Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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Leaf-cutter Ants – Photo: Bence Mate As surprising as it might seem to some people, the real owner of the amazon forest is not the mega fauna. While jaguars, monkeys, tapirs, and caimans have big ecological roles in the environment they live in, no animal plays a more important role in the forest, than the …

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Probably the most iconic bird in the lowlands of Manu National Park is the Red-and-Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera). This bird, famous for it’s amazing colors, relatively large size and some interesting habits that we will talk about later on the article. Red-and-Green Macaw – Photo: Alfredo Fernández   George Robert Gray first described the Red-and-green …

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On October 14th, a team of graduate students of Luisiana State University  – Glenn Seeholzer, Mike Harvey, Fernando Angulo and Daniel Lane – broke the world record of more birds seen in 24 hours. They managed to identify 352 birds species, breaking the previous record that was unbeaten for around 30 years in Kenya, where Terry …

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When you think about the Mega-fauna that inhabits the Amazonian Basin, species like the Jaguar, Red-brocket deer, Capybaras and Tapirs come to mind. But, did you know that there are dogs in the forest? Illustration of the elusive Short-eared Dog   The Short-eared Dog (Atelocynus microtis), one of the rarest and most secretive species of …

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It is well known that Manu National Park is among the most biodiverse places –if not the most biodiverse one- on earth.  In 1987, due to its mind-blowing diversity, it was named as a “UNESCO World Heritage Centre”. A privilege that only a handful of places have. But how can a National Park host so …

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Horned screamers have to be the most bizarre bird I have ever seen. I like to think of them as a cross between a giant goose, a unicorn and a vulture. The giant goose analogy is fairly self explanatory- perhaps the latter 2 are a little more ambiguous. The unicorn resemblance comes from the quill …

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When the sun sets over the lodge and lakes at Tambo Blanquillo, it’s easy to think that your wildlife experience is over. As darkness falls, it’s time to have dinner and go to bed. But if you did that, you’d be missing out! At night, an equally bizarre set of wildlife becomes active. A purus …

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Without a doubt, Tambo Blanquillo’s most impressive spectacle is the macaw claylick. A claylick is essentially a bright orange cliff produced by the erosion of a river. Due to the direction of prevailing winds and past geological conditions, the animals in many parts of Peru are salt stressed. The clay contains a rare and valuable …

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‘Camungo’ is the local name for the horned screamer: a bizarre looking bird that’s best described as a cross between a unicorn, a vulture and a giant goose! As the lake was named after this bird, I expected to find it in abundance. Ironically, this wasn’t the case and during my 3 weeks at Tambo …

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Amazonian tropical forest lakes are some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. This means there are tons and tons of plants at the bottom of the food chain photosynthesizing: producing food from light. This immense productivity drives the food chain all the way to the top, giving a large diversity and abundance of …

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