Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

Half Day From $ USD 90.00



Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick


Half Day From $ USD 90.00

Half Day
Physical Level
600 feet (139 meters)
Boat Canoe & Hike
Daily Departures
Puerto Maldonado| Madre de Dios River| Cachuela Parrots Clay Lick


Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

Sandoval lake lodge

The Cachuela Blue-Headed Parrot, also known as the Blue-Headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus), is a species of parrot found in parts of South America, particularly in the Amazon Basin. It is known for its vibrant blue plumage on the head and neck, which contrasts with its green body.

One interesting behavior exhibited by the Cachuela Blue-Headed Parrot is its clay lick usage. Clay licks, also known as “collpas,” are specific sites where various bird species gather to consume clay. The clay contains minerals that are essential for the birds’ diet, especially sodium and other nutrients that may be lacking in their regular food sources.

The Cachuela Blue-Headed Parrots, along with other parrot species and parakeets, visit clay licks to ingest the clay. These clay licks are often located along riverbanks or in specific areas of the rainforest. The parrots congregate in large numbers, creating a vibrant and noisy spectacle.

The clay lick behavior is believed to serve several purposes for the parrots. Firstly, the clay helps neutralize toxins that may be present in their diet, such as certain compounds found in fruits and seeds. Additionally, the clay may aid in digestion by absorbing harmful substances and promoting the elimination of parasites.

Which are smaller parrots belonging to various genera, can also be seen visiting clay licks. Parakeets often flock together in large numbers and exhibit similar behavior to the Cachuela Blue-Headed Parrots when visiting clay licks.

Clay licks are not limited to parrots and parakeets. Many other bird species, including macaws, toucans, and other wildlife like tapirs and deer, also visit these sites to obtain essential minerals.

The phenomenon of clay licking is a fascinating behavior observed in many bird species, and it provides valuable insights into their dietary needs and ecological interactions. It also offers opportunities for researchers, birdwatchers, and nature enthusiasts to observe and study these colorful and charismatic avian species in their natural habitats.

Trip Details

Harrold M
Harrold M
a trip of a lifetime A very posiitve and a breathtaking trip to the tambopata jungle and all thanks to the tour company for being exceptionally well organised and the knowledgeable guide who showered us with all interesting facts about the life in this part of the rainforest.
Melissa B
Melissa B
Peru Amazon Lodge was impressive Staying at the Peru Amazon Garden lodge in Tambopata was a magical experience for us as a couple. The sernity of the surroundings combined with the intimate ambiance of the lodge made it a perfect romantic gateway. Every moment was filled with natural beauty and the staff ensured our stay was memorable. It was a dreamy chapter in our journey together.
Abdul Q
Abdul Q
Enchanting wilderness awaits at Peru Amazon Garden Lodge ! Our time at Peru Amazon Garden Lodge was an exquisite escape into the untouched realms of the Tambopata jungle. Nestled amidst the lush and vibrant wilderness, the lodge offered an impeccable blend of comfort and adventure. The accommodations were cozy and thoughtfully designed, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the surrounding nature while enjoying modern conviniences. The excursions, guided by the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate staff, opened our eyes to the rich bio diversity of the Amazon. We marveled at the array of wildlife, from playful monkeys to vibrant parrots, all while learning about the delicate ecosystems of this remarkable jungle. The nighttime safari was a particular highlight, revealing a mesmerizing world that comes alive under the cover of darlness. Meals at the lodge were a delightful culinary journey, showcasing the fresh and diverse flavours of the region. The staff went above and beyond to cater to various dietary needs and preferences, ensuring each dining experience was a pleasure. The Peru Amazon garden Lodge offers more than just a stay, it offers an intimate encounter with the Amazon´s magical biodiversity, all while ensuring visitors are wrapped in comfort and genuine hospitality. A truly invaluable experience we will cherish forever.
Anup M
Anup M
Exceptional Stay At peru Amazon garden Lodge in Tambopata, my partnerand I were immersed in an unforgettable blend of lush rainforest and warm hospitality The serene surroundings coupled with the lodge´s attention to detail made our stay as a couple truly special. Can´t wait to return.
Flavia M
Flavia M
Amazing trip to the Peruvian Amazon An incredible experiene in the heart of Peruvian Amazon Jungle Thanks to German our guide who was very attentive and informative His knowledge on local civilization and flora and fauna were impressive. He spoke good English as well which really made it possible for us to understand things throgh a local´s point of view. They took care of everything from accommodation, food and guided tours. Highly recomended for an authentic Amazon Experience.
Ethaneal M
Ethaneal M
Throughly Enjoyed every moment An experience we will remember forever. Thanks to German the guide and the entire crew of Peru Amazon Garden who were always around ensuring that we had a pleasant time with them. The tour we did with them was very informative and was insightful. We spotted several animals, birds and also got an insgiht into the culture and traditions. The night tour in specific was quite extraordinary. The guide made animal noises getting them off their hide outs and we could enjoy a clear sight of them, Highly recommended.
Magdelene N
Magdelene N
Loved it A very joyful and well guided tour to the Peruvian Amazon jungle. From transport to guide services and food and accommodations, the company took care of everything. The guide we had was the best during our time in Peru. It was a very good value for money and I can totally reccomend the tour and the tour company.
Ravi M
Ravi M
Interesting Excellent tour and a very peaceful place in the heart of the Amazon Jungle. The guide was very professional and spoke good English. We sighted many animals and birds and the food was very authentic as well. Highly recommended.
Jayson M
Jayson M
A hidden gem in the heart of Tambopata! The Peru Amazon Garden Lodge exceeded all expectations! Nestled in the tranquil surroundings of Tambopata, it offered a perfect blend of comfort, adventure, and a close-to-nature experience. The staff were warm, helpful and went the extra mile to ensure our stay was amemorable. An absolute must-visit for any nature lover.
An enchanting stay in the heart of the jungle. My stay at the Peru Amazon Garden Lodge was an extraordinary experience. Nestled amdist lush greenary , the lodge offered and ideal blend of comfort, adventure, and immerssion in nature. The staff was warm, welcoming and knowledgable about the jungle´s unique ecosystem. Waking up to the sound of Amazon and exploring the rich bio diversity were highlights of my stay. Highly recommend for an authentic and relaxing jungle retreat!

