Rise early for breakfast, then depart for a 15-minute boat ride and hour-long forest walk to a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet visit this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeked (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in mid-morning or early afternoon, when they are active.
After lunch, just a few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the simple remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. The guides will demonstrate the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Your next Amazon adventure lies a 20-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas. Wild forest pigs, the peccary, show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay at this clay lick. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also visits the lick including deer, guan – a prehistoric-looking large bird – and parakeets.
Have dinner at the lodge before heading out on an optional night walk. Mammals are most active after sunset, but still quite difficult to see in the dark, dense jungle. It’s easier to find unique Amazonian frogs and insects on our night walks.
After breakfast on day 4 it’s time to depart. Bid Refugio Amazonas farewell and board the boat for your transfer to Puerto Maldonado to collect your luggage before heading to the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. Continue to your onward adventures in Peru or to Lima for your flight home.