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Lake Sandoval Tours – Tambopata National Reserve 5D / 4N

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Lake Sandoval Tours - Tambopata National Reserve 5D / 4N, is a superb environmental diversity, with a dozen different types of forest and some gorgeous oxbow lakes, Ara Macaw or Guacamayos within the reserve is one of the largest natural clay licks in the country and one of the wildlife highlights of Peru. Thousands of brilliantly coloured macaws and parrots. Environmentalists claim that the TRZ’s great diversity of wildlife is due to its location at the confluence of lowland Amazon forest with three other ecosystems. At least 13 endangered species are found here, including the jaguar, giant otter, ocelot, harpy eagle, and giant armadillo. Come along with us and visit Lake Sandoval. It is one of the essential oxbow lakes on the Madre de Dios River. Lake Sandoval Peru is also one of the most beautiful lakes in the Peruvian Amazon. It is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, in the Madre de Dios region. Sandoval Lake Puerto Maldonado is 3 km long and 1 km. Wide. The average water temperature is 26 C°. It is undoubtedly a splendid place to observe the region´s flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

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There are over a thousand species of birds that live in this area, and there are thousands of other animal species, (some of which are in danger of extinction). You can see giant nutrias, black caimans, river otters, toucans, and many others. We invite you to enjoy this unique experience in the natural environment of Lake Sandoval. And while you immerse yourself in nature, you will also be able to take part in a lot of adventure activities.
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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 350 masl. / 1148 ft.
    Accommodation: 3 Days Lodge
    Departures Day: Daily Departures
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Puerto Maldonado 7:30 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at your accommodation in Puerto Maldonado around 4:45 PM


Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Lago Sandoval – Lodge
When you arrive at the airport, our team will meet you and welcome you. They will give you a hand with your luggage and take you over to the offices of the Tambopata National Reserve where you will register. Then you will head over to the port where you will board your launch for the ride on the river to your Sandoval Lake Eco Lodge. In order to get to Sandoval Lake Lodge Peru you will head upriver on the Lower Madre de Dios. Upon landing, you will have an easy 30 minute walk through the forest to reach the Lodge itself. Upon arriving at the Sandoval Lake Lodge, you will check in and take a break before lunch is served. After lunch, your adventure on the lake begins.

We will go out on our own boat, and have a rowing course. For this you don´t really need to be in great shape. Around the lake you will be able to see some of the greatest biodiversity in the world, all in its natural environment. If you are feeling hot, you will be able to jump into this magic lake and cool off. In the evening you can witness some the most beautiful sunsets in all the jungle. Our adventure continues after dark. You will ride in our boat to the mouth of the river to see the caimans, the nocturnal birds, and the capibaras, which are the largest rodents in the world. Then we will return to the Lodge, have a good supper, and turn in for the night.

Shuttle to Amazon Garden Lodge.: 1½ hour by bus from Puerto Maldonado.
Walking Distance: 9km. / 5.5mile.
Trekking Time: 1½ to 2 hour approximately.
Climate: Moderate
Acomodation: Amazon Garden Lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 350 masl. / 1148 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 186 masl. / 610 ft.
Day 2: Tours in the rainforests of the Amazon in Tambopata
At dawn we will head out across the main river and hike to the confluence of a nearby smaller river. Here we will be able to see lots and lots of parrots and other birds at the salt lick. Salt licks are of vital importance for the birds of the jungle. By ingesting the clay which contains important minerals, the birds are able to maintain their perfect metabolism and arrest the poisonous effects of the fruits that they eat. On our hike to and from the salt lick we can observe more exotic birds like toucans, and also bands of monkeys.
There will be plenty of strange insect life, brightly plumed tropical birds, and new species of plants and animals. Breakfast will be served when we return to the Lodge, and the rest of the day you will have free time to relax or wander about and explore.

