Seeing some of the spectacular and exotic animals that live in the rainforest is one of the main goals of every eco travel trip to the Amazon. The amazing biodiversity in the Peruvian jungle is also its principal claim to fame and folks on family green travel vacations come to the rainforest with high hopes of experiencing troops of Squirrel Monkeys running and jumping through the trees, of seeing unbelievable looking toucans as they call from the treetops, or of glimpsing a jaguar in the depths of the rainforest.
While all of these animals and much, much more occur in the forests of Tambopata, some are far easier to see than others. Jaguars are there but they are shy and usually only seen by guests lucky enough to spot one on the shore of the river as they travel by boat between Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center (TRC). This definitely increases one’s chances of seeing the biggest cat in the Americas but it’s by no means guaranteed. Much easier to see are the noisy parrots, parakeets, and macaws that live in the rainforest. 20 species of these gaudy birds occur in the rainforests of Tambopata and most of these are seen by our guests. However, for the best parrot and macaw experience, you need to visit the Chuncho clay lick between Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center or the Colorado clay lick right beside the Tambopata Research Center.
Visited by hundreds of parrots, parakeets, and up to six species of macaws on most days of the year, the Chuncho and Colorado clay licks are truly one of the wildlife spectacles of the world and a top site for ecotourism family travel. You will witness the arrival of flock after flock of Dusky-headed and White-eyed Parakeets, Mealy, Yellow-crowned, and Blue-headed Parrots, and 5 or 6 species of macaws. The humid jungle air is filled with their screeches as they settle into trees above the clay lick and come down to feed on the mineral-rich soil. You couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling, unique experience when it comes to macaws, parrots, and parakeets and this activity will be a definite highlight of any family eco vacation.