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Heath River Wildlife Center - Information Previous to the Trip

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Nov 27, 2017 11:16:00 AM

The Center is the best-located lodge in the world’s largest pristine rainforest. Within easy reach are an excellent macaw clay lick, Capybaras (120-pound Guinea Pigs), oxbow lakes with Giant Otters, 480 bird species, and 6 monkey species. Furthermore, we feature healthy populations of Tapirs and Jaguars.

Heath River Wildlife Center offers the world’s only large macaw clay lick reachable in less than a half a day from a jetport. Visitors have seen up to 260 macaws there at one time, making it one of the tops 5 of the world’s 100 known licks. Travelers view this spectacle from a roomy blind floating only 100 ft (30 m) away. A trail grid with mapped fruiting trees allows our guides to take you straight to the wildlife. At the end of one trail, the rainforest suddenly melts away, offering a startling, open vista reminiscent of East Africa--the only lowland pampas accessible from Peru.

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

We are the only company authorized to operate within the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

Weather Conditions

Rainfall in the Tambopata and Heath River area is around 2500 – 3500 millimeters per year, with most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April. The average temperature in the National Reserve is 28° C (82° F), with daily highs of 34° C (94° F) and nightly lows of 22° C (72° F). During the dry season cold fronts from the South Atlantic (friajes) occur every month or so, with daily temperatures dropping as low as 16° C (59° F) and nightly temperatures to 13° C (55° F).

How To Get There

A daily commercial flight from Lima (2 hours) and Cusco (30 minutes) brings you to Puerto Maldonado, a bustling frontier town and the gateway to the Tambopata National Reserve. Here one of our staff will meet you as you leave the airport arrivals area, and will remain with you until you return to the airport to board your flight back to Cusco or Lima.

We have a 15-minute bus or van transfer from the airport to the Tambopata River port, and then take a motorized canoe for two hours and a half down the Madre de Dios River and two and a half up the Heath River to the lodge. (Returning trip to Puerto Maldonado may take 45 additional minutes). In dry season the travel time increases). Our boats are equipped with a 65 HP engine, a roof to protect from the sun and the rain, cushioned seats, and carry a spare motor in the unlikely event that the principal engine breaks down.

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About The Lodge

Heath River Wildlife Center is constructed almost entirely of ecologically harvested "driftwood" mahogany trees collected from the floods that naturally carry logs downriver out of Manu National Park. The Lodge consists in a large screened main dining room/lounge and 10 double (or triple) bungalows with private bathrooms with hot shower and toilets.

Main room area has electricity (from 4:00 to 5:30, 12.00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 21:00 hours) and kerosene lamps and candles supplement the rest. Camcorders can be recharged from our generator, but please note that guests may need to bring a special adaptor to plug into the generator.

What To Bring

We recommend:

Ø Good binoculars and cameras (electricity available for recharging)
Ø Two or three pairs of lightweight, long trousers
Ø Two or three long-sleeved, lightweight shirts
Ø Three or four T-shirts
Ø One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge)
Ø Lightweight sweater or jacket
Ø WARM coat for May-Sept cold front (10-15 degrees above freezing)
Ø Raingear, telescoping small umbrella (put in check-in luggage)
Ø Three or four pairs of absorbent socks
Ø One pair of sneakers and/or light hiking boots
Ø Sandals for around the lodge (Teva type or similar)
Ø Small day pack for excursions,
Ø Water bottle for hikes
Ø Ziplock-type plastic bags to protect optics or other gear
Ø Insect repellent (>20% DEET product, consider pre-trip Permethrin application to trousers, socks to prevent chiggers and ticks).
Ø Two flashlights bright enough for use on night walks
Ø Hat for sun protection (that stays on during windy boat rides)
Ø Sunglasses,
Ø High SFP sunscreen lotion, sunblock for lips
Ø Personal toiletries and medications (hand carry medications when you are in transit to and from lodge)
Ø Passport, and a photocopy of your passport (always good to have)
Ø Cash (Euros, US$, or Peruvian Soles) for bar bills, tips, etc

Please note: Guests should arrive in clothes which they do not mind getting slightly dirty or wet, and should wear footwear that is suitable to walk on a rain forest trail. Sun cream, insect repellent, hat and waterproof clothing should be carried in hand luggage and kept accessible for the journey to the lodge.

