Manu Macaw Lick

Amazon Peru: (ZZ-OUT-ManuD)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_peru_manu_wildlife_5.aspx

Introduction
Amazon Peru
On this trip to Heath River and Sandoval Lake you’ll find pristine rainforest and the most comfortable wildlife lodges in the Upper Amazon Basin. They offer a combination of distance and accessibility by airport and then through the local river system.

Our two lodges are within the reserves of Tambopata and Madidi, between Peru and Bolivia. Madidi National Park in Bolivia has a total of 18,900 km² (7,297 mi²), while reserves adjacent, Candamo and Bahuaja Sonene across the border, account for more than 13,700 km² (5,290 mi²). Together they form the second largest area of nature conservation and by far the most biologically diverse of all South America.

In the Heath River Wildlife Center we witness one of the most exciting sights of nature; a tumultuous gathering of brightly colored macaws and parrots on a clay lick along the Heath River. The area offers numerous activities to occupy yourself during your visit. You can admire wildlife along the trails in this remote jungle, and perhaps view the mammal clay lick and the elusive Tapir, the largest mammal in the Amazon. There is an amazing diversity of environments that can be experienced in the short walk from the river to the Pampas of Heath; a trip that passes through a nesting place for the Blue and Yellow Macaw.

At Sandoval Lake you can enjoy a more relaxing experience, through a short hike on the trails or a pleasant boat ride around the lake; which is extraordinarily beautiful and rich in wildlife. Sandoval Lake is a large body of water that is home to a family of giant otters,
numerous monkey troops, and a variety of birds.

Accomodation

During this trip, you will be spending the first 3 nights in the Heath River Wildlife Center and the 2 remaining nights in the Sandoval Lake Lodge.
Please, note that no Wi-Fi is available at any of the lodges. There is electricity at the lodges, but it is only available from 06:00am to 09:00pm.

Heath River Wildlife Center Lodge
The wild Heath River marks the remote Amazon-region border between Peru and Bolivia. Bordering two radically different ecosystems of rainforest and lowland savannah, it runs through the heart of the Tambopata-Madidi reserve areas of Peru and Bolivia, a vast and largely inaccessible wilderness totaling more than 13,700 sq. km./5,290 sq. miles. Heath River Wildlife Center is the only eco-lodge on this river. And it offers the world's only large macaw clay lick reachable in half a day from a jetport with daily connections to the outside world.
The lodge itself offers a small, comfortable and intimate environment, built of environmentally-sound local materials, such as “driftwood” mahogany, and palm-thatch, with just ten double (or triple) private bungalows, with private bathroom/toilets and hot showers, and a spacious, high-roofed dining, bar and lounge area.

Sandoval Lake Lodge
Located deep in Peru's Tambopata National Reserve, the Sandoval Lake lodge overlooks sparkling, palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake, the most beautiful and wildlife-rich of all lakes in Tambopata-Madidi. This privileged location gives you exclusive access to the lake in the early morning and late afternoon, the choice hours for wildlife viewing and photography.
No other lodge in Tambopata-Madidi is on the banks of a protected oxbow lake. The 25 double-occupancy rooms are complete with en suite facilities with hot-water showers, electricity (*), fans, meals, airport transfers in Puerto Maldonado, naturalist guides, lake excursions by day in search of Giant Otters, monkeys, and macaws, forest excursions, night excursions in search of caimans, and evening slide shows.
Sandoval Lake Lodge is built out of ecologically-correct driftwood mahogany and is owned jointly by a nonprofit conservation group and five families of indigenous Brazil nut collectors.

(*) Three times per day: from 5:00 to 6:00 am, from noon to 4:00 pm and from 17:30 to 22:30 pm.

Single and triple occupancy:
Triple occupancy is possible based on availability, please inquire.
Single supplement is mandatory if you are traveling by yourself.


Meals
All meals are included in the trip from.
We believe that our guests should experience as much of the Peruvian cuisine as possible and this is reflected in the range of Peruvian dishes offered, with an occasional international twist. Typical lunch and dinner dishes served are lomo saltado (a spicy mix of stir fried beef, tomato, peppers, onion and French fries) and arroz con pollo (a mildly spicy mix of saffron rice, chicken and vegetables). When possible, fruit and vegetables are bought from the few families who live in the area.

Alcoholic drinks are not included with lunch or dinner. We a have a bar in the lodges where you can purchase alcohol.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice. Our experienced kitchen personnel can also cater for special dietary requirements, such as low or no salt, low or no sugar, low or no fat, and vegetarian (strict "vegan" or "ovo-lacto vegetarian), upon request.

