• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Peruvian jungle trip in Tambopata
  • Max. Elevation: 273 meters above sea level

Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure 3D/2N

250 USD Per person

Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure 3D/2N

This trip of 3 days in the Tambopata reserve and Sandoval lake adventure offers, abundant wildlife, that includes six monkeys species, black caimans, more than 40 species of birds. All 5 species of kingfisher from Peru, the most abundant group of hoatzins and families of giant river otters.

Lake Sandoval is one of the most biodiverse and beautiful jungles on the planet. Considered one of the most impressive Amazonian paradises in Peru, Lake Sandoval is an unmissable destination on the route through the Tambopata National Reserve, in the Madre de Dios region. Lake Sandoval is a wonder for the eyes and the senses: its waters, surrounded by aguaje palm trees (a typical fruit of the jungle that you cannot miss), are the habitat of an unimaginable amount of fish, ¡more than 6,500 species live here!

Highlights of the Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure.

*In order to provide you a fantastic wildlife experience. We located our lodges in the best spots; and where there are more chances to see big mammals and macaws.
*Two nights of lodging, we will sleep very close to the Sandoval lake, which will give us a great advantage for the sighting of wildlife.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
* We will visit the Monkey Islands, where we can see huge troops of different types of monkeys.
*We have very well educated guides who are passionate about their work and nature.
*Because we going to be in the Amazon jungle, we will surprise you with delicious typical dishes from this region.
* We include, binoculars and books to facilitate the sighting of animals and birds.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
*We prepare food for our tourists and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers.

Trip overview of our Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

  • Trek Type: Connection with nature, animal watching, typical jungle food and walks in the jungle.
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. You need to understand that it is not about comfort; but in exchange you get to leave everything behind and live an amazing experience in the Tambopata Amazon jungle.
  • Consideration: There is not hot showers in most of the lodges, we’ll be in the jungle where temperatures are around 35 °C. And shower water is not cold. In the lodges electricity is only two to three hours; and it is usually at night. (basic accomodation but clean). Always keep in mind, that you are going to the jungle; and you will be in direct contact with many types of insects (thick presence of mosquitoes) and animals. The weather is hot and humid. The paths are usually muddy, due the humidity of the amazon forest; and to see animals we need a little bit of luck and to keep our eyes up. The short night walks; are done every day. Because every night there is a great possibility; to see a different animal species.
  • Season: April to November
  • **In addition to all of the above, we have a unique itinerary of just 3 days; that will take you into the depths of the Sandoval Lake.

Day 1. Puerto Maldonado – Sandoval Lake – Caiman spotting.

  • Activities: Giant river otter and black caiman spotting. We will do a short night walk; to spot fantastic wildlife creatures
  • Lodge altitude: 1.83 meters above sea level
  • Considered: you will walk a path of 3 km that is usually muddy, “we will provide wellington boots”
  • Weather: humid and hot

Upon your arrival to Puerto Maldonado bus station or airport, Our IncaGo Expeditions guide will pick you to drive you to our office, so you leave your big luggage in our office storage. You have to carry with you to the Sandoval lake only the essentials for this 3-day tour. Then you will be transported for 10 minutes to the Madre de Dios river from where you will board a motorized boat for 45 minutes to the Sandoval lake checkpoint. Once there, you will show your passport to the rangers to then hike for 3 hours to the lake itself. Along this jungle path, you will be able to observe capuchin monkeys, peccaries, parakeets and bush turkeys.

Upon arrival you will paddle through the Sandoval lake for 15 minutes to the lodge. This is oxbow lake is one of the most stunning in the Peruvian amazon. It is completely surrounded by huge Aguajes palm trees and kapok trees. Those palm trees are highly appreciated by local people to prepare juices and popsicles. After having a delicious lunch and resting for a bit you will walk back to the lake to canoe around it looking for black caimans, giant river otters, turtles and herons. We will stay in the Sandoval lake to contemplate an amazing sunset. After a delicious dinner you will get in the Tambopata jungle forest to spot for nocturnal monkeys, frogs, snakes and scorpions.

** The highlight of the first day in the Sandoval lake trip is the spotting of black, caimans, river giant otters and a breathtaking sunset in the Peruvian jungle.

