This extraordinary tour will enable you to explore the fascinating Tambopata National Reserve. The 4-day Tambopata Chuncho program includes a visit to Lake Condenado, to view its diverse flora and fauna. Another highlight of this trip is the visit to Collpa Chuncho, where parrots and macaws gather in huge numbers to feed. This program runs from April 1 to October 31.
We will meet you at Puerto Maldonado airport and escort you as you board the motorized canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River, which meanders through the teeming vegetation of these virgin forests. You will be served a box lunch onboard as you enjoy the fine scenery. Upon arrival at our Eco Lodge you will be introduced to the rest of the staff. In the afternoon we will take a walk in the forest surrounding the lodge, where it is possible to see saddle-back tamarins, agoutis, toucans, brown capuchin monkeys and many other species. Because 50% of rainforest animals are nocturnal, in the evening you will be invited to accompany your guide on a walk to spot some of the forest’s animals and insects.
Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner
Many delights await us today, beginning with our visit to Lake Condenado. After breakfast we will board our motorized canoe and head for the lake, where it is possible to spot beautiful birds such as rufescent tiger-herons, wattled jacanas and great egrets. Remember to bring along your binoculars if you are interested in bird watching. Back at the Eco Lodge, we will enjoy an excellent lunch before boarding our motorized canoe once more for the two-hour river journey to the El Chuncho macaw and parrot clay lick. We will have dinner at our campsite near the clay lick, before taking a walk along the banks of the Tambopata River in search of caimans, capybaras, tapirs and other fauna.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will start our day at dawn in order to get to the clay lick before the macaws and parrots arrive in search of the salts and minerals essential to their diet. Mixed species flocks of parrots and macaws will form in a marvelous spectacle of bold colors and riotous sound. After witnessing this drama, we will return to the Eco Lodge for lunch. In the evening we will board our canoe again and take to the river in search of caimans and other nocturnal species.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a very early breakfast, we will board our motorized canoe for the return trip to Puerto Maldonado, enjoying sunrise over the river along the way. At this time of day it is possible to spot monkeys and birds from the boat. You will be escorted by our staff until your departure from Puerto Maldonado airport.
Note: You can choose to spend more time at the clay lick, or extend your stay at the Tambopata Eco Lodge.
Things to bring on the trip
Many travelers are concerned that there may be a risk of malaria when they visit Tambopata National Reserve, and ask how they can prevent infection. The risk of this disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes is present in Peru in Tambopata, Iquitos and Manu National Park. However, cases of malaria are rare in these zones. Nevertheless, we recommend that you take anti-malarial drugs.
You should consult your physician before departure regarding the appropriate drugs. Remember that you will need to take anti-malarial drugs (chemoprophylaxis) several days before departure. Also remember that anti-malarial drugs available in Peru may not necessarily match the manufacturing criteria for medicines produced in Europe and the United States.
According to recognized centers for disease control and prevention, the recommended drugs for malaria prophylaxis are doxycycline, mefloquine and atovaquone-proguanil.
Malaria is contracted from mosquito bites, and you can therefore take other preventive measures, such as using insect repellent on exposed areas of the skin and wearing long-sleeved clothing and long pants.
For more information visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/malaria
Yellow fever virus (YFV)
This is a serious viral infection transmitted via mosquito bites. Risk areas in Peru include Tambopata and the regions of Loreto, San Martin, Ucayali and Amazonas.
Risk of contagion can be reduced by avoiding mosquito bites, but you should make sure you receive an effective vaccine. If you have received a yellow fever vaccination before departure, don’t forget to bring your certificate with you when you visit Tambopata.
Vaccinations are not mandatory for entering Peru, but they are highly recommended.
For more information visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/yellow-fever
Please remember that the risk of contracting malaria or yellow fever in Tambopata is low, but nevertheless the appropriate precautions should be taken.