PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
Puerto Maldonado Tour
- Madre de Dios
Sandoval Express 3 days
SANDOVAL EXPRESS 3 DAYS AND
2 NIGHTS TOUR
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for more information and for pricing.
Note: We require minimum two passengers traveling together If single
traveler ask for the supplement.
Located to 30 minutes 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.
For a more relaxed, complete introduction to the rainforest, we recommend a
two night stay. However, with the easy access from Puerto Maldonado, it is
possible to spend only one night in the rainforest and still get a good
preliminary idea of the splendor of the Peruvian Amazon
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||3 Days & 2 Nights
||From April to November
||From Jan to Mar and Dec
||Not included, available upon request
||YES, feel free to ask for extra
DAY 1 DISCOVER THE JUNGLE
Transfer from Puerto Maldonado airport to the river port on the Madre de
Dios River. A 25 minutes journey down the Madre de Dios River by motor
canoe brings you to the riverside trailhead to Sandoval Lake Lodge. From
here the trail takes you on a 2-miles (3,2-kilometers) walk through
secondary forest, until we reach a small canal where we board canoes and
are paddled 220 yards (201 meters) through a flooded forest of 100-foot
(30-meters) tall Mauritia palms. As the canal opens onto the shimmering
surface of the lake, we transfer to a catamaran and are leisurely
paddled across half the lake to the lodge.
After lunch and a brief rest to avoid the early afternoon heat, we will
learn about the history of the lodge and the philosophy of its founders.
Then 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 drift to the
sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws as they return to the palm
forest for the night. This macaw species is found locally in parts of
the Amazon, always living in flooded palm forests such as the beautiful
palm stand at Sandoval Lake. At 500-800 birds, this flock of macaws at
Sandoval Lake is currently the largest reported in the world for this
As night falls we will look for the large and extremely rare Black
Caimans. If it is a clear starlit night, we will also be able to float
in the middle of the lake to marvel at the brilliance of the sky and
listen to the sounds of the forest.
We return to the lodge for a short video or slide presentation and
dinner. At any point, you could step out from the bar to admire the wide
variety of nocturnal moths, beetles and praying mantis attracted to our
black light in the lodge clearing.
For those with lots of energy, our guide will take us on a short
night-walk into the forest behind the lodge. (L,D)
DAY 2 SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE
A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable us to be on the lake for sunrise and
a hopeful encounter with the family of Giant Otters who frequent the
lake and are most active at this time of day. Sandoval Lake offers
abundant wildlife including over 40 species of birds resident to its
lake margins, most of the fish-eating water birds around the lake
actively fish in the early morning as well, and this outing should
provide excellent views, of the prehistoric- looking Hoatzins, These are
easy to observe and also photograph from the paddled canoes or
After returning for a late breakfast we set off into the cool under
story of the tall virgin forest near the lake to see some towering wild
Brazil Nut trees and a demonstration of how our hosts collect, open and
commercialize this important natural product.
After lunch and an hour or so to relax we once again board the catamaran
to explore the eastern part of the lake, where we might see one or more
of the five species of monkeys who live in the forest near the lake,
such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey and Squirrel Monkey.
Before dinner we will again enjoy an informative natural history video
or slide presentation.
We will leave after dinner to try and spot some Black Caimans on the
lake, or to go on a short night walk through the primary forest. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 TRANSFER OUT
After early breakfast we leave near dawn and we take a final, shorter
paddle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the Giant
Otters before returning by motor canoe for the 35 minutes return trip to
the Puerto Maldonado Airport, taking advantage of valuable early morning
wildlife activity along the river. From here you fly to Cusco or Lima,
where your jungle adventure ends. (B).
Please note that the program may vary slightly so
as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our
researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.
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Tambopata National Reserve
Sandoval Lake Lodge
Brown Capuchin Monkey
INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or single
occupancy. All scheduled land, lake and river transportation. All transfers. All
scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
Tambopata National Reserve entrance fee. International or domestic airfares,
airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights
during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic
beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of