INOTAWA PROGRAMS - RETREATS
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Activities: Traditional lunch, visit to Lake Tres Chimbadas, piraña fishing, La Torre clay lick, casting animal footprints, nocturnal boat ride and cayman spotting.
Includes: Lodging, Transport, All meals and bilingual guide .
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 and turtles.
Arrival 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.
Visit to a Family of the La Torre community
Families in the amazon tend to be big and the daily chores are done by everybody, kids and adults, men and women. All share the tasks of cooking, harvesting de- graining rice etc. The result is that you are always surrounded by kids playing and proud farmers showing the fruit of their labor, their music and their food.
First we will have breakfast at the lodge and afterwards visit the family. They will welcome us showing us their home and way of life centered on traditional agriculture. 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.
Everybody helps to prepare lunch using the fruit and vegetable harvested earlier at the farm. After lunch and some rest we return to INOTAWA. In the afternoon we will visit 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.
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.
The phenomenon last two to three hours during which 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 to do our part in reforestation.
As a family we will help the amazon by planting trees that are fast disappearing such as mahogany, cedar and ironwood for example. This activity helps awaking a sense of responsibility for nature in our kids while at the same time bringing them in closer contact with their environment.
Afterwards we will return to INOTAWA for lunch and a well deserved rest.
In the afternoon we will take a path that leads us to a mammal clay lick. Here we can enjoy ourselves capturing animal prints. Various animals such as peccaries, brocket deer and picuros come to the clay lick to feed on the mineral rich earth. We will look for their prints and pour liquefied wax on them. Once they harden we can take them with us as a fun and unique souvenir of our jungle adventure.
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.
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.