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Sandoval Lake Lodge
InkaNatura Travel
3 days / 2 nights


Located a 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.

The whole complex is housed in one structure and includes 25 double occupancy rooms with private bath, hot showers, and a spacious dining room overlooking the lake.

For a more relaxed, complete introduction to the rainforest, we recommend a two nights stay. However, with the easy access from Puerto Maldonado, for the first time 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.

 

 

Sandoval Lake Lodge

 

 



Day 1: Lima or Cusco/Puerto Maldonado

 

 

Transfer from Puerto Maldonado airport to the river port on the Madre de Dios River. A 30 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 highly-specialized macaw.

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.

 

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
 

 

 

Day 2: Sandoval Lake

 

 

 

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 catamarans.

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.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

 

Sandoval Lake Lodge

 

 

Day 3: Puerto Maldonado/Lima or Cusco

 

 

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.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast


Important Note: The program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of lodge researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.
 




This program includes:  

Transfers from the airport to the port in Puerto Maldonado and vice versa.
Private rooms with private bathrooms

All meals as specified in the itinerary (from lunch on the first day to the breakfast on the last day)
English speaking guide
River transportation
All guided excursion as described in the itinerary

Tambopata National Reserve entrance fee

Does not include:

Airport taxes (consider approximately USD 6 per person for domestic flights); airfares to and from Puerto Maldonado; excess baggage charges; additional nights at Sandoval Lake Lodge in case of flight cancellations; others not mentioned.
 



Sandoval Lake Lodge 3 days / 2 nights Program per person in Double Occupancy:

 

Daily Departures - from 2 to 4 guests USD 362
Daily Departures - from 5 guests onwards USD 348
Single Supplement USD 100

- Prices per person in double occupancy with private bath. Based on a minimum of two people traveling together.

- Children aged 10 or younger have 10% discount off per child (traveling with two adults).

- Private departures available upon request at an extra cost.

 


 
Pre-Departure Information - Sandoval Lake Lodge
 

Located in the Tambopata National Reserve, Sandoval Lake Lodge is perched above what many rain forest specialists feel is the most attractive lake in Peru, and provides access to one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. The Tambopata National Reserve and the adjacent Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, is home to over 20,000 plant species, over 900 species of birds (more than all the species in the continental USA), 91 mammals, 1230 butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more! It is also a haven for the Amazon's largest, most spectacular and most endangered predators - the Jaguar, the Giant Otter, the Harpy Eagle and the Black Caiman. Try a visit to the excellent lowland rain forest of the Tambopata National Reserve to see some of the world's best rain forest wildlife that is available in a short, economical stay. Six species of monkeys inhabit the surrounding forest, the lake's resident family of Giant Otters are regularly seen fishing in the lake, a large flooded palm grove harbors hundreds of Red-Bellied macaws, and at nightfall Black Caimans, the rarest of the crocodilians, head out into the lake to fish.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
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).

HOW TO GET THERE
A daily commercial flights from Lima (2 hours) and Cusco (30 minutes) brings you to Puerto Maldonado, a bustling frontier town and the gateway to the Tambopata National Reserve. Here one of resident naturalist guides will meet you as you leave the airport arrivals area, and will remain with you until you return to the airport to board your flight back to Cusco or Lima.

Sandoval Lake Lodge has a 15-minute bus transfer from the airport to the Tambopata River port, and then take a motorized canoe for 30 minutes down the Madre de Dios River to the trail access to Sandoval Lake Lodge. Our boats are equipped with a 65 HP engine, a roof to protect from the sun and the rain, cushioned seats, and carry a spare motor in the unlikely event that the principal engine breaks down.

From the Madre de Dios River we walk for 45 to 50 minutes along two miles (3,2 km) of flat, rain forest trail. Once we reach a channel, 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 the lake to the lodge.

ABOUT THE LODGE
Sandoval Lake Lodge is constructed almost entirely of ecologically-harvested "driftwood" mahogany trees collected from the floods that naturally carry logs downriver out of Manu National Park. The Lodge is one extended structure consisting of a large screened main dining room/lounge with 25 fully-screened double-occupancy rooms (50 beds) with private bathrooms with hot shower and toilets, arranged in two wings. One wing features 16 rooms (32 beds) while the other includes 9 rooms (18 beds).

All rooms and communal areas have electricity, supplemented by kerosene lamps and candles. Camcorders can be recharged from our generator, but please note that guests may need to bring a special adaptor to plug into the generator.

Recently Conde Nast Traveller has chosen Sandoval Lake Lodge as one of the top 8 rainforest lodges in South America.

WHAT TO BRING

  • 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
  • A bottle or canteen to carry water on outings
  • Sunscreen lotion (high factor)
  • 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 deep 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.
  • Cash for souvenirs at the lodge´s PeruVerde stand, alcoholic beverages, etc

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.

It`s not necessary to bring all of your luggage with you to Sandoval Lake Lodge. You will enjoy your trip more if only the essentials are brought. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PREPARE YOUR DAY PACK A DAY BEFORE YOUR TRIP. YOUR MAIN BAGGAGE CAN BE LEFT IN STORE ROOM AT SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE OFFICE IN PUERTO MALDONADO.

Important: Though Sandoval Lake Lodge has not heard of anyone contracting yellow fever anywhere in Peru in many years, the Peruvian government nevertheless recommends a yellow fever vaccination for trips to the rainforest. This vaccination is required or recommended for most rainforest areas around the world. The vaccination, which is valid for 10 years, is only effective starting10 days after it is administered – if you choose to be vaccinated please keep this in mind and bring your certificate.

Sandoval Lake Lodge recommends the yellow fever vaccination for those who will visit any of lodges in the rainforest, and that they consult their physician.

Sandoval Lake Lodge has a first aid kit that also includes anti-venom. The lodge is equipped with a short-wave radio and is in contact with its Cusco office every morning and evening. Cusco can also be contacted through a telephone patch during daylight hours.

 

 

   
 

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