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TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER - PARROT LOVERS

Code:FMAL01
Tour:TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER - PARROT LOVERS
Duration:7 Days
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The rainforest of Tambopata has gained a reputation for being a hotspot for parrot and macaw lovers due to its healthy population and ongoing research project at the Tambopata Research Center.

The center has been working with macaws for over 20 years. Less than a kilometer from TRC is a clay lick which has has had up to 17 species of parrots observed there.

All guides in this program have worked in the Macaw Research Project for at least one season. In this manner they are not only familiar with the different species of psittascines, but are also well acquainted with macaw biology and conservation. They also have plenty of anecdotes of life as a macaw researcher

NOTE: This trip is only available December to March


For more information about this tour, or for information about other tour options available, please CONTACT US.
DAY 1: LIMA –PUERTO MALDONADO – REFUGIO AMAZONAS
Upon arrival at the airport in Puerto Maldonado you will be met for your transfer to the headquarters which is a ten minute drive away.
While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

Transfer to Tambopata River Port which is on the outskirts of Puerto Maldonado, 20kms away, entering the Native Community of Infierno.
Transfer by Boat: From Puerto Tambopata you will travel along the river to Refugio Amazonas. The two and a half hour boat ride will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
A boxed lunch is served during the journey.
Upon arrival at the lodge, the manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Dinner
Caiman Search: We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

DAY 2: REFUGIO AMAZONAS
Breakfast at the lodge.
Parrot Clay Lick: A fifteen minute boat ride followed by a sixty minute walk will bring you to a parakeet clay lick. From a blind you will see 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.
Lunch at the lodge.
Refugio Amazonas Canopy Tower: We will visit a 135 ft scaffolding tower a 15 minute walk from the lodge. From the top you will see spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest and watch as Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, and White-bellied Caiques stream by at eye level as they head towards the nearby clay lick.
Dinner and overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 3: REFUGIO AMAZONAS – TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER
Breakfast at the lodge.
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.

Transfer by Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center which is four and half hours by boat, in the pristine heart of the reserve. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.
A boxed lunch is served during the journey.
Upon arrival at the lodge, the manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
We will head out along the "bamboo trail" for up close looks at Scarlet, Blue-and-gold and Green-winged Macaws as they loaf in the trees. This will give us wonderful opportunities to watch the social behavior of these birds as pairs fight, preen and feed. At the end of the trail we will visit an isolated area of clay lick used by Cobalt-winged Parakeets and the rare Dusky-billed and Amazonian Parrotlets.
Dinner at the lodge.
Macaw Project Lectures: After dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

DAY 4: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER
Macaw Clay Lick: At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy a huge clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 17 different species have been seen. Here we will watch as the parrots fly in from all directions and land in the trees above the clay lick. When a few hundred have gathered and the noise builds to a crescendo a small group of Severe and Red-bellied Macaws will break free from the loafers in the trees and make long slow circles in front of the lick. Once these first brave pioneers land on the lick the parrots will rain down by the dozens to join them. Mealy Amazons, Blue-headed Caiques, conures and macaws will mix in a noisy blur of colorful wings as they rush in to get their fill of the precious clay. Then about one hour after it began, the birds will drift away and leave the area in an eerie silence. Once this early morning rush of activity ends we will head back to the lodge for breakfast.
Floodplain Trail: This 5km trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. Tambopata Research Center is located within this habitat.
Lunch at the lodge.
Macaw project nest visit: A short hike from the lodge, we will stop and observe macaw project researchers at work as they climb trees to monitor natural and articifical nests. From thirty meters above, researchers will descend macaw chicks on plastic buckets strung down by a pulley. At ground level, they weigh and measure the chicks to monitor growth.
This Activity is available only from December to March.
Dinner at the lodge.
Night walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

DAY 5: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER
Breakfast at the lodge.
Morning Macaw Clay Lick Visit: We will head out to the clay lick at 8am and wait for the arrival of the large macaws. By 9am or 10am over 100 Scarlet, Blue-and-gold and Green-winged Macaws should gather in the trees. Before descending to eat the clay the entire group usually flies en masse across the front of the lick. When the late morning sun lights up the birds, it is one of the most spectacular sights in the Amazon. Once the birds choose a safe spot, they will descend by the dozens to the lick. The Blue-and-golds grab bites of clay and fly back to the safety of the trees while the Scarlets and Green-wings sit on the lick and squabble over the best bits of clay. When the birds finish their visit to the lick we will return to the lodge.
Lunch at the lodge.
Palm Swamp Tower: We will embark on a 4 km hike to the palm swamp, a preferred roost for Blue-and-gold Macaws. A scaffolding tower allow us eye level observation of the macaws as they fly in and out of the trees.

Dinner and overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

DAY 6: REFUGIO AMAZONAS
Breakfast at the lodge.
Transfer by Boat - A three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.
A boxed lunch is served during the journey
Brazil Nut Trail and Camp: A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Dinner at the lodge.
Tambopata National Reserve has nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas. The topics cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

DAY 7: REFIGIO AMAZONAS – PUERTO MALDONADO
Breakfast at the lodge.
Transfer by Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port where you will board another boat for the journey to
Puerto Maldonado Headquarters.
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.


Boat Transportation:
All our boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors. Daily arrivals and departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline´s arrival and departure with a maximum two hour wait. We reserve the right to change the order of activities.

Included:
Programs based on double occupancy.
Includes all meals
Accommodations
River transportation
Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.

Not Included:
$60 per person charge for entrance into the national park
Airfare
Airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges
Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks
Insurance of any kind
Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights, items of personal nature, etc


For more information about this tour, or for information about other tour options available, please CONTACT US.
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