Peruvian Amazon: Within Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve lies Sandoval Lake Lodge, a lodge that overlooks pristine, palm-fringed Sandoval Lake, the most beautiful lake in Tambopata-Madidi. This privileged location gives you exclusive access to the lake at all times of the day and you can expect to find abundant wildlife and fantastic photo opportunities
Dramatic scenery, indigenous culture and a world of flora and fauna.
A fascinating eco-tourism experience in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
Encounter a diverse range of wildlife including rare giant otters, black caiman, monkeys, abundant bird life and even the elusive puma.
Access to the world's largest macaw clay lick.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Maldonado & boat transfer to Sandoval Lake Amazon lodge.
Day 2: Sandoval Lake
Day 3: Sandoval Lake
Day 4: Depart Sandoval Lake to Puerto Maldonado Airport for flight back to Cusco
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary
Stopover in cultural Cusco and visit the world famous Machu Picchu.
Extend your stay in Peru and explore some of its other highlights including Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca.
Travel up to Ecuador and get up close and personal with the abundant and unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Break up the long flight home with a stopover in Santiago.
Upgrade your amazing wildlife experience to a luxury cruise down the Amazon river.
Day 1: Arrive Puerto Maldonado
Upon arrival Our staff will welcome you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you through the city to the boat dock on the
Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, the source of the Amazon tributary. Just 30 minutes down river is landing at the port that will lead to Sandoval Lake.
We walk a trail of 3 Km (2 mi), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, up to a narrow canal boats. From there, we navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to the open waters of this peaceful lake. Our crew will row the boats across to the lodge (motors are prohibited on the lake). Under the surface of the lake we may see the huge Paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs). Or you may hear
strange and unsettling screams and see heads peering from the lake surface, which will
mark our first encounter with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Giant Otter of the Amazon.
After a brief rest, we start again by boat to explore the entire eastern end of the lake, following the sound of hundreds of Blue-and-Yellow and Red-Breasted Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. Our view from the boat often allows close and extensive encounters with birds and mammals. In Sandoval Lake the Capuchin Monkey, in particular, has nearly lost its fear of humans.
We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. Afterwards we take the boat again, in search of caimans, which are now extremely rare in the Amazon, but are still common in this protected lake, they grow up to 4m long, and dispute their share of fishing with the otters. On clear nights we go by boat farther into the lake for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way
Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 2: Sandoval Lake
Just before dawn we will be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the Giant Otters that roam the lake in a close-knit family, veryactive at this time of day. At this time most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. There will be time
and tranquility to observe the birds fishing; while they stalk and capture prey. We will also have close-up views of the primitive Shansho (Ophistocumus hoazin) eating leaves.
After enjoying a late breakfast, we’ll walk the trail through the cool understory of the impressive primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here. After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe different species of monkey; including the most common Capuchin Monkey. Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle and after dinner we will have the opportunity to spot caimans in the lake
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 3: Sandoval Lake
This can be a very relaxed or very active day according to your desires. If you are one of the many visitors who love this lake and its unique environment or if you’d like to get a closer meeting with the Giant Otters, we can make another early start in the day.
We return to the lodge for breakfast and afterwards take a break and enjoy the panoramic view from a high point in the lake before leaving to walk through a special circuit which will investigate and learn the use of dozens of medicinal Amazonian plants. We will see the Pamicho, the plant that provides the material for thatched roofs of our houses; the ginger candle for anti-inflammatory medicine, and the Cinchona tree, whose bark has saved millions from the agony of malaria. This path includes the wild
jungle and a small botanical garden dedicated to the cultivation of some native species.
After lunch we take a break and prepare for a walk through the quietest and most secluded part of the forest on the north shore of the lake. In the evening we have one last opportunity to seek the Black Caiman along the lake shore, or go for a short walk for your last night in the woods
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner included
Day 4: Sandoval Lake to Puerto Maldonado
After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport.
Sandoval Lake Lodge
deep in Peru's Tambopata National Reserve, the Sandoval Lake lodge
overlooks sparkling, palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake, the most beautiful and
wildlife-rich of all lakes in the region. The lodge offers accommodation
in 25 rooms complete with en suite facilities with hot-water showers,
and ceiling fans,
Accommodation with private facilities
English-speaking guided tours
All meals during the stay
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Any items not mentioned as included
Hotel rates are based on twin share
accommodation in lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are
available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply
during holiday seasons and special events.