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Where the Wild Things Are: Aracari Offers Special Access to One of the Most Impressive Natural Spectacles in the Peruvian Amazon

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Bespoke operator, Aracari, is shining a spotlight on the lesser- known Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon with the launch of a new and exclusive experience for guests in 2018. It has partnered with the Tambopata Research Center, creator of the pioneering Macaw Project, to offer its guests the chance to witness one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena in the heart of the 274,690 hectare reserve — the daily gathering of thousands of parrots and macaws.

Tambopata National Reserve is home to the highest concentration of avian clay licks in the world which attract a myriad of birdlife to feast on its detoxifying clay. Located just 500m away from the largest and most famous macaw clay-licks, the Tambopata Research Center is the headquarters for in-depth scientific explorations into these gatherings. Aracari has worked with the team to develop a special ‘Behind the Scenes’ experience for 2018, which will see guests accompany highly knowledgeable researchers to gather data, study the complex lives of the vibrant residents, and hear first-hand why this colourful phenomenon mystified scientists for years.

The research centre is one of the remotest lodge in Peru and the only accommodation offering in the Tambopata National Reserve, and will be ramping up the level of luxury with three exquisite new rooms in 2018. Each will offer a truly immersive jungle experience with bedrooms opening out onto the untamed wilderness, and proudly showcase a range of traditional Peruvian crafts and furnishings.

Further activities include night walks through the jungle, guided boats trips in  search  of jaguar, and the chance to get involved with scientists from Wired Amazon, the pioneering research project studying the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Amazon. In addition to accompanying scientists on trips into the wilderness, guests can also help monitor the 100+ remote cameras that are located in the area, in turn earning themselves ‘travel credits’ to be traded in for future stays at Tambopata Research Center or one of the other lodges in the area.

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