Lake Sandoval Peru 2 Days

Lake Sandoval Peru or Lago Sandoval in Tambopata National Reserve is one of the ideal places to marvel at the enchanting beauty of nature and witness the great biodiversity. The calm and clear waters are not just perfect to experience by boat the lake is also inhabited by many animals. 

On this two days tour of Lake Sandoval Peru with our local English speaking guide, you will learn about different animals, countless species of birds and mammals. It’s quite easy to spot black caimans, family of giant otters, hoatzins, butterflies and more. 

To enhance your experience in the Peruvian Jungle, we have options of canopy walk and zip line. The two full days experience in Tambopata National Park in the Amazon rain forest will offer you the best experience of a lifetime. 


  • Package / Tour: Lake Sandoval Peru 2D/1N
  • Price 2021: USD$ 240.00
  • Locations Visited:  Tambopata National Reserve (Lake Sandoval )
  • Frequency: 5 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5


Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Monkey Island – Canopy Walk – Wildlife Spotting

We will be picking you up from Puerto Maldonado airport or bus terminal and will drive you to our office. Here you can leave your bags.

We will then drive you to the boat pier. Here you will be embarking on our motor boat for a scenic ride on Madre de Dios river to our jungle lodge. Our lodge is located in the heart of the rainforest. 

After checking in, we will start the Lake Sandoval Peru Tour. We will be visiting monkey island. As the name suggests, the island is home to different species of monkeys. Our local guide will be explaining the way of life of different monkeys here. 

We will then do a canopy walk. It is one of the unique experiences that offers a breathtaking view of the Amazon rainforest from the top of the trees. After this experience, we will return to our lodge. 

Our crew will be serving an exclusive Amazonian meal for dinner. After dinner, we will head out for a short night tour to spot alligators.

Day 2: Tambopata National Reserve – Lake Sandoval Peru – Puerto Maldonado

We will be starting the day quite early. At day break, we will be travelling on our motor boat to see the parrot’s clay lick. This is an unmissable sight in Tambopata. Hundreds of parrots, brightly coloured macaws and parakeets flock in to eat the clay. 

The clay here contains unique minerals that helps these birds to flush out toxins from their body. Our guide will be explaining this in detail as you will be witnessing different species of macaws, parakeets and parrots flying above you. 

After witnessing this, we will head back to the lodge for breakfast. Our crew will serve an authentic Amazonian meal. 

After breakfast, we will be crossing the Madre de Dios river. We will be hiking for three kilometres. During the hike, the guide will be explaining about the biodiversity here in the Amazon Rainforest. 

We will witness the beauty of Lake Sandoval Peru. It is a paradise for nature lovers. Here you will be able to see plenty of animals, birds and sloths. We will be going further on our boat to get a closer look at these animals. 

Lake Sandoval is also inhabited by giant otters (animals in danger of extinction) and very big black caimans (the biggest one registered is five meter long).

After this experience, we will have lunch in the reserve zone. We will then return to the lodge to check out. At 0400 PM, we will be taking the boat back to Puerto Maldonado. Our crew will be meeting at the boat pier to transfer you to the centre and onward to the airport or bus terminal.



  • Pick up from the airport or bus station,
  • Professional tour guide
  • Motor boat
  • All meals, breakfast, Lunch, dinner
  • Mineral water
  • Snack
  • 1 night at Lodge
  • Rubber boots
  • Frist-aid Kit
  • Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve.


  • Mosquito repellent,
  • Camera
  • Flashlight,
  • Binoculars,
  • Personal items,
  • Sunscreen, hiking shoes,
  • Long and shirts pants
  • Hat, extra socks


Tambopata National Reserve is a protected natural area of Peru. It is located in the department of Madre de Dios. Tambopata National Reserve was created on 4 September of the 2000. With an area of 274,690 hectares, this protected natural area has an altitudinal gradient average of 200 metres in a range of 300-400 metres.

Tambopata National Reserve is one of the main destinations within the National System of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SINANPE). Due to its great biodiversity and protected natural habitats, this reserve is a privileged site for contact with nature in regard to flora, fauna and landscapes.

The most visited tourist destination is Lake Sandoval. It covers 127 hectares and is inhabited by macaws abound in the vegetation surrounding the lake, as well as herons, kingfishers, caimans and otters. This tourist area has lodges for visitors .

Tambopata is popular for clay lick. Infact, it is the largest clay lick in the world. Hundreds of bids fly to eat the clay which helps them to flush out toxins from their body. Between 5:30 and 9:00 am there is an agglomeration of macaws and parrots that form a spectacle of colour and wildlife for tourists. The main collpas are Chuncho and Colorado, both are on the banks of the Tambopata River.

About Sandoval Lake:

It is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, sanctuary for the world fauna, surrounded by exuberant vegetation in the department of Madre de Dios. Lake Sandoval has registered more than a thousand species of birds, in addition to the giant otter, the black caiman, the river wolf, macaws, turtles and cranes, many of them in danger of extinction. It is a sort of ecological pantry of Peru, where the nocturnal sounds of the jungle reign in their most natural state.

The variety of marine fauna is another feature of the place with 6,500 species of fish, including the famous paiche, a select ingredient of the highest regional cuisine due to its delicate and tender meat.

To enjoy Lake Sandoval, you can reach the Madre de Dios River from the city of Puerto Maldonado. The tour takes approximately 25 minutes by boat and 45 minutes more by foot.

How to get to Sandoval Lake?

Lake Sandoval is within the Tambopata National Reserve in southeastern Peru, and is 14 km from the nearest city, Puerto Maldonado. You can book flights to Puerto Maldonado from Cusco or Lima.

Visitors take a motorized boat from the city (30 minutes) or from their lodge and then walk a 3 km path from the river bank through the forest, stopping on the way to admire the endemic orchids and other plants, birds , butterflies and if there is luck, Amazonian animals.

The walk is between half an hour and two hours, depending on how muddy the trail is; some travelers who prefer not to walk or can not walk as much can ask to be taken in an oriental buggy.

At the end of the trail, visitors are taken by a narrow channel in a small non-motorized canoe until Lake Sandoval is reached (about 15 minutes).


We had an unforgettable 4 days experience with an excellent guide: Darwin. Everything is well organized: lodges, rubber boots ( ah you will need them…!), delicious food, experienced guide, boat trips, bus rides, animals spots….

TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

Shortly said, it was a unique experience which i will never forget. It was the highlight of my 3-weeks journey through Peru. Being out there in the wild with nothing but nature & animals around is incredible and really intense…

TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

Being able to explore the amazon with Abel was such a pleasure. Abel taught us so much and showed us the beauty and art that lie within the amazon. Without Abel, our exploration of the amazon would never be the same…
Kuan Ting L

TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

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