5 days

Remote Amazon

Remote Amazon

On the water in the Amazon

Visit a clay lick

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  • Leaving civilisation behind we venture deep into the Amazon Jungle by boat, travelling up the Tambopata to the Heath River on the Bolivian Border. Amid the dense jungle canopy we have the opportunity to spot all manner of monkeys leaping boisterously from branch to branch, hiding in the foliage beneath are tapir, capybara and jaguar. Giant blue morpho butterflies flutter by and bright green frogs sit on rocks at our feet. We visit the macaw clay lick, where from our floating blind we often see majestic macaws eating the clay, red and green, scarlet or sometimes yellow and blue macaws arrive along with many varieties of parrots with vibrant colours on their wings. From the Bolivian Jungle we cross back into Peru and walk through the jungle, looking for sloths and howler monkeys before taking to canoes. Paddling under the jungle canopy, the stunning surrounds of Sandoval Lake open up before of us. The late afternoon brings the lake to life with giant otters, spider monkeys and a unique and diverse array of birdlife.

    Why we love it

    • Leaving civilisation behind we venture deep into the Amazon Jungle by boat, travelling up the Tambopata to the Heath River on the Bolivian Border.
    • Amid the dense jungle canopy we have the opportunity to spot all manner of monkeys leaping boisterously from branch to branch, hiding in the foliage beneath are tapir, capybara and jaguar.
    • Giant blue morpho butterflies flutter by and bright green frogs sit on rocks at our feet.
    • Visit the macaw clay lick, where from your floating blind you often see majestic macaws eating the clay, red and green, scarlet or sometimes yellow and blue macaws arrive along with many varieties of parrots
    • From the Bolivian Jungle you cross back into Peru and walk through the jungle, looking for sloths and howler monkeys before taking to canoes.
    • Paddling under the jungle canopy, the stunning surrounds of Sandoval Lake open up before of you.
    • The late afternoon brings the lake to life with giant otters, spider monkeys and a unique and diverse array of birdlife.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Puerto Maldonado

    • Please ensure your flight arrives into Puerto Maldonado before midday.
    • Arriving into Puerto Maldonado airport you will be met by a transfer driver and taken to the local office. Here you will receive your duffle bags into which you will transfer your belongings for the next few days. From the Tambopata river port you will be transferred by boat down the mighty Madre de Dios River for around four hours and through Bolivian passport control to Heath River, which forms the remote border between Peru and Bolivia.
    • You will arrive at the remote lodge late afternoon. It is located deep in the world’s largest pristine rainforest.
    Heath River lodge or similar
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2-3 - Amazon Lodge

    • Over the next two days you will enjoy a host of jungle activities and have enough time to see plenty of wildlife while also having time to relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. You will take the short boat ride up the Heath River to the Macaw clay lick, one of the five largest in the world.
    • From the floating blind you will enjoy breakfast while you wait for the colourful macaws and parrots to arrive. These magnificent birds come down in the morning to feed on the clay which helps them detoxify some of the fruits and nuts that they eat. The blind provides a fantastic shelter to observe the macaws in their natural habitat, the photography opportunities are fantastic. You will also have the opportunity to visit the mammal clay lick where you'll have an excellent opportunity to see tapir.
    • In the afternoons, you will take walks through the jungle with your guide looking for tapir, capybara, frogs and jaguar, which are hiding in the undergrowth. You will also look for all manner of monkeys, including howler and squirrel monkeys that chant as they leap from tree to tree above you. There are also plenty of medicinal plants to discover and your guide will also takes you through the plants and trees used by the local Indians to build their homes, canoes and bow and arrows.
    • From the lodge you will hike through the rainforest to the Pampas del heath the largest remaining undisturbed savannah in the Amazon. As you emerge from the dense jungle the wide sweeping plains will open up before you – what a contrast, this really is a unique experience. Walking across the plains you will arrive at dusk to watch the beautiful blue and yellow or sometimes red and green macaws taking their nightly flight back from the jungle to their nesting trees in the savannah before returning to the lodge.
    Heath River lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Amazon lodge to Sandoval Lake

    • In the morning you will have another opportunity to spend time at the Macaw clay lick before we visit Ese'Eja native community of Sonene. This is a great opportunity to interact with the local indigenous people who, living in such a remote location, still have the same lifestyle and practice the same traditions and they have for hundreds of years. There is also an opportunity to purchase their local handicrafts.
    • Returning to the lodge to collect your things, you will then depart by boat leaving the Heath River behind you and once again cross the Bolivian border navigating back towards Puerto Maldonado.
    • The walk from the river into Sandoval Lake is half the adventure! The three kilometre walk will take you through the forest until you reach a small canal where you will board canoes. Mauritia palms soar 100 feet above the forest floor. Aboard the canoes you will paddle through the flooded forest which opens up on to stunning palm fringed Sandoval Lake.
    • Arriving at the lake late afternoon is the perfect time for wildlife viewing; you will take a leisurely paddle around the lake looking for spider monkeys, colourful bird life and the giant otters to which the oxbow lake is home. You will remain on the lake and watch the changing colours of the sun setting over the beautiful surrounds before enjoying dinner at Sandoval Lake lodge.
    • This evening you will have time to relax in the lodge, or you can choose to go on a night walk through the grounds looking for tarantulas and other creatures.
    Sandoval Lake Lodge
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Sandoval Lake Lodge to Puerto Maldonado

    • After breakfast on your final day in the jungle, you will have another opportunity to spend time on the lake with the playful giant otters and the wildlife before returning to Puerto Maldonado where your jungle adventure will come to an end.
    • If you are flying out of Puerto Maldonado today, please ensure your onward flight is not booked to depart prior to 1pm (13:00).
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Experienced English-speaking guides
    • Transfers inside tour program
    • Transport
    • Jungle activities
    • Meals 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
    • Authentic Accommodation- 4 nights in a Jungle lodge.

    Not Included

    • Airport departure tax
    • Visas where required
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PSRA
Group size 2 - 16
Start City: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru
End City: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru

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