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Parrots Macaws and Parakeets Clay Lick tour

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Watch dozens of colorful and green parrots at dawn. A unique salt lick near Puerto Maldonado visited by small species of macaws and regular species of parrots and parakeets. Fairly recommended for parrots lovers, birdwatchers. By visiting the salt lick, you also get to discover one of the Amazon’s mysteries. Clay Licks are cliffs near rivers, which contain clay that many types of animals visit. Researchers have studied these larger birds as they eat clay around the region. Their theory is that animals eat the clay to supplement salt in their diet, since far from any ocean, there’s very little sodium in the water or food here. Watch for yourself, and see whether you think the theory is accurate.



Parrots and Macaws in Tambopata, the experience begins early in the morning at 4 am. as you are picked up from your hotel. Then you will continue on a boat trip. Just perfect to watch the amazing sunrise. Go up upstream 40-minute aprox. on the Madre de Dios River. Eventually you’ll arrive to the salt lick on the riverbank. At dawn is the best time to watch the birds. Every day different types of parrots macaws and parakeets gather together from 5:30 am to 7 am as they come to eat the mineral-rich clay.

To increase the experience at the clay lick, the tour guide will provide gears such as binoculars and birding scopes to watch the parrots and macaws. You can also take great pictures with them.

Types of parrots, macaws and parakeets we would see on this tour…

Important: favourable climatic conditions will be essential for the birds, whereas the activity is in progress.


Why do parrots and macaws eat clay?

It has been registered so far parrots, macaws in the Amazon Basin after consuming specific seeds that contain toxic alkaloid compounds enough to kill other animals. They go to eat the clay from exposed river banks which is thought to neutralize these toxins. … even though some species of macaws that consume more seeds, which potentially have more toxins, do not use clay licks more than species that eat a greater proportion of flowers or fruit in their diets.

 Highlights on this tour

  • Watch and learn about the natural life of different types of parrots, parakeets and small macaws at the salt lick.
  • Amazon river cruise along the Madre de Dios River with the most spectacular views.
  • Take great pictures from a close distance with the birding scopes.
  • Look for other species of animals such us the sloths with great chances to find them along the riverbanks.

Información general

  • Start time 4:00 am.
  • Length time: 3 hours.
  • Booking confirmation 24 hours in advance.
  • Knowledgeable english speaking tour guide.
  • Small groups max. 10 people per one tour guide.
  • This tour is accessible for wheelchairs.
  • No public toilets or facilities in the area.
  • You will be picked up by the living room of your hotel, then the taxi will drive you to the river port.
  • Cancellation 24 hours before the tour, free of charge

Useful Info

  • We recommend to dress up according to the activity. Parrots warn each other about suspicious movements.
  • Whether conditions such as rainy days (from December – April) and cold-fronts (May-August) may affect the activity’s performance.
  • The boat has a roof covering. Nonetheless you should always bring a rain gear jacket.
  • Mosquitos frequently occur near the riverbanks. We recommend to carry with you some bug spray in your daypack.
  • The excursion takes at the very least 3 hours from 4 am. to 7 am. You should bring some food supplies just in case.
  • This tour is highly in demand. You might find other people. We recommend you to respect and follow your guide advises.
  • Parrots, macaws and parakeets are very sensitive of the camera flashes, they are also to reflective coating.
  • We managed to provide indispensable field instruments to increase your experience during the activity, please follow the guidelines for proper usage of them.
  • We recommend you to take long-range lenses for professional pictures.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Boat ride.
  • Specialized english speaking guide.
  • Birding scopes.
  • Parrots Macaws and parakeets field guide charts.
  • Food (not included)
  • Tips & gratuities (not included)

We also offer other tours and day trips from 9:00 am. You’re welcome to join our options for the day

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Puerto Maldonado International Airport is located in Madre de Dios Region, Tambopata province, 7 km west of the center of Puerto Maldonado. Inaugurated in 1982, it acquired the category of International in 2002, implementing Customs, Immigration and National Police Offices. Furthermore, it is the main entrance to the Tambopata National Reserve and the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It has a 3500 meter long by 45 meter wide runway, while its passenger terminal covers an area of 2,597.00 square meters and its main hall 530.00 square meters. In the boarding area of 504 square meters, you can find various souvenir shops, restaurants and passenger service office