The Tambopata Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick is one of the best places in the world to see macaws, parrots, and parakeets.
This comprehensive guide will help you know everything about the Tambopata Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. It includes tips on what to expect, the best times to visit, what to pack, and much more.
The Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick is the largest in the world. It feeds about hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets in a single day making it the bird lover’s paradise!
There are about eight species of macaws reportedly seen in the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick . This includes the Blue & Yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red & Green Macaw, and the Blue-headed Macaw.
The reason why these macaws and other parrots visit the clay licks is because of the high salt content. Researchers believe that salt helps to remove toxins from the birds’ bodies.
A Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick Tour is usually for 3 days and 2 nights. The costs being about USD 400-500 depending on your requirements.
When you arrange for a tour of the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick, you will be picked up from the airport or the bus terminal as well. Then you will be taking a boat ride (1 hour) to the forest lodge in Tambopata National Park. After having lunch in the forest lodge, you will have the chance to see different animals in Tambopata through a wildlife excursion. You will also be provided with dinner at the forest lodge.
On the second day, you will have to wake up early in the morning and get ready to go to the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. A boat ride (1.5 hours) will take you to the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick from the forest lodge. When you are there, you will see hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets eating clay, while communicating with each other.
After that, you will head back to the forest lodge and will be served breakfast. There will be another wildlife excursion, and after that lunch will be served. You will also get the chance to see nocturnal animals after dinner.
On the third day, you will be heading out early in the morning to see the animals in Tambopata. After coming back to the forest lodge, you will be served breakfast. Then you will be taken back to the starting point via a boat ride, and if time permits, you will be dropped off at the airport or the bus terminal.
The best time to visit the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick is in the dry season of Peru, which is from April to September because there are many fruits and seeds during this season.
Sometimes these macaws and parrots eat toxic fruits/seeds, then they eat the clay which is rich in salt content from the clay licks, and remove the toxins from their bodies.
Remember to visit early in the mornings because that is when you can see more than hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets in the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick.
If you arrange for a tour most of the essentials will be provided by your tour operator. However, make sure to pack warm comfortable clothing, hats, sunscreen, socks, cameras, binoculars, mosquito repellents, and flashlights for your trip.