G Lodge Amazon & Camping - 4 Days
Day 1 Puerto Maldonado/G Lodge Amazon (1L,1D)
Arrive in the morning to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, meeting your naturalist guide at the airport. Take the van to the lodge office in town (if necessary) where you can store larger luggage or things you don't need for the lodge. You will be given a duffle bag to pack and take to the lodge. You may have other G Adventures travellers sharing the same transport as you. Travel about 1 hr to the port where you'll switch to a motorized canoe (covered) for the approx. 2 hr trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the way, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest and there's a chance to start spotting wildlife right away. A delicious box-lunch is provided on board. Be prepared to protect yourself from the sun and bugs before you get on the boat. It's quite pleasant with the covered roof and breeze but you can still get sunburned. It's recommended to wear light long sleeves and trousers on the boat. On arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. Wander around the lodge grounds and check in to your bungalow. Before dinner, enjoy a slideshow familiarizing you with the area's vegetation and wildlife. head back to the dining area for a delicious buffet-style dinner of locally sourced (when possible) ingredients. After dinner, head out on a night walk around the lodge. The forest is dominated by giant Brazil-nut and dipteryx trees. About 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest and you're likely to see spiders, snakes, frogs, crickets and other tiny insects you'd miss without your local guide. *Please note that you need to arrive into Puerto Maldonado by 1pm at the latest. INFORMATION ABOUT THE G LODGE THE AREA: The G Lodge Amazon is situated within the Tambopata National Reserve (TNR) and is on the edge of the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, creating an immense area totaling more than 3,000,000 acres of sub-tropical moist rainforest. The area has became part of a cross border park system, joining with the Madidi National Park in Bolivia, together they constitute the largest protected zone of tropical forest on the continent of South America. THE LODGE GROUNDS: The buildings or cabins of the lodge have been designed to exist in complete harmony with this exotic environment. They are made from wood and thatched with woven leaves and screened in to protect you from insects. Each bed is protected by a mosquito net and the cabins all have a private bathroom with running water (solar heated) and flush toilets. The lodge compound and buildings are lit at night with flame lanterns and candles but it is recommended that you keep your own flashlight handy. Guests are welcome to explore the trails maintained by the lodge during their leisure time. The trails on the other side of the Tambopata River can only be reached by boat. FOOD & DRINK: The dining room serves food, usually buffet-style, as well as drinks and snacks all day. All meals are prepared by the lodge's own specialized professional staff using a blend of forest products and more traditional recipes. Some of the dishes are typically Peruvian and international food is also served. There are plenty of vegetarian options and most dietary restrictions can be catered for if notified ahead of time. There is a cash bar (accepting Soles or USD) where you can buy soft drinks, alcohol, water and snacks. Do not bring your own snacks or food to the lodge as they attract bugs and animals. WATER, ELECTRICTY, ETC: Tap water in the rooms comes from the clear stream near the lodge. The water is chlorinated and fit for showers and swimming only. The lodge supplies purified water for drinking and also sells bottled water at the bar. There is electricity from a generator in the main lodge from 6pm-10pm. There are outlets available to charge any devices you may have. TRANSPORT: Transport to and from the lodge is by boat. All boats are protected from both sun and rain by a roof and side closures. Boat seats have back rests and seat cushions for greater comfort. Wooden boats will be used on shorter excursions in shallow water. These boats have a roof and bench seating along the sides. All passengers will be provided with a life jacket, and all the drivers used are qualified, experienced and possess a great knowledge of the river and its fauna. PACKING LIST: For walks in the forest it is recommend that you bring light clothing (not black), long loose-fitting trousers, long-sleeved shirts, a wide-brimmed hat and walking boots or tennis shoes. The early mornings can be cold, especially when on the river so you should bring along a windbreaker or a sweater. Come prepared with a rain jacket or poncho, as heavy rain may fall at any moment. You can easily wear shorts, sandals, skirts, etc around the lodge but for excursions be prepared to wear long sleeves and trousers to protect from sun and bugs.
Day 2 Collpa/Macaw Clay Lick/Camping (1B,1L,1D)
After breakfast you will board the motorized canoe for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning's exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. Birdlife is abundant especially rufescent tiger-herons, great egrets, wattled jacanas, hoatzin, the noisy donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun screen for there is no shade out on the water. With luck you might see giant river otters, black caiman, anaconda or other rare species. Return to the lodge in time for lunch and to pack an overnight bag for camping. Board a boat to head upriver to the National Reserve and the area of Collpa de Guacamayos, the bird and mammal clay licks. Here, we hope to observe scarlet macaws and peccaries in separate areas, feeding on the mineral deposits found in the clay. We will set up camp and have the remainder of the afternoon to explore the surrounding trail system of the rainforest before sleeping under the forest canopy. There may even be time for a refreshing dip in the cool river before dinner. CAMPING ACCOMMODATIONS: You will be provided with a tent and rainfly, a sleeping bag and sleep sheet and a towel. Camp will be set up by the crew including a table for meals, candles, a tent with chemical toilet, a coffee/tea and snack bar and a kitchen area. FOOD: Dinner is provided around sunset with the delicious food you've grown accustomed to at the lodge. Bottled water and juice are provided. In the morning, there are snacks to take with you to the clay lick and a substantial breakfast provided as well.
Day 3 Collpa/Macaw Clay Lick/G Lodge Amazon (1B,1L,1D)
A pre-dawn start is needed to get to the clay lick before the birds. They arrive in search of minerals and salts and the digestive properties of the clay particles themselves. On average several hundred macaws and smaller parrots visit the clay lick daily, including scarlet, blue and yellow and red and green macaws, as well as chestnut-fronted and blue-headed parrots, among others. This clay lick is considered one of the largest in the world. How long we stay here is dependent on the weather and ultimately the bird activity but typically you'll finish up in time for breakfast at the campsite, around 8:30am. After breakfast and packing up camp, head back down river (much faster!) to arrive back to the lodge before lunch. The afternoon is free. Opt to sit on hammocks or take a dip in the cool swimming hole, visit the tree platforms for a bird's eye view of the forest or a nearby working plantation. In the evening, head out looking for caiman (alligators) by boat before dinner.
Day 4 Puerto Maldonado (1B)
Start early (depending on your flight time) for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado. Lookout for the early morning wildlife which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stakeout their territories. Arrive back to the port and journey by van back to the lodge office to collect your luggage (if necessary) before heading to the airport. Your guide will be with you and can assist with any logistics at the airport. *Please do not book any flights out of Puerto Maldonado until 11am or later.