Riding

In Case Of Flight Cancellation
If the plane is canceled whilst the guests are waiting to return to Cusco, arrangements must be made with their guide for accommodation. Guests must pay for any additional costs incurred during this extra night. If the guests decide to go to Manu Wildlife Center for an additional night (SPACE PERMITTING), and return to Boca Manu the following day, the guests must pay an additional USD 60.00 for the extra night and boat transportation (USD 190 irrespective of the number of passengers) .

Health
Though we have never heard of anyone contracting yellow fever anywhere in Peru or neighboring countries Peru nevertheless requires a current yellow fever vaccination for trips to the rain forest regions. This vaccination normally is required or recommended for all rain forest regions around the world. This vaccination, which is valid for 10 years, must be administered AT LEAST 10 days before the guest's arrival in Peru.

Hidden Trails highly recommends that our clients obtain a comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travel to Manu and anywhere in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado to Heath River Wildlife Center
Our staff will welcome you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you through the city to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River to the mouth of the Heath River, which is the natural border of Peru and Bolivia. In the haven of this important Amazonian tributary we have a vision of the diversity of the riverside environment; cliffs of red earth with outreaching forest are interspersed with thick banks of Cercopia trees and couch grass. After brief formalities at border crossings, we take the boat through the narrow waters for a couple of hours, enjoying the intimacy of the mysterious forest on both sides. Occasional sightings of native children splashing along the banks are interspersed with long, silent stretches where we can locate herons, hawks, cormorants, geese, orinoco, and perhaps a family of Capybaras, which is the world's largest rodent can weigh up to 55Kg. After this interesting trip we arrive at our simple, but comfortable accommodation of the Heath River Wildlife Center, just in time for dinner. (Box Lunch, D)

Day 2: Heath River Wildlife Center
Today we start very early to visit the most spectacular attraction of this area: the parrot and macaw clay lick along the river. Here these colorful birds gather to eat the clay in the cliffs on the riverbanks to neutralize certain toxins in their daily diet (poisonous berries and hallucinogenic plants). Sometimes they congregate in the hundreds, pushing and squabbling over the best place to eat. This noisy and unforgettable show can go on for two or three hours, and can gather many varieties of parrots, parakeets, Chestnut Fronted Macaws and their larger cousins, the Red and Green Macaw. This extraordinary display occurs in only a handful of places in the Upper Amazon Basin. Our floating platform provides us with comfort and is completely hidden, so here we will enjoy a full breakfast during the show.
We make land back down the river will walk back along a section of the extensive jungle trails. Here we will find huge Chestnut, Kapok and fig trees; along with the dark strangler fig whose strategy of life is as sinister as its name implies. Our guide will point out and explain the medicinal use and trade of dozens of plants and trees, while keeping eyes and ears open for birds or one of the eight species of monkeys found in this region. We could run into a small herd of the two species of wild pigs that are common in this area. In order to mark their territory they use scent glands so powerful that they can be smelt long before being seen.
After lunch we hike along the trail leading to the point where the forest abruptly gives way to the vast plains of the Pampas of Heath. This unique land is a result of poor soil and extreme climatic cycles of droughts and floods. It is the largest intact tropical savanna in the Amazon is the habitat of endemic birds and mammals, such as the Fork-Tailed Hummingbird and the Maned Wolf. Just beyond the edge of the forest you can climb to an elevated platform that allows for a great view of this vast expanse of grasslands and shrubs, dotted with palm trees.
The palm tree Mauritia flexuosa produces nuts rich in palm oil and dry hollow stems that provide vital food and shelter for nesting pairs of Red Bellied Macaws and the rare Blue and Yellow Macaws. We aim to arrive around sunset, when the parrots are returning from their daily search for food to gather in this place.
We return to the lodge at night using headlamps and flashlights, and perhaps stopping here and there in total darkness to listen to the ever-changing sounds of frogs, insects, and other animals; the magic of the jungle at night. We may run into frogs the size of small rabbits, homes of hairy tarantulas or night monkeys hanging from the trees; there is a huge and unpredictable collection of nocturnal creatures in the night. After dinner some guests may choose to visit the lick of mammals, with the hope of seeing the Lowland Tapir, the largest mammal in the jungle. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Heath River Wildlife Center
On our second full day in at the lodge we can choose from a wide range of activities available in this diverse and unique tropical environment. Many people choose to make a second visit to the macaw clay lick or spend more time on the trails.
Later we can take a canoe tour around the Cocha Guacamayo, an oxbow lake that is home of a family of giant otters. The lake is located inside the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, a short distance by boat from the lodge.
We return by boat after dusk looking for caimans; a crocodile cousin that lives in the Amazon. This region is home to the Black Caiman, which is endangered, and almost always distinguishable along the river’s edge with its glowing orange eyes. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Heath River Wildlife Center to Sandoval Lake Lodge
We leave at dawn for the return journey downstream. The mornings are the peak of wildlife activity, so keep a sharp eye on the banks of the river where we may see families of Capybaras and maybe be rewarded with a rare glimpse of Jaguar or Tapir swimming through the stream.
We arrive at Port Sandoval where we will walk to Sandoval Lake, which is protected by Tambopata National Reserve. Along the trail there are birds and butterflies; and after 3km (2mi) the trail leads to a narrow canal lined boats. This flooded forest leads to the open waters of Sandoval Lake. In the golden light of afternoon our crew will row the boats across to the lodge (motors are banned here). We can see the appearance of turbid lake while a huge Paiche breaks the surface (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220 lbs.). Or you may hear strange and unsettling screams and see heads peering from the surface of the lake,
which will mark our encounter with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Giant Otter of the Amazon. After dinner we can finish the day with a short night walk, spotting some nocturnal creatures along one of the trails near the lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Sandoval Lake Lodge
Just before dawn we will be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the Giant Otters that roam the lake in a close-knit family, very active at this time of day. At this time most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. There will be time and tranquility to observe the birds fishing, while they stalk and capture prey. We will also have close-up views of the primitive Shansho
(Ophistocomus hoazin) eating leaves. After enjoying a late breakfast, we’ll walk the trail through the cool understory of the powerful primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here.
After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe one or more species of monkey, including the most common Capuchin
Monkey.
Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle and after dinner we will have an opportunity to spot caimans in the lake. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Sandoval Lake to Cusco
After breakfast at dawn we cross the lake, perhaps finding a family of macaws leaving their roost or a troop of monkeys waking in the morning light. We will walk back to the river where our motorized canoe quickly leads upstream to the boat dock in Puerto Maldonado, and then on to the airport. (B)

