Unique jungle expedition in the tropical rainforest in one of the remotest corners of Perú, at the Tambopata Candamo Natural Reserve, near the Bolivian and Brazilian border at the edge of the Amazon basin. This trip has all the ingredients of an epic and unforgettable journey. Our expedition starts in the town of Juliaca on the shores of Lake Titicaca , the highest navigable lake in the world at 15,480´. A vehicle will take us across the highland down to the cloud forest and to the end of the road, where we put-in. We will get into rafts and use the river as a highway into the jungle. From this point on , we leave behind the last sights of pioneers farmers and gold pan settlers; to enter the magic and mysterious world of the Amazon Rainforest. Floiting though different ecological niches, that provides the habitat for a diverse species of plant and animals,including 8 species of macaws, 13 species of monkeys, 530 species of birds, ocelot, jaguar, capybara, tapir, caiman, giant river otters, and many more.
We´ll be floating for 6 days, running Class III rapids. Later, we´ll arrive at the world renowed Macaw lick (see National Geographic; January 1994 ) where we will spend the night , allowing us to see these magnificent birds at dawn. Then we´ll take a motorized dug-out canoe to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado ;where we spend the night and end our journey.
Afterwards we begin our return journey by a motorized dugout canoe, to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and then by airplane to Cusco.
Day 1: Juliaca
Juliaca: Early morning meeting in the town of Juliaca , we board the Bus that will be taking us across the highlands and through a 15,000´ pass down to the jungle ,until we arrive at our put-in at the cloud forest. (B+L+D).
Day 2 & 3: Tambopata River
As we leave the last traces of civilization, we enter pristine rainforest using the river as a highway, we´ll float down river camping on sandy beaches along the way, where we will have a chance to see different flora and fauna (B+L+D). The river will remain narrow and we will navigate class II and III rapids. We will begin to see a variety of different kinds of birds, a few mammals, in the afternoon we will arrive at our campsite to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.(B+L+D).
Today the landscape begins to change little by little as the river narrows and the rapids increase in difficulty (class III and IV). We will continue seeing exotic native animals such as the Tapir , the Royal Condor , Spider monkeys , many birds , that live only in this altitudes. Camp at sandy beach(B+L+D).
Day 5 & 6
Surrounded by lush vegetation , we´ll run class III and IV rapids and there is a good chances of running into more wild animals such as, macaws capybara, giant river otters , maybe the elusive jaguar ,among other animals . (B+L+D).
Early morning start to float down this calm waters and see the sun rise over the river having chances to spot more wildlife sleeping on its shores .
Later this afternoon we will arrive to camp at the Macaw lick , the largest in South America, where hundreds of blue and red, yellow and blue, ara arunas, and other parrots gather
to feed on the clay . Its a show of sound and color presented by nature , something very special , a once in a life time experience , such as this river trip. (B+L+D).
Day 8 : Rio Tambopata / Puerto Maldonado
Early morning call to go and see the largest Macaw lick in South America, At the crack of dawn we will see a rowdy crowd of macaws with their variegated brilliance spattering the clay riverbank.Later a dug-out motor canoe will meet us to take us to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado, to spend the night in a hotel. (B+L+D).
Day 9 : Cusco
Early morning transfer from the Hotel to Puerto Maldonado aiport .