Remote Amazon Experience- Independent

Remote Amazon Experience- Independent

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The rainbow-coloured chaos of the macaws descending on the clay lick at Heath River is an unforgettable scene. The fifth-largest in the world, this clay lick on the Peruvian bank of the river has seen up to 260 birds on it at once.

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Remote Amazon Experience- Independent
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  • Whether on an early morning river cruise, a trek through the jungle at dusk or a night walks in search of nocturnal creatures, the Amazon is remarkable in every light
  • Staying at remote lodges in the middle of the Amazon rainforest provides unequalled access to wildlife
  • Watch as a huge variety of animals gather around naturally-formed clay licks in search of extra nutrients
  • Look for sloths, howler monkeys, black caimans, jaguars and tapirs along rainforest trails
  • Explore the wildlife-rich jungle enclosing Sandoval Lake


Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or just let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Puerto Maldonado - Heath River Lodge
Welcome to Peru. On arrival into Puerto Maldonado Airport, meet your driver and transfer to the local office. Here you'll be given duffle bags in which to pack the belongings you'll need for the next few days. From the Tambopata River port, take a four-hour boat transfer down the Madre de Dios River. Pass through Bolivian passport control to Heath River, which forms the isolated border between Peru and Bolivia. You are now in the Amazon, the world’s largest, most pristine rainforest. Arrive at the remote Heath River Lodge just in time for dinner. Office details for passengers that are in Puerto Maldonado prior to the tour start date. Please note if you are in Puerto Maldonado prior you will need make your own way to the lodge office on day one, please ensure you are there by 12pm Heath River Lodge Office Puerto Maldonado: Jr San Martin, 755, Puerto Maldonado, Peru Phone:+51 82 573755 Notes: Please ensure your flight into Puerto Maldonado arrives prior to 1 pm.
Day 2 - Heath River Lodge
Early in the morning, visit a parrot and macaw clay lick. The colourful birds gather here to eat the clay in the cliffs along the riverbanks, which neutralises the toxins in their diet. Head back down the river and take a walk along the extensive jungle trails, where you'll find huge chestnut, kapok and fig trees. Your guide will explain the medicinal use of dozens of plants and trees and keep an eye out for birds and monkeys. After lunch, hike along a trail to the vast plains of the Pampas del Heath. Return to the lodge when night falls, using headlamps to search for nocturnal creatures in the darkness. Perhaps visit a nearby clay lick after dinner in hope of seeing the largest mammal in the jungle, the Lowland tapir.
Day 3 - Heath River Lodge
Today choose from a wide range of activities available. Many people choose to make a second visit to the macaw clay lick or spend more time on the trails. In the afternoon, take a canoe tour around the Cocha Platanillal, an oxbow lake that's located a short distance down the river from the lodge. Return by boat after dusk, keeping an eye out for the glowing eyes of endangered black caimans along the river's edge.
Day 4 - Heath River Lodge - Sandoval Lake Lodge
Leave at dawn for the return journey downstream. Mornings are the peak of wildlife activity, so keep a sharp eye on the riverbanks for families of Capybaras. If you're lucky, you may even get a rare glimpse of a jaguar or tapir. Arrive at the port of Lake Sandoval in the protected Tambopata National Reserve. Walk for 3 km along a jungle trail amidst birds and butterflies to a narrow canal lined with boats. In the afternoon, the crew will row you across to Sandoval Lake Lodge (motors are banned here) where you'll spend the night. After dinner, perhaps take a short night walk to look for nocturnal creatures.
Day 5 - Sandoval Lake Lodge - Puerto Maldonado
After breakfast at dawn this morning, cross the lake, keeping an eye out for awakening wildlife. Walk back to the river, where a motorised canoe will shoot you upstream to Puerto Maldonado. Your Amazon adventure comes to an end here. If you're flying out of Puerto Maldonado today, please ensure your onward flight is not booked to depart prior to 2 pm.

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Jungle 4 Nights


Minibus,On foot,Riverboat