Tambopata’s Collpa Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick, Sandoval & Yacumama Lake 4 Days

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Tour Details

Escape to the heart of the jungle and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that only the Collpa Chuncho Tour to Tambopata National Reserve can bring you.

This stunning reserve is home to one of its most breathtaking attractions, the crystal-clear Sandoval Lake, surrounded by lush vegetation and an incredible array of wildlife.

A spider breaking out of the cocoon.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and indulge in the tranquility of this untouched paradise.

The reserve’s diverse ecosystem is teeming with exotic plants and animals, offering endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

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Whether you’re looking to relax in a serene environment or embark on an adventure, the Tambopata National Reserve is the perfect destination for your next getaway.

Departure & Return Location

Puerto Maldonado Airport (Maps)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Pick up from the airport or bus station
  • Professional tour guide
  • Motor boat
  • 3 nights at Lodge
  • Rubber boots
  • First-aid Kit

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Accommodation in Puerto Maldonado

Recommended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera, Flashlight and Binoculars
  • Personal items
Itinerary

Day 1Puerto Maldonado - Filadelfia Community - Nocturnal Exploration

Firstly, upon your arrival, our team will greet you at the airport or bus station and transfer you to our office for registration.

Secondly, we embark on an hour-long scenic journey to Filadelfia, then navigate the Tambopata River for 10 minutes to reach our lodge.

Our guide will brief you on the lodge policies and then you can settle into your cozy room.

After a refreshing siesta and a delicious lunch, we will embark on a two-hour guided walk through the dense tropical forest, where you’ll discover a diverse array of medicinal plants and trees that are over 600 years old.

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Our guide leads you to trails and a bird watching tower, providing opportunities to spot exotic wildlife.

Return to the lodge after sunset for rest, then venture out for a nocturnal wildlife-spotting adventure.

On a clear night, we’ll also witness the breathtaking view of the milky way with a myriad of stars and shooting stars.

After a pleasant ecological walk, we return for dinner.

Day 2Boat Ride - Clay Lick - Lake Yacumama

Day 2 begins with a serene and peaceful start, as we sip a warm cup of tea or coffee while preparing for our exciting journey to the macaw and parrot clay lick.

We embark on a boat ride along the Tambopata River, navigating for over half an hour, during which we may catch sight of majestic creatures like jaguars or anacondas.

Subsequently, we’ll arrive at the clay lick or “Collpa Chuncho” as its locally known, we are treated to a breathtaking spectacle of colors and sounds as hundreds of macaws and parrots congregate to feast on the mineral-rich clay.

Collpa Chuncho macaws

We spend over three hours marveling at the wondrous sight that the Collpa Chuncho provides, all while enjoying a delicious country breakfast.

Afterward, we return to the boat and venture into the smaller branches of the Tambopata River in search of more wildlife, such as capybaras, tapirs, wild pigs, monkeys, caimans, turtles, and cats.

The stunning scenery of the Tambopata National Reserve and its rivers provides a picturesque backdrop for our journey.

Afternoon Activities

In the afternoon, we make our way back to the city, taking the same route as before.

Upon arrival, transfer to a vehicle for a journey to Lake Yacumama, renowned for its stunning landscape and breathtaking sunset.

The lake is home to hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets, and we may spot black caimans, herons, cormorants, wild ducks, swallows, and even a family of river otters.

A heron walks around a river's bank.

We explore the lake by rowboat, possibly catching piranhas for a quick photo before releasing them back into the water.

As the sun begins to set, we head to the pier and board our boat once again to return to our lodge, where we can rest and relax after a fulfilling day of adventure.

Day 3Sandoval Lake - "Matsigenka" Community

One of the best times to observe abundant wildlife is during sunrise or sunset.

We choose to leave at dawn by boat to reach Sandoval Lake, located within the Tambopata National Reserve.

The exuberant biodiversity at Sandoval Lake is unparalleled. We walk a 3 km (1.8 miles) wooden path, constantly surprised by the rich fauna in this area.

At the end of the trail, we board a rowboat to explore the lake and witness black caimans, giant otters, herons, turtles, monkeys, macaws, wild ducks, and more.

Collpa Chuncho tour's Sandoval Lake visit

We return to the lodge for lunch before noon.

In the afternoon, we visit a family of natives from the “Matsigenka” culture and interact with them, learning about their customs and traditions.

We learn how to use bows and arrows, spin and weave cotton, and make ropes from plant bark. We also witness their ingenuity in making fire using only natural materials.

At sunset, we return to our lodge. As dusk falls, the jungle comes alive with a majestic nightlife.

A toad refuses to let a branch go.

We venture into the trails with flashlights to search for nocturnal wildlife such as porcupines, sloths, arachnids, insects, reptiles, opossums, night monkeys, owls, and more.

We return to the lodge for dinner and rest.

Day 4Optional Hike - End of Services

After enjoying a delicious breakfast and taking a short rest, we will embark on a leisurely walk along a path where we will discuss the towering giant trees.

We will arrive at one of these ancient trees, over 700 years old, and begin our hanging bridges experience.

These bridges are suspended between the trees, offering breathtaking views of the rich fauna that inhabits the canopy layer of the forest.

Collpa Chuncho tour's opportunities to observe exotic species are inmense

Keep your eyes peeled for toucans, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, monkeys, lizards, orchids, and other exotic plants and animals.

In the afternoon, we will return to the city to retrieve any luggage you may have left behind, before heading to the airport or bus station, depending on your travel plans.

FAQs

Q: What activities are included in the itinerary?

A:Activities include guided forest walks, wildlife spotting, cultural site visits, boat rides on Tambopata River and Lake Yacumama, and nocturnal adventures.

Q: What wildlife can I expect to see during the excursions?

A: You’ll have the chance to spot a diverse array of wildlife, including monkeys, toucans, parrots, macaws, squirrels, reptiles, insects, frogs, arachnids, caimans, capybaras, tapirs, wild pigs, turtles, cats, black caimans, giant otters, herons, and more.

Q: What is the highlight of the itinerary?

A: A highlight is the visit to the macaw and parrot clay lick, where hundreds of colorful birds gather to feast on mineral-rich clay.

Q: Are there cultural experiences included?

A: Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with native families from the “Matsigenka” culture, learn about their customs and traditions, and participate in activities such as traditional crafts and hunting techniques.

Q: What should I bring for the excursions?

A: Recommended items include comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, a camera, and a refillable water bottle.

Q: Is there downtime for relaxation during the itinerary?

A: Yes, there are opportunities for siestas, relaxation at the lodge, and enjoying the serene natural surroundings.

Q: What are the dining arrangements?

A: Meals are provided at the lodge and typically consist of local and international cuisine, incorporating fresh ingredients and traditional flavors.

Q: Are the excursions suitable for all fitness levels?

A: Excursions suit moderate fitness levels; activities adaptable to individual preferences and abilities.

Q: What safety measures are in place during the excursions?

A: Our experienced guides prioritize safety and provide thorough briefings before each activity. They are trained in wilderness first aid and carry communication devices in case of emergencies. Additionally, life jackets are provided for boat rides, and precautions are taken to minimize risks during wildlife encounters.

An andean nocturne monkey stares at its photographer.

Video of Tambopata’s Reserve and Lake Sandoval

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