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Pie Experiences - Local Tour Operator / Tambopata National Reserve | 4 Day jungle experience

Tambopata National Reserve | 4 Day jungle experience

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This 4 day tour takes you into Tambopata National Reserve and into your short Amazonian adventure. Nights are spent in a lush jungle lodge, meals are provided by a peruvian chef. When you’re not lazing around in hammocks, then it’s river explorations, jungle walks and many a search for a 2.5 m fish, Capuchin monkeys,caimans and giant otters! This 4 day trip even offers the visit of the La Torre clay lick. La Torre Clay Lick is a mud bank about four meters high and twenty meters wide crisscrossed with veins of mineral rich clay essential to the diet of the macaws and parrots.

 

Highlights :

Enjoy the real jungle from an eco lodge very committed to the conservation of the environment.

Learn about the great diversity of flora and fauna that only the Peruvian Amazon can offer you.

Visit native communities that live in the jungle and learn about their customs.

 

Itinerary Overview: Tambopata National Reserve

Click through to “Tour Plan” to see the full itinerary  & inclusions

Day One: Puerto Maldonado – Inotawa Lodge

In the airport, your guide will lead you to the tour office located in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where you will register for your adventure at Tambopata National Reserve. The opportunity for last-minute shopping will be given in case you have forgotten trip necessities, like batteries or sunglasses.

You will follow the road to Puerto Nuevo―our port in the Infierno Community―for about one hour, crossing sites such as woodlands, banana plantations and cattle ranches.

When in Puerto Nuevo, you will embark on a 1.5 hour boat ride up the Tambopata river. During the trip, you will eat a lunch consisting of a vegetarian Arroz Chaufa, wrapped in a bijao heliconia leaf. 

Now, you will zip through a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja National Park, a place where your eyes will gush over vegetation banks containing patches of cane, Cecropias and Ficus. Wildlife also bustles: from soaring birds like oropendolas, to mammals like monkeys, the Tambopata National Reserve is residence to many unique creatures.

As you arrive at the lodge, the manager will receive you and go over jungle/lodge protocol to ensure a safe and satisfying stay. 

In the afternoon, you will trek in the jungle to observe the flora and fauna; trees like Ironwood, and birdlife such as quail are but snippets of amazing life pulsating in the forest.   

After dinner, your guide will provide a briefing of what to expect during your stay, and the various activities held at Tambopata National Reserve.

 

Day  Two: La Torre Clay Lick – Tres Chimbadas

Rise early, as you’ll canoe 15 minutes upriver to observe the feasting activities of macaws, parrots and the occasional mammal. On this journey, the La Torre Clay Lick―a mudbank crisscrossed with veins of mineral rich clay―will leave you awestruck.

A hideout rests 30 meters ahead, keeping the canoe hidden while simultaneously allowing an unobstructed view of the clay lick.

 Tres Chimbadas Lake

The Tres Chimbadas Lake entrance is located 15 minutes downriver from the lodge. You will walk into the jungle for 45 minutes, passing an ecotourism concession held by the Infierno community. 

Once at the lake, you will board a traditional catamaran, equipped with a single oar for maneuvering; here you can see birds like herons and kingfishers, while also chancing to cross giant river otters.  

 Farm

Traditional agriculture is still practiced within the Tambopata National Reserve. Therefore, visiting farming pioneers like Don Aurelio is vital to understanding tropical agriculture. This visit exposes you to Amazonian fruits such as Copazú, Yucca and Pineapple. Medicinal plants used by locals, such as piñón, caña caña and piri piri will also be introduced. 

Later in the evening, there will be a nocturnal trail walk.

 

Day  Three: La Torre Lakes

La Torre Lakes

(Lakes Montes, Pato, Lagarto and Solitaria clay lick)

Traditionally, the La Torre community has used resources from the Tambopata National Reserve for self-sustaining purposes: here they find supplies for huts, make handicrafts from special material and use medicinal plants to cure sickness. For the past few years, the community has generated income from this area in hopes of maintaining environmental wellness. 

The boat takes you upriver for 15 minutes, picking up your guide from AMTUSET―an association that promotes ecotourism, founded by the La Torre community. Next, get ready to experience the full charm of Tambopata National Reserve:

First, disembark at the La Torre Park Rangers Post, continuing on foot for 4-5 hours. You will cross a creek leading into the jungle, eventually arriving at Lake Montes, Pato and Lagarto. 

The mammal clay lick deep inside the rainforest, named Solitaria, will be your final destination. Wildlife like brocket deer and peccaries often frequent this spot since it’s one of the last southernmost clay licks in the jungle.

Nocturnal boat ride

In the evening, you’ll face the mysterious sounds of the Amazon via a nocturnal boat ride: this is a great chance to spot caimans, bats or capybaras with the aid of a powerful searchlight. Or, better yet, you can marvel at the constellations twinkling up above―are you able to name any? 

Day  Four: RETURN

After breakfast, you will return to the lodge office in Puerto Maldonado, making your way to the airport, where your guide will assist you with the check-in process for your flight back to Cusco or Lima.

