Red and Green Macaw

(Ara chloropterus)
- © Tania Ellerbeck

Red and Green Macaw

(Ara chloropterus)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Jaguar

(Panthera onca)
- © William Huamani

Black Caiman

(Melanosuchus niger)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Gray Woolly Monkey

(Lagothrix cana)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Madre de Dios River


- © Graeme Ozburn

White Throated Toucan

(Ramphastos tucanus)
- © Moises Llaqui

Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick 6D/5N

DAY 1: Cusco – Rainforest Lodge

Our adventure begins in the exciting Jungle of Manu; we will pick you up around 04:30am from your hotels in Cusco in our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains and afterwards we will briefly visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca, and the cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious Pre–Inca culture. We will then travel Paucartambo, a small traditional town, which is known for its folklore. At morning we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and enter into one of the most protected natural areas in the whole of South America. We will continue in our transport down Manu Road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name in Quechua. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the "Andean Cock of the Rocks" you will be amazed by the spectacle, we do have changes to see Common Gray Woolly Monkey and many others exotic birds in the Cloud Forest. On our first night, we will stay at Rainforest Lodge. L: D

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

Very early at 06:30am we will depart for Atalaya port; on the way we will make a few stops to visit the small local's farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits including the famous coca plant. Later we will begin the boating part of our journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios River, a part of the famous Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance to witness many types of colorful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and other species. We will make a stop at the natural hot springs, and hopefully get to see some jungle animals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft. long). After that we will start walking through the jungle to witness the true grace of the Amazon, hear the natural sounds of the birds, and the get visuals of the wildlife such as anteaters, peccaries and many different types of trees and medicinal plants. During the afternoon we will visit our metal made bird watching Tower, with 20 meters high, we will have an unique view of the evergreen forest, enjoying the flight of macaws and many other colorful birds, owls and the sunset and then later on at night we will go to try and spot some owls, caimans in the river and there is also optional some night in the dark, which is the best time to see creatures like frog, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. B: L: D

DAY 3: Expedition in Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Camouflaged House

Very early in the morning we will go on a trek through the jungle on our way to view the best the Amazon has to offer, the amazing sounds of the birds and the kind of experience that only the jungle can offer. We will explore the jungle and have ample opportunity to see all sorts of wildlife like a monkeys, sloths, anteaters, peccaries and many different varieties of trees and medicinal plants. Towards in the afternoon we will arrive at our next destination Bonanza Lodge, from here will walk for about 2 hours, in the way there will be chances to see Scarlet Macaw, White Throated Toucan, We will spend the night at our Tapir Clay Lick. This camouflage house is strategically located near to the mammal’s clay lick where we will have the opportunity to see the Brazilian Tapirs, Red Brocket Deer’s, Porcupines during the night time. B: L: D

DAY 4: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Tambo Blanquillo

Early we will leave Bonanza Lodge by boat this day we have around 7 hours, in the early morning we have great chances to see Capybaras, Sloths, Peccaries, including the elusive Jaguar. We then continue by boat along the bajo Madre de Dios River until Tambo Blanquillo. During the afternoon we will visit an oxbow lake where we might see the endangered Giant Otter, Yellow Spotted river turtle, Black Caiman, around the lake we can see Red Howler Monkeys, the chances to see birds are excellent, like hoatzins, screamer, Orinoco Goose, agami heron. B: L: D

DAY 5: Tambo Blanquillo - Macaw Clay Lick – Bonanza Ecological Lodge

Very early in the morning will go by boat to Macaws Clay Lick, a special place where flocks of Parakeets , Parrots, and Macaws come every day to eat the nutritious lick , located at the wall of the river. We will stay here at a camouflaged hideout house for the birds, it is bird lovers paradise, where you will get to see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much weather dependant. After we will be going back upstream Alto Madre de Dios River arriving to Bonanza Lodge, here we have a metal made Bird watching Tower in order to see Macaws, toucan, woodpeckers and to enjoy the sun set. Again there is an optional night walk that you are more than welcome to accompany us on. B: L: D

DAY 6: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Cusco

The sixth day will be our final day, we depart early in the morning travelling up stream to Atalaya port where our private bus will be waiting for us and passing through cloud forest, where we can do some wildlife sight-seeing, and arriving in Cusco at approximately 19:30pm. B: L

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Tour includes:

  • Private Transportation
  • Private boat
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain poncho
  • Duffle bag for personal belongings
  • All accommodations and lodges
  • Bilingual native guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day and vegetarian option
  • Extra snacks
  • Professional cook
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance to Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick
  • Entrance to Isla de los Valles

What you need to take:

  • Sleeping bag or light blanket
  • Repellent with a minimum of 30-40% deet
  • Good binoculars (you will rent with us, we have bushnell 10x42)
  • Camera with extra batteries, if you like taking pictures bring telephoto lens of 400mm.
  • Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals (try to bring with straps)
  • Swimming suit
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Toilet paper
  • Dark color clothes
  • Thick socks

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