Tambopata National Reserve Peru, Lago Sandoval Tambopata

The increasing rise of ecotourism thanks to the nature reserves of the Tambopata National Reserve Peru, Manu National Park, and Bahuaja Sonene have put the spotlight on the city because of the high degree of biodiversity among its forests.

Every day many locals and tourists from different parts of the world (as the United States, Europe, Asia, etc.), as well as scientists and students came to visit the Tambopata Research Center or the National Reserve, despite having been historically abandoned, they have known how to enhance the tourism in the city, and grow with it.

You will be able to enjoy many attractions such as the Viewpoint at the center of town, where you can get stunned by the incredible views of the rainforests and rivers fitting together with urban progress.

Another of them and one of the highlights is the famous “ Macaw clay lick ” at the Tambopata River and enjoying the amount of majestic wildlife that lives there.

During your day tours you will visit the gorgeous Lago Sandoval Tambopata, the monkey island, the native community “Infierno”, the scenic beauty from the ports,

The incredible landscapes that surround this hidden gem, as the amusing rides on Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, spot the unreal oxbow lakes (bodies of water forms when a wide meander of a river is cut off).

Of course we can’t forget the happy and friendly people of Puerto Maldonado that makes this one of those places you’ll never want to leave.

A must see for all the nature lovers and hiking travelers that only came to visit the Lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, can add this amazing tour to their day trips in Peru, we are totally sure you won’t regret it!

Tour Highlights​

  • Package / Tour: Tambopata National Reserve Peru and Lago Sandoval Tambopata
  • Price 2022: USD$ 480.00
  • Locations Visited: Tambopata National Reserve Peru, Lago Sandoval Tambopata
  • Frequency: 6 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5


Day 1 – Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata National Reserve Peru – Spotting Wild Life:

On your arrival we will transfer you from Puerto Maldonado airport to the river port at Madre de Dios River. At the port we will take you on our motor boat to be heading down the Madre de Dios River until we reach the Sandoval lake port.

From here we will have a trail taking us on a 2-miles (about 2 or 3 kilometers) walk. This will be through a less concurred forest, until we get at a small canal where some canoes will be waiting for us to cross half the lake to the lodge.

After you get settled in your respective rooms, we will have lunch. Then we will have a short break to get used to the early afternoon heat. While you rest you will learn a little bit more about the lodge’s history and the philosophy of its founders.

Lake Sandoval:

Then it will be time to board the canoes once more to explore the entire west end of the lake (Lago Sandoval). Here, in the flooded palm forest we drift into the sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws as they return to the forest to rest for the night.

This macaw species is found on different parts of the Amazon, palm forests are their living home such as the beautiful palm stand at Sandoval Lake.

This particular flock of macaws at Sandoval Lake is currently the largest reported in the world with at least 500 to 800 birds. As night falls we will look for the large and extremely rare Black Caimans.

If the night is clear, we will be able to enjoy the lake as we marvel at the brilliance of the sky and listen to the sounds of the forest while we share.

Upon return to the lodge we will be having dinner. Whenever you prefer you can step out from the bar, you will discover a wide variety of nocturnal moths, beetles and praying mantis which are attracted to our black light on the lodge clearing. For the one who still has energy for one more activity before resting, our guide will take you on a short night walk into the forest in the surroundings of the lodge.

Day 2 – Lake Sandoval – Jungle Walking – Swimming in the Lake – Spotting Wildlife:

A wake-up call before dawn to be on the lake by sunrise will allow us to meet with the Giant Otters family. They frequent the lake and at this time of the day. Sandoval Lake has abundant wildlife including over 40 bird species. These are residents of the edges of the lake. Most of the fish-eating water birds around the lake actively hunt in the early morning as well.

We are going to be provided with excellent views of the prehistoric looking Hoatzins, they are easy to photograph while we watch them from the paddled canoes or Catamarans.

After returning from our trip we will enjoy a late breakfast under a cool shade of the tall virgin forest near the lake. Here you can spot some towering wild brazilian nut trees and a demonstration of our hosts collecting and opening to commercialize them later.

You will have around an hour or so to relax. To be boarding the catamaran once again to explore the eastern part of the lake. Here 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 you will receive an informative natural history video or slide presentation about the place. We will leave after dinner to try to spot some Black Caimans on the lake, or to go on a short night walk through the main forest.

