Puma or Mountain Lion spotted at a Mammal Clay Lick
A Tree Frog that was found on the night walk
A Jaguar swimming in Madre de Dios River
Two Toed Sloth that was found close to the Lodge
Yellow Spotted Sideneck Turtles along Manu River
A Couple of Giant Otters taking care of their baby
Macaw Clay Lick in the Cultural Zone of Manu Park
A Caiman resting along Manu River
Catesby's Snail Eater Snake found on the night walk
Blue Headed Parrots on a Parrot Clay Lick
Brown Capuchin Monkey
Ocelot found along Manu River
Blue Banded Toucanet found in the Cloud Forest
Giant Anteater found along Manu River
Manu Biosphere Reserve
Manu Park to Maldonado
Manu Cultural Zone
New Jungle Expeditions
Trekkings in Cusco
Note: Flights are not available at Boca Manu Airport from November to April because this is the rainy season in Peru and because the runway at Boca Manu is not paved it is just dirt. Flights are available from April/May to October and are determined based on the weather conditions.
Boca Manu is a small village located at the intersection of the Alto Madre de Dios River and Manu River. The town is a major town in the jungle and a necessary stop before continuing on into Manu Biosphere Reserve or Blanquillo Ecological Reserve. Here we stop to buy gas supplies and also there is a small airport where travelers can fly out of or into Manu National Park.
Around the Boca Manu there is an Oxbow lake called “Isla de los Valles”. Here you have opportunities to see a family of giant otters and some groups of monkeys. This oxbow lake is a very good place for bird watchers.
Tambo Blanquillo Lodge is located two and a half hours down river from Boca Manu. At the Lodge we have platforms with a comfortable dining room. The reserve has three oxbow lakes (blanco, Blanquillo and Camungo oxbow lakes) with ideal conditions to observe giant otters from a wooden catamaran. Also there is a 45 meter metal tower perfect location where bird watchers can spot many birds.
Near the lodge there is one of the most beautiful places in the world called “collpa.” A collpa is a clay lick where some species of mammals and birds go every day to neutralize the toxins in there system.
In Blanquillo tourist can enjoy an amazing macaw clay lick. Red and green macaws are daily visitors of the clay lick along with many parrots and medium size macaws.
One distinctive habitat nearby Tambo Blanquillo is the shebonal forest. This type of forest is high in clay content, creating clay licks, locally known as collpa which are specially used by macaws and other rainforest species as a healthy diet supplement that helps them remove toxins from their digestive tracks. Macaws usually obtain these noxious chemical substances from unripe fruits they ingest.
Our lodge is just 10 minutes away from the Macaw Clay Lick. A blind of 10 meters of altitude has been built facing it, so you can take close-up pictures without disturbing the bird’s activity. It consists of 40 comfortable seats, each with a personal counter where your binoculars and cameras can be placed in order to give you better stability to take superb pictures of the macaws on the clay lick. Breakfast will be served at the blind and a toilette facility is available.
We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and drive to the airport for the 35 minute flight to a small airstrip cut into the rainforest at Boca Manu. On arrival at the airport you will be met by your rainforest guide. Our motorized dugout will take you Madre de Dios River up river to our lodge.
On the river journey we will see our first Amazonian wildlife and riverside birds such as Skimmers, Terns, Herons, Egrets and Orinoco Geese. We should arrive at the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we explore a trail that leads to Valles oxbow Lake, an Oxbow Lake where we can do some piranha fishing and alot of bird watching, at night we will search for some caimans and nocturnal wildlife.
As the lick slows down in midmorning we''ll head for Cocha Blanco, an old, oxbow lake, in search of a family of Giant Otters that live there, and canoe around the lake on our floating platform looking for other wildlife. in the way back we will search for monkeys, and wild pigs. we will retur to our lodge in the dark (B. L. D)
Early start to-day for the Macaw Clay Lick. This is truly one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles as hundreds of Parrots and their larger relatives, the Macaws, congregate at this traditional locality to eat the mineral rich clay that is essential to their digestion. We''ll use a floating blind to get close to the birds. The noise alone is incredible and the sight of these brightly coloured birds at the lick is a sight not to be forgotten
The Rest of the day we will explore the forest and trails around the lodge. We''ll be on the lookout for Monk Saki - an uncommon and rarely seen monkey of the tierra firme forest that is occasionally seen here. We''ll explore trails where groups of Manakins , perhaps the most enigmatic of neo-tropical birds, perform their strange mating dances.Late in the afternoon we will return to the lodge(B.L.D)
After breakfast we head upriver (about 2 hours) to the small airstrip at Boca Manu. Early morning flocks of birds pass over the boat, and we may see a Capybara, the world’s largest rodent. Arriving at the airstrip, we board our aircraft for the 35 minute flight over seemingly endless rainforest and then over the Andes, passing glaciers and snow peaks to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco where our staff will be waiting to take you to your hotel. (B.)
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