Untamed Jungle Expedition takes you to the southern lowlands of the Peruvian Rainforest. Here, flows the Tambopata River, one of the many tributaries that feed into the great Amazon River, winding its way through the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park (established 1996) and the Tambopata National Reserve (2004).
Alive with around 600 bird species recorded, it is a birders paradise. Large and colourful macaws, green parrots, and small parakeets fly over the canopies and visit clay licks along the river banks. Noisy toucans call from tree tops, herons and the strange hoatzin inhabit oxbow lakes, while hummingbirds buzz through lodge gardens.
These pristine jungles are home to various primate species, eight of which there is a good chance of seeing. Ranging from the large and noisy Peruvian spider monkey (Endangered – IUCN Redlist), down to the nocturnal night monkey, and the small frugivorous and insectivorous saddleback tamarins.
Lakes, created by the ever-changing course of the rivers, are ideal places to spot water birds such as herons and egrets, the five different species of kingfisher, anhingas, sungrebes and sunbitterns. On sunny days river turtles climb onto fallen logs to sunbathe, attracting multicoloured groups of butterflies.
Trails offer the chance to spot frogs, lizards, snakes, squirrels, agouti, armadillos, tortoises, peccary, deer, anteaters, and small carnivores such as ocelots and tayra.
River trips yield the opportunity to see capybara, tapir, and even perhaps the rare giant river otters and the elusive jaguar.
The Amazon jungle is a challenging but exciting place to put your photography skills to work. Excellent opportunities for macro, bird and wildlife, and astrophotography.
- Visit the Tambopata National Reserve, an area protected from mining, logging and farming, but allows sutainable ecotourism activites
- Two world-renowned macaw clay licks, drawing in huge numbers and different species of macaws, parrots, parakeets, parrotlets, other birds and mammals
- 100’s of bird species, including rare and endangered ones which can be seen
- Chances of seeing up to 8 species of monkey, including the endangered Peruvian Spider Monkey
- Increasing numbers of sightings of jaguars along the banks of the Tambopata River
- Extensive trail systems, swamp walkways, canopy towers, observation points and boat rides to explore the rainforest
- Endless opportunities for wildlife, landscape and macro photography of pristine Amazon Rainforest
- Local cuisine from the country of 1000 tastes
- Guided by a fluent, English speaking guide for the duration of the trip
- A custom made itinerary based on your preferences to create the perfect expedition for you.
Expedition lengths are flexible, but as several hours travel are required to reach the lodges on arrival to Puerto Maldonado (PEM) airport, depending on what lodges you stay at, and sunset is between 17:30 and 18:10, one day for entry and exit is needed.
We suggest an expedition length of 4-7 days long:
Day 1: PEM – Rainforest Lodge. Be greeted from your flight by your guide, storing excess luggage safely in town before journeying by land then by boat to your rainforest accommodation.
Days 2-3: Visit one or both of the Macaw clay licks to experience one of mother natures spectacles. Take part in other activities such as boat outings on rivers and lakes, walk trails, canopy walkways, canopy towers and look out points to experience the immensity of flora and fauna the rainforest has to offer.
Flood plains, terra firma, bamboo forests, and oxbow lakes, all provide homes for different assemblages of wildlife.
Optional 2+ days for every additional lodge visited
Final Day: Perhaps one last early morning activity, or enjoy a lazy morning and a relaxed breakfast enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle before packing up and returning to Puerto Maldonado.