by Alan Lee
Many of the staff breathes a sigh of relief with the approach of the rainy season, as the northern hemisphere winter is low tourist season in the jungles of Madre-de-Dios. Lodges are half empty, and guides get more than just a few hours break between the changes of groups. Yet, surprisingly, the rainy season is one of the best times of year to enjoy many aspects of the Peruvian rainforest. Why?
Researchers on the Macaw Project look forward to the macaw nesting season, when nests are climbed, and when visitors would be able to see first hand wild scarlet macaw and red-and-green macaws’ chicks as they are weighed and measured, checked for parasites, and then hauled back to their nests.
The clay lick is one of the most amazing spectacles in the avian world, and at the Tambopata Research Centre there is no better time to be observing the antics of up to 200 large macaws as they feed from the exposed bank of clay.
There is no better time to observe the many different species of frogs as they emerge in their hundreds to mate, breed and find ephemeral pools in which to place their eggs and tadpoles. Many of the frog-eating snakes have learnt that this is a time of plenty and encounters with non-venomous serpents are more common at night at this time of year as they search for hoppy denizens gone astray.
Admittedly, insects too are at their peak. Not just mosquitoes, but a range of colourful butterflies, tiger-beetles and fungus beetles are also commonly encountered.
In short, there is something for everyone in the rainy season – it is even cooler than one would expect as the rain and clouds shield out the burning sun. If you have not yet enjoyed the experience, we look forward to welcoming you to one of the Rainforest Expeditions lodges soon for what will be a guaranteed unforgettable experience!
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