Optional Tour. During your free time you might want to partake in one of the several adventure sports that are available. You could try zip-lining, or trekking over to the bridge that is constructed up in the canopy, river rafting, or kayaking. You could visit our friends, the primates. They are usually more than happy to receive human visitors, especially when you bring them snacks. The adventure sports here at Sandoval are adrenalin filled and are sure be long remembered. These are optional activities and they require at least 2 participants. When your activities are over, you´ll return to the Lodge and perhaps enjoy the opportunity to have an intercultural exchange with the folks who live in this area and with the members of our team. Weather permitting, we can build a bonfire at night and enjoy the sounds of the jungle and the sight of the stars before going to bed.

hike: 3 km / 1.8 miles
hike time: ½ to 1 hour approximately.
Optional to relax: enjoy the sunset from the top of our 20 meters tower.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge.
Meals: Happy hour, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 350 masl. / 1148 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 186 masl. / 610 ft.
Day 3: The salt lick where we can observe Parrots and Macaws
While you are in the jungle at Tambopata, it is customary to wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys, the parakeets, and other birds at dawn. Before starting out on our early morning tour, we will enjoy a cup of delicious coffee with milk or some tea. Then we will head out to explore the narrow trails leading to the Tambopata River. We will have the opportunity to observe the local wildlife, such as: capibaras, jaguars, turtles, and caimans.

Soon we will are arrive at the salt lick at Chunchos where we will be able to observe different species of macaws, parrots, and parakeets. They all like to congregate in greater and greater numbers as the morning progresses. Here the birds all come for one reason. They need the minerals which the clay supplies. With these minerals, they can enjoy perfect digestion. If you like to take photos, this is the place where you will have a wonderful opportunity to photograph brilliantly plumed tropical parrots and macaws. We recommend that you bring along a high quality camera and a long-distance lens. (400 mm. minimum).

Culminating our morning activities will be breakfast back at the Lodge. After breakfast we can go on another hike to the shore of the Tambopata and see more wildlife and new plants. Then it will be time for lunch and a peaceful siesta. Later in the afternoon we could visit a local plantation or return to the river and go fishing or swimming.

hike: 3 km / 1.8 miles
hike time: ½ to 1 hour approximately.
Optional visit: to the parrots clay lick.
Visit: Explore the treetop canopy and enjoy panoramic views.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge.
Meals: Happy hour, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 350 masl. / 1148 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 186 masl. / 610 ft.
Day 4: Lake Sandoval
On the second-to-the-last day of our tour we will start out with breakfast at the Lodge. Together with a guide who is expert in the local flora and fauna, we will enjoy a spectacular day along the rivers, lakes, and salt licks of the Tambopata National Reserve. We will get an early start and in that way you will better appreciate the great variety of wildlife, and you will also avoid the hottest part of the day. It is a good idea to walk slowly. You will see more wildlife that way. We will hope to see the giant nutria, the black caimans, and perhaps even an anaconda. There are quite a few species here that are accustomed to human presence.

After our hike we will return to the Lodge for a break in our hammock and eat a great lunch. Then we´ll have the afternoon free to explore around the Lodge. Finally, at night, after a delicious dinner, we can track down the caimans on the shore of the river. We will be led by our expert guide who will help us enjoy this fantastic night. The guide will show us where to look. You will have to have a sharp eye to pick out the caimans camouflaged on the muddy shore.

Transfer: from our lodge to Puerto Capitania.
Optional visit: early morning visit to the parrots.
Explore Puerto Maldonado city.
Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Transfer: your respective bus stop or the airport.
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl. / 12630 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1470 masl. / 48211 ft.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Maximum Altitude: 350 masl. / 1148 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 186 masl. / 610 ft.
Day 5: Puerto Maldonado – Next Destination
After your Amazon style breakfast there will be some free time. Then we will board our boat that will carry us back to the city of Puerto Maldonado. Along the way we can take some final photos of the exuberant vegetation. Upon arriving in the city, we will go right to the airport. Your Travel 1 representative will meet you there, and he will have all of your luggage with him. You can board your plane to Cusco or to Lima. There you can begin your next adventure. You will be carrying with you all the memories, illusions, fulfilled dreams, and above all, the positive energy that will enable you to better explore our world

Transfer: from our lodge to Puerto Capitania.
Optional visit: early morning visit to the parrots.
Explore Puerto Maldonado city.
Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Transfer: your respective bus stop or the airport.
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl. / 12630 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1470 masl. / 48211 ft.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 350 masl. / 1148 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 186 masl. / 610 ft.

