Birding Tour in the Tambopata National Reserve
This a 7-day Tambopata birding tour starts right from the moment you arrive at the airport. An expert Birding Guide will take advantage of every opportunity along the way to show you all the species he may find you according to your interests. Every different ecosystem will be an opportunity to look for the most amazing amazon birds. Explorer’s Inn, private property and eco concession have a registered record of 620 different species.
At the lodge and its surroundings, we will look for some special varieties of birds that inhabit these areas, such as bamboo forest, primary forest, high forest and stream areas. Some of the species to be found include Striated Antbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Rufous-Fronted Antthrush, Pale-Winged Trumpeter, Blue-Crowned Motmot and Musician Wren, among others.
At the Explorer’s Inn trails “Main” and “Tapir”. We will be walking approximately 6 km in total, in order to search for the largest variety of species possible. Hopefully seeing some mixed flocks which could include Semicollared Puffbird, White-Winged Shrike-Tanager, Red-Crowned Ant-Tanager, Pavonine Quetzal, Round-Tailed Manakin, Scale-Backed Antbird, White-Throated Antbird, Blue-Crowned Trogon, Curl-Crested Aracari, Golden-Collared Toucanet, and many others.
There will be also the visit to lakes and lagoons such as the Tres Chimbadas Lake and the Laguna Chica allowing us the chance to see perhaps the Blue-throated Piping Guan, Black-Spotted Bare-Eye, Pale-Legged Horner, Band-Tailed Manakin, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Cream-Collared Woodpecker and many other species.
Other important visits to spot bird species are the one to the Explorer’s Inn Clay Lick and the one to the highest tower in the amazon to see unique species of the canopy and the clay lick.
Tambopata Birdwatching Tour Highlights:
- The visit to the spectacular Tres Chimbadas Lake, to observe a family of Giant Otters, that are very active in early mornings when they fish, play or clean their fur. This is an amazing display of wildlife behaviour that you will experience along with other species that inhabit the lake
- Visit the Explorer’s Inn Clay Lick, to spot the Red and Green Macaws, the Scarlett Macaws, Chesnut Fronted Macaws, Orange cheeked parrots, blue-headed parrots, white-bellied parrots, etc
- White Caymans on the Tambopata River in a great night excursion to spot them on river banks
- Walks through the most pristine Amazon Forest to look for birds of the inner forest and get explanations of the value of the flora that hosts unique bird species in this area
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Guests are met at the airport by their specialist guide, and taken to the office, where you will be able to repack and leave in storage anything that you will not be needing on this part of your trip. We then continue on to the port in the native community of Infierno, at about 45 minutes from the city of Puerto Maldonado.
During this journey we may make some stops in order to make sightings of the Great Pootoo, Purus Jacamar and White-Throated Jacamar. Once at the port, while we are waiting to embark, we have a chance to see species of oropendolas, tanagers and flycatchers, etc.
During our boat trip up to Explorer’s Inn guests will receive a boxed lunch, and we will also have the opportunity to see riverine birds such as the Cocoi Heron and Capped Heron; as well as some parrots and macaws in flight. There is the chance to see a variety of bird species during this journey, with luck we may even spot a flock of Sand-Colored Nighthawks, or other rare species.
Upon arrival guests will be greeted by the lodge manager, who will give useful recommendations and information to ensure an enjoyable stay.
After a short rest we will make a short introductory walk to search for some nocturnal species, such as the Tawny-Bellied Screech-Owl, and with some luck we may observe the Great Horned Owl.
There will be a very early breakfast before visiting the parrot claylick, located at a 10 minute boat ride from the main lodge, after which we will return on foot.
At the claylick we may see Yellow-Crowned Parrot, Orange-Cheeked Parrot, Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, Blue-Headed Parrot and on occasion we may even get to see Scarlet Macaws.
During the walk back we will be searching for some specialist varieties of birds that inhabit the surrounding areas, such as bamboo forest, primary forest, high forest and stream areas. Some of the species to be found include Striated Antbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Rufous-Fronted Antthrush, Pale-Winged Trumpeter, Blue-Crowned Motmot and Musician Wren, among others.
We will visit Lake Chica at a 20 minute walk from the lodge, to look for species of toucans and aracaries. We will also have the chance to spot other species such as Black-Capped Donacobius and Little Cuckoo.
Upon our return we will attempt to sight some species of owls.
We have an early breakfast before embarking on a full-day hike, complete with boxed lunch, exploring the primary and secondary forests found on our trails “Main” and “Taipir”. We will be walking approximately 6 km in total, in order to search for the largest variety of species possible, hopefully including some mixed flocks which could include Semicollared Puffbird, White-Winged Shrike-Tanager, Red-Crowned Ant-Tanager, Pavonine Quetzal, Round-Tailed Manakin, Scale-Backed Antbird, White-Throated Antbird, Blue-Crowned Trogon, Curl-Crested Aracari, Golden-Collared Toucanet, and many others.
The return to the lodge will be around 4pm, in order to rest before dinner.
We will have an early breakfast before visiting the 42 meter high tower, in order to view canopy birds. Some species which can be observed include Gilded Barbet, Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Purple-Throated Fruit Crow, White-Necked Puffbird, Paradise Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Green and Gold Tanager, as well as the chance of seeing species of macaws, parrots, toucans and aracaries, and with a lot of luck the extremely endangered Harpy Eagle. We will then return to the lodge, looking for understory and ground-level birds on the way.
After lunch, We will embark on a walk of the Lake Chica trail, entering Big Tree trail and leaving from La Torre trail. This walk will pass through various distinct forest types, allowing us the chance to see perhaps the Blue-Throated Piping Guan, Black-Spotted Bare-Eye, Pale-Legged Hornero, Band-Tailed Manakin, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Cream-Collared Woodpecker and many other species.
An early breakfast where we will also be given boxed lunches for the day. We walk directly to Lake Cocococha, a 5 ½ km hike, which we will attempt to make as early as possible in order to enjoy birdwatching during the sunrise, where we may see Horned Screamer, Hoatzin, Anhinga and various types of jacanas, kingfishers, and perhaps Red-Bellied Macaw and Blue and Yellow Macaws. With luck we may see the rare Agami Heron, Point-Tailed Palmcreeper and Long-Billed Woodcreeper. There are various other specialist lake birds that may accompany us, as well as the chance of seeing endangered Giant River Otters.
After a couple of hours rowing around the lake we will return to the lodge, exploring the forest on the way for new species.
We will arrive to the lodge at around 4 pm for a rest before dinner.
*After dinner there is the option of a boat ride on the river for caiman spotting, with the possibility of seeing species of nocturnal birds such as Ladder-Tailed Nightjar, Common Pootoo and Tropical Screech-Owl.
We will make the most of this last chance to walk the trails in order to search for species that have not yet been seen, explore some of the different areas of the forest, or perhaps repeat any of the activities that guests would like to experience again. Either before or after dinner we will embark on a nightwalk to search for owls and other nocturnal species.
We have an early breakfast and get ready for our departure from the lodge. The time of departure is programmed according to the flight times for guests finishing their tour on the same day. Guests are taken from the port to our Puerto Maldonado office, and then on to the airport.
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, 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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.