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Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days .

Amazon Wild Peru. A spectacular place very colorful birds fly around the colpa (clay wall) before starting the feast the “colpeo” (eating or licking), this clay that is located on walls that is located on the edge of the Tambopata river This serves as a nutritional supplement.


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Mammals such as large and small animals are concentrated in this clay lick to eat the clay such as tapirs, capybaras, howler monkeys, caupuchin, titi and spider monkeys. These clay walls were formed over millions of years as birds and animals were discovered in these places that daily consume this found this supplement of mineral salts .


Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days

  • Length:  3Days/2 Nights
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve,
  • Activities: Macaw  clay-lick, piranhas fishing, amazon travel, tambopata .
  • Altitude: 400 – 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • Best time to visit: All Year
  • Departure: Every day
  • Minimum of participants: 2
  • Maximum of participants: 10
  • Price per person:  USD

Travel map of Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata

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Quick Itinerary of  Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata

Tambopata Candamo Reserve Center –   Lodge Inn .

  • Transfer by bus from Airport / Bus Station to our Office .
  •  A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Travel by 4X4,  2 hours
  • Travel by  boat 30 minutes up river Tambopata
  • 1Lunch ,1 Dinner .
  •  Hike inside the reserve tambopata
  • Water,
  • Rubber boots.
  • 1 Night in our lodge Tambopata Inn / comfortable with shower and bathroom Mosquitos nets.

Tambopata Reserve Center  Macaw Caly Lick  Chuncho .

  • 1 Breakfast ,1 Lunch , 1Dinner.
  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • 5:00 a.m. we will get up to go and see the Macaw Clay Lick .
  • After breakfast exploring    the tambopata Reserve Flora  and fauna  .
  • Rubber boots.
  • Water .
  • 1 Night With a comfortable Lodge with  shower and bathroom.
  • Nights Walk in the jungle.

Tambopata Mcaw Clay Lick Return to Puerto Maldonado .

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • 1Breakfast .
  • Departure from our Lodge in the Morning .
  • Boat Back from the River Tambopata to Puerto maldonado.
  • Transfer by bus from our Office to  Airport / Bus Station.
  • End of service  .


Itinerary Tour

Amazon Travel – Tambopata Macaw Clay Tambopata 3 days


  Amazon Travel – Puerto Maldonado and Tambopata Lodge Inn .

We ll Pick you up from the terrestrial terminal or airport and then transfer to our office located in the square of arms of the city of Puerto Maldonado from there we will thicken our trip approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes in our 4×4 mobility, by land until reaching the port of Rio Tambo pata where our boat out of bounds awaits us to travel upstream of the tambo. In the afternoon we will arrive at our hostel, “COLLPAS TAMBOPATA INN”. During the trip we will have opportunities to see different species such as capybaras, birds, turtles and alligators. After lunch we will hike inside the reserve where we will see huge trees and lianas Medicinal plants, and Capuchin monkeys, Squirrel then we will return to our hostel for dinner. After dinner we will do the nocturnal activity in our boat where we will observe spotted Cayman and in search the Black and White Cayman and the option to see other species such as capybaras, ocelot and jaguar that are always on the banks of the Tambo pata river.
Accommodation in our hostel with availability of mosquito nets shower and bath.


Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho and Hiking  and Piraña Fishing .

We will wake up around 5:00am, we will get a hot drinks to get some energy and we will take our boat up the Tambopata for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Crossing the check point. We will have all the sunrise just for us in the boat, and we will have really good chances to spot shore birds, capybaras, White caimans, and why not to mention … A jaguar or an anaconda, I like to say it, we have a 20 %of probabilities to see one of these guys by the river bank.

Getting to our destination, we will get a show at the clay lick, parrots and macaws Green, red, blue and yellow birds all around us, flying and making loud noises, it will be spectacular this behavior of this birds. We will explain you the reason why every day the whole year around this birds go to the Cliff to eat clay. We will spend from 6:30 am to 11:00 am approx. Our breakfast will be in front of the clay lick activity.

