Rainforest and Savannah 4D/3N

  • Tour Description

    Two ecosystems

    Day 1 - Puerto Maldonado to Heath River Wildlife Center
    You will be met at the Puerto Maldonado airport and transported through town to the Tambopata River port. You will board a motorized canoe and travel down river to the mighty Madre de Dios River, which you follow for approximately four hours to the Heath River. You then travel up this wild and intimate river, eventually arriving at the Wildlife Center.

    Please note that the Heath River forms the wilderness border between Peru and Bolivia. The lodge is located on the Bolivian side of the river, so passports are required to clear Bolivian passport control.

    Day 2 - Heath River Wildlife Center
    You will rise early in the morning and board a motorized canoe for a 10-minute journey up the Heath River to the macaw and parrot clay lick. Here brightly-colored parrots and macaws fly in by the hundreds to feed on the clay that detoxifies certain seeds and nuts they eat. You will marvel at the cacophony of sound and color as red-and-green macaws vie for the best clay-eating position. A specially designed floating blind completely conceals you—so you can even eat breakfast while watching the birds perform their morning rituals!

    You return to the lodge from where your guide leads you on an ethno-botanical walk through the forest. He/she will point out flora used in the daily lives of indigenous rainforest dwellers. Your guide will explain how certain plants are used for medicinal purposes, which ones can be crafted into the best bows and arrows and how to select trees and leaves for home construction.

    After lunch and a short rest at the lodge, you will hike through the rainforest to the Pampas del Heath, the largest remaining undisturbed savanna in the Amazon. The contrast is striking as you emerge from the mature rainforest onto the grassland plain of the Pampas.

    Day 3 - Heath River Wildlife Center
    This morning you will take the motorized canoe back to the floating blind, where you will eat breakfast and have one last opportunity to observe and photograph nature’s activities at the macaw and parrot clay lick. Then you will return to the lodge from where you will explore some trails.

    After lunch at the lodge, you will either visit the Ese’Eja native community of Sonene, where you can interact with the community and purchase local handicrafts, or possibly explore some additional trails.
    After dinner you will explore the nocturnal forest by flashlight, including a visit to a small mammal clay lick (if it is active).

    Day 4- Heath River To Cusco or Lima
    You will depart the lodge after an early morning breakfast. During the trip back downstream to Puerto Maldonado, you will likely spot Capybaras on the riverbanks. Weighing up to 120 pounds (55 kg), this giant, three-toed relative of the guinea pig is the largest rodent in the world! After arrival in Puerto Maldonado, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Cusco or Lima.

    Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. All accommodations have private bath.

    Tour begins and ends at Puerto Maldonado airport. Tour price includes all lodging, meals and transportation from the time of pick up to drop off at Puerto Maldonado airport. Gratuities are not included and are appreciated by your guides.