Day 2. Sandoval Lake – Macaw Palm Trees Lick – Giant Otter Spotting.

  • Activities: We’ll spot stunning animals; and interesting plants and trees.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

Our marvelous tour in the Sandoval lake will start very early, around 5 in the morning you will go with your expert jungle guide to paddle a catamaran in the lake for 15 minutes to then hike for 40 minutes to a secret spot in the forest to observe a colorful show of red, green, yellow and blue macaws on kapok and mahogany trees. Returning to the lodge for breakfast, you will have the chance to watch a friendly family of giant otters fishing for their breakfast. Giant otters feed of 8.8 pounds of fish per day. After a nutritious breakfast and maybe a cold shower, you hike into deep jungle to look for giant 800-year old trees, Among the trees you will observe in the Tambopata reserve are: kapok trees, ironwood trees, mahogany and Brazilian nut trees. Your guide will show you and demonstrate, how native people in Puerto Maldonado collects Brazilian chestnuts; he will also teach you about the importance of it in the local economy. Then you’ll come back to the lodge to enjoy a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon you take your paddle canoe and you’ll go to an observation tower, from where you will appreciate an amazing sunset over the Peruvian amazon jungle. You will explore a different area of the Sandoval lake, in search of the different monkey troops. Those troops, are very active in the afternoon, as they are feeding to then just go to sleep. Among the varieties of monkeys, you can spot are: the brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys which lives in the shores of the lake. To close with a flourish, this fantastic day in the lake Sandoval tour, you will walk at night to shores of the lake for black caiman spotting.

** Explore the best spots of the one of the most breathtaking jungle in Peru.

Day 3. Sandoval Lake – Monkey Island – Puerto Maldonado.

  • Considered:  Breakfast only.

After having a delicious breakfast, you’ll hike for 10 minutes to the Madre de Dios river bank. You’ll be ridden by a motor boat for 20 minutes to the Tambopata Monkey Island. Here, you can observe 3 types of monkeys: the white and black capuchin monkeys and also squirrel monkeys. This activity will last around two and a half hours. Then you ride a motorized boat for 45 minutes to Puerto Maldonado, where you arrive at noon. Upon your arrival, you will be transfered to the airport or bus station.

We come back early to Puerto Maldonado, because most of the tourists have flights around 14:00 pm. If you will take the a bus at night to leave Puerto Maldonado; so then, you have a free afternoon to visit the snake zoo or the butterfly house in Puerto Maldonado.

** The Tambopata Sandoval lake tour service, is door to door.

Included on the Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super tour guides grewp up in Puerto Maldonado region and studied tourism for five years at university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval Lake.

Lodge: This Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure includes two night in a lodge in the Sandoval Lake Reserve; the lodge we book will be listed on your invoice. Be aware that there is not hot showers in the lodge and electricity just works for two hours at night if you want charge any device.

Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure. You will be picked up from the airport or bus station in the morning and after leaving your main luggage in our office we will bring you to the Sandoval lake; all motorized boat rides are included and also the transfer of the last day to the airport or bus station.

Food: Our Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure includes expert chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous tourist have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist receives wellington boots

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval lake, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

Due to the location of the Tambopata National Reserve and Sandoval Lake Reserve and the lodges some ítems listed below are not included:

  • Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
  • Binocular
  • Water bottles: you can buy at the lodges, however be aware that they will be more expensive than Puerto Maldonado city.
  • Snacks
  • Flight tickets or bus tickets
  • Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist

Prices

We would love to tour this tambopata jungle tour with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the peruvian jungle. We can leave any day from January to December as the Tambopata National Reserve & Sandoval Lake Reserve is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $220 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Tourist: $280 per person
    3 Tourist: $270 per person
    4 Tourist: $260 per person
    5 Tourist: $250 per person
    6 Tourist: $240 per person
    7 Tourist: $230 per person
    8 or more Tourist: $220 per person

 

Please send everything to [email protected]

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this tambopata jungle tour.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport ,
  • Bug spray; 100 DEET
  • Good daypack
  • Comfortable hiking shoes (lightweight with good soles)

** we provide wellington boots

 

Inside Your Backpacks:

Take a look at your itinerary to see what size backpack you may need, keeping in mind that if you are flying to remote areas in small planes there will be a  luggage limit.

