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TOUR: IN SEARCH OF TAMBOPATA CANDAMO

Puerto Maldonado - Tres Chimbadas Lake - Amazonas Lodge -
Visit to the Parrots and Macaws Clay-lick (Collpa)
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Tour Summary
The Tambopata Reserved Zone, a bustling, booming tropical frontier town known as the most biologically diverse environment on earth, is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism.

Research over the last two decades has shown that this area has the greatest diversity of wildlife discovered in the world so far. It has more species of birds in the world (595 spp.), birdwatchers have counted up to 100 different species in a day; butterflies (over 1200 spp.) and many other animal groups that any other location of its size on earth. This exceptional diversity is due to its privileged location at the meeting point of lowland Amazon forest with three other ecosystems: Andean foothills, Dry forests and Pampas Savannah. At least seven major forest types can be distinguished at the Tampobata-Candamo Reserved Zone.

Because of its unique features, this area was set aside in 1977 as a Reserved Zone by the Peruvian Government prohibiting any hunting and timber cutting. In 1990 the 1,478,943 hectare Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone was created which encompasses the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park created in 1996.

This programme is our recommended introduction to the Rainforest based in Posada Amazonas - but still an introduction. You will have time to visit a canopy tower, a parrot clay lick at prime time, an oxbow lake and an ethno botanical centre; additionally, you will hike a rain forest trail with a member of the Infierno Community.
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Duration: 4 days / 3 nights (optional additional nights) In search of Tambopata Candamo, Puerto Maldonado Tours, Peru Tours
Price: From US$ 498
Starting point: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios
Ending point: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios
Tour Type: Birdwatching, ecological, wildlife viewing, hiking, entomology

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Arrival in Puerto Maldonado and journey to Amazonas Lodge
Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, reception and transfer to the Tambopata River port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief survey of the town we will depart on a 1 hour ride via Infierno road, followed by 30 minutes boat journey by motorised canoe to Posada Amazonas Depending on the arrival time of the plane we will have a boxed lunch aboard the boats or have lunch upon arrival at Posada Amazonas.

During our journey we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. When we arrive at Posada Amazonas we will unpack and unwind. Posada Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 24 room lodge owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Local Community of Infierno. We will receive a short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge and the Ecotourism Project before our afternoon activity: the canopy tower. In this activity, we will visit a 35 meter scaffolding tower that is a 15 minutes walk from the lodge.

The scaffolding tower is built so that you safely climb using the internal staircase with verandas on each side, and rest in platforms present every 2 meters. From the top you not only get spectacular views of the River and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy including Parrots, Toucans and Macaws. A video about the Forest of Tambopata will be displayed after dinner.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner

DAY 02: Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake and Amazonas Lodge
We will be up at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. After an early breakfast we depart, fifteen minutes from Posada Amazonas by boat and a 30 minute walk take us to the lake shore. From here we take a long, easy canoe ride around it. We will look for Giant River Otters, Turtles, Hoatzin, and wading birds. The Giant River Otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine.

Then we will return to the Lodge for lunch before embarking on our afternoon outing. In the afternoon we will visit the community's ethno-botanical centre. From this little shop, the community has been registering the uses of medicinal plants from elders and planting, producing and distributing them for over ten years. We will hike the trails around the centre with one of the residents who will explain to us the everyday uses of forest resources in medicine, construction, food and fibre. We will return to Posada Amazonas for dinner and overnight. After enjoying our popular happy hour and refurbishing your spirits with ours, you will be up for an optional night walk to look for amphibians and insects.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 03: Visit to the Parrots and Macaws Clay-lick (Collpa)
After an early breakfast you will visit a clay lick. This clay lick is also a ten minute walk from the Lodge, but next to the River. Amazingly, the variety of parrots that visit this clay lick is considerably different than the one inside the forest that you will visit later in the day. Some of the large Macaws like the Red and Green macaw; and larger parrots, like Mealy and Yellow Crowned Amazons visit this lick, as well as the smaller parrots and parakeets.From the blind we have constructed next to this lick, even the amateur photographer can take good pictures of these wonderful birds.

You will also have a great opportunity to spot other spectacular wildlife, active at this time of the day, like Scarlet or Blue and Gold Macaws and a great deal of other birds. When the activity dies out you will visit a small parakeet clay lick that is a 45 minute walk away. Dozens and sometimes hundreds of Blue Headed Parrots, Orange-Cheeked Parrots, Cobalt-winged Parakeets, and sometimes even the rare Rock Parakeet congregate here on clear days to ingest clay. This congregation creates a riotous and colourful wildlife spectacle where the greens, oranges, reds and blues of the parrots dance around the bank as each individual parrot competes for their choice beakful of clay. At times, this spectacle lasts for hours.

