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HIGHLIGHTS 

Short description of the Amazon jungle Trip

Tambopata Rainforest . (Macaw Clay Lick ) once enough parakeets have built up in the trees of the area, and they are sure that they have scouted the area well for potential predators, such as ocelots, raptors and snakes, they start to work their way through the vegetation. There is a lot of nervous activity, with all the birds waiting for one brave individual to land on the clay surface first. Once this has happened, within minutes hundreds of birds descend onto the clay surface, turning it from red-brown to green,

Amazon Jungle trip Mammals : Amazon Jungle Trips :Comparisons with mammalian geophagy to date, no study has attempted to map mammalian geophagy at a landscape level in South America. Most studies focus on a few species at a small number of sites However, the literature suggests the patterns of mammalian of the Amazon Jungle Trips may mirror those of avian geophagy with some simple differences. In general, mammalian geophagy is apparently more common and more widespread in Amazon Jungle Trips because mammals are less restricted as to the types of sites they can use so (parrots use mostly river banks sites while mammals use river banks along with areas in the forest) of the Amazon Jungle Trips.

Mammals which remove more soil than birds may also be more capable of excavating new sites and maintaining old sites free of vegetation. Mammals (including tapir Tapirs terrestrial, collared peccary Tayassu tajacu, red brocket deer Mazama americana, red howler monkey Alouatta seniculus, brown agouti Dasyprocta variegate, southern Amazonian red squirrel Sciurus spadiceus and capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) have been observed Feeding at several parrot clay licks in southeastern Peru In addition, recent reports on bat geophagy are in the area where parrot of the Amazon Jungle Trips is observed most, suggesting that characteristics of the soil appear to be attractive to both mammals and birds.

A review of primate Amazon Jungle Trips in South America highlights it’s occurrence in the Amazon Jungle Trips, with relatively few reports from the Brazilian Atlantic forest Spider monkey Ateles spp. in Ecuador and Peru came to the ground more often to eat soil, rotten wood or territorial compared to four sites in Central America where sodium is higher and we would predict geophagy to be lower.  The geophagy at ant heaps has been observed in the coastal species such as masked-titi monkeys Callicebus personatus and red-handed howler monkeys Alouatta belzebul.  Sodium was not considered the Cause of geophagy, although in neither of these reports could geophagy considered to be regular. Moustached tamarin Saguinus mystax from Peru (Heymann and Hartmann 1991) and red howler monkey Alouatta seniculus from Colombia (Izawa 1993) have also been recorded eating soil in the western Amazon. Sodium is the most common reason cited for geophagy worldwide, so future studies could test the hypotheses proposed here for birds,using regular geophagy by mammals.

Attempts to distinguish between causes of ‘‘regular geophagy’’ and ‘‘incidental geophagy’’ may be enlightening. The distribution of parrot claylicks across South America has important community and conservation implications for parrot populations. The western Amazon has until now been little impacted by anthropogenic change but now faces increasing infrastructure development with associated conservation implications, including colonisation, deforestation and forest fragmentation. Sites in southeast Peru recording up to 20 parrot species are an anomaly in the trend of decreasing parrot species richness across South America from the northeast to southwest .

If the presence of geophagy sites aid the persistence of marginalized species in this region remains to be seen, but the impact of increased disturbance on parrot activity at riverside Amazon Jungle Trips sites needs to be investigated. The distribution of parrot clay licks across South America lends strength to the theory that the need for sodium results in one of the western Amazon Jungle Trips ’s most interesting ornithological phenomena, yet much still needs to be understood on the factors, both human and ecological, that influence the parrot of the Amazon Jungles across South America.

 OVERVIEW

  • Length: 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location:Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve
  • Activities: Tambopata Rainforest Tours , La Torre Clay-Lick, Tres Chimbadas Lake, daily and night walking, piranha fishing, camping
  • Altitude: 183 – 250 m.a.s.l.
  • Best time to visit: March – October
  • Departure: Every day
  • Minimum of participants:2
  • Maximum of participants: 10
  • Price per person: USD

ITINERARY OF THE  AMAZON JUNGLE TRIP

 

Quick Itinerary of the Amazon Jungle trip

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Amazon Jungle trip

Day 2: Amazon Jungle trip  – Macaw´s Clay-Lick of La Torre

Day 3: –Amazon Jungle trip  to Tambopata Tres Chimbadas Lake

Day 4: Amazon Jungle trip Back to Puerto Maldonado

ITINERARY OF THE  AMAZON JUNGLE TRIP 4 DAYS 3 NIGHT

DAY 1: PUERTO MALDONADO – AMAZON JUNGLE TRIP

We pick you up from the airport/coach terminal of Puerto Maldonado to take you first to our office where you can leave your things unnecessary for the trip, but you should certainly take a backpack for your personal belongings and more. There, you have also the last opportunity to buy some necessities such as batteries, waterproofs, etc.

Then, you get on our private vehicle to take you for an hour ride following a dirt road watching changeable nature along the way such as diverse forest types, traditional farms cultivating bananas and citruses, cattle farms, streams, etc. Then, we get to the Native Community of Infierno where the port of Puerto Nuevo is situated. We board our motorboat there to navigate for about 2 hours in the Tambopata River in order to get to the Inotawa Lodge.

During the ride, we are provided lunch consisting of vegetable rice wrapped in a bijao leaf (a leaf traditionally used in regional cuisine) along with fruits, biscuits and bottled water while we admire the flora along the river banks, for example, cañabravales, cecropias, ficus, as well as fauna such as birds. We may see weaving birds with their nests high up in the trees, herons, macaws, parrots or Toucans.  If we are lucky, we might spot mammals such as capybaras and tapirs or white caimans and turtles resting on the banks. Once in the Inotawa Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Tambopata River, in the beginning of the Tambopata National Reserve, we accommodate ourselves while our Tour Guide informs us about the best ways on how to enjoy our stay.

In the afternoon, our Tour Guide takes us on a walk to explore the fauna and flora near the lodge. So we can watch some birds, for instance, trogons, quails, guans (wild turkeys – Penelopinae) as well as trees and vines such as Shihuahuacos, Almendrillos, Ceibas. Then we are served dinner in the lodge.

Optional: A night walk in a company of our Tour Guide who shows us some nocturnal animals, for example, nocturnal monkeys, frogs, spiders or insect.

DAY 2: AMAZON JUNGLE TRIP –  MACAW´S CLAY-LICK

We wake up at 5 am to eat breakfast and sail by boat to a nearby clay-lick called Collpa La Torre (collpa means clay-lick). Upon arrival, we find a good viewpoint (about 30 metres far away from the clay-lick) providing us a perfect spot to observe macaws, parrots, parakeets and maybe deer, capybaras, squirrels as well.

The Collpa La Torre is similar to other clay-licks along the Tambopata River and it consists of a 4 meter high and 20 meter long embankment. Its clay contains minerals necessary for digestions of the above mentioned animals. This entire spectacle lasts until 9 am (approximately).

Afterwards, we observe neighbouring nature where we can spot tapirs, lowland pacas (Cuniculus paca), peccaries and other mammals. For lunch we return to the lodge to later head out for fishing in the Tambopata River. Dinner is served in the lodge.

Optional: A night caiman observation in the river.

DAY 3: AMAZON JUNGLE TRIP TO TAMBOPATA TRES CHIMBADAS LAKE

We board a rowing boat after breakfast sailing downstream for 15 minutes to later continue hiking for 40 minutes until we reach the typical oxbow lake of Amazon – Tres Chimbas Lake. Upon arrival, the Tour Guide shows us the best way on how to appreciate the lake and its typical inhabitants – a family of giant river otters, an endangered species. Except of them, we can also admire a variety of birds, for example, hoatzin, anhinga (or darter), herons, kingfishers as well as some reptiles and mammals.

Then, we are given a chance to try to fish the famous and dangerous piranha! In the afternoon, we explore around a bamboo forest (Guadua weberbaweri) near the lake as well as the native community of Infierno. In this special bamboo biosphere, we can see its typical inhabitants such as the rare Peruvian Recurvebill (Syndactyla ucayalae) or White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes), which are both threatened due to their natural habitat loss, the Manu Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, the Rufous-headed Woodpecker, the White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus albifacies), which is an endemic specie to humid bamboo thickets, the Flammulated Bamboo Tyrant (Hemitriccus flammulatus), or migratory birds – the Eastern Wood Pewee and the Yellow- green Vireo.

We get back to the lodge at dusk accompanied by our Tour Guide. So we have an opportunity to enjoy some night jungle noises, a possible storm as well as to see some of the northern constellations such as the Scorpion or the Southern Cross. We take a spotlight with us just in case, as we go across a territory of caimans waiting for their prey. Dinner and overnight in the lodge.

DAY 4: AMAZON JUNGLE TRIP  BACK TO PUERTO MALDONADO

We board a motorboat early after breakfast to take us back to Puerto Maldonado navigating upstream the Tampopata River. There, we transfer you first to our office to collect your belongings and then either to the airport or the coach terminal to take your connection.

End of service!

IMPORTANT!!

Included in the Amazon Jungle trip

  • You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • A professional Cook,
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a lodge;
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots.

Not included in the Amazon Jungle trip

  • Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (65 Soles);
  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips to local staff.

What to take with you to the Amazon Jungle trip

  • 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),
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
  • 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,
  • Antibacterial gel,
  • Sunscreen,
  • 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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