Tambopata and southern Peru amazonian lowlands


Lima - Amazonas
12 Days
All year long
Group size:
4 to 8 people

  Green Tours | Price

Pax based on double occupancy
US$ 5,110.oo

Single suppl.
US$ 876

Detailed Itinerary

Southern Peru Amazonian lowlands
Los Amigos and Tambopata rivers

12 days tour

Day 1 Lima
Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in the center of the Miraflores district.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 2 Lima
This morning we will take our way south of Lima for about one and a half hour to Puerto Viejo's marshes. The main attractions are Great Grebe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and Grassland Yellow-Finch. On the beach it is easy to find Surf Cinclodes flying around the rocky areas. On our way back to Lima we will stop at Pucusana. We will take a boat to explore the cliffs near the ocean in Pucusana which are a good place to search for Inca Terns and Humboldt Penguins.
Return to the hotel in Lima. On our way we will make a short stop by Villa Marshes for more waterbirds.
Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Day 3 Lima - Puerto Maldonado
Upon arrival from Lima, we will drive you for about one hour to the town of Laberinto to take a boat up the Río Madre de Dios to Los Amigos Lodge.
Along the river we will probably see some shore birds, Great Black Hawks, Black Skimmers, and more.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Days 4 Los Amigos Lodge
After breakfast we will go to the floodplain forest, birding along this trail we could have Spot-winged Antshrike, White-eyed Antwren, White-throated Antbird, Cinereous Mourner, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper. Before reach the Lobo owbox lake (we will use a wooden-boat), this open area could provide Buff-breasted Wren, Amazonian-Streaked Antwren, the enigmatic Hoatzin, Black-collared Hawk, or Pygmy and Green-and-Rufous; and this great lake could give us good sightings of Black Hawk-Eagle and Ornate Hawk-Eagle soaring around of this place.
After lunch birding between terra firme and floodplain forest could provide some understory and canopy mix species flocks with White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Pink-throated Becard, Opal-crowned and Opal-rumped Tanagers, Gray, Long-winged and White-flanked Antwrens and many more.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 5 Los Amigos Lodge
This morning we have chances to look for bamboo specialists like Long-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Bamboo Antshrike, Striated Antbird, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Warbling Antbird, Bamboo Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, White-lined Antbird, Brown-rumped Foliage-Gleaner, White-cheeked Foliage-Gleaner, Dot-winged Antwren, Ornate Antwren, beside the rest of the surrounding birds.
In the afternoon we may walk along the terra firme with a great view of the river, this is an open area with good opportunities to spot some raptors soaring the sky like Black-and-White Hawk Eagle, Zone-tailed Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Gray Hawk and then we have options to get in the swampy forest with some specialists like Point-tailed Palmcreeper.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 6 Los Amigos Lodge
The bamboo and the terra firme forests deserve another full day of birding.
Overnight at Los Amigos Lodge.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 7 Los Amigos - Posada Amazonas Lodge
We will take the boat back to Laberinto and then a private car to Tambopata River Port. During this two to three hour’s drive we will stop along the road's secondary forest to scan for Purus Jacamar, White browed Blackbird, Pearl Kite, or Scaled Pigeon.
A private boat with individual seats and a roof will drive us upriver to Posada Amazonas. We will stop the hour long drive as many times as necessary to search for Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Olive and Russet-backed Oropendolas and Ringed Kingfisher and Amazon Kingfisher and many others.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Day 8 Posada Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center (TRC)
Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.
Bamboo forest. Then we depart on a fifteen minute’s drive to the bamboo patches around Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will leave lake birding aside and focus on the bamboo specialists. We will look for the endemic White-cheeked Tody Tyrant, Peruvian Recurvebill, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Piculet, Brown-rumped Foliage Gleaner, Large- headed Flatbill, Dusky- tailed Flatbill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Flammulated Bamboo-tyrant, Dot-winged and Ornate Antwrens, White-lined Antbird, Rufous capped Nunlet, Pheasant Cuckoo and Striped Cuckoo.
Transfer by private boat to Tambopata Research Center. During the first three hours of the boat ride, as we enter the Tambopata National Reserve, we will focus on recapping and listing. Then the fun begins and it lasts for three more hours! Numerous egrets, Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Large and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, the classic Horned Screamer, Razor-billed Curasow, Blue-throated Piping Guan and Orinoco Goose and during the dry season months, migrant shorebirds are possibilities for this portion of the trip. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted flying above us.
