Heath River wildlife center
The Heath River Wildlife Center presents a unique opportunity for visitors to see a spectacular clay lick visited by vibrant macaws and parrots just a short boat ride from the lodge–and from civilization. No other clay lick in Peru offers such bang for the buck. Opened in 2004 and part of the Tropical Nature Conservation System. The lodge is a partnership between Tropical Nature and a Bolivian conservation organization.
The Center's 10 private bungalows are located on the east (or Bolivian) bank of the secluded Heath River, which forms a border between Peru and Bolivia. Peru’s Bahuaje-Sonene National Park lies to the east, and to the south is Bolivia’s Madidi National Park. Trips to the Heath River Wildlife Center are normally combined with a stay at Sandoval Lake Lodge for some of the best value in wildlife viewing and an authentic rainforest adventure.
Only ten minutes by boat from the lodge, a comfortable floating hide just 30m/100ft from the lick allows us to witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays – a tumultuous gathering of brightly-colored macaws and parrots. Visitors have seen up to 260 macaws there at one time, which makes it one of the top five of the world's 100 known licks.