At the end of this activity, in our way down river to the lodge we will make a short stop in the check point to learn more about the small museum that there is here, after this we will continue toward our lodge to get an unforgettable swimming in the stream or may be in the Tambopata River.

We will get our lunch and then we can take our boat for 30 minutes down the river to go for a fishing afternoon at the Gato stream, there are always hungry piranhas waiting for some meat that would be our bate, the stream is a really good place to swim too after we catch some piranhas, it is an unforgettable experience. We will have a short walk to explain you a Little bit about the local farm.

We will go back to our lodge and then at night before dinner or after dinner we will have a short night walk, the sounds at night, the insects, spider, tarantulas, frogs and maybe snakes will make this night hike something difficult to forget.


3:Amazon  Travel Return to Puerto Maldonado .

We will wake up with the sounds of the birds and probably howler monkeys, will get our breakfast and then we will go for a walk, we will cross by the mammal clay lick and then continue looking for some more wildlife and during this walk we will talk about the medicinal plants, the quinine “good for the malaria”, the cats claw, the dragons blood, and the AYAHUASCA are only a few plants that we will find during our last walk in the jungle before our way back to Puerto Maldonado.

After lunch we will have time to repack and take our backpacks back to the river first and then the car 2 hours back to Puerto Maldonado.



Included tour



Included in this Trips to  Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days:

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in lodges;
  • First aid kit.
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots

Not Includes for Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days:

  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • Breakfast on the first day and  Lunch  on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Entrance fees to the Tambopata Reserve ;
  • Tips to local staff.

What you need   Bring  to  Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3 days:

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
  • Original passport,
  • Small backpack,
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
  • Long cotton trousers,
  • Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
  • Comfortable walking shoes,
  • Sandals or light shoes,
  • Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
  • Swimsuits;
  • Binoculars (we also rent it),
  • Camera and its charger,
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
  • A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
  • Toiletries,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
  • A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.




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45 km / 28 miles south of Puerto Maldonado (2 hours by motorboat).  There is also an alternative route: 25 km / 16 miles by land (by 4×4 vehicle) to the community of Infierno and then a river crossing to the reserve (2 hours by 55 HP motor boat) Located between the basins of the Tambopata and Heath Rivers, the reserve covers an area of 274.690 hectares and is found in both the Madre de Dios and Puno departments. The wealth of its biodiversity is immeasurable, and scientist have already registered 632 bird species, 1200 butterfly species, 169 mammal species, 205 fish species, 103 amphibian species, and 67 reptile species. The vegetation is typical of tropical regions. To enter the reserve, prior authorization from INRENA is required.

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Amazon Travel – Macaw Tambopata 3days: As major seed predators, macaws and other parrots are engaged in an “evolutionary race” with plant species, which have developed a protection mechanism where their seeds contain chemical defences – toxins that are either distasteful or harmful to birds that eat them. Macaws engage in geophagy (eating soil) as a way to counter these toxins. Geophagy occurs at clay licks – special deposits of clay found along riverbanks – where macaws and parrots gather in large numbers to consume clay, which is high in sodium. The Tambopata National Reserve is a nationally protected area of tropical lowland forest in the Peruvian Amazon.The Reserve was created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo Rivers, and surrounding rainforest. The world’s largest clay lick, Colpa Colorado, is found here among the many clay licks of the Tambopata River. Almost 5,000 people inhabit the Reserve, making a living from slash and burn agriculture, small-scale gold mining, timber extraction, hunting and fishing, all of which threaten the forest and its biodiversity. A network of organisations and communities exist within the Reserve, with the aim of preserving biodiversity by improving awareness of the value of leaving the forest standing.


The adult scarlet macaw, measured from head to tail, is 85 cm long and weighs 1200 g. Additionally the lengths of its
wing and long pointed tail are 41 cm and 53 cm respectively (Renton, 2000). The males have slightly longer tails and larger bills than the females. As depicted in  its hooked upper mandible is white and lower black. The scarlet macaw’s face is white and lacks feather lines. It has a mostly scarlet plumage, yellow median upper coverts and blue flight feathers on its wings. The outer feathers of the tail are tipped blue (Hilty and Meyer de Schauensee, 2003). Two toes of the scarlet macaw are positioned forwards and the other two backwards, hence it has zygodactylous feet in chuncho lodge peru nature .


