At the end of our second day in the rainforest we took a three hour hike out to Pampas del Heath. Pampas del Heath is basically a jungle version of a savanna. It’s the strangest thing one in a way second you are in the rainforest and the next you are in a grassland – flooded grassland in this case. The area has a fair amount of palm trees and the point of the trek is to see macaws, specifically blue and yellow macaws and scarlet macaws. They nest in palm trees that grow in the savanna, there are few trees which allows for excellent viewing of these gorgeous birds flying home. The macaws arrive around dusk from their days of foraging for fruit, seeds, and nuts.
After about 3 hours of hiking out we arrived and climbed into a tree. We watched them fly in pairs and groups of three and occasionally four. Macaws generally mate for life. They often lay two to three eggs, but often loose one to two chicks. The offspring remain with their parents for up to three years before being ready to be on their own. Parent macaws then begin the cycle again.
It was worth the three hour hike. At one point three blue and yellow macaws flew within three meters of our observation tree, you could hear their calls and squabbling in and around their palmtree homes as they got ready for bed.
The walk back to the lodge in the dark was … interesting.