INOTAWA PROGRAMS- RURAL TOURISM
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Activities: Visit to Lake Valencia, Guided hikes, Boat rides, Piraña fishing, Caiman spotting, nightly boat ride.
Includes: Transport (Puerto Maldonado/ Lake Valencia/ Puerto Maldonado), Lodging in camping area with tent, All meals, Typical fruit juices, Guides in English or Spanish, Campfire
Lake Valencia is situated three and a half hours away from the city of Puerto Maldonado in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon region right next to the border with Bolivia.
With eighteen kilometers length it is the biggest lake in the province of Madre de Dios. It is a privileged tropical eco- system with magnificent scenery and a huge diversity of flora and fauna. The richness of its waters contains a large variety of aquatic birds such as Jacanas, Hoatzins, Egrets, and Herons as well as mammals like the rare Giant River Otter. The numerous species of fish serve as food for the local community.
In Puerto Maldonado we embark on the mighty Madre de Dios river in order to enter the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. During the three and a half hour journey we 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 while others might fly over, toucans or even the magnificent macaws. Occasionally we can also spot mammals such as capybaras or monkeys or reptilians like spectacled caimans and turtles.
On the left margin of the Madre de Dios lies the, half- hidden, small waterway that will take us to the lake and eventually our camp. We will penetrate the jungle for about thirty minutes on this so called Caño covered by trees.
Once arrived at the camp our guide will give us a few recommendations in order fo us to fully enjoy our stay. Afterwards we will set up camp.
In the afternoon we leave the camp accompanied by our guide for a small hike to get to know the flora and fauna that surrounds us.
We have breakfast early and then depart on a hike along the border of the lake. Along the way we stop to observe different species of birds like the kingfisher, hoatzin, osprey and others. Caimans and turtles are also common. At some point we will also try our luck in fishing pirañas.
We will be back at the camp for lunch and afterwards relax a little. Later we will visit the brazil nut groves on the opposite side of the lake.At night we have dinner and afterwards head out once again to visit a neighboring local fisherman. He will be cleaning the days catch which in turn attracts caimans that feed on the leftovers. This makes it very easy for us to observe and study them in detail.
At seven we have breakfast. Afterwards we will break down the camp and return to Puerto Maldonado.
What you should bring to Lake Valencia