After lunch, you will have a walk through a trail on primary forest with a community member and our naturalist guide who will explain general aspects of Rainforest ecology and natural history, each with their own contrasting viewpoint. Return to Posada Amazonas Lodge where you will be able to reminisce on the happenings of the past three days enjoying our happy hour's Amazonian concoctions.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

DAY 04: Return to Puerto Maldonado
After an early breakfast, you will depart by boat back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, in time for your flight back to Lima or Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Tour Inclusions

Your stay at the Lodge is all inclusive from your arrival in Puerto Maldonado until your departure:

INCLUDED:
  • 3 Nights accommodations at the Lodge, based on double occupancy
  • All scheduled land and river transportation
  • All applicable taxes
  • All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights or expenses incurred by flight delays or cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights
  • Items of personal nature


Useful Information

ABOUT THE LODGE
Posada Amazonas is located on the banks of the Tambopata River in the grounds of the Community, adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. It is owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Ese'eja Native Community of Tambopata. Posada Amazonas is built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and architecture and modern day eco-lodge technology. The lodge itself consists of a complex of four sections: rooms, dining area and kitchen, relaxation area and internal support facilities. The entire roof of the lodge is constructed using high quality crisneja palm fronds, whereas the floors are of tropical mahogany. The rooms' complex is built of four 9 X 24 meter structures with six rooms per facility, for a total of 24 double bedrooms. The rooms are 7 x 4 meters so they can comfortably hold three beds, although they are set up for two. The walls dividing each room are built using cane and clay, and extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters height making each room private. The combination of clay and cane achieves two important objectives: regulating heat and providing a charming final appearance. However, sounds can be heard from room to room. The side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind, acting as a large window facing the forest. The reason we have been able to incorporate this "luxurious" design into our lodge is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the Rainforest. A second small window on the opposite side, set up very high, keeps the rooms well ventilated. Beds are sized for Americans or Europeans (1.05m X 2.05m) with mosquito nets. Each room has a private bathroom with cold water only. Rooms and bathrooms are separated by drapes. The dining room and lounge is spacey and offers ample area for resting and socializing.

WEATHER
The lowland Rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October, which also happens to be the major season for international travel. The general weather conditions are warm and humid. In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 82° and 93° F (25° and 31°C) and the average night time low is between 62° and 73° F (16° and 22°C). Nevertheless between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into South-western Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the night time lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle. During the rainy months of November through April, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 2000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.

WHAT TO BRING
We recommend that each visitor limits gear to:
- Good binoculars.
- Camera gear.
- Tight-weave, light weight, light coloured, long cotton pants.
- Long sleeved, tight-weave, light coloured cotton shirts.
- Undergarments.
- Absorbent socks.
- Ankle-high hiking boots.
- Sneakers.
- A powerful flashlight with batteries.
- A small toilet kit.
- A water bottle.
- Sun block lotion.
- Sunglasses.
- A secure, broad-brimmed hat.
- 100% waterproof, head-to-ankle rain suit.
- Insect repellent.
- Yellow fever inoculation certificate.
- Small denomination bills.
- Small daypack.

LUGGAGE
Lugagge is hand-carried from the boats to your rooms. We strongly recommend you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15 kilograms (32 POUNDS ) a piece.

If you are visiting other destinations in Peru that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day of the itinerary, so we won't be carrying them around with no use. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.

YELLOW FEVER INOCULATION REQUERIMENTS
Yellow fever inoculation is required (mandatory) for travel to Tambopata. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before arrival in the jungle. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Puerto Maldonado that you are vaccinated.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

COMMUNICATION
Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Centre are in daily radio contact with their offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima, using HF radios at four stations. From Lima and Puerto Maldonado they are able to communicate by fax or phone with the rest of the world. In some cases, cellular phones will have a signal when standing on top of the canopy tower at Posada Amazonas.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile y Caracas 13:00
Río de Janeiro 14:00
Nueva York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


PASSPORT, MONEY AND AIR TICKETS
You may need your passport upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado in the event authorities want to spot check tourist entries, as the local airport is officially an International airport. Upon arrival, a representative will collect your domestic air tickets to confirm your return flights. At the end of the trip, he/she will collect cash from you to pay for the airport tax.

MEALS
All meals are provided during the trip. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, dessert, and coffee or tea. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. Also, unlimited amounts of boiled, cooled drinking water are provided at all times. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, individual arrangements will be arranged, but please notify us early. Upon request we can furnish a complete description of our menus.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.
Amazonas Lodge has electric light from 6 AM till 10 AM, and from 12 Noon till 1 PM and at night from 5 Pm to 10:30 PM. At night the outside areas are lit up with kerosene lamps.

ALTITUDE
Puerto Maldonado: 183 m.a.s.l.
Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone: 200 m.a.s.l.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

AIRPORT

Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

MEDICAL INFORMATION
It is vital that persons with medical problems or special diet requirements make them known to us before their departure to Peru.

TRAVEL BY BOAT
Puerto Maldonado Tours, Natural Expedition to Tambopata - Candamo, Peru ToursThe boats are 20 foot canoes with foldable couched seats and a roof. They are powered by 65 hp outboard motors which allow for a travel time of two hours from Puerto Maldonado to Posada Amazonas. Passengers are protected by the sun and rain by the roof but we suggest keeping your rain gear and sun block handy in case the sun's rays or rain drops come in slanted. The boats are provided with life vests in every seat that must be used by the passenger during the ride.

EMERGENCIES
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have a stun gun, extractors and anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we are three and a half hours from Puerto Maldonado and medical attention.

Restaurant During your Trip
All the meals are provided at the lodge or a campsite in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone.

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IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 
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