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Tambopata Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick – Tour Puerto Maldonado Peru

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Tour Details

The Tambopata National Reserve is located in southeastern Peru, near the border with Bolivia and Brazil. It lies in the region of Madre de Dios and spans the provinces of Tambopata and Inambari. The reserve covers 1,060.6 square miles (274,690 hectares) and is under the direct authority of SERNANP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas)

The Tambopata Clay Lick is one of the most famous natural attractions of the reserve. You can see many species of parrots at this place, including blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna), red-fronted macaws, military macaws (Ara militaris) and blue-headed parrots (Pionus menstruus).


The Tambopata National Reserve is also one of the best places to see monkeys. The most common species is the Squirrel Monkey. They eat fruit, which they gather by leaping from tree to tree or by hanging upside down from branches with their tails.

During the tour, you’ll also spot a great variety of wildlife such as boas, snakes, black caimans, giant otters, and more.

Departure & Return Location

Puerto Maldonado Airport / Bus Terminal

Departure Time

07:00 am

Price Includes

  • Professional guide
  • Pick up from the bus terminal or airport
  • Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve
  • Motorized boat
  • All meals (breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
  • 3 nights at a lodge
  • Mineral water
  • Rubber boots
  • First-aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Drinks bought at the bar
  • Any private expenses

Reccomended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirt and long pants
  • Hat
  • Extra socks

Day 1Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata River Jungle Walking

You’ll be greeted at the airport or bus station and transferred to our downtown office for registration.

Then, we’ll take our transport to the lodge, followed by a boat trip up the Tambopata River to reach the lodge. 


Your local guide will brief you on the hotel policies and you’ll have time for a nap and lunch before embarking on a two-hour jungle walk with an expert guide.

You’ll have the chance to see a variety of medicinal plants, trees, and wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, and macaws. 


In the evening, we’ll take a boat ride to search for nocturnal animals like caimans, owls, and nightjars.

On a clear night, you can witness the stunning view of the Milky Way and its shooting stars.

Dinner will follow after our return.

Day 2Chuncho Macaw Clay lick - Spoting Caiman & Piranha Fishing

Start your day with a refreshing cup of coffee or tea before embarking on an unforgettable journey to the Macaw and Parrot Clay Lick at dawn.

Take a boat ride along the Tambopata River for over 45 minutes, keeping an eye out for exotic wildlife such as jaguars or anacondas.

Once you arrive at the Chuncho Parrot and Macaw Clay Lick, set up your spotting scope to witness the breathtaking spectacle of colorful birds for over two hours.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the riverbank while taking in the stunning views. 

A group of four macaws pass time while standing on top of a tree's branch

After breakfast, return to the boat and venture into the small rivers and tributaries of the Tambopata River in search of more wildlife, including capybaras, tapirs, wild pigs, monkeys, caimans, turtles, and felines. Take in the beautiful landscapes along the way.

In the afternoon, return to the city via the same route, and then head to Yacumama Lake, a stunning body of water with exuberant scenery and the most impressive sunsets in the region.


This lake is home to many macaws, parrots, and parakeets, and you may even spot black caimans, herons, cormorants, wild ducks, swallows, and piranhas.

Take a small rowing boat to the point where you can fish for piranhas, and then release them back into their ecosystem.

End your day with a peaceful rest at your lodge.

Day 3Amazon Lodge - Sandoval Lake / Spotting Wild Life

After breakfast, you will embark on a 15-minute boat ride towards Lake Sandoval, located within the Tambopata National Reserve.

The lake is renowned for its exceptional biodiversity, and during the walk along the wooden path of almost 3.5km, you’ll be amazed by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the area.

At the end of the path, you’ll board a rowboat to explore the lake, where you can spot black caimans, giant otters, herons, turtles, monkeys, macaws, and wild ducks. 


In the afternoon, you’ll visit a native family belonging to the “Matsigenka” culture, where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with them and learn about their customs and traditions.

You’ll learn how to use bows and arrows, spin and weave cotton, and create ropes using tree bark. Additionally, you’ll witness their remarkable ability to make fire using only their hands.

As the day comes to a close, you’ll head out into the jungle with flashlights to explore the nocturnal wildlife.

This is one of the best opportunities to spot a variety of animals, including porcupines, arachnids, sloths, insects, reptiles, opossums, night monkeys, owls, and more.

