The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) was founded to study macaws as the surrounding rainforests are excellent habitat for these, spectacular, long-tailed parrots. Blue and Gold, Scarlet and Red and Green Macaws occur in large numbers near this Amazon jungle lodge and are seen flying overhead or perching in the crowns of nearby trees. Chestnut-fronted, Red-bellied, and Blue-headed Macaws, the three smaller species of macaws that occur in the area, are also fairly common at TRC and seen most days of the week. The common presence of these incredible, colorful birds at TRC makes it one of the best ecotourism family destinations in Peru as well as a perfect place to learn more about them.
Researchers have been studying macaws at the Tambopata Research Center since the early 1990s to learn more about their nesting habits, the foods they eat, how and why they use the clay lick, and the interesting behaviors they display. These studies are especially useful because they provide valuable information needed to help conserve macaws in other parts of the Amazon and Central America where they have become endangered. In this regard, TRC has been particularly important for studies of nest box use by the Scarlet Macaw. The same type of artificial nests that are successfully used by this brilliantly plumaged bird at TRC have also been implemented in Costa Rica to help macaw populations there.
As a guest of TRC, you will get the chance to experience the incredible, unique display of macaws as they visit the clay lick and will learn all about the macaw project later on during after dinner lectures. These presentations are given by macaw project volunteers and researchers who study them at the clay lick, climb trees to monitor their nests, and take notes on their behavior in the rainforest. They will add depth to your eco travel experience at TRC by providing a valuable educational touch important for every type of family green travel.