Officially established in 1990 as Tambopata – Candamo Reserve Zone. It is located in the East and in the South of Puerto Maldonado. The Tambopata National Reserve and has 1,5 million hectares in the Madre de Dios and Puno regions.
The Tambopata National Reserve has been object of many TV documentaries. We invite you to visit one of the biggest Macaw clay lick around the world. You can also visit the pristine Sandoval Lake. In this region you can walk for a mile through the jungle and never find two trees of the same species. The most important reason of this diversity is because of the flora, the million species such as insects and animals and the warm and humid weather.
This reserve is almost as large as the Manu National Park and protects a huge diversity of landscapes and wildlife, including creeks with different species such as egrets, kingfishers, caimans and giant otters, spectaculars cascades, beautiful clay licks that are visited by hundreds of macaws, monkeys and tapirs; marshes full of palm trees where many birds live in, rivers with beautiful beaches to go camping. All those things attract tourists, scientists and photographers of wildlife.
The Tambopata – Candamo region owns many worldwide records in flora and fauna with 632 species of birds in just 5,500 hectares, 1200 species of butterflies, 151 species of dragonflies, 29 species of tiger beetles, 180 species of fishes and 169 species of mammals.
In 1996, part of the Tambopata Reserved Zone was stated Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. This new protected area that limits with the Madidi National Park in Bolivia is part of the biggest binational Park around the world.
Tambopata – Candamo puede ser visitada durante todo el año..
Macaw Clay Lick
The “Collpa” (Clay lick) is a Quechua name where many species of animals gather to get mineral salts from the ground. Scientists believe that this behavior is the dietary supplement of these animals. However, others believe that the ingestion of the ground reduces toxic effects of some wild fruits and seeds.
The Tambopata National Reserve become famous because of the spectacular clay licks in the Tambopata river. Hundreds of species of parrots and macaws gather in this place. Also there are smaller clay licks in the Heath River.
Some of the common species seen in these places are blue and yellow macaw, scarlet macaw, red and green macaw, blue headed macaw and some parakeets. Monkeys, tapirs, deers and capybaras are also seen very frequently.
The Chuncho clay lick is a small Cliff located lengthwise of the Tambopata inflowing, 5 hours upstream from Puerto Maldonado. (40 minutes from Monte Amazonico Lodge).
The “Colorado” clay lick is located to 1 hour upstream from the Chuncho clay lick; it is bigger than the Chuncho clay lick too.
Las Pampas del Heath
They are located close to the border with Bolivia and have huge grassland zones with more than 100.000 hectares. There are no rainforest, just bushes. The fauna is very rich and two endemic species live here, the Maned Wolf and the Marsh Deer. This is the only zone that shows these characteristics, unique inside the Peruvian jungle. That’s why it was not considered as a National Sanctuary at the beginning and recently it was included as part of the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.