What is Included?

  • Pre departure tambopata jungle trip breafing at the hotel/office
  • Qualified naturalist native jungle English/Spanish-speaking guide
  • Cook who is charge of making the food /cooking equipment
  • Camping equipment/tents and mats (in case we camp in the jungle)
  • Transportation by private bus from Airport or bus station to Port of Capitania/Puerto Capitania to Airport or bus station.
  • Transportation by private boat: Puerto Maldonado / Peru Amazon Garden Lodge / Puerto Maldonado
  • Overnights in lodges and camping huts
  • Mineral water all the time
  • Meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Tambopata Reserved zone(Sandoval Lake)entrance fee
  • Vegetarian option…send us you requirements please.
  • Entrance to the Ecological Reserve.
  • First Aid Kit (bring your personal Medication)

Not Included:

  • International and Domestic Airfares. and aiport taxes
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations

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Tambopata Tours 5 Days FAQs

When is the best time to visit Tambopata?
One of the most frequently asked questions by people who are planning a trip to Peru is when they should visit Tambopata. They wonder if weather and/or animal sightings vary by time of year or if there are other factors to take into consideration. Although it would be easy to say that it’s worth it to experience the exciting Amazonian rainforests of Tambopata at any time of the year, most visitors do prefer to stay at Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas, and the Tambopata Research Center during the dry season. Nevertheless, there are advantages to visiting Tambopata during the wet season too so the best time to go depends more on what you hope to see and how you would like to experience the Amazon rainforest. The following questions and their respective answers will help you decide when to visit Tambopata:
When is the dry season?: Although it can rain at any time of the year, the Tambopata region tends to be drier from May until October. The rains start up in earnest in November and continue until April with therainiest months usually being November and December. Upsides to visiting during the dry season are trails that aren’t as muddy, little chance of activities being affected by rain, and more macaws and parrots on the clay licks. Downsides to visiting during the dry season are hotter weather, less bird activity on sunny days, more difficulty in finding amphibians, and more travel time on rivers due to low water levels.
Why visit Tambopata eco-lodges during the wet season?: Although you can expect a lot of rain, there will probably be fewer fellow ecotourists (if you like a lot of extra elbow room), it usually rains in the afternoon, it tends to be a bit cooler, and there may be higher bird activity on account of the cloudy weather. The ponds and temporal wetlands that form at this time of the year in the rainforest can also make it easier to find reptiles and amphibians.
When will I see the most animals?: In all honesty, no month is particularly better to see animals than any other. While more parrots and macaws tend to visit the clay lick during the dry season, other animals are encountered with the same frequency no matter what the time of the year. A much bigger factor that comes into play for seeing Amazonian wildlife is the guide’s level of experience and training.
When is the best time to see monkeys?: If you visit lodges such as the Tambopata Research Center, Refugio Amazonas, or Posada Amazonas, you have a very good chance of seeing several monkey species throughout the year. The rollicking calls of Dusky Titis echo from vine tangles, Red Howler Monkeys call from the canopy, and troops of Squirrel Monkeys roam through second growth near oxbow lakes. Black Spider Monkeys may be a bit easier to find during the wet season because it’s usually easier to locate the fruiting trees they feed on but a good guide will increase your chances of seeing them no matter what the time of the year.
What is included in the price of the room?
Basically, everything, once you arrive in Puerto Maldonado, is included, such as:
All meals
Tours, Services, Guides
Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado
All river transportation
Things that aren’t included are:
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,
Phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
What kind of luggage should I bring?
Your luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for a long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 10 kilos (22 pounds a piece). You can leave your large luggage in our office at Puerto Maldonado. If you are visiting other destinations in Peru or South America that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day so we won’t be carrying them around uselessly. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.
What should I pack ?
Here are some suggestions:
Camera gear, bring your long lens!
Light-colored, long cotton pants
Long-sleeved, light-colored cotton shirts
Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
Flashlight (headlamp) with batteries
Sunblock lotion
Broad-brimmed hat
Rain suit or poncho
Insect repellent
Small denomination bills
Small daypack
Slippers or sandals for walking around the lodge
Please be aware that the recreational use of drones is not allowed in our lodges. For professional use please contact us to process the required permit
Should I pack rubber boots?
Around the lobby you will find racks with rubber boots arranged by size. The largest size we carry is 11. You can use these boots for our walks or outings into the forest. Please remember that when walking inside the lodge facilities and in order to prevent bringing mud inside, you must take out your boots or muddy shoes. We suggest to use sandals, clean sneakers, slippers or socks. During rainy season the corridors to your rooms get wet, so we recommend to bring light anti-slip slippers to avoid getting your socks wet.
Is there electricity at the lodge?
electricity-outletsThe lodge is run mainly on propane. You can charge batteries a few hours a day in the dining room area. Communications are powered by solar energy and there is wireless internet available at night. We use electric bulbs in public areas at night. *We have electricity three times per day: From 6hrs to 8hrs - From 12hrs to 14hrs - From 17hrs to 22hrs (Referential time)
Can I drink the water?
We provide natural spring water 24 hours per day. Please use the water wisely. We advise you not to drink the water from the river, lake or any of the taps. Consumable water can be found throughout the lodge from many dispensers and pitchers as well as a variety of other beverages available. All the water that the lodge provides is purified with an ozone treatment. We also suggest that you use this water to brush your teeth. Please turn off the water flow while lathering and soaping up to reduce unnecessary water usage.
What can I expect in the rooms?
Our open and spacious rooms offer lots of natural light and fresh air while providing a safe but close contact with the forest environment. Our three wall rooms allow you to connect with nature, but no worries nothing will enter into your room. The lodge and rooms are 3 meters away from the forest and 1 meter and half above the ground. Each room is also equipped with private bathrooms for your convenience. Use of the mosquito netting on each bed is strongly recommended to ensure your comfort and safety. We try to be as eco-friendly as possible so we request that you only change towels when really needed. After 9:30 pm we kindly ask that you lower your voices to allow all guests to enjoy the sounds of the forest at night
Is there a phone at the lodge?
Thank God we do not have a telephone available in our lodge! In case of emergency, we could get cell phone signal, only at Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas.
What inoculations are required for Tambopata?
While the Peruvian Amazon is an incredible place to visit, make sure you prepare well for your travel to Peru by packing efficiently and getting the recommended vaccinations. Before you travel to Puerto Maldonado or other places in the Peruvian Amazon, visit a health care provider specializing in Travel Medicine who can tell you which vaccinations are recommended due to your health and vaccination history. It is best to see this physician 4-6 week prior to your travel to allow time for vaccinations to take effect. You should mention each country you are visiting on your trip in order to receive appropriate advice for all of your travel destinations. While there are no required vaccinations for travel to Peru, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the following recommendations:
Hepatitus A:Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.
Hepatitus B: Vaccination recommended to all travelers to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the giving or receiving of medical care, drug injections, tattooing, or sexual contact with the local population.
Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to tropical South America especially those who may be staying in rural areas where exposure through food or water could occur.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is highly recommended for travel to Amazonia and the Southern Amazon basin. The shot should be given at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10 year intervals if you decide to stay.
Rabies: Vaccination is ONLY recommended to travelers with an increased risk of exposure including: long-term travelers living in an area that poses a high-risk of exposure, travelers working in occupations who will have direct contact with bats, stray dogs and cats, or other mammal such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals or researchers.
Is laundry available at the lodges?
