- Length: 4 Days/3 Nights
- Type of service: Private or Group
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve
- Activities: La Torre Clay-Lick, Tres Chimbadas Lake, daily and night walking, piranha fishing, camping
- Altitude: 183 – 250 m.a.s.l.
- Best time to visit: March – October
- Departure: Every day
- Minimum of participants: 2
- Maximum of participants: 10
- Price per person: USD
Short description of the Tambopata – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
The Tambopata National Reserve is located in the Tambopata River Basin covering south of the Madre de Dios River Region (40% of the reserve) as well as Puno Region (60% of the reserve)! It was established in 1990 in order to protect adjacent forests around the Heath and Tambopata Rivers. There can be found two important ecosystems and 8 microclimates. Its rich biodiversity includes 103 mammal species, 1,300 butterfly species, 90 amphibian species and 41 tree families that contain 165 tree species! The reserve covers an area of 274,690 hectares. The climate is warm and humid with high annual rainfall.
On this interesting tour, we discover the small macaw´s clay-lick of La Torre, the amazing oxbow lake of Tres Chimbadas and a bamboo forest!
Oxbow lakes are originally wide meanders of a river that were cut off from the main stream when the river found a shorter course. In this way, the meanders become dead arms of the river. The dead arms are called “oxbow lakes” due to its characteristic arched shape reminding an ox-yoke. The lakes are often created in low-lied plains, close to where the river flows into another watercourse.
Quick Itinerary of the Tambopata – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata River – Inotawa Lodge
Day 2: Inotawa Lodge – Macaw´s Clay-Lick of La Torre
Day 3: Inotawa Lodge – Tres Chimbadas Lake
Day 4: Inotawa Lodge – Tambopata River – Puerto Maldonado
DAY 1: PUERTO MALDONADO – TAMBOPATA RIVER – INOTAWA LODGE
We pick you up from the airport/coach terminal of Puerto Maldonado to take you first to our office where you can leave your things unnecessary for the trip. There, you have also the last opportunity to buy some necessities such as batteries, waterproofs, etc. Then, you get on our private vehicle to take you for an hour ride following a dirt road watching changeable nature along the way such as diverse forest types, traditional farms cultivating bananas and citruses, cattle farms, streams, etc. Then, we get to the Native Community of Infierno where the port of Puerto Nuevo is situated. We board our motorboat there to navigate for about 2 hours the Tambopata River with a direction to the Inotawa Lodge. During the ride, we are provided lunch consisting of vegetable rice wrapped in a bijao leaf (a leaf traditionally used in regional cuisine) along with fruits, biscuits and bottled water while we can admire flora along the river banks, for example, cañabravales, cecropias, ficus, as well as fauna such as birds. We may see weaving birds with their nests high up in the trees, herons, macaws, parrots or toucans. If we are lucky, we might spot mammals such as capybaras and tapirs or white caimans and turtles resting on the banks. Once in the Inotawa Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Tambopata River, in the beginning of the Tambopata National Reserve, we accommodate ourselves while our Tour Guide indicates us about the best ways on how to enjoy our stay. In the afternoon, our Tour Guide takes us on a walk to explore fauna and flora near the lodge. So we can watch some birds, for instance, trogons, quails, guans (wild turkeys – Penelopinae) as well as trees and vines such as Shihuahuacos, Almendrillos, Ceibas. Then we are served dinner in the lodge.
Optional: A night walk in a company of our Tour Guide who shows us some nocturnal animals, for example, nocturnal monkeys, frogs, spiders or insect.
DAY 2: INOTAWA LODGE – MACAW´S CLAY-LICK OF LA TORRE
We wake up at 5 am to sail by boat to a nearby clay-lick called Collpa La Torre (collpa means clay-lick). Upon arrival, we find a good viewpoint (about 30 metres far away from the clay-lick) providing us a perfect spot to observe macaws, parrots, parakeets and maybe deer, capybaras, squirrels as well. The Collpa La Torre is similar to other clay-licks along the Tambopata River and it consists of a 4 metre high and 20 metre long embankment. Its clay contains minerals necessary for digestions of the above mentioned animals. This entire spectacle lasts until 9 am (approximately). Afterwards, we observe neighbouring nature where we can spot tapirs, lowland pacas (Cuniculus paca), peccaries and other mammals. For lunch we return to the lodge to later head for fishing in the Tambopata River. Dinner is served in the lodge.
Optional: A night caiman observation in the river.
DAY 3: INOTAWA LODGE – TRES CHIMBADAS LAKE
We board a rowing boat after breakfast sailing downstream for 15 minutes to later continue hiking for 40 minutes until we reach the typical oxbow lake of Amazon – Tres Chimbas Lake. Upon arrival, the Tour Guide shows us the best way on how to appreciate the lake and its typical inhabitants – a family of giant river otters, an endangered species. Except of them, we can also admire a variety of birds, for example, hoatzin, anhinga (or darter), herons, kingfishers as well as some reptiles and mammals. Then, we are given a chance to try to fish the famous and dangerous piranha! In the afternoon, we explore around a bamboo forest (Guadua weberbaweri) near the lake as well as the native community of Infierno. In this special bamboo biosphere, we can see its typical inhabitants such as the rare Peruvian Recurvebill (Syndactyla ucayalae) or White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes), which are both threatened due to their natural habitat loss, the Manu Antbird, Bamboo Antshrike, the Rufous-headed Woodpecker, the White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus albifacies), which is an endemic specie to humid bamboo thickets, the Flammulated Bamboo Tyrant (Hemitriccus flammulatus), or migratory birds – the Eastern Wood Pewee and the Yellow- green Vireo.
We get back to the lodge at dusk accompanied by our Tour Guide. So we have an opportunity to enjoy some night jungle noises, a storm as well as to see some of the northern constellations such as the Scorpion or the Southern Cross. We take a spotlight with us just in case, as we go across a territory of caimans waiting for their prey. Dinner and overnight in the lodge.
DAY 4: INOTAWA LODGE – TAMBOPATA RIVER – PUERTO MALDONADO
We board a motorboat early after breakfast to take us back to Puerto Maldonado navigating upstream the Tampopata River. There, we transfer you first to our office to collect your belongings and then either to the airport or the coach terminal to take your connection.
End of service!
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
Included in the Tambopata – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
- A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
- Motorboat transportation:
- Private vehicle land transportation;
- A professional Cook,
- Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 3 nights in a lodge;
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots.
Not included in the Tambopata – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
- Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (65 Soles);
- Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you to the Tambopata – Tres Chimbadas Lake:
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- Small backpack,
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
- Long cotton trousers,
- Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
- Comfortable walking shoes,
- Sandals or light shoes,
- Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
- Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
- Binoculars (we also rent it),
- Camera and its charger,
- Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
- A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Antibacterial gel,
- Sun cream,
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
- A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
- Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.
Confirmed departures of the Tambopata – Tres Chimbadas Lake: