- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Peruvian jungle trip in Tambopata
- Max. Elevation: 273 meters above sea level
Tambopata Lake Sandoval Tour 4D/3N
280 USD Per person
Tambopata Lake Sandoval Tour 4D/3N
To visit and explore the Sandoval lake in Tambopata will give you huge opportunities to observe giant otters, black caimans, macaws, monkeys, turtles and many types of birds. Also this 4-day Tambopata lake Sandoval tour will allow you to walk on a 40-meter tall kapok tree canopy, contemplate a sunset over the Madre de Dios Amazonian plain and visit the monkey island, where you will see friendly groups of at least 3 species of monkeys.
The Tambopata Reserve is one of the most precious jewels of Peru. It has an area of 402 kilometers and is among the 10 most biodiverse jungles in the world. On an ecotourism level, Lake Sandoval located in Tambopata is considered the top 5 most stunning oxbow lakes in the Peruvian jungle. This lake occupies an area of 3 kilometers long and 1-kilometer-wide; and its depth ranges between half a meter to three meters.
Highlights of the Tambopata Lake Sandoval Tour.
*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, binocular equipment 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 Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River
- Trek Type: Connection with nature. Wildlife observation. 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 October
- **In addition to all of the above, we have a unique itinerary of just 4 days; that will take you into the depths of the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve.
Day 1. Puerto Maldonado – Sandoval Lake Reserve- Caiman spotting.
- Activities: We’ll hike in a primary forest; and we will spot caimans.
- Lodge altitude: 1.83 meters above sea level
- Considered: You will walk a 3-km path, that is usually muddy; “we will provide wellington boots”.
- Weather: humid and hot
Once you arrive, in the morning Puerto Maldonado; you will be received by our representatives. Who will take you from; the bus station or airport to our office. We suggest you to pack, only the essentials items; you will need for fourth days in the jungle. Your main luggage can remain in our luggage storage.
Then with the relevant permit, to enter the Tambopata National Reserve and Sandoval Lake; we will drive 10 minutes to the local port. We ride for 45-minutes, down the river by a motorized canoe; to arrive to the Sandoval lake port. From where, we hike for two hours to the lake itself; along the path, we can observe monkeys, peccaries, agoutis, bush turkeys and parrots. Upon arrival to the lake we´ll paddle for 15 minutes to our lodge. Let’s take a shower, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and rest for a bit. We return to Lake Sandoval; to paddle in a wooden canoe, around the beautiful palm trees of Aguaje and Pijuayo; which have a fruit very appreciated by the locals to make juices and popsicles. Sandoval Lake is the place; where the largest black caimans of the peruvian amazon live. This species can measure between 5 to 6 meters long; and they have been seen constantly in this lake. After watching a stunning sunset; and spot caimans. We come back to our lodge, to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and rest after a great day into the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval Lake Tour.
** Our Tambopata Sandoval Lake Tour; starts showing us its best bits.
Day 2. Sandoval Lake – Macaws Palm Tree Lick– Giant Tree Spotting – Swimming.
- Activities: Spotting of parrots, macaws; and colorful birds. Observation of giant old trees; and medicinal plants. Spotting of giant river otters.
- 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
To start the Tambopata Sandoval Lake Tour; we’ll wake up 4:30 am. Then we hike for one hour to see palm trees; where there are flocks of macaws. Between the birds are: scarlet macaws, blue-headed parrots, red-bellied parrots; and other types of parrots that abounds there. We will come back to our lodge, to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. After our meal, we hike around a primary forest; seeking for giant trees of 500 and 800 years old. Your guide will teach you about those trees; and their importance in the local economy.
Later we will return to lodge to taste a varied and nutritious buffet lunch. After digesting; we´ll go to the Sandoval lake to take a shower. While soaking in the lake; we will be able to see monkeys, hoatzins and with some luck a family of giant otters. We return to the lodge; to put on dry clothes and put on headlamps. We will walk around Lake Sandoval to spot alligators; and observe other reptiles.
At night you’ll enjoy a charming tea time and a yummy buffet dinner.
** This day inside the Tambopata Reserve and Lake Sandoval Tour; will be fascinating and full of activities.
Day 3. Giant Otter Spotting – Madre de Dios River – Hanging Bridge.
- Activities: Spotting of giant river otters; while fishing their food. Stunning view of the Peruvian Amazon plain; from a very tall wooden tower.
- Lodge altitude: 180 meters above sea level
- Considered: We’ll walk a lot; to have an unforgettable experience.
- Weather: Hot and humid
We´ll wake up very early; to then paddle a wood canoe around the Lake Sandoval. We will look for giant river otters; that are fishing at that time of the day. Then we come back to our lodge; to enjoy a yummy buffet breakfast. After packing our backpacks; we will hike for two hours and ride a motor boat for 25 minutes to another lodge. Upon arrival to the lodge; we´ll have a delicious buffet lunch. After taking a shower and resting for a bit; you will walk up to a suspension bridge, that is built 45-meters over the ground. The bridge is 400 meters longs; and the panorama over the Peruvian Amazon plain, is stunning.
At night we do a short walk; to spot white caimans in the Madre de Dios river. We´ll also seek for tarantulas, owls, snakes and frogs. Let’s have a rewarding dinner; after a fantastic day in the Tambopata Lake Sandoval Tour.
** For sure; The tour of the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval Lake is worth it.
Day 4. Madre de Dios River – Monkey Island – Puerto Maldonado.
- Considered: Breakfast only.
After having a delicious breakfast; We hike for 10 minutes to the Madre de Dios river bank. You´ll be ridden by a motor boat for 20 minutes to the Monkey Island. Here, you can observe 3 types of monkeys: the white capuchin monkey, the black capuchin monkey; and squirrel monkeys. This activity will last around two and a half hours; to then ride a motorized boat for 45 minutes to Puerto Maldonado, where we arrive at noon. Upon you arrival, we will transfer you to the airport.
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 free afternoon to visit a snake zoo or the butterfly house.
** The Tambopata Lake Sandoval Tour service, is door to door.
Included on the Tambopata Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River
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 our Tambopata Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River
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 Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River includes three night in a lodge in the Sandoval Lake Reserve and the bank of the Madre de Dios River; 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: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this Tambopata Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River. 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 Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River 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 Manu and Tambopata peruvian jungle, 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 Tour, Sandoval Lake & Madre de Dios River
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
- Water bottles: you can buy at the lodges, however be aware that they will be more expensive than Puerto Maldonado city.
- 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
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):
- $360 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Tourist: $980 per person
3 Tourist: $925 per person
4 Tourist: $870 per person
5 Tourist: $815 per person
6 Tourist: $760 per person
7 Tourist: $705 per person
8 or more Tourist: $650 per person
Please send everything to [email protected]
We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this tambopata jungle tour.
- 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)
- 04 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)
- 03 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
- 04 Socks: you should have comfortable hiking style socks that are mid to long length.
- Rain jacket and plastic poncho
- Rain jacket
- Power bank
- Swimming suit
- Flip flops or sandals
- Music (IPhone)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Personal medication
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.