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Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick

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Address: Tambopata National Reserve, Peru
Phone Number: 5117196422
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The large macaw clay lick is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, on...

The large macaw clay lick is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, on the left side of Tambopata River. It is famous for its great wildlife spectacle, and considered as the largest in the Peruvian Amazon. Every morning when the sun clears thousands of parrots, macaws and parakeets start a ritual: eating clay along the riverbanks.

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Macaws everywhere

The area we were allowed to view from was too far from the actual clay lick. The area that the research people had was much better - our guide said we couldn't go there but we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Coline P
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The area we were allowed to view from was too far from the actual clay lick. The area that the research people had was much better - our guide said we couldn't go there but we did anyways.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

A reasonably quick boat trip from the Wasai lodge and about a 40 minute hike (easy) to get to the Clay Lick. Not sure if we were lucky but there were a massive number of Macaws and other bird life. The noise, the colour, the movement - an amazing experience. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

So we had to get up really early to get to the clay lick but it was well worth the trip. There were hundreds of macaws and parrots. Our guide brought along a spotting scope that was a big help. Other people went to a closer clay lick and had a good experience as well. You may not need to... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

we stopped at this clay lick on the way to stay at the Tambopata Research Centre. It was so beautiful to see all of the different coloured macaws flying around, and stopping to eat the clay.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The journey to this claylick can be long depending where you stay. You are about 120m from the claylick and hence you will need binoculars. If you want to photograph the macaws then you need a lens with a minimum focal length of 600mm. We were there for 3 hours and the birds landed on the claylick for a maximum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We unfortunately missed the macaws at the lick because we were on the bird tower before sunup to watch them and the parakeets come into the clay licks. Fascinating and wonderful!

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Up early to arrive and sit by clay lick and watch as hundreds of parrots and Macaws come to use lick. Amazing experience. Guides very helpful don't forget to take good binoculars. Guides will also take photographs through telescopes for you

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Although an early morning start at 0500hrs it is a must if you ate in the Tambopata reserve. Nothing is guaranteed but the parrots enjoy a social meet at the lick and eat the clay to help their digestion and to gain minerals

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

we set off really early. long boat trip. disappointed not seeing macaws. other parrots were at the clay lick but you need binoculars or telescope to see them well. a long trip for not much but still worth trying - but not always going to see macaws and you are on the other side of the river

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

You have to go really early morning, like 4 am. This is when the birds and other wildlife come. That we did. Sadly, it was foggy that morning and we were not able to see the birds. Oh well. Better luck next time? :(

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