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Amazon and Savannah (EA 42)

The Heath's unique combination of comfort, macaw lick, pristine forest, pampas, and traditional culture offers what we believe is the Amazon's finest all-around value for money.

  • Fixed departures Monday and Thursday
  • Available throughout the year


Day 1: Puerto Maldonado to Heath River Wildlife Center
We meet at the Puerto Maldonado airport and drive through town to the Tambopata River port. After boarding motorized canoes, we travel downriver to the mighty Madre de Dios, which we follow for approximately four hours to the Heath River. We then travel up this wild and intimate river, which forms the wilderness border between Peru and Bolivia, and arrive at the Heath River Wildlife Center. Note that the Lodge is located on the Bolivian side of the Heath River so passports are required to clear Bolivian passport control. (L, D).
Day 2: Heath River Wildlife Center
We rise early in the morning to board a motorized canoe for the 10-minute journey up the Heath River to the macaw and parrot clay lick. Brightly-colored parrots and macaws fly in by the hundreds to feed on the clay that detoxifies certain seeds and nuts they eat. Marvel at the cacophony of sound and color as Red-and-green macaws vie for the best clay-eating position. A specially-designed floating blind allows for proximity and complete concealment -- so we can even have breakfast and coffee while the birds are performing their morning ritual. When we return to the lodge, the guide leads us on an ethno-botanical walk through the forest, pointing out flora used in the daily lives of rainforest people. The guide explains how certain plants are used for medicinal or healing purposes, which ones can be made into the best bows and arrows, and how to select trees and leaves for home construction. After lunch and a short rest, we hike through the rainforest to the Pampas del Heath, the largest remaining undisturbed savannah in the Amazon. The contrast is striking as we emerge from the mature rainforest onto the grassland plain of the Pampas. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Heath River Wildlife Center
Today is our first day as a full day in at the lodge we can choose from a wide range of activities available in this diverse and unique tropical environment. Many people choose to make a second visit to the macaw clay lick or spend more time on the trails. Later we can take a canoe tour around the Cocha Platanillal, an oxbow lake which is located a short distance downriver from the lodge. We return by boat after dusk, most likely to caimans; a crocodile cousin that lives in the Amazon. This region is home to the Black Caiman which is endangered, and almost always distinguishable along the river’s edge with its glowing orange eyes. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Heath River-Cusco (or Lima)
We leave at dawn for the return journey downstream. This is the peak of wildlife activity, so keep a sharp eye on the banks of the river where we may see families of Capybaras; and perhaps be rewarded with a rare glimpse of a Jaguar or Tapir swimming through the stream. We return to Peru through the Madre de Dios River and head upstream to Puerto Maldonado, where we will be transferred to the airport for flights to Cusco or Lima‏ (B)


  • Roundtrip transportation from Puerto Maldonado airport to Heath River Wildlife Center
  • Private bungalows with private bathrooms
  • All meals and snacks
  • Purified drinking water and juices
  • Native and bilingual guide services
  • Visits to macaw clay lick
  • Lake and rainforest excursions and all park entrance fees

Not Included

  • Domestic flights within Peru
  • International flights


  • Please note that all macaw and parrot licks in southern Peru are less active in May, June and early July than in other months.
  • Prices per person in double accommodation with private bath. Reduced rates available for bookings of 5 or more people.

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    • A month ago we visited Tambopata, thanks to the recommendation of David, because his experience working for many years in this area, convinced us to know the jungle of Puerto Maldonado and we do not regret it. It was a unique and wonderful experience. The whole organization was perfect for us, we felt very safe with our specialized guide and traveling by boat. Thank you for the incredible moment visiting Tambopata!

      Gunter & Kornelia Billstein (2019) Germany
    • Our trip to the Tambopata Rainforest was a great experience!

      A wonderful place to get away from the outside world and have a moment with the environment and with ourselves. Thanks to David’s experience who recommended us to visit this beautiful place.

      Esther & Marta Pinedo, Martin Bengoa & Imanol Ruiz (2019) Spain
    • Our trip was over the top!! We have had and amazing time in the north of Peru and Cusco, visiting the Lord of Sipan, Chan Chan Archeological Center, Huanchaco beach, Machu Picchu and doing vivencial tourism in the Sacred Valley with the Yachaqs Community. Very impressed with every place we visited.

      Thank you very much for organizing an excellent time in Peru.

      Terry Hesselden, Arlene Westoby & Beverly Barker (2019) Canada
    • Very impressed by the effort, professionalism and responsibility of each one (guides, drivers, etc). We are very satisfied with our trip in Peru. Knowing the Amazon and Machu Picchu were part of my best experiences.

      Debbie Yip and Grace Goh (2019) Singapore
    • We have been travelling very often but honestly speaking the tour in Peru and the services around has been the best so far! … (the) staff very friendly and the guides experienced: Mauricio and David very passionate about their job, excellent knowledge … of Peru like history, geography, politics, religion, etc, and with our drivers felt safe in all our trip… excellent!! Always supportive and very flexible. Keep it up!! Many thanks

      Claudia Signorelli & Norman Memminger (2018) Switzerland and Germany