It`s not necessary to bring your entire luggage with you to Heath River Wildlife Center. You will enjoy your trip more if only the essentials are brought. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PREPARE YOUR DAY PACK A DAY BEFORE YOUR TRIP. YOUR MAIN BAGGAGE CAN BE LEFT IN OUR STORE ROOM AT OUR OFFICE IN PUERTO MALDONADO.


General Conditions

In each booking please indicate the following information: 

1. Complete name of the passengers and age.
2. Passport number and Nationality.
3. Occupation.
4. Any special food requirements (Vegetarian, low salt, low fat, diabetic or other)
5. Any special interest
6. Any special medical requirement
7. Flight information to/from Puerto Maldonado (flight number and airlines). It is important to book the earliest flight to arrive to Puerto Maldonado and the latest flight for the departure.

Important: Though we have never heard of anyone contracting yellow fever anywhere in Peru or neighboring countries, we nevertheless recommend a current yellow fever vaccination for those who will visit any of our rainforest lodges, and that they consult their physician.

SPECIAL NOTE : Beginning 02 March 2017 Bolivia requests that all passengers must hold the proof of vaccination for Yellow Fever, that will be requested upon arrival to the Peru/Bolivia Border in order to enter the country.

Additional information: This vaccination, which is valid for 10 years, must be administered AT LEAST 10 days before the guest’s arrival in Peru.

Our lodge has a basic first aid kit, which also includes anti-venom. The lodge is equipped with a short-wave radio and is in contact with our Puerto Maldonado and Cusco office every morning and evening.

InkaNatura Travel staff can be contacted in office hours, Please find enclose our main contacts:

Av Petir Thouars 3811

San Isidro, Lima.
Phone ( (51 1) 203-5000 Ext 103
( (51) 971 427 346 

Or call to our Toll free Numbers (Call arrives in Lima, Peru that is -5 GMT) Please let it ring so that it is transferred to my mobile

COUNTRY               NUMBER
Australia                  +1-800-464-521

COUNTRY               NUMBER
USA / Canada         1-888-870-7378
USA / Canada         1-877-607-8486

COUNTRY                NUMBER
United Kingdom     0-808-234-8659
United Kingdom     0-800-098-8443

Our staff can be contacted 24 hours a day  


All meals are included in the trip: from the Lunch on the first day to the breakfast on the last day. We believe that our guests should experience as much of the Peruvian cuisine as possible, and this is reflected in the range of Peruvian dishes offered, with an occasional international twist. Typical lunch dishes served are lomo saltado (a spicy mix of stir fried beef, tomato, peppers, onion and french fries), arroz con pollo (a mildly spicy mix of saffron rice, chicken and vegetables) or other delicious dishes prepared with local ingredients.

Our experienced kitchen personnel can also cater for special dietary requirements, such as low or no salt, low or no sugar, low or no fat, and vegetarian (strict "vegan") or "ovo-lacto" vegetarian), upon request.

In Case Of Flight Cancellation

1. If the flight Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado is cancelled owing to bad weather or maintenance of the aircraft, then the guest loses the first night in Heath River Wildlife Center. No refund can be given and the guest is responsible for the costs of the additional night in Lima or Cusco.

2. If the plane is cancelled Puerto Maldonado / Lima or Cusco the guests must pay for any additional costs incurred during this extra night.

Useful References 

Ø Macaws: winged Rainbows by Charles Munn, Cover story, January 1994 National Geographic Magazine.
Ø Madidi, Bolivia’s Spectacular New National Park by Steve Kemper. Cover story, March 2000 National Geographic.
Ø “Where the Andes meet the Amazon”. 2001 by Kim Mac Quarrie with photos by Andre Baertschi.
Ø A Neotropical Companion 1999 by Mark Kricher
Ø Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide 1997 by L.H. Emmons

Extend Your Trip

For those with interest of spend more days in the rainforest and know more, InkaNatura offers a tour extension to Sandoval Lake where the clients spend one or more nights to visit an attractive oxbow lake surrounding by interesting forest inside the Tambopata National Reserve.

Conditions And Responsability

InkaNatura Travel and/or their employees act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by car, boat, or airplane and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity that may be caused either by reasons of defect in the vehicle or for any reasons engaged in conveying the client or carrying out the arrangements of the tour. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

If you would like to join our trips we have fixed departures

Fixed Departure Tours: Monday & Thursday

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Amazon Lodges

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