NOTE: This tour leaves from Puerto Maldonado. The flight to Puerto Maldonado is not included in the cost of the tour listed below. You must purchase a flight to Puerto Maldonado either from Cusco or Lima. If you would like us to book the flight, please let us know and we will give you a total new price which includes the flight.
Tahuamanu Reserve is found in the Madre de Dios department, near the border of Brazil. To reach it tourist have to fly from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. From Puerto Maldonado we drive three hours to a town called Iberia. Once in Iberia we start our trip by boat. Along the river we get see a variety of animals including caimans, turtles, monkeys and birds. Tahuamanu River is a superior place for jungle expeditions and fishing for Amazon cat fish.
Along the river there are also some Oxbow lakes were we can search for caiman and fish for Piranhas. The expedition includes one night in a local lodge and the rest of the nights will be in camp sites on the river banks.
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One distinctive habitat nearby Tahuamanu River is the shebonal forest, which is high in clay content, creating clay licks, locally known as collpa. These areas are specially used by macaws and other rainforest species as a healthy diet supplement that helps them remove toxins from their digestive tracks. Macaws usually obtain these noxious chemical substances from unripe fruits they ingest.
Scarlet macaws, red and green macaws can be commonly seen licking the clay along Tahuamanu River.
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We will pick you up from the airport in Puerto Maldonado in the morning, from here we drive two hours and a half by a paved road until Iberia, from there we will sail up river for a couple of hours in our motorized boat (16HP) late in the afternoon we will camp along Tahuamanu river.
Very early in the morning before having our breakfast, using a totally camouflaged hidden place we will observe a Macaw Clay Lick. This is a clay wall on the riverside, where different species of Parrots and Macaws come down each morning to extract necessary minerals for their balanced diet. “The Parakeets”, “Amazon Parrot”, “The Blue headed Parrot” gives an unforgettable pallet of colored wild life and as a perfect finish to this picture is the arrival of the fabulous “Macaws”. Impressed by nature we will continue sailing up river and exploring the magnificent beauty of the jungle, along the river you will see a plethora of wildlife including big caimans, eagles, turtles, capybaras, spider monkeys, and red howler monkeys.
Today we will continue sailing up river enjoying the pristine splendor of this area in the jungle. In the afternoon we will visit one of our big Oxbow lakes were we have the chance to see 6 meter long caimans and maybe some anacondas. Late in the afternoon we will visit a mammal clay lick (a kind of soil reach in minerals) where we have chances so see deers, tapirs, guans and a lot of wild pigs.Then we will return to the camp along the riverside in the evening.
This day we will visit again the Anaconda Oxbow Lake and explore it, after that we will get into the jungle to explore. We will have the possibility to see various types of wildlife such as deer, spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, tucans, macaws and wild pigs. In the afternoon we will go back to the camp. At the evening there will be an opportunity to sail along the river looking for caimans.
This day we will sail down river to Iberia town, in the way we still have more possibilities to see animals and birds. Late in the afternoon we will arrive in Iberia. Here we will stay the night in a lodge.
This day we have to leave Iberia at 5am to drive back to Puerto Maldonado, after two hours in a half we will reach the airport from here our services end.