Tambopata Things to Do Tips by jadedmuse
Tambopata Things to Do: 3 reviews and 2 photos
Family of fruit bats
We took an excursion to a nearby lake where indigenous giant river otter supposedly live. I don't know if it was the time of year that we went or what, but we never saw any otter, giant or otherwise! In fact, I didn't really didn't see much of anything during the 2 hour boat-float...the biggest thrill was observing a family of bats resting on a tree at the river's edge, and a flock of parrots flapping around the trees overhead. To be honest, I don't even know what a giant river otter looks like, so this one might be worth studying before you decide to go on this particular excursion vs. another one that might be offered at the same time. There are usually several different programs going on simultaneously, so there's always a rotation of activity from which to choose.
See the bird hidden amidst these leaves?!
The thing I enjoyed the most about staying at this eco-tourism lodge was walking with the local Ese'ja indian shaman through the dense jungle forest surrounding the compound. Our shaman guide was amazing. He could see things hidden in the leaves on the floor that took me a full half minute to discern, and that was with him pointing it out! He showed us the different leaves and tree barks and what their medicinal properties were; he pointed out which plants and roots were used for what purpose; and he told us stories about how he'd survived malaria several times, using just the natural medicines available from these plants and trees. He was very humble, very knowledgeable, and the walk through the rainforest which lasted about 2 hours, was altogether fascinating.
Unfortunately, I don't have any lovely photos to share because I never was able to get up early enough to join the morning excursions down the Tambopata River to hopefully see the colorful Macaws visiting the "clay licks"...but I wish I had! These "clay licks" are exposed sides of small hills and cliffs by the river's edge, with the clay providing iron and minerals instinctively sought out by the birds. Sometimes it's just one or two birds that will visit at a given time in the morning - other times, you may be treated to a sight of a dozen or so. The experience has been written up in National Geographic and is well worth the early morning rise to see this.
DON'T MISS THE WAKE-UP CALL FOR THIS ONE, LIKE I DID!!!!
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