefully designed to blend traditional methods and materials with beautiful woodwork, locally made art, and other details that result in comfortable settings that communicate with the natural surroundings- to the point where most of them are open air. Working with Local People - We work closely with people from the community of Infierno, the nearest settlement to our lodges.
We offer a range of birding activities for beginners to experienced birders among other activities and excursions for a wide range of fitness levels and will adjust once at the eco-lodge to accommodate all guests.
To reconfirm the reservation we require full non-refundable payment 30 days before arrival at the lodges. Some special offers require a prepayment or full non-refundable payment at the time of booking. This will be communicated by email when making your reservation. Payment can be done with Pay Pal, Master Card, American Express, or VISA credit card, in this case, we kindly request to call your bank first and authorize the transaction. We are not responsible for any banking expenses. Cancellations done 31 days or more before the departure date will be 100% refunded when is not a special offer (rate) minus 5% for administrative expenses. Cancellations within 30 days before departure date will be billed at full fare. Refunds will not apply under cancellations of air, road, lake, river or trail travel due to changes in airline schedules, bad weather conditions, civil or government strikes, acts of God or government, acts of terrorism, force majeure (including world or local health conditions), criminal activity, or sickness.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in a short birding tour in the Amazon with a fascinating selection of wildlife excursions based in a stunning eco-lodge in the heart of the Amazon, then this tour is for you.
The WiFi is pretty good from the ecolodge including the ability for video conferences and face time with family and friends, though subject to the number of users at any one time.