Important notes:
Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.

The 5-day / 4 night trip departs on Day 5 of the itinerary.


Rates and Dates for Manu Macaw Lick

Rates include:

Accommodations Accommodations at Sandoval Lodge for 2/1 nights and Health River Wildlife Center for 3 nights. All meals, fully guided days. Transfers from Puerto Maldonado airport. Activities include a trip to Sandoval Lake Lodge and a visit to Puerto Maldonado's large Macaw Clay Lick (from a comfortable floating blind) at the New Heath River Wildlife Center. Visit the biodiverse Pampas del Heath (Savannah). National Reserve entrance fee included.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20196 day trip, AP (Departure on Monday or Thursday), based on double occupancy$1390
    • Small group supplement (2 pax)$470
      Small group supplement (3-4 pax)$250
      Single supplement$325
  • B
    20195 day trip, AP (Departure on Monday or Thursday), based on double occupancy$1220
    • Small group supplement (2 pax)$400
      Small group supplement (3-4 pax)$240
      Single supplement$260

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer is included from Puerto Maldonado airport, return
- to be paid locally

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (Departure on... 3 /14 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Departure on... 3 /14 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Airport taxes, air travel, alcoholic and bottled drinks, gratuities, optional activities, personal expenditures.

Other Info
Meeting: Puerto Maldonado airport
Airport: Puerto Maldonado airport
Transfer: Puerto Maldonado airport

Climate:
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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

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Source: NOAA


Seasons
Rainfall in the Manu Lowlands is around 2500-3500 millimeters/98-138 inches per year, with most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April. In the Manu Cloud Forest there is an annual rainfall of approximately 5000 millimeters/196 inches per year.

The average temperature in the Manu lowlands is 28°C (82°F), with daily highs of 34°C (93°F) and nightly lows of 22°C (72°F). During the dry season cold fronts from the South Atlantic (friajes) occur once every month or so, with daily temperatures dropping to 15°C (59°F) and nightly temperatures to 13°F (55°F).

The best time to visit is between April and December.

What To Bring:
* Good binoculars
* Camera gear (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
* Two or three pairs of long cotton pants
* Four pairs of absorbent socks.
* Rain suit or long poncho (100 % waterproof - test before you leave home)
* Two or three long-sleeved cotton shirts
* Two or three T-shirts.
* Sunscreen lotion (high factor)
* One pair of shorts
* A bottle or canteen to carry water on outings.
* A hat that will not come off in windy boat rides.
* Sunglasses
* A pair of sneakers or hiking boots and sandals.
* Insect repellent Skin-so-soft for river, and 20% or more deet for forest)
* A photocopy of your passport
* A bright flashlight
* Personal toiletries and medications
* Rubber boots.
* Cash for souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, etc.

We suggest you pack all items in plastic bags to protect them from water.