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AMAZON BIRDING AND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR, PERU

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The Amazon Birding and Photography tour explores, in 9 days, the incredible biodiversity of South-Eastern Peruvian Amazonia. The tour focuses on birds, landscapes, and occasionally mammals and big reptiles.

Our Amazon Birding and Photography tour goes to the Tambopata National Reserve. The protected area expands over 1,000 square miles of Amazonian rainforest, oxbow lakes, and flooded forest. Moreover, this large area of different habitats protected in the reserve is home to more than 100 species of mammals, some 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and other plants.

We stay at the beautiful Posada Amazonas Lodge for 2 nights. Here, we will explore the different habitats around the lodge, looking for Giant River Otters, caimans, and the rare Dwarf Caiman. We also climb to the top of the canopy tower, an excellent place to photograph birds like macaws, raptors, toucans, woodpeckers, and others. Several trails around the lodge worth the hike for manakins, trogons, trumpeteers, and other wildlife photography opportunities.

Likewise, the Amazon Birding and Photography tour goes to the incredibly biodiverse Tambopata Research Center lodge. Certainly, a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers in Peruvian amazonia. We will have fabulous views of the forest from the canopy tower. Also, we visit a large the macaw clay lick, and an oxbow lake looking for tapirs, anacondas, and jaguars.

While returning to the city of Puerto Maldonado we stay one night at Refugio Amazonas lodge. Here, we might see and photograph a Harpy Eagle.

The Amazon Birding and Photography tour is an excellent opportunity to photograph the superb natural life of the Amazon.

Birding and conservation: Cheqa Peru SRL, owner of Green Tours, will donate 50 US$ of its benefits per participant to “Asociación Green Tours” to support local conservation initiatives. If additionally, you wish to give a more generous donation, please send an email to wilson.diaz@greentours.com.pe

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Amazon Birding and Photography Tour, Peru
9 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Lima

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

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DAY 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado

Morning 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. During the boat trip we will have the chance to see birds like Pied Lapwing, Amazonian Oropendola, Collared Plover, Southern Lapwing, Ringed Kingfisher, and more. We will take a box-lunch before getting on the boat.
We will be arriving to the lodge by mid-afternoon.
Afternoon hike along one of the several trails around the lodge looking for, Spix’s Guan, Amazonian Motmot, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Rufous Motmot, Band-tailed Manakin, and more.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Posada Amazonas Lodge

Before breakfast we will visit to the canopy tower. Many of the trees in the Peruvian Amazon grow to heights of 30 plus meters (100 feet or more). It’s a challenge to see birds that frequent the tall canopy of the rainforest but only if you look for them from the ground. Watch for them from a canopy tower and you can get close, eye-level looks at colorful macaws, tanagers, trogons, and other rainforest wildlife.
Then we will 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 Black Caiman, Hoatzin, Horned Screamers, Scarlet and Red-and-Green Macaws, and more.
Then we depart on a short hike in a bamboo patch near Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will be looking for bamboo specialists like Peruvian Recurvebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, White-cheeked Tody-tyrant, Ornate Antwren, Red-billed Scythebill, and many others.
After lunch we can spend the afternoon birding the trails around the lodge.
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 boat trip we could find Capped Heron, Large-billed Tern, Razor-billed Curassow, the classic Horned Screamer. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted flying above us. Also, Ocelots, jaguars and Tapirs 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 forest 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 ten to twelve species of parrots and macaws. Among them we could find Red-and-green, Blue-and-yellow and Scarlet Macaws, Mealy Parrot, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Tui Parakeet, and Dusky-billed Parrotlets. Ocelots can come to the clay lick hunting for big birds.
Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. We explore two trails in this type of habitat: the Ocelot Trail and the Toucan Trail. The Ocelot Trail is in the floodplain with ponds, anacondas and jaguars are possible in this kind of habitat. The vegetation in the Toucan Trail is tall rainforest that rarely or never floods. Both of these trails represent the most speciose habitats for birds. Too many possibilities to list, but several species of Trogons, Foliage-gleaners, Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Manakins, and much more. are possible. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory. The Ocelot trail also sweeps some flooded old ponds populated by Rufescent Tiger-Heron and Agami Heron.
Riparian Habitat. We will explore a pond five minutes upstream from TRC (anacondas also possible here!). This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Antthrush, we could also find Blackish Antbird, Lemon-throated Barbet, Amazonian Antpitta, Cabanis Spinetail, and Fuscous Flycatcher. As we exit the pond's forests, we will bird on grassy areas with young Cecropia trees. These are not very diverse for birds but are the main habitat for Plain-crowned and Dark-breasted Spinetails, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, and several Seedeater species.
Night walks. We will venture out near the lodge trying to find Great Potoo, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Long tailed Potoo, or Crested Owl.
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, part of the trail system is on secondary forests. This means we will msot likely find birds like Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, Barred Antshrike, Grey-fronted Dove, Solitary Cacique, 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 Puerto Maldonado, before heading to the airport we will have a typical farewell lunch in the native community of Infierno.
Afternoon flight to Lima for your international connections.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

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PRICES INCLUDE:
  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might changed depending on room's availabilty).
  • 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.
  • Entrance fees to reserves.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses.
PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • International or domestic flights, reconfirmation of flights, visa fees, airport taxes, excess luggage charges, additional nights during the trip due reasons beyond our control, bottled water, alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, phone calls or messages, any kind insurance, 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.

See our Bookings Terms and Conditions
PRICES
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 3,245.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 665.oo
ABOUT THE TRIP
Duration: 9 Days
Fixed Departure:
November 8th, 2022
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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: Generally, weather is warm and humid. The average temperatures during day-time are between 78°F and 93°F (24°C and 31°C) During night-time, lower temperatures are between 66°F and 78°F (20°C and 24°C). From May through September cold fronts could drop day-time temperatures down to 50° F (9° C), and night-time temperatures low around 43° F (5° C). The rainy season goes from November through April. During this time there usually are heavy rains that can last for hours or even days.
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