In Latam company the maximum weight, in general, is 23 kilograms and only 1 bag is allowed to be carried on flights within Peru. Customers who acquired benefits such as LATAM Pass or LATAM Fidelidade may have a higher limit ( see our blog to know more about the weight limit on airplanes in Peru)

  • 03 long-sleeved shirts: (al least for the days you will be in the excursion and avoid black colors as they atract easily the flyes and mosquitoes)
  • 02 tank top, for the nights as there is not air conditiong but there is mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 02 quick dry full-length pants
  • 03 Socks: you should have comfortable hiking style socks that are mid to long length.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Headlamp
  • Binoculars
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Wipes: the humidity will cause you to sweat
  • Deodorant, you will use more than normal due to the sweat
  • ziplocks or resealable plastic storage bags
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

Journey Info

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Puerto Maldonado at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Puerto Maldonado is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Puerto Maldonado is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of the andes, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such Cruz del Sur is very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Puerto Maldonado like Cusco.

Luggage Storage

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Puerto Maldonado at our deposit while you enjoy your tambopata jungle tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Puerto Maldonado.

Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Puerto maldonado is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the tambopata jungle tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants and plastic ponchos.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.

These are the most used vaccines to travel to the Jungle

In this post we cite the vaccines to travel to the Peruvian jungle, according to the activity that the traveler will perform in these jungle areas. In addition, the information was consulted from important sources such as the websites of the Ministry of Health of Peru and also of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. Keep informing yourself!

Although at the Jorge Chavez Airport you will not be asked about your vaccination status; in some countries they do require a vaccination certificate, therefore it is better to be prevented and to inform yourself in the authorized International Vaccination Center of your country about what you should apply before traveling.

Remember that vaccines avoid possible infectious problems during the trip and also to keep your immunizations up to date.

 

What animal could infect it in the jungle?

Well, mosquitoes are the bearers of the fearsome diseases causing deaths on the planet. We are talking about insect bites infected with Malaria, Yellow Fever and even Dengue.

It is probably the most dangerous animal in the Amazon rainforest, even more so than piranhas, anacondas or fierce jaguars.

Without vaccination even the bite of an infected mosquito could ruin your vacation.

 

What do the authorities tell us about getting vaccinated?

According to the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA), the risks of contracting Malaria is latent in many areas of Peru, with the exception of the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna and Lima in its surroundings, nor in the coastal area South of Lima, also in the high tourist areas: Cuzco, Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. Likewise, Puerto Maldonado and the Manu National Park and other endemic geographical areas of Peru are mentioned as a risk zone.

If you travel to the Peruvian jungle it is better to consult the doctor who keeps your health history, at least 4 weeks before making the trip. So that the doctor explains you about the type of vaccine that you should apply and with enough anticipation for them to take effect in the body.

In the case of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the Yellow Fever vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis in risk areas is recommended.

On the other hand, on the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (or CDC), it recommends to travelers that they will visit Peru, some important vaccines depending on particular cases.

For example, considering the type of tourism to be made, travel time or direct contact with animals or people due to visits for study or scientific purposes.

 

THESE ARE THE VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO THE JUNGLE OF PERU

Under this order of ideas, these are the vaccines referred by the CDC:

Hepatitis A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.

Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended to all people traveling to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the granting or receipt of medical care, drug injections, tattoos or sexual contact with the local population.

Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all visitors to tropical areas of South America. Especially for those who remain in rural areas where exposure could occur due to the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Yellow Fever: The vaccine against this viral infection is highly recommended for trips to the Amazon and the southern Amazon basin. The vaccination should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10-year intervals, if you decide to stay.

Rabies: Vaccination is only recommended for individuals with a higher risk of exposure in the performance of their work, which often develops for prolonged periods in areas considered high risk for this disease.

Let us mention the case of veterinarians or wildlife researchers, whose occupation requires them to have direct contact with bats, dogs, stray cats, or other mammals.

Where to get vaccinated in Lima?

The International Vaccination Center, located in the city of Lima, Avenida del ejército, block 17, San Isidro district.