After a thrilling nighttime adventure, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 4 Amazon Lodge - Canopy Walk - Puerto Maldonado

After a delicious breakfast and a short rest, you’ll embark on a boat ride and walk along a path discussing the towering giant trees, including one that’s over 700 years old.

During the walk, you’ll observe the diverse fauna that inhabits the canopy level of the forest, such as toucans, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, monkeys, lizards, and orchids.


Later in the morning, you’ll return to the city to retrieve any left-behind luggage before heading to the airport or bus station, depending on your travel plans.




Our Lodging service's beds prepared accordingly.



Q: What is the weather like in Tambopata National Reserve?
A: Bring a raincoat or poncho for potential rain showers, as the rainforest climate can be unpredictable. It’s also a good idea to pack bathing clothes for a refreshing stream bath. For exploring the trails, rubber boots are available in various sizes.
Q: What should I bring for my Tambopata National Reserve tour?
A: Bring flashlights with extra batteries, binoculars, insect repellent with at least 30% DEET, and a water bottle for the first day.
Q: What should I wear for my Tambopata National Reserve tour?
A: For forest walks, wear light, loose-fitting clothing such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as well as waterproof shoes or rubber boots. In the hostel, you can change into shorts and sandals. It’s a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater for early morning jungle walks.
Q: Are vaccinations required before visiting Tambopata National Reserve?
While no vaccinations are mandatory in Peru, it’s recommended to get vaccinated against typhoid, hepatitis, and polio before traveling. Consult your doctor or local clinic for more information.
Q: Do you have any concerns about health or allergies?
A: Yes, please let us know if you have any allergies or illnesses so we can provide the best possible service and accommodate your needs.
Q:Where can I store my luggage during my Tambopata National Reserve tour?
A: We offer a luggage guard service, so you can carry only what you need during your stay and leave your luggage with us. We’ll take care of your belongings and bring only the essentials for your jungle adventure.

Tambopata Adventure Tour Video

The Tambopata National Reserve Awaits

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4 Reviews
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Isabella F

Solo Traveller

As a family, our Tambopata Clay Lick tour with Peru Amazon Trips was an absolute delight! The service provided was outstanding, and the entire experience felt so natural and family-friendly.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team was wonderful with kids and adults alike, ensuring that everyone had a fantastic time. Watching the colorful macaws and parrots at the clay lick was a magical experience that left us in awe.

Exploring the Tambopata rainforest together as a family was a bonding experience like no other. We were thrilled to see the diverse wildlife and learn about the delicate ecosystem.

If you’re looking for an authentic and enriching rainforest adventure for your family, Peru Amazon Trips is the perfect choice. Highly recommended for a memorable and nature-filled journey with your loved ones!

May 18, 2023

Eleanor K

Solo Traveller

My Tambopata Clay Lick tour with Peru Amazon Trips was a dream come true! The service was exceptional, and the experience felt so natural and immersive. Witnessing the spectacular display of macaws and parrots at the clay lick was a highlight of my trip to Peru.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team of experts made the journey educational and enjoyable, sharing their passion for the rainforest and its wildlife. The personalized attention and care made me feel like I was traveling with friends.

Exploring the Tambopata rainforest was a truly unforgettable experience, and I am grateful for the memories I made during this incredible adventure.

If you’re a nature enthusiast looking for an authentic and awe-inspiring rainforest tour, Peru Amazon Trips is the way to go. Highly recommended for an enriching and unforgettable journey!

May 10, 2023


Solo Traveller

My Tambopata Clay Lick tour with Peru Amazon Trips exceeded all expectations! The service provided was exceptional, and the experience felt so genuine and immersive. Watching the vibrant macaws and parrots at the clay lick was a breathtaking sight I will never forget. Peru Amazon Trips’ team of experts made the journey educational and enjoyable, sharing their passion for the rainforest’s biodiversity. If you’re looking for a truly mesmerizing and nature-filled adventure, this tour is a must!

December 20, 2022


Solo Traveller

My Tambopata Clay Lick tour with Peru Amazon Trips was absolutely fantastic! The service was top-notch, and the experience felt so natural and immersive. Witnessing the incredible macaw spectacle at the clay lick was a surreal and unforgettable moment. Highly recommend this amazing adventure with Peru Amazon Trips!

November 23, 2022

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