One of the most spectacular sights in the Amazon is just a fascinating three-hour boat ride from the Ecolodge. Here hundreds of parrots and macaws from at least 10 species come together every day from throughout the surrounding forest to feed, creating a spectacle of color and sound like no other in the natural world. Biologists have found that some macaws fly over 100 kilometers to feed on the mineral deposits that neutralize the toxins in the nuts and fruits essential to their diet. (Read more about avian clay licks here).
NOTE: Additional days at the macaw clay lick are available for those wishing to spend more time at this unique location.
Frequently seen fauna on the trails of the Tambopata National Reserve close to the Ecolodge includes saddle-back tamarinds, brown capuchins, agoutis, blue-morpho butterflies, trogons, toucans and many other bird species. We will also venture into the forest at night, in search of nocturnal rainforest species.
A fascinating forest trail leads to Lake Condenado, which we can explore by canoe. Swathed in rich tropical vegetation, forest wetlands are the best places for bird watching and the observation of other aquatic and terrestrial fauna.
From the Ecolodge, in the evenings we can explore part of our 25 kilometer trail system and the Tambopata River in search of caiman and the other nocturnal rainforest species that fill the night air with their sounds.
Hiking deep into the forest we will visit the wetland system around Lake Sachavacayoc. The forests around this beautiful lake teem with birdlife, and the waters are home to black caiman and giant river otters. Back at the Ecolodge in the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to relax in a hammock or explore our clearly marked trail system independently.
Surrounded by typical rainforest flora, this clay lick is visited by parakeets, monkeys, deer, tapir and peccaries, and the colors and sounds of different species of parrots and macaws make this an especially dramatic spectacle.
In their free time, guests can choose from a number of options, including: