The Chuncho Lodge is designed for small groups, providing personalized service to all customers because now they only have 7 cabins. The property is in a great place for wildlife, adjacent to the national reserve and all the trails were made in the best way to increase the animal sightings while on the jungle walks.
Within the next few years they are planning to increase to 14 cabins in total, no more. All cabins are provided with private bathrooms, screened windows to prevent the entrance of insects and all beds have mosquito nets. For privacy there are curtains on all the windows so customers can open them or close them. All the bathrooms have hot showers, although it is not needed. The rooms offer lots of natural light and fresh air while providing a safe but close contact with the forest environment.
They have a very nice restaurant with food which combines the local ingredients with the best Peruvian cuisine. They also provide service to vegetarians or customers with special meal requirements, if requested when when making the reservation.
The property is in a great place for wildlife, adjacent to the national reserve and all the trails were made in the best way to increase the animal sightings while on the jungle walks. They understand that the amazon is a vast place making an enormous macro habitat, but they also know that there is in that macro habitat are micro habitats, and so their trails are made to cross these micro habitats so their customers can have a better chance to see the most wildlife.
95% of all their staff is local - trained to provide a high quality service to all their customers. They prefer locals because they know the families they belong to and the places where they live. This contributes to the local economy and is a source of income for the families. The lodge is 100% locally owned.
Macaw Clay Lick - 2 days
Day 1 - Reception at the airport and transportation to Chuncho Lodge Office. Please before your arrival we recommend to pack what you need for one night, leave your belongings at the office. You will start a 2 hours car trip to the Tambopata river ( 48 km. paved road and 18 km. dirt road) then 10 minutes to get to the Lodge (lunch on the way). During the trip into the heart of the Tambopata Reserve we will be able to observe clouds of butterflies, while groups of birds pass over the car and animals such as agouti and paca can be observed. Reception and accommodation at CHUNCHO LODGE.
After accommodation you will have an introductory walk to the jungle and the opportunity to visit the 40 meter canopy tower. From there are unrivalled views of the Rainforest. Our guides will lead you on a trail to get the tower and climb its steps. Finally, you reach the top. There, you’ll be able to see miles of pristine forest stretching in every direction. Because animals are most active in the canopy, you’ll have incredible chances to see wildlife. In this unforgettable experience, you’ll be awed by the intimate views of treetop animals, paired with the sweeping panorama of the jungle.
In the night we will go on night walk to understand rainforest ecosystems and see some of the amazing trees, many animals such as colorful frogs, maybe snakes, spiders like tarantulas and many other animals active in the night, this activity is very safe and great opportunity for macro photos. Return to the lodge for dinner. (L, D).
Day 2 - Early wake up at 4:30 a.m. to start with our 1:30- minute journey upstream in Tambopata river to the Macaw Clay Lick “El Chuncho” in the Tambopata National Reserve. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries and wildlife of the river banks. Upon our arrival, we’ll set up breakfast and then we will be ready to observe one of the greatest wildlife spectacles where hundreds of parrots and different species of macaws gather to eat clay - first the parrots (mealy parrot, blue headed, orange check, dusky headed, white eyed) and then the large macaws like the blue and yellow, red and green, scarlet macaw.
In the mid morning we return to the lodge to take a rest to relax or enjoy the facilities and the surroundings of CHUNCHO LODGE. Lunch at the lodge Then we will cross the river to get our car and return to Puerto Maldonado (B, L,).
Macaw Clay Lick 3 days
Day 1 and morning of day 2 - same as above
Day 2 - At mid day you will have the opportunity to go to swim at the river, this is optional. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you are going to go on a ethnobotanical long jungle walk to learn about medicinal plants, amazon types of wood and a great opportunity to see more mammals and big trees. At night you are free to rest, enjoy the drinks of the bar or possibly another night hike (highly recommended). This activity will be possible according the weather conditions. Dinner and night at lodge. (B, L, D).
Day 3 - Before breakfast we will go on another jungle walk. Optional visit to the Canopy Tower to see colorful birds such as toucans, oropendolas, hummingbirds, trogons, woodpeckers, nunbirds, tanagers, jacamars, etc.. Sunrise according to weather conditions is amazing from the canopy of the trees. Return to the lodge for breakfast and boat to the port where the car is waiting for us to take us back to Puerto Maldonado. At the city we will be sure you are in time to take your flight to Lima or Cuzco. (B).
Extended 3 day tour
Day 1 - till morning of day 3 - same as above
Day 3 - upon arrival in the city we will move to the main port to begin another cruise within the reserve. This time our destination is the famous and beautiful Sandoval Lake. This is an oxbow lake in the Tambopata national reserve. After approximately 40 minutes by boat, we started a 3 km hike through the forest until you reach the shore of the Lake. The place is spectacular, with many birds, very good opportunity to see a lots of monkeys of several species such as the red howler monkey, brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, dusky tity and saddle back tamarin. Also we’ll have great chance to see the Giant Otters. This tour ends at 3 p.m in town if you or part of the group flies out of Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
Macaw Lick and Sandoval Lake - 4 days
Days 1 till afternoon of day 3 - same as above
Day 3 - We check into in a partner lodge, and return to the Lake to view one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Amazon. We'll stay until the evening on the Lake, because in the dark of the night you will be able to see the black Caiman - the largest of the rainforest crocodiles, reaching more than 4 m long, and they love the Lakes. With flashlights you can observe them closely and take good photos. Night at Lodge. B. L. D.
Day 4 - Another day of waking up early but highly recommended. We will leave at 6:30 in the morning to visit again the Sandoval Lake, in a beautiful sunrise and awakening of many of the animals that are very active in the morning. Also we’ll have great chance to see the Giant Otters. We will paddle across the western part of the Lake, with its beautiful palm trees more than 30 meters high, reflected in the water aguajales. This will leave you full of memories of your last day in the Amazon jungle. Return to the lodge for breakfast and transfer back to the river to subsequently be brought back to the city of Puerto Maldonado in time for your return flight. B.
They are very flexible with transfers for the flight arrival and departures. They feel that have to adapt to the customer's needs will be always in time for any flight arrival and departure.
Macaw Clay Lick Adventure - 4 days
Days 1-2 - same as other tours
Day 3 - This day we will get up early to enjoy the sunrise over the jungle of Tambopata, and up on the Canopy tower at height of 40 meters the view will be impressive - sunrise will make it the best experience and we will get to observe the beauty of our rainforest. At that time we will also be able to observe different species of birds waking up. After a breathtaking view, we will enjoy our delicious breakfast. The next activity will be full adventure, we prepare to do Kayaking in the river - a fun experience in the jungle. Our goal is reach the “El Gato” creek where we will have the opportunity to do some Sport Fishing. The main fish is the piranha! (catch , photograph and release the fish to the river). Near the creek there is also a "chacra"(farming area) which we will visit and where there will be the possibility to taste some fruits of the season. You will see different species of fruit trees. After visiting the “El Gato” creek we will return to the lodge for lunch.
Our last activity of the afternoon will be a forest walk to the mammals clay lick, located 2 kilometers away from the lodge. The best time is the afternoon, so there is a long walk but with great chance to see wildlife and an enormous fig tree on the way. At night free to rest and enjoy some of the drinks we have at our bar. Dinner , sleep.
Day 4 - After breakfast our car is waiting for us to take us back to Puerto Maldonado, the dirt road across the forest give us a great opportunity to see the interaction between the people and the activities they do, which affects the animals behavior and will let you understand why the reserve and protected areas are so diverse compared to the areas of humans influence. In the city we will be sure you are in time to take your flight to Lima or Cuzco. (B).
2021 price per person, in US$:
Macaw Clay Lick 2 days - $250
Macaw Clay Lick 3 days - $350
Extended 3 days - $450
Macaw Lick and Sandoval Lake 4 days - $500
Macaw Clay Lick Adventure 4 days - $400
There will be no single supplement for 2021. They will re-think for 2022.
International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal use.
What to bring suggestions:
First Aid and Emergencies - In case of emergencies they have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Their guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emergencies (such as an appendicitis).
For snake bites, unheard of in Tambopata so far, they have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodge. In case of evacuation, they need to travel by boat to Puerto Maldonado, where there is access to a state clinic.
Yellow fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata. Malaria is present but extremely rare. If you wish to take medical precautions against malaria consult your physician or a specialist in tropical medicine.
They provide natural spring water 24 hours per day. Please use the water wisely. They advise you not to drink the water from the river, lake or any of the taps. Consumable water can be found throughout the lodge from many dispensers and pitchers as well as a variety of other beverages available.
All the water that the lodge provides is purified with an ozone treatment. They also suggest that you use this water to brush your teeth. Please turn off the water flow while lathering and soaping up to reduce unnecessary water usage.
Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for a distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece). If you are visiting other destinations in Peru or South America that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at their offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day so you won’t be carrying them around uselessly. Your bag will be waiting for you at the office the day you leave.
Electricity is provided by a generator and it is operated during the night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., This is the time when you can charge the batteries of your cameras or any other electric item. The voltage is 220.