Tambopata & Sandoval Lake 5 days - Peru Jungle Tours
 

THE BEST OF PUERTO MALDONADO NATURE & WILDLIFE Tambopata & Sandoval Lake

If you are looking to enjoy natural landscapes and observe incredible wildlife in the Peruvian rainforest, this tour includes one of the most spectacular macaw clay licks access and the beautiful Sandoval oxbow lake guided by highly experienced professionals with deep knowledge of the area and rainforest.
Available on daily departures
Price
650$ per person
Duration
5 Days
Destination
Tambopata
Travellers
2
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What's included

Destination
Tambopata Discover Tambopata
Departure Location
Puerto Maldonado Airport or Bus Terminal
Return Location
Puerto Maldonado Airport or Bus Terminal
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Box lunch
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Macaw Clay Lick Entrances Tickets
  • Professionally Local Guide
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Touristic Transportation
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • International flights

Tambopata & Sandoval Lake 5 days Tour

Explore the Tambopata National Reserve. You will be able to see species such as;  Giant Otter at Sandoval Lake one of the most beautiful Amazonian lakes, having a relaxing excursion around the lake, and observing a great number of aquatic birds and monkeys. You will be also visiting the spectacular Chuncho clay- lick, the largest and definitely one of the most spectacular clay-lick in the south of Peru.  This is the best combination to enjoy the jungle with active, comfortable, and successful excursions.

Lodging

We use the Sachavacayoq Lodge which is bordering the Tambopata National Reserve, easy to access to two oxbow lakes (oxbow lakes are the best areas to see wildlife in the Amazon). Condenado lake is close to the lodge. Sachavacayoc is deep in the jungle, spotting Macaws and monkeys. We explore the jungle at night, looking for tapir and other interesting creatures, not to forget large Caymans.

Number of People

We always have a maximum of 6 people per group standard it’s 4-6 people in order to maximize the experience. This means a much higher standard operational service and for performing an ideal Amazon Tour in Peru.

Safety while traveling in the Jungle

Despite all the stories rainforest are relatively safe to be in, especially when compared with traffic in the big cities in Peru, nevertheless its necessary to be aware of the dangers. Just as you know that crossing the road without attention. Believe it or not, more people get killed by falling branches and seed-pots than by all the dangerous animals together. Be aware of that especially when it’s windy and during heavy rains. On top of that, its worth mentioning the major risk while exploring the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

Below is a list of some of the wildlife that you may encounter while experiencing one of our impeccable tours;

Mosquitos

Prevention is the keyword, always wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Insect repellent is a necessity here. Sleep under the mosquito net provided, repellent on shirt and trousers is advisable. (Be aware of long-term effects even a month later.)

Peccaries

Forest pigs are shortsighted and that is why they might be dangerous if you hear, smell, or see them. Keep a considerable distance and don’t talk much until they go away.

Jaguars

They are very rare and avoid noisy tourists, you are lucky if you see one. Don’t run away because that may provoke these rare creatures. Just observe from a quiet distance. Or if you are scared, we recommend you scream loudly, wave your arms and slowly move backs. The Jaguars will look at you in surprise, raise his shoulders, more than likely decide that you are crazy, and slowly walk away.

Chiggers

Mite larvae live in clearings, at forest borders, and in soccer fields.  Their saliva causes strong reactions in humans. Within a day of the encounter, their presence can be noticed for days, or even days later. They don’t transmit any disease but cause a lot of scratching, tug your trousers into your socks

Spiders

Not a big deal, fatal spiders live in deserts, tarantulas rarely attack, and if so, are not fatal, their hairs might cause an allergic reaction.

While Swimming

Small  Caymans are not likely to attacks but never try to hold them. White caymans have a reputation to be more aggressive, (2 cases of Black Caimans have been reported within Manu over the years).

Piranhas

Piranhas are not a problem, don’t pee in the water while swimming though. You seldom attract the small candiru fish and they might mistake your body openings for the gill openings of a big catfish. Always makes your guides swim first to prove that it is really safe.

Snakes

Scary if seen, but snakes are rare and there are about six fatal species in the region, coral snakes are not likely to attack. Especially not because their fangs are not big enough for it, (between your toes is the most likely the place they will go for, so don’t walk in sandals along the trails).

Our guides carry anti-venom. If bitten you will be assisted and tended to as soon as possible, or be evacuated to the local hospitals. In general, bear this in mind and keep your distance from snakes.

Anacondas

The 1997 movie ¨Anaconda¨was a blessing for the rainforest, it scared people, and it is people who threaten nature, the funny thing about this movie is that it gives people what they already know or what they already think they know.  All preconceptions show up, obviously, the filmmakers did not care about facts of the real world.

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  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
Day 1

Pick up at Puerto Maldonado Town

Arrival and reception by our guide or transfer at the airport or bus station, our guides are highly experienced professionals with deep knowledge of the area and rainforest. Transfer from the airport to our main office in town, upon arrival to Pto. Maldonado City, our Transfer or guide will welcome you and drive you for a few minutes to our office in town In our office we recommend you pack only the necessary stuff you need for the next few days, the main luggage can stay at our safe deposit, the transportation would be much easier that way, and keep our boats and porter cargo light, we provide you duffels at the office if necessary. Transfer from our office to Tambopata River Port, we navigate up the Tambopata River for about 2 hours until Finca Sachavacayoc, on the way, we have the option of watching birds, caimans, capybaras, and monkeys if lucky. Box lunch in the boat. We can customize your box lunch with a vegetarian option, we also provide cold bottled drinks in the boat. In full company and orientation of our guide, we get to Finca Sachavacayoc, accommodation, and a Little rest. After de little rest, we will go for a jungle walk, as an introduction to nature and get familiarized with the forest interior, wait until it gets dark to do a night walk looking for the elusive nocturnal creatures and critters, like the impressive ground bird eating Tarantula (as big as your hand) Dinner at the lodge.
Day 2

