4-Days Macaw Clay Lick Tour

Collpa Chuncho, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

4 days 3 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

40 people


English, Espanol

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with our Macaw Clay Lick Tour! Over four days and three nights, you’ll discover the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and witness some of the most magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat.

On the first day, we’ll take you on an introductory walk into the rainforest, where you’ll encounter incredible animals such as amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and insects. Then, you’ll travel to the Monte Amazonico-Tambopata lodge to enjoy a refreshing breakfast or lunch depending on your arrival time.

The second day is where the real adventure begins. Rise early to witness the world’s largest macaw clay lick at Chuncho, where you’ll see hundreds of different parrot species that come to eat clay. And if you’re lucky, you may even spot a jaguar or tapir on the journey. After breakfast, we’ll visit Monkey Island to meet different species of monkeys living there. And in the evening, we’ll go caiman searching and have dinner back at the lodge.

On the third day, after breakfast, we’ll walk through the dense rainforest to Lake Sandoval, where you’ll see many birds of different species, giant river otters, and other wildlife. Then we’ll return to the lodge to enjoy a typical lunch. In the evening, we’ll have another opportunity to explore the jungle and appreciate the diverse species of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and nocturnal animals.

On the final day, you’ll have the chance to walk to our canopy walkway, allowing you to appreciate nature from as high as possible and observe different species of birds. Then, we’ll have breakfast before returning to the city or transferring you to the airport or bus station.

Join us on our Macaw Clay Lick Tour for an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a lifetime of memories!


  • Boat ride through the Tambopata River to reach the Monte Amazonico Lodge
  • Introducory walk into the rainforest with a chance to see various animals in their natural habitat
  • Early morning journey to the CHUNCHO, the world's largest macaw clay lick, with the opportunity to see capybaras, tapirs, and even jaguars along the way
  • Observation of hundreds of different species of parrots and macaws at the macaw clay lick
  • Visit to Monkey Island to see different species of monkeys living on the island
  • Caiman search at night to see white alligators typically found on sand banks in the Madre de Dios River
  • Walk through the dense rainforest to reach Lake Sandoval, one of the largest in the Tambopata National Reserve
  • Rowing boat tour of Lake Sandoval with a chance to see many different species of birds and even giant river otters
  • Morning walk to the canopy walk-way, 30 meters high, allowing us to appreciate nature from a unique perspective with a panoramic view of the Madre de Dios river.

Day 1

Upon arrival at the airport or bus station, we will transfer you to the office of Monte Amazoníco Lodge and its tour operator, Carlos Expeditions, for a final briefing on our tour before embarking on our adventure. If you have large luggage, we recommend repacking and storing any unnecessary items to ensure a comfortable trip. We will then take a 2-hour 4X4 wheeled truck transfer to reach the banks of the Tambopata River. Alternatively, if we travel by river, the journey will take over 6 hours (for information only). At this location, we will board a boat to the Monte Amazoníco - Tambopata Lodge. Upon arrival, we will welcome you with either breakfast or lunch depending on your arrival time. In the afternoon, we will embark on an introductory walk through the rainforest where you will have the opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitat, including amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and a variety of insects, among others.

Day 2

We wake up early at 4:30 am to start our journey to the world's largest macaw clay lick, CHUNCHO. We'll take a boat ride for about 1.5 hours to reach the site, during which we may encounter fascinating animals such as capybaras, tapirs, and even the majestic jaguar, which some of our previous clients have been lucky enough to spot and photograph. Upon arriving at the macaw clay lick, we'll witness an awe-inspiring spectacle of hundreds of parrots and macaws gathering to eat clay, a necessary component of their daily diet that also helps them eliminate toxins. We'll take our seats and wait for the show to begin. The parrots will be followed by three species of macaws, which are among the most colorful birds in the Americas, including reds and greens, blues, and yellows. On a good day, we may see hundreds of these magnificent creatures flying overhead, an unforgettable experience. After breakfast, we'll take a boat back to Puerto Maldonado and then transfer to the port for an hour-long ride to our lodge, where we'll be welcomed with a refreshing fruit juice. After checking in and having lunch, we'll visit "Monkey Island," located across the Madre de Dios River from our lodge, where we can observe different species of monkeys, including brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, and saddleback tamarin. In the evening, we'll embark on a search for white caimans, typically found on sandbanks in the Madre de Dios River. Make sure to bring a flashlight! We may also spot some capybaras. After returning to the lodge, we'll enjoy dinner and rest for the night.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will take a 3 km walk through the dense rainforest to reach Lake Sandoval, one of the largest in Tambopata National Reserve, where we will board a rowing boat to observe a variety of bird species such as shansho cormorants, jacanas, puma herons, buzzards, howler monkeys, brown capuchin monkeys, tamarins, and sloths, among others. We may even have the chance to encounter the endangered family of giant river otters, which can reach up to two meters in length, and is a rare sighting. After our boat ride, we will return to the lodge for a typical lunch. In the evening, we will have another opportunity to walk and appreciate the diversity of insect, amphibian, reptile, and other nocturnal animal species. Then, we will return to the lodge for dinner and a restful night.

Day 4

At 5:30 a.m., we will start our morning jungle walk and head to our canopy walkway, which is about 30 meters high, allowing us to appreciate nature from the highest point possible. We will also have a panoramic view of the Madre de Dios River. From the platforms, we can observe different species of birds, including toucans, macaws, tanagers, and orioles, making it a wonderful experience. After breakfast, we will return to the city and transfer to the airport and/or bus station.

  • Hosting Service
  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport (Airport – Lodge – Airport)
  • Food (lunch, dinner, breakfast)
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Bar consumption (alcoholic beverages)
  • Entrance fees (Tambopata National Reserve US$ 30.00)

Multi day


Tour's Location

Collpa Chuncho, Puerto Maldonado, Peru


We recommend bringing mosquito repellent, a flashlight, binoculars, personal items, sunscreen, hiking shoes, long shirts, and pants.


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