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Cayman Lodge: Kolpa de Aras Expedition 5D / 4N

Cayman Lodge: Kolpa de Aras Expedition

  • Departures: Daily

Day 1:

On arrival to Puerto Maldonado reception and transfer to the main harbour, where you will board the boat to the lodge, journeying up the Tambopata river for approximately two hours. The vegetation will change all along this trip and the primary jungle will give way to secondary jungle. On arrival, welcome cocktail to cool down and meet the staff and a short visit of the lodge installations. Lunch. In the afternoon, local hike in the rainforest, an area dominated by Brazilian nut trees. The mammals that can be observed on the trails are tamarinds and capuchin monkeys, as well as anujes or agouti rodents, pacas or snakes from Cuba, the blue or “morphos” butterflies, toucans and many other bird species. Return to Lodge, dinner and evening excursion to observe the nocturnal animals or insects, with their particularly shinny eyes. Overnight. (L-D)

Day 2: Trip to the Kolpa de Aras 2

After an early breakfast, you will board your boat for your four and a half hour journey up river, taking you into the Tambopata National Reserve and the kolpa, which is regarded as the largest in the world. Lunch and after you will explore the network of trails around this area, latter in the afternoon you will prepare your camp site on the beach near the kolpa, evening Dinner. Overnight (Camp). (B-L-D)

Day 3: A full day in Kolpa 2

It is recommended that you get up early to have breakfast so that you arrive at the kolpa before the birds do and can observe the fairytale-like show arrival. They will come to find a special clay lick that contains salts and minerals, on average several hundreds of parrots and aras visit the kolpa on a daily basis. Some are red, others are blue, yellow, red and green, with a brown forehead or a blue head. This kolpa is considered to be one of the biggest in the world. Latter in the morning, you will take a long walk on the many trails, looking for the 9 species of monkeys that exist in this region: spider-monkey, squirrel-monkey, wistiti as well as tapir, capybara, pecari and jaguar. After lunch canoe ride up river, swim in local blue water streams. Dinner. Overnight (Camp). (B-L-D)

Day 4:

Early morning rise, observe Kolpa for the last time and return to Lodge. Lunch. Afternoon walk along the banks of lake Condenado with its ecosystem that has been created over a period of one hundred years, when the river changed its bed. The lake is rich in aquatic plants and birds such as herons, egrets, “jacanas”, prehistoric birds called “shanshos” with a special call and the noisy “danocobios”. Return to lodge. Dinner and evening walk, looking for caimans and capybaras, experience the jungle symphony. Overnight. (B-L-D)

Day 5:

Early morning rise and experience sunrise, as you travel down river, the titis and howler monkeys will be giving their early morning shouts, which will accompany you all the way to Pto Maldonado. Transfer to local airport. (B)

Included:

  • All meals and conveniences (camping equipment) from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Transportation from your arrival at Puerto Maldonado until you return to the airport
  • All guided tours described on the itinerary (including additional days if you wish) and a night time outing on the river to look for caimans
  • The cost of entry to the Tambopata National Reserve

Not Included:

  • Services not specified in the programme
  • Extras and tips
  • Drinks you might order at the bar
  • National flight tickets to / from Puerto Maldonado