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1: Puerto Maldonado - La Cahuela Parrot Clay Lick


Highlights | Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

La Cachuela Parrot Clay Lick is a famous natural attraction located in the Amazon rainforest in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. It is famous for its lively and diverse bird population, especially parrots and macaws that flock to the mudflats to feed on the mineral-rich clay. Here are some of the highlights of La Cachuela’s Parrot Clay Lick:

Impressive bird diversity: La Cachuela Parrot Clay Lick attracts a variety of bird species, including blue-headed parrots, parakeets, Amazon parrots and more. The sight of these colorful birds against the backdrop of lush rainforests is truly breathtaking.

Daily Morning Activities: Mud licking usually occurs in the early morning hours when birds land on the mud banks. This is a great time to see the birds’ vibrant plumage and observe their social behaviors such as arguments, courtship and feeding rituals.

Mineral Rich Clay: Birds love to lick clay because of the minerals it contains. Clay contains essential minerals such as sodium, calcium and potassium, which have a beneficial effect on bird nutrition and overall health. Birds eat clay to supplement their diet and help digest certain foods.

Natural environment: La Cachuela Parrot Clay Lick is located in the pristine Amazon rainforest, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Clay Lick is surrounded by tall trees, lush vegetation and forest sounds, creating an unforgettable experience.

Photo opportunities: The vibrant colors of parrots and macaws combined with the lush greenery of the rainforest make La Cachuela Parrot Clay Lick a wildlife photographer’s paradise. Capturing birds in flight or on clay banks can produce great photographs.

Ecotourism and Conservation: Clay Lick is frequented by tourists interested in ecotourism and bird watching. Local guides and tour operators provide an educational experience that emphasizes the importance of protecting birds and their habitats. A visit to La Cachuela’s Parrot Clay Lick contributes to the local economy and conservation efforts.

Note that specific experiences and highlights may vary depending on the season and bird behavior. We always recommend that you contact your local travel agent or tour guide for the latest information and the best time to visit.



Puerto Maldonado - La Cahuela Parrot Clay Lick

Experience the enchanting wonders of the Tambopata National Reserve by indulging in a rejuvenating break amidst the heart of the jungle.

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the renowned “Sandoval Lake,” an exquisite natural attraction teeming with vibrant flora and fauna.

Embark on the exhilarating journey known as the LA CACHUELA PARROTS CLAY LICK tour. This extraordinary adventure commences at daybreak as we board our boat and venture upstream along the Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes.

En route, you will have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking splendor of a radiant sunrise bestowed upon us by nature itself.

Upon reaching our destination, the clay lick known as “La Cachuela,” we equip ourselves with essential bird-watching tools such as binoculars and telescopes.

Prepare to be enchanted as you observe an array of medium-sized macaws, parrots, parakeets, and, if fortunate, even spot sloths perched upon the river cliffs. On particularly favorable days, it is possible to witness up to seven different species of these magnificent birds.

