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Sandoval Lake Lodge Tambopata 4 Days / 3 Nights

by / Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Published in Peru Amazon Tours, Tambopata Travel
icon-angle-double-left Location: Peru
icon-angle-double-down Duration: 04 Days
icon-angle-double-right Type: Peru Amazon Tours
icon-angle-double-up Destinations: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado • Sandoval Lake Jungle.

Peru Amazon Tours: Tambopata – Sandoval Lake and Lodge

Located in Puerto Maldonado 45 minutes downstream on the Mother of God River. Sandoval Lake Lodge is located within the Tambopata National Reserve and near one of the most beautiful lakes of the southern forest of Peru. The lodge has twenty-five double rooms with private bathrooms equipped with hot and cold showers. There is a spacious dining room with panoramic view of the lake where everybody shares their meals. The hotel is constructed of green wood from specially cut trees for timber.

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Tambopata Sandoval Lake Lodge.

  • Day 01: CuscoPuerto MaldonadoSandoval Lake Jungle Lodge.
  • Day 02: Sandoval Lake Lodge
  • Day 03: Sandoval Lake Lodge.
  • Day 04: Lake Sandoval to Puerto Maldonado



Day 01: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Sandoval Lake Jungle Lodge.

Puerto MaldonadoTambopata Amazon Iquitos peru tours Our staff will welcome you at Puerto Maldonado airport and drive through this bustling Upper Amazon Basin city to the Tambopata River boat dock. Here we board a powerful motorized dugout canoe and set off to the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, a headwaters tributary of the Amazon. Here we turn downstream for a 25-minute river trip to the trailhead landing at Lake Sandoval.

Stopping as we go to spot birds and butterflies, we walk – or take a rickshaw ride – along the 3km/2 mile trail to the narrow boat channel through flooded palm forest that leads to the open waters of this peaceful lake. As our crew paddle us across to the lodge (motors are prohibited here), we may see the lake’s surface boken by a massive Paiche – an Amazon fish that can reach 100kg/220lbs. Or perhaps we will hear the strange and haunting calls, and see the heads bobbing above the lake’s surface, that will signal our first acquaintance with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Amazonian Giant Otter.

After lunch and a brief rest to avoid the early afternoon heat, we once again set off by boat or catamaran to explore the entire west end of the lake. Here, along the fringes of flooded palm forest we drift to the sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied and Blue-and-yellow Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. Our viewpoint from the canoe often allows closer and more extended encounters with birds and mammals than on a typical forest trail hike, and we may witness intimate feeding and mating behavior. On Lake Sandoval monkeys, in particular, have almost lost their fear of humans.

We return to the lodge around nightfall for dinner. After dinner we take to the boats once more, in search of black caimans, which today are extremely rare in the Amazon, but still common in this protected lake. They grow up to 4m in length, and compete with the Giant Otters for their share of the fishing. On clear nights we take our boat further out into the lake to get an unimpeded view of the vast southern sky, with its unfamiliar constellations and superb vistas of the Milky Way.

Day 02: Sandoval Lake Lodge.

Sandoval Lake LodgeTambopata Amazon Iquitos peru toursA pre-dawn wake-up call will allow us to be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise, and hopefully an encounter with the Giant Otters, which patrol the entire lake in a close-knit family pack, and are most active at this hour of the day. Most of the lake’s birdlife is extremely active now, too, and this outing should provide views of numerous species of fish-eating birds as they stalk and catch their prey, along with close-up views of the large, clumsy and primitive, leaf-eating Hoatzins.

After returning for a late breakfast we set off on a trail walk through the cool understory of the mighty primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Brazil-nut trees that are abundant here, and meet a local family – the only people permitted to live here permanently and harvest the natural bounty of the forest. They will show us how they collect the nuts, remove their shells and market this important forest product.

After dinner we will have another chance to spot caiman on the lake, or perhaps take a night trail walk in search of the numerous creatures, including frogs, toads, owls, nighthawks, spiders and night monkeys, that make the forest such a busy and different place during the night.

Day 03: Sandoval Lake Lodge.

Sandoval Lake LodgeTambopata Amazon Iquitos peru toursThis can be either a relaxing day or a very active one, according to personal needs and wishes. If you are one of the many visitors who has fallen in love with this lake and its extraordinary environment, or if our outings so far have failed to produce an encounter with the Giant Otter family, we can make another early start in search of them and the many other wildlife suprises that Lake Sandoval may have in store for us.

We return to the lodge for a late breakfast, and then rest for a while, perhaps enjoying the panoramic view from our high point on the lake shore, before setting out to walk a special circuit where we investigate and learn the uses of dozens of Amazonian medicinal plants. We will see palmicho, the plant that supplies the roof-thatch material for our lodges, Candlestick Ginger for anti-inflammatory medicine, the historically important Chinchona, or Quinine tree, whose bark has saved countless thousands from the throes of malaria, and numerous other vital plants. This route includes both wild forest and a small botanical garden dedicated to cultivation of some of these species.

After lunch we can take a break, and then in the cooler late afternoon set off by boat to the starting point for a walk through the most undisturbed and most secluded forest of the area, on the lake’s north shore, to return, perhaps, amidst the pink glow of another glorious sunset.

In the evening we can take a final opportunity to search for Black Caiman along the lake shore, or go for a last short hike through the nighttime forest.

Day 04: Lake Sandoval to Puerto Maldonado.

Sandoval Lake LodgeTambopata Amazon Iquitos peru tours After a dawn breakfast we take a final, short paddle along the palm swamps of the west end of the lake in search of the resident Giant Otter family. From here, on clear mornings, we will see a glorious sunrise and its reflection in the open waters of the lake. Returning once more down the trail to the Madre de Dios River, we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch the flight to Cusco or Lima.



  • Transfers from and to airport and hotels
  • All meals and Snacks while in the Sandoval Lake Lodge
  • Accommodations in private cabin w/bathroom and hot water.
  • All guided tours with professional English or Spanish speaking guides
  • Sandoval Lake Admission
  • Drinking water and typical drinks of the Amazon

Not Included:

  • Airport exit taxes
  • Drinks and tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance


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