Overnight at TRC.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D.
Days 9 Tambopata Research Center
Macaw Clay Lick. At dawn, before breakfast, we will cross the river and enjoy the largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. We can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets.
Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. After breakfast We will explore the quintessential rainforest on the five mile Ocelot Trail and the 5 mile Toucan Trail systems. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds and streams forming during the rainy season. The Toucan Trail on the other hand is tall rainforest that rarely or never floods. Both of these trails represent the most speciose habitats for birds. Too many possibilities to list, this is habitat for Starred Wood-Quail, Pale-winged Trumpeter, several Trogons, Foliage-gleaners, Black-tailed Leaftosser, many Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Flycatchers, Manakins, and much more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory flocks led by Dusky-throated Antshrike and Red-crowned Ant-Tanagers. They often contain 30-40 species (or more!) including Plain winged Antshrike, Bluish Slate Antshrike, White eyed Antwren, Plain breasted Antwren, Thrush-like Antpitta, White-winged Shrike Tanager, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper and Spix's Woodcreeper. The Ocelot trail also crosses some permanently flooded old ponds inhabited by Agami Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfishers, and Sunbittern.
In the afternoon we will enjoy the TRC gardens, possible species are Squirrel Cuckoo, Masked Crimson Tanager, Cinammon-throated Woodcreeper, Speckled Chachalaca, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, and eventual mixed species flocks.
Overnight at TRC.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10 Tambopata Research Center
Riparian Habitat. We will explore older river created habitats at the pond five minutes upstream from TRC – forests of Cecropia and Balsa Wood with a bamboo understory. This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Anthrush, we could also find Lemon-throated Barbet, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis Spinetail, Amazonian Antpitta, Blackish Antbird, Fuscous Flycatcher, Guira Tanager and Troupial. As we exit the pond's forests, we will bird on grassy areas with Tessaria and young Cecropia trees. These are not very diverse for birds but are the main habitat for Plain-crowned and Dark-breasted Spinetails, Mottlebacked Elaenia, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Black-billed Thrush, Orange-headed Tanager, and Seedeater species among others.
In the afternoon we will bird at the transitional forests above the clay lick. These were bamboo forests until they flowered and died out a few years ago. Now they are akin to riparian forests but will eventually grow into terra firme as they are not affected by yearly floods. Here we will spot White-throated Jacamar, Buff-throated Saltator, Grayish Saltator, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Crested and Russet-backed Oropendolas, Piratic Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Nunbird and others. While birding these spots we will have extraordinary views of the Tambopata winding its way from the highlands. Night Birding. After dinner, we will venture out near the lodge to spot-light Pauraque, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Great Potoo, Long tailed Potoo, Ocellated Poorwill and if we are lucky a Mottled Owl or Crested Owl. There is also the possibility of taking macro shoots of American Bullfrogs, Horned Frog, tree frogs and other creatures of the night.
Overnight at TRC.
Meals: B, L, D
Days 11 Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas
Transfer by private boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge. Secondary Forest. Since Refugio Amazonas is built on land which was once part of a timber concession and cattle ranch the forest on parts of our trail system are in secondary forests. This means the birds we will looking for are: Barred Antshrike, Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Streaked Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Solitary Black Cacique, Gray-fronted Dove, Ruddy Ground Dove and others.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Meals: B, Boxed-L, D
Days 12 Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
Early morning transfer to the Puerto Maldonado airport, then we will take a flight to Lima. In Lima we will leave you at the airport for your international connections.
Meals: B, L

Travel tips and recommendations

  • Weather: Most days in the Tambopata region will be warm and humid, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. Some rain should be expected, from brief showers to sometimes extended periods of heavy rain.
  • Time Zone: Peru is 5 hours behind GMT. Also, it is in the same time zone as US Eastern Standard Time Zone and does not observe daylight-savings time.
  • Immunizations: Having a Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Electricity: 220 volts in Lima. The lodges lack electricity but a generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles.

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