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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2008
best macaw clay lick for taking photos? Blanquillo (Manu) or Heath River?  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I would like to visit a macaw clay lick (colpa) in Peru this year and I'm wondering which would be the best for taking photos.

I've been to the one at the Tambopata Research Center, but you're only allowed to watch from the banks opposite the clay lick (I guess about 100-120 meters away). So it's too far away to take good photos even with a big tele lens.

I heard that you can get closer at a clay lick often referred to as "Blanquillo" near the Manu Wildlife Center and at a clay lick at the Heath River. They are said to use floating blinds to bring you closer to the lick without desturbing the macaws.

Has anyone here every been to one of these clay licks? How was it with the blinds? Or does anyone know which of these 2 clay licks is better? I'm interested in any information you could give about the clay licks... Thank you very much in advance!

Best regards,
Kiki






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