The Wildlife and White Water of Tambopata River

This tour provides a unique and exciting way to explore the lively Tambopata River of wild Peru. The watercourse itself and the surrounding unspoilt Amazonian Forest comprise one of the richest ecosystems in the world and will provide you with ample wildlife watching opportunities. On your first day you will be collected at Jorge Chávez International Airport and transferred to a hotel for the night, the following day after an internal flight to Juliaca, you will drive to your starting point deep in the Cloud Forest. The next morning you will be provided with a thorough safety briefing before you will take to the water. The subsequent five days are spent traversing the exhilarating rapids of Tambopata River, these areas of white water range from grade II – IV rapids, with all your evenings spent camping on pristine sandy beaches. Your final day of rafting is in an especially renowned area for wildlife and there is an opportunity to see Capybara, Caiman and even Giant River Otter. Having completed your five days of rafting a motorboat will transfer you to a comfortable jungle lodge situated very close to the famous Macaw Lick. There is some debate as to why various avifauna ingest clay from the exposed riverbanks, one theory is that the properties of the clay neutralise toxins and also the clay may augment a sodium poor diet. What we do know is that in visiting the clay lick you will get chance to witness one of Nature’s great spectacles as an array of Parrots, Macaws and Parakeets feeding in large flocks provide vibrant flashes of colour. On the final day you will take an internal flight to back to Lima where an opportunity exists for you to extend your visit to Peru with a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.

Why we love this trip

  • A thrilling series of class II – IV rapids that come quick and often throughout the river course.
  • Complete isolation in one of the world’s wildest areas.
  • A unique way to see the Amazonian Rainforest.
  • After a day rafting every night is spent camping close to the river, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the jungle.
  • The dense rainforest is home to 800 species of birds, 1200 species of butterfly, 200 species of mammals and 10,000 species of plants.
  • The Macaw Clay Lick is one of nature’s great spectacles and is frequented by an array of Macaw, Parrots and Parakeets.
  • Fantastic opportunity to add an extension to your trip to see the wonderous Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu.


Tambopata River, Southeast Peru


10-days in June (set dates).

What to look for

Cabybara, Black Caiman, White-lipped Peccary, Giant River Otter, Squirrel Monkey, South American Tapir, Red-and-Green Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Yellow Crowned Parrot, Dusky-headed Parakeet and many more.

Please contact us for further details.

Reference: SAC-WWW1, Supplement Codes: AT, F, SPS