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TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE BIRDING AND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

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The amazing biodiversity of southeastern Peruvian Amazonia offers great opportunities for wildlife photography. Tambopata National Reserve covers an area of 274,690 hectares (1,060.6 square miles) of lowland Amazonian rainforest, riverine forest, and oxbow lakes near the Malinowski, Tambopata, and Madre de Dios Rivers in southeastern Peru. The large area of biodiverse habitats protected in the reserve play host to well over 1,000 species of butterflies, more than 100 species of mammals, around 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants.
First, the group will stay at the wonderful Posada Amazonas for 2 nights, exploring terra firme forests and a owbox lake with Giant River Otters and Caimans. From the canopy tower you will have great chances to photograph a huge diversity of birds.
Then we will move to the delightful Tambopata Research Center lodge, where the bird diversity is just amazing. We will visit the canopy tower, the macaw clay lick (the largest macaw clay lick known in Peru), and oxbow lakes with chances to see anacondas, jaguars and tapirs.
On our way back to Puerto Maldonado we stay one night at Refugio Amazonas lodge, if we get lucky here, we could spot and photograph a Harpy Eagle.

 

 

 

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Tambopata National Reserve birding and photography tour
9 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

Arrive in Lima.
Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel.
Meals: None.

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DAY 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado

Early flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado. There we will be transferred to the Tambopata River port. At the river port we will take a boat 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 Ringed and Amazon Kingfisher, and many others. We will take a box-lunch before getting on the boat.
We will be arriving to the lodge by mid-afternoon.
If time permits, this afternoon we could visit to the canopy tower. Many of the trees in the Peruvian Amazon grow to heights of 30 plus meters (100 feet or more), allowing for good chances to photograph, at eye-level, birds of the tall canopy of the rainforest like colorful toucans, parrots, macaws, tanagers, jacamars, trogons, woodpeckers, monkeys, and other rainforest wildlife.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Posada Amazonas Lodge

In the early morning we will visit the canopy tower again, we plan to spend there the whole morning photographing birds and other wildlife.
After lunch we plan to visit the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. The lake is thirty minutes by boat from Posada Amazonas. Once there we will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of Giant River Otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, Hoatzin, Horned Screamers, Scarlet and red-and-Green Macaws, and more.
Then we depart on a fifteen minutes’ boat drive to the bamboo patches around Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will try to photograph bamboo specialists like 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 many others.
Night walk. Once the sun sets in the Peruvian Amazon, the rainforest takes on a very different character and offer great opportunities for macro photography. It’s the best time to find beautiful tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4: Posada Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center lodge (TRC)

Today we will go by 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 what we had seen and photographed so far. 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 Curassow, 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. Also, Tapirs, Jaguars and Ocelots could be seen on the river banks.
We will take a box-lunch on the boat. We will be arriving to the lodge by late afternoon.
Overnight at TRC Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5, 6, 7: Tambopata Research Center

During these three days we will explore different kind of habitats.
The Macaw clay lick is the largest of the country where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. We can expect to see and photograph 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. Jaguars and Ocelots can come to the clay lick hunting for large birds.
Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. We will explore the quintessential rainforest on the five-mile Ocelot Trail and the five-mile Toucan Trail systems. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds (anacondas and jaguars are possible in this kind of habitat) 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 Pale-winged Trumpeter, several species of 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.
Riparian Habitat. We will explore older river created habitats at the pond five minutes upstream from TRC (anacondas also possible here!) – 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, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Black-billed Thrush, Orange-headed Tanager, and Seedeater species among others.
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 should have chances to photograph 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 river winding its way from the highlands.
Night walks. We will venture out near the lodge trying to spot-light for photographs Common 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 lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 8: Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas

Early morning transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge, where we will be arriving at around noon.
In the afternoon we will be birding at a relaxed pace around the lodge. Since Refugio Amazonas is built on land which was once part of a timber concession and cattle ranch the forest on parts of the trail system are in secondary forests. This means the birds we will be 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: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9: Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Morning transfer to the Puerto Maldonado, before heading to the airport we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
We will leave you at the Lima airport for your international connections.

Meals: B, L.

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PRICES INCLUDE:
  • Lodging as described above.
  • Transportation: Private boat for all tours inside the reserve (you will have a shared bus to get in and out of the river port in Puerto Maldonado, and a shared boat to get in and out of each lodge).
  • English speaking bird guide, and local guides.
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses.
PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • 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 personal nature.
If you want us to include the internal flights within Peru just let us know.
All itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (eg weather).
Some hotels and lodges might change depending on their room’s availability.
PRICES
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 3,045.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 610.oo
ABOUT THE TRIP
Duration: 9 Days
Fixed Departure:
Every first Wednesday of each month, from August to November 2019
Bookings close 90 days prior to departure
Group Size: 4 to 6 pax

Private departures under request, ask for a quotation

Do you have any question?
TRAVEL TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Weather: The lowland rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid. In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 78F and 93F (24C and 31C) The average nighttime low is between 66F and 78 F (20C and 24C). Cold Fronts – May through September Cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the nighttime lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle. Rainy Months – November through April Be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.
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. Malaria is present but extremely rare. If you wish to take medical precautions against malaria. consult your physician or a specialist in tropical medicine.
Electricity: 220 volts in all cities. All lodges do have electricity three times per day: from 6hrs to 8hrs - from 12hrs to 14hrs - from 17hrs to 22hrs (Referential time)
Physical effort: People should be in good physical condition to do hikes in the humid Amazonian forest for up to 4 hours. Also, people should be able to climb step stairs, and step in and out of boats and canoes with any problem