Itinerary of Full Ecoaventuras
Day 1 - Puerto Maldonado - Jungle Walks - Night Walk
To begin the tour, we’ll meet you at Puerto Maldonado’s bus station or airport (or at another agreed-upon point, depending on your preference) and then head upriver along the Madre de Dios River to our own lodge, Ecoaventuras Amazónicas. There, we’ll enjoy a delicious local lunch before going for a walk along the area trails, in order to learn about the medicinal plants which Amazonian populations have been using for centuries.
We’ll go for an entirely different walk once the sun begins to set, as the jungle transforms dramatically in the night. This will allow us to experience the sights and sounds of the nocturnal Amazon, from its noisy insects and owls to the world’s only nocturnal monkey, the musmuqui (Peruvian Red-necked Owl Monkey).
Over an evening bonfire after dinner, we’ll share some anecdotes and legends about the Amazon.
Lodging in bungalows at Ecoadventuras Amazónicas.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 - Parrot Clay Lick - Zip Line - Canopy - Rural Biking
We’ll wake up very early on this day, at 4:15am, to visit the Parrot Clay Lick along the riverside. At this early hour, when the rainforest begins to wake, the trip itself is quite magical. These are walls along which hundreds of parrots and macaws (up to 7 different species) gather to feed upon the clay, which contains minerals that allow the birds to detoxify from any unripe fruit or seeds that they’ve eaten. They also socialize and find mates at these sites. One can only witness this colorful spectacle in the first hours of the morning. The trip will last approximately 3 hours, after which we’ll return to the lodge for breakfast.
After a delicious breakfast back at the lodge, we’ll tackle almost 600ft of Zip Line! This exciting activity will make you feel like a bird swooping through the Amazon’s canopy. Amidst the zip lines, we’ll also take a high-altitude walk along a hanging bridge, which will allow you to observe species that reside in the high treetops of the rainforest’s canopy, such as toucans and geckos, which you could never see or hear walking along the tree trunks.
After lunch, we’ll embark on a biking trip through the rural cultivations of the Cachuela community. Along the route, we’ll see a variety of colorful birds and local plants, including pineapples, plantains, guava, pacae (ice-cream bean), soursop, mamey, huito (marmalade box), coconuts, copoazu (a relative of cacao with a pear flavor with hints of bananas), sapote fruit, breadfruit trees, and pijuayo (peach palms). Afterwards, it will be time to return to Puerto Maldonado.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch