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Through the magical jungle of Tambopata

23 March 2016

It created officially in 1990, as Zone Tambopata - Candamo, is located to the east and south of Puerto Maldonado. It consists of 1.5 million hectares (3.5 million acres) in the regions of Madre de Dios and Puno.

Tambopata National Reserve has been the subject of numerous television documentaries. We invite you to visit one of the largest Collpas macaw and mammals in the world. You can also visit the pristine Lake Sandoval. In this region, a person can walk a mile through the jungle and never find two trees of the same species. Much of this diversity is due to the flora, the millions of species of insects and animals, heat and humid weather.

Like the Manu National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve protects a great diversity of landscapes and wildlife, including oxbow lakes with herons, kingfishers, caimans and giant otters, spectacular waterfalls, incredible collpas clay visited by hundreds of macaws , monkeys and tapirs; swamps filled with palm trees where they nest different birds, rivers with white sand beaches for camping. All these wonders attract tourists, scientists and wildlife photographers.

The region Tambopata - Candamo holds several world records in flora and fauna of the region: 545 species of birds in only 5.500 ha. 1122 species of butterflies, 151 species of dragonflies and 29 species of tiger beetles.

In 1996, part of the area was declared Tambopata Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. This new protected area that borders the Madidi National Park Bolivia is the largest bi-national park in the world.

Tambopata - Candamo can be visited throughout the year.

The Collpa

The "Collpa" is a Quechua name places where many species of animals congregate to eat soil minerals. Scientists believe that this behavior supplementing the diet of these animals. However, others believe that ingesting soil reduces the toxic effects of some wild fruits and seeds.

The spectacular clay lick Tambopata l High River is famous to the Tambopata National Reserve. Hundreds of individuals of various species of parrots and macaws gather in this place. There are also smaller macaw clay lick in the Heath River

Some common species seen in these places are blue green and gold macaw, scarlet, red and blue head parrots and parakeets. Monkeys, tapirs, deer and capybaras are also frequently seen,

The Chuncho collpa is a low cliff located along a tributary of the Tambopata, 5 hours upriver from Puerto Maldonado (40 minutes Wasai Lodge).

Colorado clay lick is an hour upstream from the Chuncho collpa, is a cliff higher altitude.

Las Pampas del Heath

They are located near the border with Bolivia and contain large grassland areas over 100,000 ha. No forest, only shrubs. The fauna is very rich and two endemic species are found here, a type of fox known as maned wolf and a type of deer of wetlands. This is the only area showing these unique features in the Peruvian jungle and therefore was not initially considered as a National Sanctuary and more recently was included as part of Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

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