Tambopata Travel

4-day / 3-night Amazonian Lakes & Macaw Clay Lick Experience

A great rainforest experience offering a variety of habitats & good wildlife viewing. Great as an economical stand-alone experience or combined with another of our experiences.

The lodge we use is Finca Sachavacayoc, a relatively new and comfortable lodge with excellent guiding and other services. Upgraded accommodation will be completed by March/April 2024 and a 35-40m canopy tower is due to be installed by mid-2024.

Sachavacayoc, Condenado & Tres Chimbadas oxbow lakes are both scenic & rich in wildlife, each with its own character.

The Chuncho Clay Lick is currently the largest & most active macaw & parrot clay lick known. The flocks of large macaws & parrots which gather here are one of the Amazon’s great wildlife spectacles. We visit the Chuncho Clay Lick as an early morning outing from our new lodge downriver arriving before the best time of day for macaw & parrot activity. Our journey upriver is an experience in itself & can offer wonderful wildlife viewing. It is here that we may be lucky enough to see the truly wild jaguar & tapir.

For those who want to experience piranha fishing, you can coordinate with your
guide to enjoy this activity where possible on the lakes.

Our new lodge at Sachavacayoc has one of the best locations on the Tambopata River, bordering the Tambopata National Reserve. It has easy to access to two oxbow lakes (oxbow lakes are the best areas to see wildlife in the Amazon): Lake Condenado is close to the lodge and Lake Sachavacayoc is deep in the jungle, with night walks looking for tapir and other interesting and spooky creatures! We can see macaws roosting and nesting, and hear howler monkeys howling in the evening, and spot caimans at night on the river and the lake.

At Lake Sachavacayoc you get to see wildlife like no other place along the Tambopata River: monkeys, black caimans, possibilities for jaguars along the river, & different species of birds like the toucans. Romantic and relaxing excursions are enjoyed around the lake. The most spectacular clay-lick in the world, Chuncho, is included. A great combination to enjoy the jungle with active excursions, this itinerary combines all of this with the must-do lake of southern Peruvian jungle, Lake Sandoval. At Lake Sandoval you have an excellent chance of seeing giant river otters and black caiman in a picturesque setting with lovely sunsets. We offer this excellent combination itinerary with the highest operational support, safe, registered boats, top guides & above average accommodation.

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Arrival and reception by our guide or transfer at the airport or bus station. Our guides are highly experienced professionals with deep knowledge of the area and rainforest, we provide 1 guide for a group of max 8 people.

Transfer from the airport to our main office in town. Upon arrival in Pto. Maldonado City, our transfer or guide will welcome you and drive you for a few minutes to our office in town.

At our office we recommend you pack only the necessary things you need for your next few days, the main luggage can stay at our safe deposit. Transportation its easier that way, and it keeps our boats and porter cargo light, we provide duffel bags at the office if necessary.

Transfer from our office to Tambopata River Port. We navigate up the Tambopata River for about 2 hours to Sachavacayoc. On the way, we have the possibility of watching birds, caimans, capybaras, and monkeys.

Boxed lunch in the boat. We can customize your boxed lunch with a vegetarian option & we also provide cold bottled drinks in the boat.

In the full company and orientation of our guide, we get to our new lodge at Sachavacayoc.

Accommodation and a little rest.

After a rest, we will go for a jungle walk as an introduction to nature and get familiarized with the forest interior & wait until it gets dark to do a night walk looking for the elusive nocturnal creatures and critters, like the impressive ground bird eating Tarantula (as big as your hand)

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Finca Sachavacayoc Lodge.

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Today we visit the spectacular Chuncho clay lick, the largest in the world, with the three major species of macaws getting together at the same time, and many varieties of parrots, hundreds of parrots come together to eat clay – a special and unique behaviour that is only found in this part of the planet.

Early departure at 4 am, then 2 hours on our boat upstream of the Tambopata River – in order to enjoy the best of the parrot show is important to arrive early before the birds!

We will take breakfast in the boat.

Along the journey to the clay-lick we have excellent possibilities of seeing capybaras, caiman and maybe if lucky a jaguar or tapirs (the two largest rarest terrestrial mammals of the Amazon).

We stay in the clay lick area as long as possible if conditions are right until we get to see the macaws & parrots.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

Lake Condenado: After a good rest we get packed and ready for the pristine Lake Condenado, a slow 1-hour walk from the lodge.

Lake Condenado offers good wildlife viewing with possibilities for monkeys, caiman , hoatzins & macaws. Here there is a relatively good chance of seeing the anaconda. We will most likely be the only people on the lake.

On arrival we take a paddle-canoe and leisurely enjoy the deepest and wildest jungle, watching monkeys and macaws being loud.

On the way back, we return to the lodge doing a night walk looking for tapirs or just enjoying the spooky- romantic- intense, silent and loud jungle.

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight Sachavacayoc lodge.

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Lake Sachavacayoc: After breakfast we will visit the spectacular Lake Sachavacayoc, which is in the Tambopata National Reserve. It is reached after a slow 2-hour walk from the lodge, taking in the sights of nature on the way. The beautiful Lake Sachavacayoc offers very good wildlife viewing with possible sightings of: spider monkeys, anacondas, giant otters and the elusive tapir if lucky. The lake delivers a unique wild experience. 

We will arrive by mid-morning and right away we take our paddle canoe to search for wildlife and explore the lake. So that you can enjoy this place better you can take box lunch with you for a whole day exploring or return to the lodge for lunch and have extra time at the Finca lodge at your leisure.

Caiman Search: We will do a Cayman search by the river at night before dinner.

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Finca Sachavacayoc Lodge.

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Breakfast at the lodge and departure to Puerto Maldonado. The boat journey back to Puerto Maldonado takes 2 hours during which we have our last chances to spot wildlife along the riverbanks. We will arrive at our office in town, and we provide full assistance or transfer for your scheduled flight/bus or hotel.

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Cost per person sharing: US$600

Single (if you are visiting solo)US$750

Included: All meals, accommodation, and services as detailed above, all river transportation, as well as transfers from and to the airport or your hotel in Puerto Maldonado.

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, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of a personal nature.

Boat Transportation: Our boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes with 60hp outboard motors.

We reserve the right to change the order of activities or trails due to weather or other local conditions.

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