Tambopata Sandoval Lake Tour (3 Days)

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Tour Details

Sandoval Lake is located within the Tambopata National Reserve.

To get there, you need to cover 10 km from the city of Puerto Maldonado, downstream to the right of the Madre de Dios River 45 minutes by boat and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes on foot to Sandoval Lake.

This lake is formed by a curve of the Madre de Dios River and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Peruvian Amazon.

Sandoval lake sighting

Exceptional to observe a great diversity of fauna and flora the place has a great natural beauty of the landscape as a great ichthyological by Peruvians.

Our Lodge allows you to have an exclusive visit to the most beautiful and rich in fauna of all the lakes in Tambopata, so you can travel with us and choose one of our programs and appreciate everything it has to offer.

The Tambopata National Reserve was officially created in 1990, is located in the department of Madre de Dios, has 1.5 million hectares of land and is considered the largest biodiversity of capital in the world of the Peruvian Amazon.

The Tambopata National Reserve protects the great diversity of wildlife, there are more than 15 lakes where species of animals, such as the giant otter, black alligators, anacondas, turtles, monkeys, colorful birds, and ethnicities that have not yet been contacted, etc.

Departure & Return Location

Puerto Maldonado Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Pick up from the airport or bus station
  • Professional tour guide
  • Motor boat
  • All meals, breakfast, Lunch, dinner, Mineral water and Snacks
  • 2 Nights at Lodge
  • Rubber boots
  • First-aid Kit

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Accommodation in Puerto Maldonado

Recommended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera, Flashlight and Binoculars
  • Personal items

Day 1Arrival in Puerto Maldonado and Amazonian Jungle Adventure

Your thrilling Amazonian jungle adventure begins upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado.

Our assistant will greet you at the airport or bus station and take you to our office to complete registration.

Around 8:45 am We’ll head to the river port, where we’ll board our boat to the Amazon Lodge (40 minutes away).

To welcome you, we’ll offer a refreshing fruit juice while our tour guide provides information about the jungle hike and lodge policies.

After settling into your reserved rooms, around 11:30 am we’ll visit the Monkey Island.

Here, you’ll have the chance to observe various monkey species, including hybrids, and maybe even spot sloths and turtles.

Sandoval Lake's tour will end with a visit to the Monkey Island

We’ll return to the lodge for lunch around 01:30 PM

After a delicious meal and a short rest, we’ll embark on a two-hour hike through the dense tropical forest with a local expert guide. Discover medicinal plants and century-old trees while spotting wildlife such as monkeys, parrots, macaws, and more.

We’ll take a boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to spot nocturnal animals like caimans, owls, and capybaras. We’ll return for dinner and spend the night at our lodge.

Day 2Sandoval Lake Exploration and Local Culture

05:00 AM: One of the most exciting moments is at dawn, so our tour starts at that moment.

We’ll take our boat to Sandoval Lake, located within the Tambopata National Reserve.

We’ll walk a 3 km. wooden trail to reach the lake, where you’ll marvel at the exuberant biodiversity, spotting black caimans, giant otters, birds, and more.

Sandoval Lake during the day

03:00 PM: We’ll return to the lodge for lunch.

After that, we’ll visit a Matsigenka family and participate in their traditional activities, such as using bows and arrows, weaving cotton, and making clothing called “Cushma.”

We’ll learn how to make ropes from plant bark and start a fire using natural materials.

05:30 PM: We’ll return to the lodge at dusk and set out again to explore the nocturnal wildlife. Dinner and rest at the lodge.”

After returning from the Sandoval Lake, the sunset will be upon us at our lodge

Day 3La Cachuela's Clay Lick, River Fishing and Return to Puerto Maldonado

At 5:00 a.m., we will set sail upstream for 1 hour until we reach the clay lick of parrots and macaws “La Cachuela”. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the spectacular sunrise and observe various species of parrots inhabiting the cliffs along the river. In this unpredictable jungle, you may also be lucky enough to spot toucans and sloths.

Cachuela's clay lick offers the chance of spotting several species of fauna.
Cachuela’s clay lick offers the chance of spotting several species of fauna.

We will return to the lodge to enjoy a hearty breakfast. At 09:40 a.m., you will have the option to participate in an exciting sports fishing excursion, where you can experience the diversity of the Amazonian ichthyofauna.

During this activity, we will have the opportunity to fish for species such as catfish, cichlids, and freshwater stingrays.

Fishing activities may let us know more about the local ichthyologic species.
Fishing activities may let us know more about the local ichthyologic species.

After lunch, you can relax peacefully in our hammocks, enjoying the peace and serenity of the surroundings. Later, we will prepare to return to the city. We will gather our luggage and head to the airport 2 hours before your flight.

At 5:00 p.m., we will be at the bus station ready to return to Cusco or Puno. The Tambopata Reserve is a place to enjoy wildlife.

The Amazon Awaits!

Everything set already? An amazing experience is waiting for you!


Q: What activities are included in the itinerary?

A:Activities include guided forest walks, wildlife spotting, cultural site visits, boat rides on Tambopata’s Reserve and Lake Sandoval, and nocturnal adventures.

Q: What wildlife can I expect to see during the excursions?

A: You’ll have the chance to spot a diverse array of wildlife, including monkeys, toucans, parrots, macaws, squirrels, reptiles, insects, frogs, arachnids, caimans, capybaras, tapirs, wild pigs, turtles, cats, black caimans, giant otters, herons, and more.

Q: What is the highlight of the itinerary?

A: A highlight is the visit to the macaw and parrot clay lick, where hundreds of colorful birds gather to feast on mineral-rich clay.

Q: Are there cultural experiences included?

A: Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with native families from the “Matsigenka” culture, learn about their customs and traditions, and participate in activities such as traditional crafts and hunting techniques.

Q: What should I bring for the excursions?

A: Recommended items include comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, a camera, and a refillable water bottle.

Q: Is there downtime for relaxation during the itinerary?

A: Yes, there are opportunities for siestas, relaxation at the lodge, and enjoying the serene natural surroundings.

Q: What are the dining arrangements?

A: Meals are provided at the lodge and typically consist of local and international cuisine, incorporating fresh ingredients and traditional flavors.

Q: Are the excursions suitable for all fitness levels?

A: Excursions suit moderate fitness levels; activities adaptable to individual preferences and abilities.

Q: What safety measures are in place during the excursions?

A: Our experienced guides prioritize safety and provide thorough briefings before each activity. They are trained in wilderness first aid and carry communication devices in case of emergencies. Additionally, life jackets are provided for boat rides, and precautions are taken to minimize risks during wildlife encounters.

Video of Tambopata’s Reserve and Lake Sandoval


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