Sandoval Lake Lodge 3D/2N

  • Tour Description

    Tambopata, Peru.

    Located a 25 minute motor canoe ride down the River Madre de Dios from Puerto Maldonado, Sandoval Lake Lodge is perched above what many rainforest specialists feel is the most attractive lake in Southern Peru, if not in the entire Peruvian Amazon. This single-structure complex houses a spacious dining room overlooking this beautiful lake and 25 double occupancy rooms (all with private baths and hot showers).

    03 Days/02 Nights Program

    Day 1 Take the Cusco-Puerto Maldonado flight (booked on your own).
    A lodge representative will meet you at the Puerto Maldonado airport and transport you to the river port on the Madre de Dios River to begin your noteworthy 25 minute journey to the Sandoval Lake Lodge. After boating down the Madre de Dios River by motor canoe, we will take a 2-mile walk (or rickshaw ride) through secondary forest, until we reach a small canal. Here we will board canoes and are paddled 220 yards through a flooded forest of 100-foot tall Mauritia palms. As the canal opens onto the shimmering surface of the lake, we will transfer to a catamaran in which we are leisurely paddled across half of the lake to the lodge.

    After lunch and a brief rest to avoid the early afternoon heat, we once again board the catamaran and set off to explore the entire west end of the lake. Here, in the flooded palm forest, we will drift lazily to the sounds of hundreds of red-bellied macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. We will return to the lodge around nightfall for dinner.

    After dinner we will return to the canoes to look for the large and extremely rare black caiman. If it is a clear starlit night, we will enjoy floating on the lake while marveling at the brilliance of the night sky.

    Day 2.
    A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable us to be on the lake at sunrise, when we anticipate encountering a family of giant otters which frequents the lake and are most active at this time of day. Most of the fish-eating birds around the lake, including prehistoric looking hoatzins, actively fish in the early morning as well. This outing will surely provide unique scenery and opportunity for wonderful photographs.

    We return to the lodge for a late breakfast and then set off into the cool undercover of the tall virgin forest near the lake, where we see towering wild Brazil Nut trees. Our hosts will demonstrate how they collect, open and commercialize this important natural resource.

    After lunch at the lodge and a chance to relax for an hour or so, we once again board the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake. We might see one or more of the five species of monkeys, such as the brown capuchin monkey, which live in the forest near the lake. After dinner at the lodge, we will have another chance to try to spot black caimans in the lake, or we might go on a short night walk through the lush primary forest.

    Day 3
    After breakfast at dawn, we will go on a final, shorter paddle around the west end of the lake to try to catch a glimpse of the giant otters. We will then return to the Puerto Maldonado airport where you will board your flight to Lima.