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Refugio Amazonas Butterfly Lovers Tour - 4 Days

Refugio Amazonas Butterfly Lovers Tour
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This 4-day tour is a butterfly lovers paradise. Tambopata prides itself with a world record number of registered species for one location. Paddle around the Oxbow Lake on a canoe or a catamaran looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, see otters and be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws. Your guide with skills to increase observation chances is the key.

Day 1
DAY 1 : Arrival & Reception by Butterfly Guide

An entomologist guide will be assigned to you, with ample experience in the collection and identification of Lepidoptera.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port

Transfer Boat – Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas

Butterflies of the river

Butterflies of the Tambopata beaches, which we will chance seeing from the boat at any point in our trip include: Anteos menipps, Phoebis philea, Philaetria dido, Eurytides spp., Papilio thoas, Callicore cyanosura, Callicore astarte, Baeotus beoutus, Baeotus deucalion, and Uranius spp.

Boxed Lunch

Orientation

Dinner

Night walk - You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Refugio Amazonas – Overnight

Day 2
DAY 2

Breakfast

Oxbow Lake Visit

We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

Lunch

Butterflies of the floodplain forest

Along mature floodplain forest we will stand a chance of observing Morpho achilles, Morpho melenaus, Parides neophilus, Parides sesostris, and Parides vertumnus. At the farthest end of this trail, where it passes its only swampy portion, we may see any of the following butterfly species: Calligo eurolochius, Caligo ileoneus, Caligo idomeneus, Catoblepia xanthicles, Pierella hortona, Pierella lena, Cithaerias pireta, and Haetera piera.

Dinner

Night walk - You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Refugio Amazonas – Overnight

Day 3
DAY 3

Parrot Clay Lick

A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.

Breakfast

Mammal Clay Lick

Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.

Lunch

Canopy Tower

A thirty minute 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

Tambopata National Reserve Lectures

Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Refugio Amazonas – Overnight

Day 4
DAY 4

Breakfast

Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port

Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters

Visit to the Butterfly Farm

A short walk from the airport is the Japipi Butterfly Farm and Exhibits, where farmed butterflies are displayed in a giant forest enclosure.

Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport

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This tour is operated by: Rainforest Expeditions

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