 

 

 

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Day One: Puerto Maldonado - Inotawa Lodge

  Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to our office located approximately 5 minutes from the airport in the city of Puerto Maldonado. Here we will register and make some last minute shopping for things we might have forgot such as batteries or raingear. Afterwards we will take an unpaved road to Puerto Nuevo, our port in the Infierno Community, for about one hour. On our journey we can see various types of woodland, traditional banana and citrus plantations, cattle ranches and small creeks. Once in Puerto Nuevo we will embark on our one and a half hour boat trip up the mighty Tambopata. During the boat ride we will also have lunch consisting of delicious vegetarian Arroz Chaufa wrapped in the leaf of the bijao heliconia. There will also be fruit, crackers and a bottle of water. We will enter the Buffer zone of the Tamnopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja Sonene National Park. During your journey you can appreciate the banks vegetation consisting mainly of patches of canes, Cecropias and Ficus. We might also see wildlife such as river birds like the oropendulas and their hanging nesting colonies, egrets, herons and others might fly over such as toucans or the magnificent macaws- Occasionally we can spot mammals like capybaras or monkeys or reptilians such as spectacled caimans and turtles. Once we arrive at the lodge, the manager will receive us and your guide will tell about the dos and don’ts in the jungle in order for you to enjoy your stay to the maximum. He will also lead you around the installations and show you your room. In the afternoon we head out into the jungle for a small walk in order to observe the flora such as immense Ironwood or Kapok trees and birds such as Trogons, quails and wild turkeys. Once night falls we can also find spiders such as tarantulas and other nocturnal creatures. After dinner your guide will give you a small speech about what to expect and explain the various activities during your stay.  
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Day Two

La Torre Clay Lick We leave the lodge very early on the morning to go fifteen minutes upriver in order to observe the activity of the macaws, parrots, parakeets and the occasional mammal feeding on the earth. La Torre Clay Lick is a mud bank about four meters high and twenty meters wide crisscrossed with veins of mineral rich clay essential to the diet of these animals. On site we have a hideout at a distance of thirty meters which keeps us hidden while at the same time allowing us an unobstructed view of the display in front of us. During the phenomenon  we need to stick to the rules and guidelines set by our guide the previous evening. Returning to the lodge we will have breakfast and after a short rest head for Tres Chimbadas Lake.   Tres Chimbadas Lake Its entrance is located fifteen minutes downriver from the lodge . We then walk about 45 minutes to the lake located deep in the jungle. We will pass an eco-tourism concession held by the native people of the Infierno community. They guard and maintain the area thanks also to the income generated by entry fees from tourists. At the lake itself we will board a traditional catamaran with a single oar in order to move around on the lake following the route indicated by our guide. We can see luscious vegetation and birds such as Snakebirds, herons, kingfishers etc. We might also find reptiles and mammals, above all the illusive giant river otter. The lake happens to be the territory of a clan that can frequently be spotted. It’s also possible to practice catch and release fishing and maybe catch a piraña. Once back at the lodge lunch is served and after some rest we leave for an excursion to a local farm.   Farm In the area traditional agriculture is practiced. We will visit Don Aurelio and his family. This is a great opportunity to see harvest and try various exotic fruits from the amazon such as Copazú, Arazá, Pijuayo, Yucca, and Pineapple. There are also various herbs such as pallilo and false cilantro as well as a range of medicinal plants such as piñón, caña caña and piri piri that are traditionally and widely used by the local people.The farms also create open spaces for papaya and banana plantations. This is the preferred habitat for birds such as silver beaked tanagers, oreoles, oropendulas, toucanets and various woodpeckers. Nocturnal trail walk.
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Day Three

La Torre Lakes Lakes Montes, Pato, Lagarto and Solitaria clay lick This program is organized in cooperation with the La Torre community. It’s them that have traditionally used this area in to provide for themselves in a sustainable manner. Here they find materials for building their huts, implements for handicrafts and medicinal plants used to cure diseases. In the last few years they also started to use the area to generate a sustainable income whilst maintaining the environment with the help of eco-tourism. We take the boat for about fifteen minutes upriver. Along the way we pick up our guide from AMTUSET, the association founded by the community members for eco- tourism. They know the trails around the lakes and mammal clay licks best. The geographical characteristics with elevations, lakes and mammal clay licks plus the location deep inside the Tambopata National Reserve are the main reasons for the sites exceptional biodiversity. We disembark at the La Torre Park rangers post and continue by foot. We cross a small creek and continue into the jungle to eventually get to the lakes Montes, Pato and Lagarto. The trek will take us between four and five hours. Every step it turns more interesting as our local guide tells us about the surrounding plants and their practical and medicinal uses and preparation. We will also get to a mammal clay lick deep inside the rainforest called Solitaria clay lick. It’s the last of a number of clay licks coming from the south and we can frequently spot peccaries, brocket deer and sometimes even tapirs. Back at the lodge we will have lunch and after a well-deserved rest we will visit the medicinal trail. Nocturnal boat ride At night we head out in the boat to enjoy ourselves and the sounds of the Amazonian night, we might see a thunderstorm spilling out on the horizon or marvel at constellations like the Southern Cross or Scorpion. We are also carrying a powerful searchlight in case we come across some nocturnal animals such as caimans, bats, nightjars or capybaras on the banks and meanders of the Tambopata River. Afterwards dinner will be served
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Day Four

RETURN After breakfast we will return to the lodge’s office in Puerto Maldonado and then on to the airport. Your guide will accompany you until the airport and help you with the check-in process for your flight back to Cusco or Lima.    

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