Day 3 – Macaw Clay Lick in Palm Tree – Lake Sandoval – Jungle Walking – In the Spotting Wildlife:

After 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 the macaw’s incredible show we will head down the river to finally get our next lodge location, from where we will be sharing breakfast.

Today’s challenge is to cross the Madre de Dios River by kayak to get to the monkey island for more exploring.

At this place you will find many different types of monkeys such as brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, saddle back tamarin, and white capuchin, all of them coexist on the island.

Canopy Walk and Zip Line:

Once we end our route, we will go on a canopy walkway and zipline adventure. The canopy walkway will let you breathe out when you observe immensity and majesty of the rainforest from a different perspective.

From about 30 meters high, the bridges will allow us to appreciate nature from a high altitude, we will have a panoramic view of the rivers,

And from the platforms you can observe different species of birds such as toucans, macaws, tanagers, orioles and much more. This will be an unforgettable experience.

When we finish the canopy walkway, we will prepare for the next activity which it’s full of adrenaline! You will be more than 30 meters from the trees doing zip-line.

For this activity we will have an instructor guide. Our guide will brief you on the use of the safety harness and how to use it properly.

For us to be able to enjoy this type of activity, there are two strong cables that support more than 3 tons. It allow us to feel the rush of gliding through the trees while we enjoy the magnificent landscapes. This is one of those experiences that you will always remember.

We’ll be returning to our lodge for lunch. After a short rest you will have a first introductory hike for around two hours in the dense tropical forest. Guided by an expert local guide who will take you through diverse trials to admire a great variety of trees that can be more than five hundred years old.

As the days before, you may also observe different kinds of wild animals such as toucans, orioles, parrots, monkeys, snakes, butterflies, etc.

Having 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 at the outer banks of the Madre de Dios River, where different species come down to the clay lick walls at the river banks of the Tambopata river to feed themselves, this act its essential in their day a day because of the help it give to their metabolism.

We can also observe more than five species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, dusky headed parakeet, mealy parrot and the elusive blue headed macaw, other macaws like the chestnut fronted can be watched too.

At the end of the trip we will be returning to the lodge to have a late but waited breakfast.

After eating, we will visit a native family from the indigenous communities that will make us part of his daily activities, learning their customs, traditions that have been maintained over time. Dinner and rest.

Day 5 – Lodge – Puerto Maldonado – Airport Bus Station:

After having breakfast, we will do another flexible activity, like hiking in the forest to see more biodiversity of the flora and fauna.

When you finish lunch, it will be time for us to say goodbye. We will drive back to Puerto Maldonado city, to leave you at the bus station or airport (depending on your transport).




  • All meals
  • Pick up from the airport or bus station around trip
  • tour guide
  • Motor boat
  • Lodge
  • Rubber boots
  • Frist-aid
  • Mineral water
  • Snack
  • Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve


  • Alcoholic drinks at the bar
  • Tips


  • Camera with extra battery
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Lantern
  • Binocular
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Hat
  • Walking shoes

Frequently asked questions – Lago Sandoval Tambopata

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.
  • Camera.
  • 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.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • 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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20 December, 2019

Palotoa Amazon Travel completely exceeded our expectations. Before we even arrived, our guide answered all of our questions about not only the tour, but also how to get to the area and COVID testing for our flight back. Once we were there everything was handled with ease. Our guides were wonderful, showing us some amazing animals and being a great companion along the way. It’s crazy the things they point out to you that you would have totally missed. The food was plentiful and great along the whole way. The lodge is amazing – it is beautiful and peaceful. You have all the creature comforts you need (hot water in a really comfortable shower, electricity, great comfortable beds with memory foam pillows, hammocks outside your room), but you still feel completely embedded in nature. We even had a troop of squirrel monkeys go through the lodge grounds which was amazing. They clearly love what they do and the animals that surround them.

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Fabulous trip to the Amazon!

Rated 5 out of 5
3 October, 2019

I was highly impressed with Palotoa Amazon and the way they organized the trip — everything was just as promised and came together without a hitch. Our tour guide was fabulous and really went out of his way to ensure we could see as much as possible, which included Macaws and parrots, giant otters, tons of Caymans, capybaras, tarantulas, and more. We did a ton of hiking and canoeing, and got to experience many different lakes, swamps and forests in the area. The newer accommodations were great – the night was spent on Lake Sandoval was more basic, but still great. Food was fine and there were no surprise charges, etc. Very impressed and highly recommend Palotoa Amazon Travel if you want to experience all the Tambopata has to offer in an all-in-one package!

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