Only during the morning hours, these avian creatures flock to partake in ingesting clay rich in mineral salts. Notably, research suggests that this clay also aids in enhancing the birds’ digestion and metabolism.

Following this Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick, we make our way back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, enriched by the memories of an extraordinary day spent amidst nature’s wonders.



Included | Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

  • Pre departure tambopata jungle trip breafing at the hotel/office
  • Qualified naturalist native jungle English/Spanish-speaking guide
  • Transportation by private bus from Puerto Maldonado/Airport to Port of Capitania/Puerto Maldonado Airport
  • Transportation by private boat: Puerto Maldonado / Peru Amazon Garden Lodge / Puerto Maldonado
  • Tambopata Reserved zone(Lago Sandoval Lake) Entrance fee
  • Vegetarian option…send us you requirements please.
  •  Entrance to the Ecological Reserve.
  • First Aid Kit (bring your personal Medication)
  • Private Transport.

No Included

No Included | Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

  • International and Domestic Airfares. and aiport taxes
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations

What to Bring

Packing List | Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

  • Rainforest expeditions are not comfortable tours, but with the following equipment you will get the best out of the forest and yourself:
  • Binoculars (imperative)
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired from us US$5 a day) in case you want to sleep in tent.
  • Day pack
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts light shirts
  • Shorts/Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • 1 pair of hiking boots and 1 pair of light shoes or trekking sandals
  • Long socks
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots (only in the rainy season-we provide them)
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block
  • Insect repellent (with at least 60% DEET) and after bite
  • Toilet-paper
  • Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
  • Water bottle
  • Copy of a valid passport/Peruvian Imigration card Copy as well.
  •  Copy of yellow fever and tetanus vaccinations
  • Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts

Pricing List

Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

Group Service US$80 per person: 

  • Faily Departures Please if you are group over 06 people let us know to give you a good discount.

Private Personalized Service Price per person US$180

(04-06ppl Average – 08ppl Maximum)

  • Includes All as well as a Private Bus and Boat to Explore better) we leave any day you suit. we need at least 02 ppl.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a parrot that licks clay?

A parrot clay lick, also known as a clay lick or clay lick wall, is a specialized area where parrots and other birds gather to consume clay. These clay licks are commonly found in certain areas of the Amazon rainforest, especially in South America. Clay contains important minerals and nutrients that support the bird’s digestion and overall health. A large number of parrots and other birds come here to lick the clay, creating an impressive and colorful sight.

Where can you find parrots that lick clay?

Parrots lick clay and can be found throughout the Amazon rainforest, mainly in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia. Specific examples include Tambopata National Reserve in Peru, Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, and Manu National Park in Peru. These areas allow visitors to observe and enjoy the lively sight of parrots and other birds that flock to Clay Lick.

Why do parrots lick clay?

Parrots ingest the clay by licking it, providing it with essential minerals and nutrients. Clay helps neutralize dietary toxins, aids digestion, and provides minerals such as sodium, calcium, and potassium. The clay is also thought to help parrots neutralize the effects of certain plant toxins they ingest while foraging in the rainforest. Clay licking is essential to your parrot’s overall health and well-being.

Can tourists see parrots licking clay?

Yes, many travel agencies and hotels in the Amazon rainforest offer tours or excursions to see parrots licking clay. These tours often give visitors the spectacular sight of hundreds or even thousands of parrots and other birds congregating on loaves of clay. Local guides provide information about the birds and their behavior, enhancing the overall experience. It is important to choose a reputable and responsible tour operator that prioritizes the welfare of birds and the protection of their habitats.

Are clay-licking parrots endangered?

As a natural phenomenon, clay-licking parrots are not endangered. However, the parrot species that visit the mud licks may be threatened by habitat loss, deforestation, and the illegal wildlife trade. Because of these factors, some parrot species are threatened or endangered. Conservation measures are important to protect the habitats of parrots and other wildlife, including the protection of clay acorns, to ensure the long-term survival of these species.

Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick
Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

How to Book

How to Visist Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

To confirm the tour/trek we need you to send us your personal information: Full Names, Passport Numbers, Nationalities, Ages, Gender as well as a deposit to secure the trip/tour.

For Tambopata National Reserve (Puerto Maldonado) – Manu National Park We do require a Non-Refundable US$100 deposit per person.

As soon as you had sent us all your personal information as well as the deposit we will send you a Trip Confirmation by email.

Please, After your deposit, send Us, Transfer Number to:, After we are going to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick
Sandoval Lake and Cachuela Parrrots Clay Lick

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