Bird Watching Tour in the Tambopata National Reserve
This moderately paced 7-day Tambopata Birding Tour is available on request and the adventure starts the moment you arrive at the airport in southern Peru. Our expert bird guide will take advantage of every opportunity along the way to settling in to your accommodation to show you any species he can find that you have expressed an interest in seeing.
Tambopata birdwatching takes you to every available Amazon habitat to take in as many specialist species and endemics as possible. The lodge at Explorer’s Inn alone has a recorded 620 species to savour.Around the lodge can be found bamboo forest, primary rainforest, high-altitude woodland and riverine areas. Some of the species to add to the list include Striated Antbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Rufous-Fronted Antthrush, Pale-Winged Trumpeter, Blue-Crowned Motmot and Musician Wren.
"Our Intrepid Tour included a stop at this resort. With an open dining and communal sitting space, the lodge has a lovely rustic vibe. The beds were really comfy, and there were mosquito nets available. Be ready for some chilly showers. We observed a variety of animals, including otters, piranhas, monkeys, lizzards, butterflies, and snakes, thanks to the wonderful activities and guides.. " - Nici D
Along the Explorer’s Inn trails known as 'Main' and 'Tapir' you will walk approximately 6km in total, but in that short distance you will find the largest variety of species. Hopefully you will also see 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 and Golden-Collared Toucanet. These and many others can be expected during this Tambopata birding trip.
For aquatic birds we will visit lakes and lagoons such as Tres Chimbadas Lake and the Laguna Chica. This could afford views of the Blue-throated Piping Guan, Black-Spotted Bare-Eye, Pale-Legged Horner, Band-Tailed Manakin, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Cream-Collared Woodpecker as well as many other species.
Of course, we cannot miss out the Explorer’s Inn Macaw Clay Lick and a trip to the top of one of the highest towers in the Amazon to see the unique species that inhabit the canopy close up.
Tambopata Birding Tour highlights include:
- A visit to the spectacular Tres Chimbadas Lake for water birds and to observe a family of Giant Otters
- The Explorer’s Inn Clay Lick for multiple varieties of macaws and other parrots.
- White Caymans on the Tambopata River at night
- Walks through pristine Amazon Forest to add possibly hundreds of avian species to your list
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Alternative Tour Name: Tambopata National Reserve Birding Tour, Peru
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.