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Tambopata Birding & Nature Tour - 9 Days

Tambopata Birding & Nature Tour

This 9-day specific nature tour scouts the amazing biodiversity of South-Eastern Peruvian Amazonia.  It offers great opportunities for wildlife family adventure.

Tambopata National Reserve covers an area of 274,690 hectares (1,060.6 square miles) of lowland Amazonian rainforest, riverine forest, and oxbow lakes near the Malinowski, Tambopata, and Madre de Dios Rivers in southeastern Peru. The large area of biodiverse habitats protected in the reserve play host to well over 1,000 species of butterflies, more than 100 species of mammals, around 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants.

First, the group will stay at the wonderful Posada Amazonas for 2 nights, exploring terra firme forests and a owbox lake with Giant River Otters and Caimans. From the canopy tower you will have great chances to see a huge diversity of birds, monkeys, insects.

Then we will move to the delightful Tambopata Research Center lodge, where the bird diversity is just amazing. We will visit the canopy tower, the macaw clay lick (the largest macaw clay lick known in Peru), and oxbow lakes with chances to see anacondas, jaguars and tapirs.

On our way back to Puerto Maldonado we stay one night at Refugio Amazonas lodge, if we get lucky here, we could spot and photograph a Harpy Eagle.

Day 1
Day 1 - Lima

Arrive in Lima. Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel****. Meals: None.

Day 2
Day 2 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado

Morning flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado. There we will be transferred to the Tambopata River Port. At the river port we will take a boat will drive us upriver to Posada Amazonas. During the boat trip we will have the chance to see birds like Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Amazonian and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Ringed and Amazon Kingfisher, and many others. We will take a box-lunch before getting on the boat.

We will be arriving to the lodge by mid-afternoon.

Afternoon hike along one of the several trails around the lodge looking for Pale-winged Trumpeter, Spix’s Guan, Rufous Motmot, Amazonian Motmot, Broad-billed Motmot, White-throated Antbird, Band-tailed Manakin, Casqued Cacique, and many more.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 3
Day 3 - Posada Amazonas Lodge

Before breakfast we will visit to the canopy tower. Many of the trees in the Peruvian Amazon grow to heights of 30 plus meters (100 feet or more). It’s a challenge to see birds that frequent the tall canopy of the rainforest but only if you look for them from the ground. Watch for them from a canopy tower and you can get close, eye-level looks at colorful toucans, parrots, macaws, tanagers, jacamars, trogons, woodpeckers, monkeys, and other rainforest wildlife.

Then we will visit the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. The lake is thirty minutes by boat from Posada Amazonas. Once there we will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of Giant River Otters and other lakeside wildlife such as Black Caiman, Hoatzin, Horned Screamers, Scarlet and Red-and-Green Macaws, and more.

Then we depart on a short hike in a bamboo patch near Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will be looking for bamboo specialists like 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, Bamboo Foliage-gleaner, Flammulated Bamboo-tyrant, Dot-winged and Ornate Antwrens, White-lined Antbird, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Pheasant Cuckoo, and many others.

After lunch we can spend the afternoon birding the trails around the lodge.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4
Day 4 - Posada Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center lodge (TRC)

Today we will go by boat to Tambopata Research Center. During the boat trip we could find Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Large and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, the classic Horned Screamer, Razor-billed Curassow, Blue-throated Piping Guan, and Orinoco Goose; and during the dry season months, migrant shorebirds are possibilities for this portion of the trip. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted flying above us. Also, Tapirs, Jaguars and Ocelots could be seen on the river banks.

We will take a box-lunch on the boat. We will be arriving to the lodge by late afternoon.

Overnight at TRC Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 5
Days 5 to 7 - Tambopata Research Center

During these three days we will explore different kind of forest habitats. The Macaw clay lick is the largest of the country 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-yellow, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and Black-legged Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets, and Dusky-billed Parrotlets. Jaguars and Ocelots can come to the clay lick hunting for big birds.

Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. We will explore the quintessential rainforest on the five-mile Ocelot Trail and the five-mile Toucan Trail systems. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds (anacondas and jaguars are possible in this kind of habitat) 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, 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, 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, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, and Sunbittern.

