INOTAWA PROGRAMS - EXPEDITIONS

2: ARA ARARAUNA - CHUNCHO CLAY LICK

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Activities: Visit to Chuncho clay lick, nocturnal hike, visit to La Torre clay lick, visit to Lake Tres Chimbadas, farm and piraña fishing, caiman spotting 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

The Chuncho clay lick is located deep within the Tambopata National Reserve at about 4 hours upriver from INOTAWA.

We will leave right after breakfast and first pass the La Torre Ranger post and later on its equivalent at the Mouth of the Malinowski river. Both times we will get out quickly in order to register. We also have the possibility to use the bathrooms or visit the interpretation center.

During the last leg of our journey we will lunch in the boat and 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.
Once at the clay lick we directly head out for a small walk in the surroundings while our camp is set up. During this walk we can find imprints from mammals such as peccaries, tapirs and picuros on their way to the clay licks. And their predators like the jaguar are never far behind.

We will dine and our guide will explain the following day’s activity at the Chuncho clay lick.


Day 3

At dawn we will walk about 20 minutes to get to a hideout that enables us to have an unblocked view of the   spectacle of the feeding birds which might last anywhere from one to three hours.

Chuncho Clay Lick

The Chuncho clay lick is an approximately ten meter high mud bank on a side arm of the Tambopata River where various species of parrots, macaws and parakeets congregate in a magical display. The most renowned visitor is the magnificent scarlet macaw.

These birds have to reunite every morning to feed on the clay before flying out to look for fruits and seeds in the jungle. This show lasts between one and three hours and follows a specific order. First arrive the small species like parakeets and parrotlets later on appear the parrots to be followed eventually by the significantly bigger macaws bringing this exceptional explosion of color and sound to a worthy ending.

Back at our camp we will have breakfast and afterwards depart back downriver to INOTAWA for about three hours.

e will lunch in INOTAWA and after a small rest head 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

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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