Tambopata Travel

2-day / 1-night Lake Sandoval

As an add-on to imporve your chances of seeing giant river otters, or for those with extremely limited time, this expereince offers relatively good overall wildlife viewing based at a small, family-run lodge on Lake Sandoval. With a minimum of 1 night you can extend this to 2 nights. Staying on Lake Sandoval means that you get ot see the lake & environs at the best times of day for wildlife viewing & beauty – sunset & sunrise. Visits to the Lake from other lodges miss out on this completely.

Itinerary as follows: Lake Sandoval, inside the Tambopata National Reserve is a beautiful and rich Amazonian oxbow lake. Here you can view monkeys, black caiman, many species of birds such as the spectacular macaws as well as smaller wildlife. The lake is known as excellent for seeing the resident family of giant river otters. Here you enjoy scenic, relaxed excursions out on the water.

Arrival and reception by your guide: Our guides are highly experienced professionals with a deep knowledge of the area and rainforest, we provide 1 guide for a group of maximum 8 people. Transfer from the airport to our main office in town: Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will be driven for few minutes to our office in town. At our office we recommend you to pack only the necessary items you need for your next couple of days, the main luggage can stay at our safe deposit. Transportation it’s easier that way, and keep our boats and porter cargo light, we provide you duffels at the office if necessary, we also provide you rubber boots for muddy trails, and you can select a proper size from our collection. Transfer from our office to Tambopata River Port: In the full company and orientation of our guide we navigate down the Tambopata River for almost 5 minutes to its junction with the Madre de Dios River, then a further 30 minutes journey down the river by motor canoe brings you to the entrance trail to Lake Sandoval. Boxed lunch on the boat. We can customize your box lunch with a vegetarian option & we also provide cold bottled drinks in the boat. The trail takes you on a 1.6 mile (2.5 km) walk through a successional forest & former giant natural bamboo forest, a habitat for monkeys, sloths and macaws, until we reach a small canal where we board our paddle-canoes. We paddle for 100 meters (nearly the same in yards) through a palm-forest swamp with an abundance of “aguajes” (mauritia palms) which provide the favourite fruit of the Peruvian rainforest, consumed not only by the wildlife, but by locals as drinks and ice-creams. Once onto the glass-like surface of the lake, we continue leisurely around the lake to the lodge. Accommodation and a short rest, in your room or in our hammocks Before dinner & depending on your arrival time we set off to explore part of the lake, looking for monkeys (brown capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys are active at this time of day) or black caiman ( black caiman are the largest member of the caiman and alligator family with the record at the lake being 6 m/20 ft). In the flooded palm forest we can see flocks of red-bellied macaws as they return to roost. This is one of the few species of macaws that live in flocks in mauritia palm swamps such the one at Lake Sandoval. We also have the option of a night walk into the forest behind the lodge. Dinner at the lodge. Please read these important guidelines
An early wake-up call and meeting at the lodge’s dining room to visit the lake for sunrise, and a hopeful encounter with the friendly family of giant river otters who are highly active at this time on the lake. Giant river otters each eat an average of 8 pounds (4kg) of fish a day. Lake Sandoval offers an abundance of wildlife including: 6 species of monkeys, black caiman, over 40 species of birds resident to the lake shore, all 5 species of kingfishers of Peru, and the largest flock of hoatzins. The animals here are relatively easy to photograph from the boats. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Departure after breakfast. Please read these important guidelines

Your cost depends on the itinerary we design for you, but excellent rates are guaranteed along with top-quality guided services.

Included: All meals, accommodation, and services as detailed above, all river transportation, as well as transfers from and to the airport or your hotel in Puerto Maldonado.

Not Included: International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of a personal nature.

Boat Transportation: Our boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes with 60hp outboard motors.

We reserve the right to change the order of activities or trails due to weather or other local conditions.

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