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Heath River Jungle and Savanna

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This trip to the Heath River Wildlife Center offers impressive, varied and pristine rainforest in the Upper Amazon Basin. Stay active by hiking trails in search of macaws, parrots, tapirs, and other wildlife. Admire the diverse environment and travel to the Pampas of Heath. Learn from your guides as they teach you the medicinal, commercial and ritual uses of the plants and trees. Walk through the forest at night and listen to the sounds of animals running about. This exciting 5 day Peru trip is sure to leave you with many photos and memories. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive at Heath River Wildlife Center
Days 2-3 : Activities at Heath River
Day 4 : Depart for Home


  • Hike to the plains of the Pampas of Heath
  • Search for the rare and endangered black caiman
  • Visit a parrot and macaw clay lick along the river

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Trip Snapshots

Overlook the river in a comfortable hammock As loud as they are beautiful The hoatzin bird Just hangin around Heath River Wildlife Center Friendly butterfly greets a traveler in Ecuador A "walking" tree -- yes, it WALKS!  See its legs? Black Caiman in the Amazon

Day 1 Arrive at Heath River Wildlife Center

Heath River staff will greet you at Puerto Maldonado and take you to the dock on Tambopata River. Board a motorized canoe and head toward the Madre de Dios River and then connect to the Heath River. This river is the natural border between Peru and Bolivia. After crossing the border, take a boat through narrow waters for a few hours and enjoy the scenery. Look for occasional sightings of native children playing in the water, herons, hawks, cormorants, geese, orinoco, and capybaras before arriving at Heath River Wildlife Center.

Day 2-3 Activities at Heath River

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Daily activities vary on season and weather. Here is a sample of some of the activities you could enjoy on your days at Heath River Wildlife Center:

Get an early start to visit the parrot and macaw clay lick along the river. Here these colorful birds gather to eat the clay in the cliffs on the riverbanks to neutralize certain toxins in their daily diet. Sometimes they congregate in hundreds and the scene can go on for two or three hours. Enjoy your breakfast as you sit on a floating platform to watch the show. 

Walk along jungle trails spoting the huge chestnut, kapok and fig trees on the way. Your guides will point out and explain the medicinal use and trade of dozens of plants and trees, while watching and listening for birds and monkeys. You may run into a small herd of the two species of wild pigs that are common in the area. In order to mark their territory they use scent glands so powerful that they can be smelt long before being seen.

Hike on the plains of the Pampas of Heath. This land is a result of poor soil and extreme climatic cycles of droughts and floods. It is the largest intact tropical savanna in the Amazon and is the habitat of endemic birds and mammals like the fork-tailed hummingbird and the manned wolf. At the edge of the forest climb to an elevated platform to view the grasslands and shrubs, dotted with palm trees. Watch as red bellied macaws and the rare blue and yellow macaws make an appearance.

In the evening explore the forest using headlamps and flashlights. Stop along the way to listen to the sounds of the jungle at night. You may run into frogs the size of small rabbits, hairy tarantulas or night monkeys. There is a large and unpredictable collection of nocturnal creatures in the night. After dinner, you may choose to visit the lick of mammals in an effort to see the lowland tapir, the largest mammal in the jungle. 

Day 4 Depart for Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Leave at dawn to return downstream. This time of day is the peak of wildlife activity. Keep an eye out for capybaras and perhaps be rewarded with a rare glimpse of jaguar or tapir swimming through the stream. Return to Peru through the Madre de Dios River and head up to Puerto Maldonado. 

Heath River Wildlife Center



Flexible Departure Policy
For new bookings made from March 30, 2020, forward pay 2020 prices for 2021 departures, with the flexibility to change travel dates free of charge through December 2021. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2021

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Rubber boots are provided by your Amazon lodge. There are size limits for the following lodges in the Amazon.

    Hacienda Concepcion: Sizes 32-45
    Reserva Amazonica: Sizes 32-46
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed


  • Meals not Included
  • Bolivia Visa Fee
  • International Flights
  • Bolivia Visa - Must be obtained prior to trip.
  • Internal Flights - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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