Rise before dawn to motor by boat 25 minutes downriver to the Blanquillo macaw clay lick. This is perhaps the best macaw lick in the world to photograph and observe macaws eating mineral-rich clay on the bank of the river. The spacious blind is located in front of a wide swath of river bank where the macaws perch to eat clay. Breakfast is served in the blind and a bathroom is available. First smaller parrots flock to the lick, and if the weather is good and no predators are in sight, the macaws congregate and descend in a cacophony of sound and color. Return to the lodge for lunch.
Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge, arriving in the late afternoon at the 34m/112ft canopy tower. On its platform high up in the rainforest where most species reside, we witness the activity of twilight in the rainforest before night closes in. From late afternoon until after dinner, we may have the opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat if the level of river allows it. Overnight at Manu Wildlife Center.
Note: Although the macaw clay lick is active year round, the best months for viewing and photography are July through November when there are larger flocks and less rain.