Climb the tower for gorgeous views
You'll be up at dawn again for a visit to the canopy tower. In this activity, you will visit a 35 meter/100 foot scaffolding tower. The tower is built so that you can safely climb using the internal staircase with verandas on each side, and it allows you to rest on platforms present every 6 feet. From the top, you not only get spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest, but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans, and macaws.
After an early breakfast, visit Oxbow Lake by catamaran looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
As noon approaches, animal activity decreases, and you will continue traveling up the Tambopata River for five hours into the pristine heart of the reserve. You will leave the final traces of human habitation behind as you cross the northern boundary of the 700,000 hectare, completely uninhabited nucleus of the Tambopata National Reserve. Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately: you begin to sight macaws, herons, and kingfishers frequently, and you improve your chances of encounters with capybaras, caiman, storks, ducks, and other wildlife. You will have a boxed lunch on the boat.
Arrive at Tambopata Research Center in the afternoon, and enjoy being greeted by the chicos, their flock of semi-wild, rescued macaws. The lodge is located less than a 10-minute walk from the river. On arrival, you will have an orientation session. After this you will hike for about 2-3 miles on the Overlook Trail, which will lead you to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. You return to TRC for dinner. After dinner, to cap off a fulfilling day, you will have a lecture from scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Tambopata Research Center