Allillanchu! As you know that is Quechua for hello. There are many amazing things in the rain forest but my fave is the parrot clay lick. A clay lick is a giant slab of clay on a cliff. In the morning, the birds make their screeches, caws, and squawks and then they descend from the sky to the clay lick. There they eat damp clay that helps them with digestion. It slides down their throats and helps them chew their food in the gizzard. Also the minerals found in the clay enhance the bird’s health and well-being after digestion.
All of us woke up early so we could go to the lick. We hiked down to the edge of the Tambopata River and went to a bird blind that looks like a little hut on one side with small windows. On the other side it looks like dead foliage. You have to be really quiet to observe the birds in action. A parrot expert from England (who was in the blind when we visited) talked about macaws, parrots, and parakeets.
We didn’t see any birds. I even got up early the day we were leaving so that I could go check again. No luck. The birds I wanted to see most are the red-and-green macaw, scarlet macaw, and the orange-cheeked parrot because they are very colorful.
In my opinion, the parrot clay lick is the best place at Posada Amazonas