Heath River Amazon Experience
From the Puerto Maldonado airport we transfer to the Tambopata River boat dock where we begin our exciting river journey on the mighty Madre de Dios River. On the river we spot an array of birdlife endemic to this region as well as families of Capybaras (the world's largest rodent). As we approach our destination - the Heath River Wildlife Centre - we enjoy views of local villages with children splashing by the banks. During our time at the lodge we visit the parrot and macaw lick, a noisy and unforgettable experience as hundreds of birds jostle over the best eating spots on the clay lick. The extensive network of trails within the grounds provide ample opportunity to view brazil-nut, kapok and fig trees among many others, and a guided tour will provide narrative about the many medicinal and commercial uses of much of the vegetation. At night the rainforest comes alive with an ever-changing orchestra of monkeys, frogs, insects and a teeming array of other nightlife. You can even choose to camp out overnight to experience a full night in the heart of the rainforest. We take to the water again for a boat journey to Lake Sandoval Lodge, where we can spot the Amazonian giant otter, macaws and Lake Sandoval monkeys. We take a nighttime canoe trip to spot the Amazonian cousin of the alligator, the black caiman, which although endangered can be commonly seen in this pristine protected lake.
|DAY 1||Join Puerto Maldonado and travel by motorized dugout canoe on the Madre de Dios River across the Peru-Bolivia border and onto the Heath River Wildlife Centre|
|DAY 2/3||Visit parrot and macaw clay lick, take guided walks along trails to spot wildlife and learn about the fascinating vegetation found in the rainforest,|
|DAY 4||Travel by motorized boat, foot and paddle boat to Lake Sandoval Lodge, take afternoon boat journey on lake to spot wildlife|
|DAY 5||After breakfast we take a final paddle on the lake to spot the resident giant otter family before heading onto the open waters of Madre de Dios River for our journey back to Puerto Maldonado where trip concludes|