INOTAWA PROGRAMS - EXPEDITIONS

3: ARA COULONI - COLORADO CLAY LICK

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Activities: With one night at INOTAWA lodge, visit to the Lake Tres Chimbadas and nocturnal boat ride.
Includes: Lodging, Transport, All meals and bilingual guide.

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Day 1

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 Tambobata 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.

Arriving at Inotawa Lodge.

Once we arrive at INOTAWA 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.

 

Day 2

Colorado Clay Lick

During the last leg of our journey we will witness the change in the surroundings. The Tambopata now flows faster and fans out in various arms that create islands covered with flood forests, lined with broad pebble beaches. Perfect spots to observe Orinoco geese, cormorants, capybaras and caimans.

We will set up camp right opposite the clay lick. Here we will have lunch. After relaxing a little we will leave for a walk along the banks of the river and be back in time for dinner.

Our guide will explain to us what is a clay lick and brief us on the guidelines to follow on this site in order to not disturb the birds.


Day 3

By dawn we will cross the river by boat to get to the observation post where we will camouflage and follow the unfolding display of the birds that join together here in even bigger numbers than seen before. Colorado Clay Lick is a red mud cliff with veins of clay rich earth. The birds need the containing minerals to survive and therefore get together in massive numbers performing this incredible show rarely seen in the animal kingdom.

After returning to camp we will have breakfast and afterwards take the boat for about thirty minutes to get to a creek. Here we can swim and refresh ourselves while our camp is broken down.

The return journey to INOTAWA is five hours so we will be right in time for lunch.

After a small rest we will leave again for the Tres Chimbadas Lake.

Tres Chimbadas Lake

Its entrance is located fifteen minutes downriver from INOTAWA . 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.

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.


Day 4
RETURN

After an early breakfast we will return to the INOTAWA 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.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES: BICYCLES, RAFT.

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