This service is only available on sunny days. Please ask for the rate at the lodge. Clothes are hand-washed using White Swipe biodegradable soap and are sun dried in order to protect the environment.
What happens in the case of a medical emergency?
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Our guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emergencies (such as an appendicitis). For snake bites, unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.
Is leishmaniasis or malaria present?
Leishmaniasis Leishmaniasis is present throughout the rain forests of southeastern Peru. It is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it but it is curable in every case. The selected cure, injections of pentavalent antimony (Glucantime), is uncomfortable. Leishmaniasis is also very easy to prevent by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and repellent on exposed skin at all times, and sleeping under mosquito nets. If you are interested in receiving complete information on leishmaniasis contact us before your trip. Malaria Malaria is present but extremely rare. If you wish to take medical precautions against malaria consult your physician or a specialist in tropical medicine.
Is there a safe in my room?
We ask you to keep your valuable belongings and documents in the safe. Do not leave them valuables in plain view. Equally if you have food or candies please keep them in the safe. Do not leave them outside. This way you will avoid attracting insects and other animals. Ask the lodge manager or guide to inform you about the proper use of the safety box.
What is the weather like in Tambopata?
The lowland rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid. In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 78F and 93F (24C and 31C) The average nighttime low is between 66F and 78 F (20C and 24C). Cold Fronts - May through September Cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the nighttime lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle. Rainy Months - November through April Be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.
About gratuities
You will find tip boxes at each of the lodges. These are for staff tips. We suggest 3$ per person per day. To tip your guide, wait until the end of the trip, and do so personally. We suggest 10$ per person per day.
Are Kosher foods available at our Lodges in Tambopata?
No, unfortunately, we do not have Kosher certified food in Puerto Maldonado, the closest town from where we get our supplies, like fresh produce, meat and fish, and dairy products.
At what time start the jungle tour?
The tour start usually depends your arrival time, when you make a booking please choose a close time at your arrival, and then send us your arrival information for pick you up and start the tour.
At what time does the tour end on the last day?
Tours end around 8:00 am, then transfer to the airport and / or bus terminal.
If I have a very late flight or bus?
You can coordinate with our staff so that you can leave later if you wish, and you can also do some extra activity.
Why our priuce is lower than other companies and have best price?
We have best price because we are the owner and we are locals native tour operator, our family born in this area and we love this jobs and we want to give you the best service for a good price, that is.
What things should I bring for the jungle tour?
Flashlights with enough batteries for night walks , binoculars , insect repellent with more than 30% deet , bottle of water for the first day .
What clothing should I bring for the tour?
We recommend pants comfortable cloth for walking and long sleeve shirts, but if you bring a good repellent can dress with short clothes , trekking shoes if rains we will facilitate you rubber boots for the tour, so we will give you the boots on arrival in Puerto Maldonado, office.
Do I need to bring extra money for the tour?
We recommend bringing some cash in case you want some extra drink at the lodge as soft drinks, beer , drinks and / or tips for staff will be at your service.
Why the price in standard room and bungalows?
We always are improving our servcie, that is why now we have bungalows room with more privacy with hot shower, so when you make your booking you have now the option to choose this room, for $10 more per night per person.
Is there electricity in the lodge?
Yes, we have from solar panels, we are a Eco-friendly Lodge, please help to save the world and be very carefully when you use the electricity, only for recharge camara, phones, not use for other equipment, that consume a lot of energy.
If I have any allergies or suffer illness before I report?
If of course, so that we can provide good service and help to know how should report any illness and / or allergies you have.
In the tour do you have the option of vegetarian nutrition?
Yes, of course we have options for vegetarians, right through request sent an e -mail , your food requirement.
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