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EXPLORER'S INN

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Altitude (m):280
# Species:509
# Excl Vagrants:509
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:9
Habitat: Rainforest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Explorer's Inn is an eco-lodge located in the Tambopata lowlands of southeastern Peru. It offers excellent birding around a network of trails through lowland forest. A parrot clay lick offers viewing of several species of parrots and parakeets and usually at least Chestnut-fronted Macaws from a blind close enough to allow photography. Hummingbird feeders attract several hummingbird species including the rare Festive Coquette which shows up on occasion. A good excursion is the 5km hike to Cocacocha Lake, where one can go out on the lake in a canoe to find Sunbitter and various other aquatic species. Numerous trails through the forest are particularly good for antbird flocks. Pale-winged Trumpeters are regularly seen in the forest. Explorer's Inn is one of the best places to find Pavonine Quetzal, which is seen by about half the birding groups visiting the lodge. A 42m canopy tower is present and mainly used by researchers. It has limited standing room at the top but can be good for seeing canopy birds.

LOCATION OF SITE

Explorer's Inn is located about 1½ hours up the Tambopata River from the boat launch, will is reached via a 30-40 min bus ride from Puerto Maldonado in far southeastern Peru.