Sandoval Lake Lodge

2 Days / 1 Nights

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.

Day 1

Our staff will welcome you at theairport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you through the city to the boat dock on theTambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearbyconfluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, the source of the Amazon tributary. Just30 minutes down river is landing at the port that will lead to Sandoval Lake.

We walk a trail of 3 Km (2 mi), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, up to a narrowcanal boats. From there, we navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to theopen waters of this peaceful lake. Our crew will row the boats across to the lodge(motors are prohibited on the lake). Under the surface of the lake we may see the hugePaiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs). Or you may hearstrange and unsettling screams and see heads peering from the lake surface, which willmark our first encounter with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Giant Otter of the Amazon.

After a brief rest, we start again by boat to explore the entire eastern end of the lake,following the sound of hundreds of Blue-and-Yellow and Red-Breasted Macaws as theyreturn to the palm forest for the night. Our view from the boat often allows close andextensive encounters with birds and mammals. In Sandoval Lake the Capuchin Monkey,in particular, has nearly lost its fear of humans.

We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. Afterwards we take the boat again, in search of caimans, which are now extremely rare in the Amazon, but are still common in thisprotected lake. They grow up to 4m long, and dispute their share of fishing with theotters. On clear nights we go by boat farther into the lake for a view of the vast southernsky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way. (Box Lunch, D)

Day 2

After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearermornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport.

Departures: Daily

Tour includes: Jungle explorations, lake visits in stable catamaran, full board, accommodations and entrance fee to Tambopata National Reserve, services with Spanish/English speaking guides.

Not included: Air tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations. Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages.

2017 Rates per person in US$:
$317 in double. Single supplement: $52
Sandoval Lake Lodge: What to bring, please


Rainfall in the Tambopata National Reserve is around 2500 - 3500 millimeters per year, with most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April. The average temperature in the National Reserve is 28° C (82° F), with daily highs of 34° C (94° F) and nightly lows of 22° C (72° F). During the dry season cold fronts from the South Atlantic (friajes) occur every month or so, with daily temperatures dropping as low as 16° C (59° F) and nightly temperatures to 13° C (55° F).


  • Good binoculars
  • Camera gear (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Two or three pairs of long pants
  • Four pairs of absorbent cotton socks.
  • Rain suit or long poncho (100% waterproof - test before you leave home)
  • Three or four long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Two or three T-shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion (high factor)
  • A bottle or canteen to carry water on outings
  • A hat that will not come off in windy boat-rides
  • One pair of shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • A pair of sneakers or hiking boats (with good gripping soles) and sandals
  • Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft for river, and 20% or more deet for forest)
  • A photocopy of your passport
  • A large, bright flashlight
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Rubber Boots for the rainy season from November to April.
  • Money for souvenirs at the lodge´s PeruVerde stand, alcoholic beverages.

Please note
Guests should arrive in clothes which they do not mind getting slightly dirty or wet, and should wear footwear that is suitable to walk on a rain forest trail. Sun cream, insect repellent, hat and waterproof clothing should be carried in hand luggage and kept accessible for the journey to the lodge.