Peru: Gateway to the Amazon

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

194 reviews
Aug 1 - 9, 2023
Group size: 5 - 10
Peru: Gateway to the Amazon
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

194 reviews

Aug 1 - 9, 2023
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

Second only to Columbia in terms of bird diversity, Peru boasts an astronomical list of more than 1,840 bird species, 113 of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Peru owes much of its biodiversity to the majestic Amazon Forest, the most species-rich bioregion on Earth. Please join us on this venture as we explore the wide variety of incredible habitats present in the world-famous Amazon region of southeastern Peru.

We start our 9-day examination in southwestern Peru, the most species-rich region of the Amazon Basin, if not the world. We enter the Amazon in the town of Puerto Maldonado, located at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. From here, we will take an hour-long boat ride to our lodge inside some of the most pristine tropical rain forests in the world. From our lodge we will visit an oxbow lake where we will likely see the prehistoric-looking leaf-eating Hoatzin, a bamboo forest to look for specialists of this unique habitat, and two scaffolding towers where we’ll get an eye-level view of birds present in the Amazon Forest’s canopy. We’ll also explore several forest trails where we’ll look for understory mixed species flocks that follow army ant swarms; these flocks may contain 30-40 (or more!) bird species. Perhaps the highlight of our Amazon trip would be a visit to the world’s largest macaw clay lick where up to sixteen species of parrots congregate daily to forage for minerals! When we

get back to Puerto Maldonado, we should have seen at least 250 to 350 bird species. A bonus is that the financial support to the region during our visit to the region would’ve made a meaningful direct impact on the native Amazonian community of Infierno and their ongoing conservation projects.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary involves a lot of walking, and as such require moderate level of fitness. We may encounter rain on any day, even during the longer hikes, so be sure to have rain protection for optics. It is also worth noting that most of the tour involves forest birding, so please dress appropriately, in dark/neutral clothing. Tour participants are of course welcome to opt out of any of the tour activities for any reason.

What’s included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide services
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until June 22, 20236 left


Deposit: $400
Single Traveler
Available until June 22, 2023only 2 left

For those wanting their own room

Deposit: $400

Your Organizer

Ventures Birding Tours
194 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.


Lovely scenery, great group of people. Not as many birds as I hoped for, couldhave used more time in the field and less shopping in towns, but I enjoyed seeing the old castle. Well planned itinerary in terms fo the loop we made. Guides very knowledgeable.
By Barbara R for Scotland - Highlands & Islands 2022 on 13 Aug, 2022
Wonderful trip. Guide did an excellent job
By Cameron W for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 11 Aug, 2022
It turned out to be a beautiful day, not too hot, and it was a small group. We saw or heard some great birds like the Canada warbler.The guide was so knowledgeable, as well as pleasant. Thanks for a great day
By sharon w for Escape the Heat - Cool Birding! on 02 Aug, 2022
Thanks so much to Kevin Burke, our guide for Southern Arizona in July. He did a fantastic job of curating a wonderful experience. His birding skills, infectious good humor, in-depth preparation and flawless execution made it a perfect trip. The birds are important, but the experience is much more than that. He has a real talent and mindset for understanding and delivering what the client wants. He put us on rare birds. We made the ABA Rare Bird Alert on 3 different days. He put me on 43 life birds bringing my total for 2022 to 446 and counting. I’ll see him again on a future trip.
By WILLIAM Y for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 02 Aug, 2022
Great time birding with our small group. Clifton was great.
By Judith D for Birding the Craggies & Black Mountains 2022 on 01 Aug, 2022
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