The very conspicuous scarlet macaws can be found throughout Central and South America inhabiting humid forests peru nature , especially along waterways, savannahs and open woodlands (Inigo- Elias, 2010). The canopies of these forests provide nesting cavities, water and diverse crops of wild nuts, fruits and flowers. They have also been observed eating large quantities of clay at river banks and cliffs (Henderson et al. 2010, Attenborough 1998) around  chuncho lodge peru naturte.


According to Renton (2000) scarlet macaws in peru nature  are found in bonded pairs or small family groups comprising both parents and one or two fledged young. But they can form flocks of 20-30 individuals during feeding. Dominance hierarchy is characteristic of scarlet macaw flocks. The higher- ranking scarlet macaw will exert behaviours such as beak gape, peck threat, wing flapping, rushing and flight approach whereas the submissive will crouch, fluff their feathers, lift a foot or completely avoid assertive flock members (Tynes, 2010). The older very aggressive breeding males are at the top of the hierarchy. They are followed by the adult females which have formed pairs with these males. These females are only dominant when the males are within two feet of them, in the absence of the males they are placed below all males and females. Sexually immature females form their own small social groups. They move, feed and socialize together. These inter-individual bonds are the weakest among the females as they are less likely to defend each other.Contrastingly the four or five year old male macaws become more aggressive and interested in challenging their strengths and ‘proving’ themselves. They form strong relationships with other male macaws of the same age, strength, and social standing chuncho lodge macaw .


chuncho lodge Scarlet macaws forage as part of their feeding ecology.

Flying at a speed of 35miles per hour they can travel tens of kilometers a day in search of food (Lowman and Rinker, 2004). Immediately after sunrise they begin foraging. During the dry season they eat mostly the fruits of the silk cotton tree . pentandra and wild cashew tree Anacardium excelsium.In the wet season the breadnut tree . alicastrum and the Royal palm . rostrata are heavily fed upon (Vaughan et. al., 2006). They feed with red-and-green Ara chloropterus and blue-and-yellow Ara ararauna macaws chuncho lodge . Flocks of macaws clay lick chuncho  feedin silence possibly to avoid giving away potential food sources to competitors (Elphick and Couzens, 2003). Nameth and Vaughan (2003) observed two adults with their two juveniles simultaneously feeding on two different tree species; the adults were eating from a Royal palm whereas the juveniles were eating from a nearby Jobo Spandias mombin. The Royal palm 30-35m in height, had large bunches of mature palm nuts that hung inverted and had to be removed by the scarlet macaws in mid-air. In the same flight these nuts were quickly carried to a nearby tree and then partially eaten before deliberately dropping them. They scratch a thin line using the sharp pointed end of their beaks and then shear the seed open. They stand on one foot and use the other foot to manipulate the seed or fruit The Jobo tree 20m tall, provided many perches and nuts surrounded by visible yellow fruits for the juveniles. The juveniles stayed on the same tree but walked, from one point to another on the branches, in an uncoordinated manner and often appeared to lose their balance and drop their fruits. All four macaws vocalized throughout feeding. Soft single syllable calls were produced by the juveniles while adults shrieked loudly in tambopata  chuncho lodge .


After eating they fly off to rivers with cliffs of clay. They gnaw at the clay and consume large quantities.

It is believed that the clay absorbs toxins from some of the seeds that only scarlet macaws are capable of eating (Attenborough, 1998). Scarlet macaws can be found at clay licks from 9-1pm, with peak feeding during the hours of 10-11am. The scarlet macaws on the treetops carefully choose a section of the clay lick chuncho lodge before proceeding to feed, as their vocalizations increase the macaws chuncho lodge begin to climb down the vines, using their feet and beak, toward the lick chuncho lodge . Once one bird lands on a section, others quickly follow and they remain in that section .At the clay lick they are very noisy making loud contact or flight calls when a predator is nearby. The clay lick chuncho lodge area also facilitates socializing where pairs spend more time preening (using its beak to straighten and clean the feathers) each other (Burger and Gochfeld, 2003).