Riparian Habitat. We will explore older river created habitats at the pond five minutes upstream from TRC (anacondas also possible here!) – forests of Cecropia and Balsa Wood with a bamboo understory. This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Antthrush, we could also find Lemon-throated Barbet, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis Spinetail, Amazonian Antpitta, Blackish Antbird, Fuscous Flycatcher, Guira Tanager and Orange-backed 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, Floodplain Thrush, Orange-headed Tanager, and Seedeater species among others.

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 would spot White-throated Jacamar, Buff-throated Saltator, Amazonian Grey Saltator, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Crested and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Piratic Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Nunbird and others. While birding these spots we will have extraordinary views of the Tambopata river winding its way from the highlands.

Night walks. We will venture out near the lodge trying to spot-light a Pauraque, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Great Potoo, Long tailed Potoo, Ocellated Poorwill and if we are lucky a Mottled Owl or Crested Owl.

Overnight at TRC lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 8
Day 8 - Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas

Early morning transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where we will be arriving at around noon.

In the afternoon we will be birding at a relaxed pace around the lodge. 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 in secondary forests. This means the birds we will be looking for are: Barred Antshrike, Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, Streaked Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Solitary Cacique, Grey-fronted Dove, Ruddy Ground-dove and others.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 9
Day 9 - Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Morning transfer to Puerto Maldonado, before heading to the airport we will have a typical farewell lunch in the native community of Infierno.

Afternoon flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

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

Pied Lapwing, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Spix’s Guan, Rufous Motmot, Amazonian Motmo , Broad-billed Motmot, Band-tailed Manakin, Hoatzin, Horned Screamer, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red-and-Green Macaw, Razor-billed Curassow, Orinoco Goose, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Great Potoo, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, White-throated Jacamar, Giant River Otter, Black Caiman, Jaguar, Ocelot

What is included?

  • Lodging as described in the itinerary
  • Private boat for all tours inside the reserve (you will have a shared bus to get in and out of the river port in Puerto Maldonado, and a shared boat to get in and out of each lodge)
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses

What is not included?

  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. First trip to Peru
    Peter Cosgrove01 Nov 2017







    I'm just back from a brilliant birding trip to Peru. Wilson was my guide and he was without hesitation friendly, professional and reliable. Nothing was too much trouble and we saw lots of great birds and habitats. Wilson's fluency in English and Spanish was crucial to the success of the trip, especially when I got altitude sickness at 15,80 ft in the high Andes. Wilson sorted everything out quickly and I recovered rapidly once lower down the mountain. Peru is such a brilliant place to go birding and with Wilson you won't go wrong. I whole heartedly recommend Wilson and Green Tours and look forward to my next Peru birding trip with him. Pete

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Why book with Green Tours?

Green Tours, the trade name of Cheqa Peru SRL, is a Peruvian tour operator company stablished in 2006 with the objective to offer high quality ground services for tourism operations in Peru with innovation, comfort, safety, and commitment with our social and environmental responsibilities. The last few years Green Tours has established itself as an important Peruvian tour operator, providing ground logistics for American, Canadian and British birding companies like Wings, Paradise Birding, Sunrise Birding, Worldwide Birding Tours, Sierra Club, Avocet Tours, and Heatherlea. Green Tours is part of a Carbon Neutral partnership to offset the carbon footprint for its operations, with this partnership we are helping to improve the conservation efforts in the Tambopata National Reserve. Also, since 2016 we are supporting small conservation efforts in north western Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the tropical dry forest, specially the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter. Currently, our General Manager is the executive director of APTAE (the Peruvian Association for Eco and Adventure Tourism). Our Sales and Marketing Manager, Wilson Díaz, is an active birder and has been travelling with birding groups since 2001 providing logistic support for several companies. Also, we have created “Asociación Green Tours”, a non-profit organization aimed to support conservation initiatives for endangered species like Grey-bellied Comet and Peruvian Plantcutter.

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Yes, private departures are available all year long

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Tour Facts

  • Southern Peruvian Amazonia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 9 Days
  • English
  • Lima airport
  • Lima airport