The Amazonian Rainforest is teeming with vibrant wildlife, diverse ecosystems and tropical plants, all waiting to be discovered and explored. Deep within the heart of the Amazon, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción sits nestled between the shores of the Madre de Dios River and the Tambopata National Reserve; just a few miles away from neighbouring Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica.
Both properties provide bird enthusiasts with access to one of the world’s most remote and extraordinary tropical environments. 540 species of bird dance amidst the dense rainforest, including toucans, colourful macaws and tanagers. Our ‘blogging bird month’ continues with an adventure into the Tambopata Reserve, a vast environment of magnificent beauty.
The Agami Heron, with its deep chestnut and green feathers, lives high in the bushes surrounding the vibrant Sandoval Lake. Short legged for a Heron, standing at just 24.8-28 inches (63-71cm), the long billed bird feasts on aquatic animals, living either alone or in small colonies.
Found fluttering in the forest clearing, the Blue and Yellow Macaw eats seeds and fruit, making its home in the cavities of the rainforest trees. The striking bird stands out amongst the greenery of the forest with its blue crown and nape, red line of feathers and distinctive white face.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, the other Inkaterra lodge, and 24,711 acres of private ecological reserve located 9.3 miles (15km) downriver along the Madre de Dios, plays home to one of South America’s largest canopy bridges, a 1,129ft (344m) long trail of wooden walkways suspended 103 feet (31.4m) above the plush forest floor below. The canopy walkway, and the Inkaterra canopy treehouse sitting at the end of the walkway, are also accessible as an excursion from Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, meaning guests at both properties have the opportunity to walk through the jungle treetops, discovering the birdlife on offer.
Hiding high amongst those treetops, the Black-Faced Cotinga is one of the many species of birds that pollinates and dispenses seeds to the forest below, contributing to the development of the rainforest plantlife. The Black-faced Contiga is a firm favourite amongst bird watchers, including Ornithologist at Inkaterra Asociación, Dennis Osorio.