Vocal communication: consists of vocalizations to relay specific messages (Tynes, 2010). The flight call is characterized by a loud harsh ‘RAAAAH’ (Hilty and Meyer de Schauensee, 2003). Contact calls are low, travel for long distances and produced to locate flock members. They have low call frequency possibly because they are brightly coloured and may rely on vision to locate flock members, but their bright colouration may also make it easier for predators to locate them and a low call frequency pays off for easy detection (Breedveld 2007; Tynes 2010). Alarm calls when a predator is nearby, other calls let flock members know food has been located, and are used to specify social relationships within the species and identify potential mates (Tynes, 2010). Visual communication: displays can have several different meanings and in order to correctly identify the reason behind any display, one must look at the factors surrounding the display. Blushing of the bare facial patch or head feathers raised can signify excitement, aggression or arousal. If the head feathers are held tightly flat against the head this may mean the macaw is frightened, stressed or unsure. Stomping up and down on tall legs or raising their wings  are used to intimidate a competitor or predator by making them appear bigger or used in courtship display (Tynes, 2010).


The breeding season lasts from late November to the end of May (Inigo-Elias 2010). They select holes in trees as their nest sites and can modify the size by chewing with their beaks. Scarlet macaws greatly defend nest sites (Renton, 2000). They are monogamous and maintain pair bonds throughout their lives. The male fluffs his feathers out, spreads his feet apart and then slowly walks from side to side while bobbing his head up and down and extends his left wing out. To conclude the dance he stops and lengthens his tail to the left while his feathers slowly lie flat against his body. They also show a rush of colour in their facial skin, and ‘eye-blazing’ (where the iris is yellow/orange
and the pupil remains black). Compatible pairs click their beaks and do a lot of preening of each other’s back, beneath the wings and around the vent. When they mate, the male and female backs face each other they move their tails out of the way, and rub cloacas together until the male ejaculates (Luescher, 2006). The females seek food from the males; wings fluttered and back, crouched, head tipped up. And through feeding a hormonal cascade is triggered that ends in the laying and incubation (28-34 days) of 1-3 round white eggs by the females (Renton, 2000).


The eggs do not hatch concurrently and so there is an older fledgling with one or two younger fledglings. All are born blind, weak and helpless. Both parents visit the nests four to seven times a day and spend about 20% of their time preening or feeding by regurgitation the fledglings. The fledglings spend about 70-80% alone and resting. They only interact with parents. After fledging young scarlet macaws fly within a 1km radius of the nest. Weaker fledglings spend about seven days within a 250m radius of the nest. Gradually they begin dispersing further away from the nest until they begin making daily flights between nocturnal roosts and feeding places. Before they begin foraging independently, manipulation behaviour is greatly practiced by playing with small sticks and leaves, most likely to develop muscle coordination needed to handle food, and they become more social. During weeks five and six siblings begin interacting with each other. By week eight the siblings begin to pursue each other while climbing on trees, fight using their feet and beaks and beat each other with their wings by hanging upside down and flapping. When they begin feeding on their own, parents lead them to Red manjack Cordia coloccoca trees that have small fleshy fruits which young macaws will find easy to manipulate and eat. Parents feed on this fruit until the fledglings begin doing the same after which they move to nearby Royal palm trees. Although palm nuts cannot be easily harvested and eaten by fledglings they follow the adults and clumsily attempt to open and eat the palm nuts. By following the adults they learn localities and periodic patterns of food resources at a landscape level (Myers and Vaughan, 2003).


Snakes, monkeys, jaguars and other large mammals are predators of the scarlet macaw. If the scarlet macaw is in the
nest while being threatened it will cautiously monitor the situation until the danger is no longer apparent. However if the nest is directly threatened the macaws will either draw back into the cavity, make an alarm call or fly away quietly one by one in tambopata chuncho lodge .









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