Chuncho Clay Lick

We will visit One of the Nature worlds wonder, the spectacular Chuncho clay- lick, the largest in the world with the three major species of macaws getting together at the same time, and many varieties of parrots, hundreds of parrots come together to eat clay, a special and unique behavior that is only found in this part of the planet. Early departure at 4 am, then 2 hours on our boat upstream of the Tambopata River; in order to enjoy the best of the parrot, the show is important to arrive early before the birds! We will take breakfast in the boat along the journey to the clay-lick we have great chances of seeing Capybaras, Caymans, and maybe if lucky Jaguar or Tapirs (the two most special terrestrial mammal of the amazon). We stay in the clay lick area, if necessary until we get to see the macaws eating clay, return to the lodge for lunch. Lunch at the lodge. After a good rest, we get packed and ready for the pristine Condenado lake Condenado (condemned) lake its 1 hour away from the lodge (walking slowly watching things), Condenado Lake has very good wildlife such as monkeys, caimans, lot of Hoatzin, lots of macaws fly by going to roost, we also have very good chances to see the elusive an shy Anaconda , this place gives us a unique Jungle experience, with no other people rather than us in this pristine lake. We get there by evening and right away we take a paddle-canoe and leisurely enjoy the deepest and wildest jungle, watching monkeys and macaws being loud, on the way back, we return to the lodge doing a night walk looking for wildlife or just enjoy the spooky- romantic- intense, silent and loud jungle. Dinner at the lodge
Day 3

Sachavacayoc Lake

After breakfast, we will visit the spectacular Lake Sachavacayoc, which is in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, two hours away from the lodge (walking slowly watching things). Sachavacayoc has very good wildlife such as monkeys, caimans, options of tapirs, Anacondas, Hoatzin, and lots of blue and yellow macaws roosting and nesting all over, this place gives us a unique Jungle experience. We get there mid-morning and right away we take a paddle-canoe and leisurely enjoy the deepest and wildest jungle, watching monkeys and macaws being loud, on the way back, we return to the lodge we walk through the deepest jungle you can find. Lunch at the lodge/you can also take box lunch for enjoining the lake for longer and search for anacondas longer too. In the evening we take our motor canoe on the river to search for Caymans
Day 4

Sandoval Lake Tour

After breakfast, we take our boat back to Sandoval Lake, we navigate the Tambopata river (we pass by the city of Pto. Maldonado for 2 hours until the entrance trail to Sandoval Lake. The trail takes you on a 1.6 miles walk (2.5 kilometers) walk through a successional forest, former Giant natural bamboo forest, habitat for monkeys, sloth and macaws until we reach a small canal where we board our paddle-canoes, we paddle for 100 meters (nearly the same in yards) through a palm-forest swamp, with an abundance of “aguajes” (maurithia Palms) those palms provide the most popular fruit of the Peruvian Rainforest, highly consumed by locals drinks and ice-creams. Once onto the glass-like surface of the lake, we continue leisurely around the lake to the lodge. A briefing of the lodge at the reception area, and accommodation. Accommodation and a Little rest, at rooms or hummocks, before dinner depending on arrival time, we set off to explore part of the lake, looking for monkeys or black Cayman (black caimans are the biggest of the Cayman and alligator family, the biggest one seen at the lake 6 meters long/20 feet s) in the flooded palm forest we can see hundreds of Red-bellied macaws as they return to roost. One of the few species of macaws that lives in flocks and maurithia palm swamps such as the one at Sandoval Lake. We also have the option of a night walk into the forest behind the lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 5

Sandoval Lake back to City

An early wake call and meeting at the lodges ‘dining room to visit the lake for sunrise and a hopeful encounter with the friendly family of Giant Otters who are highly active at this time of the lake, Giant otters must eat an average of 8 pounds of fish a day (4 kilos)Sandoval lake offers abundant wildlife including 6 species of monkeys, black caimans, over 40 species of birds resident to the lakes’ shore, all 5 species of kingfisher of Peru, and the most abundant group of Hoatzin, all the animals here are easy to photograph from the boats. Return to the lodge for breakfast. 

Optional hiking in the jungle or early visit to the lake before breakfast and transfer back to the office and the airport.

Hot water shower at the office available before going back to the airport.

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Equipment /Clothing Comments
Wellington BootsProvided at the lodge Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for  your  time  in  the  Jungle.  You'll hopefully have noticed we asked  for your shoes size on the application form; this is so we can  buy you some new ones in  Cusco ready for your departure so you  don't have to lug them around with you. However, please be aware that it is difficult to get Wellington boots over European  size 43, so if that's you, please ensure you bring some with you.
Flip flops Useful  for  use  in  the  bathrooms  and  for  walking  around the lodges.
T-shirts, cottonshirts and  a light sweatshirt You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long   sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
Underwear Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.
Socks These should  be  long  and  made from  breathable wool  to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock Cream Sun GlasssInsect Repellent 

Fleece/Sweatshirt

at Least 40 % DEET
Trousers  & shorts It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Light wear.
Waterproofraincoat/poncho Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
Flashlights For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the  power from the lodges runs out.
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