Tambopata Clay Lick (3 Days)

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Tour Details

Tambopata Clay Lick or Chuncho Macaw Clay lick is a popular attraction in Tambopata. It is the largest clay lick in the world. The clay lick happens in Chuncho in Tambopata National Reserve which gives the name Chuncho Clay Lick. 

Tambopata in southeastern Peru is rich in biodiversity. The national park is home to 1500 species of butterflies and over 650 types of birds inhabit here. All eight species of Macaws inhabit here. This includes some large macaws like green macaws, scarlet macaws and more. 

Tambopata Clay lick is a process where hundreds of brightly coloured macaws and other parrots and parakeets fly in to eat the clay from the cliff. The clay here is rich with minerals that help them to flush toxins off their bodies. 

The national park is home to the Ese Eja community. They have been living there for generations now. Their main source of income is through fishing, farming and hunting. As tourism is rapidly booming here, to enhance their life and to have a fair trade, we employ Ese Ejas as our guides, boatmen and local helpers. 

On this three days tour, you will get to see the best of Tambopata’s culture, nature and wildlife. We aim to make this as one of your best experiences on your trip to South America.

Departure & Return Location

Puerto Maldonado Airport or Bus Terminal

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Pick up from the airport or bus station
  • Professional tour guide
  • Land transfer (4X4)
  • Motor boat
  • All meals, breakfast, Lunch, dinner
  • Mineral water
  • 2 night at Lodge
  • Rubber boots
  • First-aid Kit
  • Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and Binoculars
  • Sunscreen, hiking shoes

Day 1Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

Our crew will be picking you up from the airport or bus terminal on your arrival and will be driving you to our city office. Here you can leave your belongings that you may not need while touring the Lake Sandoval

We will then drive you in our 4X4 to the boat pier. Here we will be embarking on a scenic boat ride to our lodge. On this short boat ride, you will witness the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest. 

After relishing a typical Amazonian lunch we will start the Lake Sandoval Tour by visiting the Monkey Island. This is one of the unique places in the rainforest, as the name suggests, Monkey Island is home to 13 species of monkeys. Our local expert will be explaining to you about the life of different breeds of monkeys that inhabit here. 

We will then take the rowing boat and head to the part of the jungle where we will be doing a canopy walk. You will have a spectacular view of the entire rainforest from the tree top. Once you have had your fill of this activity, we will return to the lodge for dinner. 

Our chef will be serving a delicious and a native Amazonian meal for dinner. After dinner, we will be heading out for a night tour to spot some nocturnal animals, snakes and alligators.

Day 2Tambopata Clay Lick - Wildlife Spotting

We will be leaving from the lodge early in the morning at 0400 AM in our motorboat to see the Macaws Clay Lick in Chuncho. 

On this one and a half hour’s boat ride on Tambopata River, you will witness some of the rare species of birds and animals on river banks. 

Once in Chuncho, our team will have an exclusive place reserved for you to witness the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. Our tour guide will be explaining the process to you in detail. 

After the experience, we will sail back to our lodge for breakfast. You will then have some free time to relax and unwind in the hammocks of our lodge amidst the Amazon Rainforest. We will then serve an authentic Amazonian meal for lunch. 

After lunch, we will embark on a hike on the most interesting trail near the lodge. Accompanied by our naturalist guide, you will witness different plants, birds and animals. There are also some medicinal plants here. 

Locals in Amazon Rainforest rely on natural remedies to cure their sickness. Our guide will be explaining the use of these plants. 

We will then hike to a viewpoint to witness the sunset. Then we will return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will head out on a short night tour to spot some nocturnal reptiles and insects. 

Day 3Tambopata Lodge - Puerto Maldonado

At day break, we will be heading out on one of the trails to spot more wildlife. After the tour, we will return to the lodge for breakfast. 

After breakfast, we will check out from the lodge and sail back to Puerto Maldonado. Our driver will be picking you up from here and will be driving you back to the airport or bus terminal.

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Couple Traveller

After experiencing Encuentros service on our Machu Picchu tour, we were extremely convinced and decided to do our Amazon Trip with them too. Everything went as planned there were no unpleasant surprises. The guide was a local and spoke fluent English and dod share plenty of information too. Highly recommend them.

February 4, 2020

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