Tambopata Jungle Adventure and Sandoval Lake 5 Days
In recent years, the rise of eco-tourism and the promotion of Manu National Park , Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja Sonene have endowed this city of global concern about the high degree of biodiversity among its forests. Domestic and foreign tourists, scientists and scholars, arrive every day to the city of Puerto Maldonado and strengthens despite historically having been abandoned. The biggest attractions are the Viewpoint of Biodiversity, built in the center of town, where you can see an incredible view of the forest and rivers conjugating with urban progress. They are also very close to the famous “ Macaw clay lick ” Tambopata River, the beautiful Lake Sandoval, the monkey island, the native community “Infierno”, the scenic beauty from the Port Captain, and of course happy and friendly people of Puerto Maldonado. From the year 2010 will have the paved road from Cusco to the border with Brazil, this road called “Inter-Oceanic Highway” will provide access to local attractions along its route, where Puerto Maldonado will be a fixture in the tourism agenda
- Package / Tour: Tambopata Jungle Adventure Tours 5D/4N
- Price 2019: USD$ 480.00
- Locations Visited: Tamboapata and Sandoval lake.
- Frequency: 6 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
Day 1 – Puerto Maldonado – Reserve Tambopata National Reserve – Spotting Wild Life:
Transfer from Puerto Maldonado airport to the river port on the Madre de Dios River. Next, we will take our motor boat and we are going to go down river Madre de Dios until Sandoval lake port. From here the trail takes you on a 2-miles (2, 3-kilometers) walk through secondary forest, until we reach a small canal where we board canoes and we will go 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 our canoe 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 the 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 – Lake Sandoval – Jungle Walking – Swimming in the Lake – Spotting Wildlife:
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. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Macaw Clay Lick in Palm Tree – Lake Sandoval – Jungle Walking – In the Spotting Wildlife:
After a dawn breakfast, we will cross the lake by canoe and take a short walk into the interior of the Mauritia palm forest to stand beneath and closely view the impressive morning congregations, this place has a very interesting concentration of parrots, parakeets and large and small macaws that can be observed using dead Mauritia palm trees, some of them are resident nesters (Yellow headed Parrot, Mealy Parrot, Blue headed Parrot, Scarlet Macaw, blue and Yellow Macaw, Red and Green Macaw, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Dusky headed Parakeet, Red bellied Macaw, Cobalt winged Parakeet, Tui Parakeet). After macaw show we will walk to the river to go to our next lodge. After breakfast the challenge is to cross the Madre de Dios River by kayak until the monkey island. At this place there are different species of monkeys such as brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, saddle back tamarin, and white capuchin, all of them in the island after the activity we go to the canopy walk-way and zip line place. The canopy walk way will let us to see the rainforest from a different perspective, at about 30 meters high, the bridges will allow us to appreciate nature from a high altitude, we will have a panoramic view of the Rio Madre de Dios. From platforms you can observe different species of birds such as toucans, macaws, tanagers, orioles and much more; this will be a wonderful experience. After canopy walk way, we prepare for an activity full of adrenaline on the trees at more than 30 meters high. We will do the zip-line, for this activity will have an instructor guide, who will give as a talk about how to use the safety harness during the Zip-line activity, feeling the rush of Gliding through the trees, the experience will be forever with you, there is two cables than support more than 3 tones. We’ll return to our lodge for the lunch. After a short rest you will have an introduction hike for two hours in the dense tropical forest, guided by an expert local guide who will take you through our trails to see a variety of trees that can have more than five hundred years, at same time you may observe some species of wild animals such as toucans, orioles, parrots, monkeys, snakes, butterflies, etc. You will have the opportunity to experience the magic of our Amazon Rainforest .
Day 4 – Parrot Clay Lick – Familia Nativa:
Early in the morning we will take the boat to visit the parrot clay lick , a wall of earth (clay) on one side of the Madre de Dios River, where different species come down to the wall to eat this special e essential clay needed for the metabolism, there we can observe more than five species of parrots such as, blue headed parrot, dusky headed parakeet, mealy parrot and the elusive blue headed macaw, other macaw like the chestnut fronted can be observed too. Return the lodge and a bit late breakfast. After lunch we visit a family of Indians who make us partakers of his daily activities, learning their customs, traditions than have been maintained over time. Dinner and rest.
Day 5 – Lodge – Puerto Maldonado – Airport Bus Station:
After breakfast we will do another flexible activity such as hiking in the forest to see more biodiversity and after lunch we’ll go back to Puerto Maldonado city.
IMAGES TAMBOPATA AMAZON TOURS
- All meals
- Pick up from the airport or bus station around trip
- tour guide
- Motor boat
- Rubber boots
- Mineral water
- Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve
- Alcoholic drinks at the bar
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Camera with extra battery
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun Hat
- Walking shoes
Frequently asked questions
What time does the jungle tour begin?
The tour starts usually depends on your arrival time. When you make a reservation, choose a time close to your arrival and then send us your arrival information to pick them up and start the tour.
At what time does the tour end on the last day?
Tours end around 8:00 am, then transfer to the airport and / or bus terminal.
If I have a flight or a bus that is too late?
You can coordinate with our staff so that you can leave later if you wish, and you can also do some extra activity.
What things should I bring for the tour?
- Binoculars, if you have one.
- Long pants, tightly woven cotton, and light colors.
- Light shirts or long-sleeved shirts, cotton tightly woven, light-colored.
- Mountain boots or hiking shoes and sneakers.
- Flashlight with batteries.
- Hat or cap.
- Raincoat or poncho for rain.
- Insect repellent.
- Money in small bills.
- Small backpack for everyday use.
What clothes should I bring for the tour?
We recommend comfortable cloth pants for walking and long-sleeved shirts, but if you wear a good repellent you can wear short clothes, trekking shoes, if the rains will provide you with rubber boots for the tour, so we will give the boots to your arrival at Puerto Maldonado, office.
Do I have to bring extra money for the tour?
We recommend bringing a little money in case you want an extra drink at the Lodge such as soft drinks, beer, drinks and / or tips for the staff will be at your service.
If I have an allergy or suffer from an illness, should I notify before?
Yes, of course, so that we can offer a good service and help you report any illness and / or allergy you have.
In the tour you have the option of vegetarian nutrition?
Yes, of course, we have options for vegetarians, sent an e-mail, with your food needs.
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