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4 Day Sandoval Lake Tour and Macaw Clay Lick Wildlife Adventure in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios

Hacienda Tambopata, Tambopata Reserve Area, Puerto Maldonado, Provincia de Tambopata, Peru

Nature and Wildlife Tour Peru

Experience this amazing tour designed for people who love nature. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to see how vegetation and animals interact with other organisms in the forest. Enjoy a highly recommended place for bird watching, a wonderful tour, and stay in the rainforest! The national reserve of Tambopata is one of the most protected forests in the world.

Key information

  • Children policy: children are allowed in this tour
  • Starting point and ending point: Puerto Maldonado
  • Languages: the guide speaks English
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: peccaries, monkeys, reptiles, insects, parrots, and macaws
  • Vaccines needed: no vaccines are required to enter Peru

Highlights

  • Jungle walk to see animals
  • Transport in a private vehicle
  • 3 days of nature and wildlife tours
  • Boat ride to the entrance of the Lake Sandoval
  • Hike and canoe rowing on Lake Sandoval
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily local meals

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3 activity days
Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport
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Accommodation

During this adventure, you will stay at comfortable ecolodges like Hacienda Tambopata in the Tambopata Reserve and at a local hotel during your last night in the city.

Hacienda Tambopata

Hacienda Tambopata is situated in Tambopata Reserve Area. Each room here includes a mosquito net and a private bathroom with free of charge toiletries. Areas have electricity between 17:00 and 21:00. Some other rooms are usually lit by candle lighting. An everyday breakfast, lunch, and supper are incorporated. Other facilities offered by the property include a trip desk and luggage storage space.

Program

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado

Arrival at the airport or bus station and transfer to the office for the arrangements and information related to the tour before leaving the city of Puerto Maldonado. In case you have large luggage, it is recommended that you repack and take just what is required in the Amazon rainforest. Then, you will be transferred in a 4x4 vehicle for approximately two hours to reach the Tambopata River.

In this part of the trip, you will take a motorboat to the lodge. After settling in the ecolodge, you will have lunch followed by a walk through the jungle to see and learn. You will have the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitats such as amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and wonderful insects. During dinner, you will have a short briefing about next day activity.

Day 2: Tambopata Reserve Area

You will get up early in the morning, at 4:30 am, to take a boat trip to the "collpa" (Quechua word meaning clay with minerals) of the most popular macaws of the Amazon called Chuncho. You will make a trip of one hour and a half by motorboat. During the trip, you will have the opportunity to see some animals such as capybaras, tapirs, and it is even possible to see the largest cat in South America, the jaguar.

Many travelers are witnesses and bring photographic evidence of encounters with many of these wild animals. After arriving at the macaw clay lick, you will first observe the arrival of large groups of parrots of different species, which arrive before the macaws to eat the mud located next to the clay wall on the river bank.

You will find a camouflaged place as close as possible to better see the clay lick from your chair to await the start of one of the most beautiful bird watching views on the planet. In a day of normal activity in the macaw clay lick, you will notice a great selection of these wonderful animals flying over you becoming an unforgettable experience. Back to the ecolodge, you will have breakfast and rest after an exhausting activity.

Then, you will walk through the botanical garden where you will see some fruits, timber trees, and medicinal plants. After lunch, you will prepare for transport back to Puerto Maldonado, exactly the same route, you will return to the Puerto Maldonado office to go to a second ecolodge located around the accommodation on the island of the monkeys.

After accommodating in, you will go before dinner to look for alligators (three species of them) in a motorboat in the darkness of the night along the Madre de Dios River.

Day 3: Sandoval Lake

Before breakfast early, you will make a short boat trip to the entrance of Lake Sandoval, then you will check in at the control point, taking a three-kilometer walk to Lake Sandoval. After a pleasant interpretive walk in the nature reserve, the wildlife guides (Hoatzin, puma heron, eagles, howler monkeys, black capuchins, and black alligators).

In this canoe ride, it is possible to observe in the giant otter family of the river (which is in danger of extinction) and in the largest caiman, with more than four meters long. You will then return to the ecolodge to enjoy a typical lunch. After lunch, there are some hours to use the pool and around 4:00 p.m. you will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado, which is usually arrived around 5:00 p.m.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel located in the center of the city. Dinner is not included this night but there are a lot of tourist restaurants and night spots to say goodbye to this warm city.

Day 4: Puerto Maldonado

Depending on the time of your flight, you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport or bus station (breakfast at the hotel is not included).

Location

This tour will take place at Tambopata Reserve Area in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. The natural reserve is located near the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, which converge in Puerto Maldonado, a remote jungle village with access to some of the best wild animals. Likewise, the spilled animals are easier in this area of the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Tambopata has the best road connections with Lima, Cusco, and Brazil and offers opportunities for those on a tight budget.

The Tambopata Candamo Reserve Area spans more than 769,000 acres and is located in the Madre de Dios region near the city of Puerto Maldonado. The diversity of this natural park of Tambopata is truly astonishing and many world records have been obtained in fauna and wildlife observation. The Amazon rainforest is the most popular tropical forest on earth.

It is in this tangled Tambopata jungle tours merges with the cultures of the lowlands of so many other South American countries. Tambopata is an extensive lowland area that hosts the largest number of macaws, as well as remote ethnic groups that maintain a deep knowledge of the forest.

Food

During this tour, you will be served three daily locally sourced meals while on tour starting with lunch on arrival day and ending with lunch on your third day. Dinner on the third day and breakfast on the last day are not included.

Things to do (optional)

Visit the reserved area of Tambopata Candamo

It is the most economical and least known area, visited mainly by organized tours from Puerto Maldonado. These areas encompass some of the most exciting species of flora and fauna in the jungle and the world.

Visit the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

The newest protected area is in Tambopata Province where the famous Chuncho Macaw clay lick is located.

Visit Lake Sandoval and the vast expanse of Lake Valencia

Both great natural sites east of the Madre de Dios River, normally see some alligators, and if you are lucky, larger mammals such as the capybara, the tapir, less probable, a jaguar.

Visit Las Pampas Del Heath

Located at the southeast of Tambopata, less than a couple of hours in a decent motorized boat is the only tropical grassland in Peru.

Visit the Giant River Otter;

It has almost become the symbol of Peru’s wildlife. The species, once highly threatened, has been able to thrive in the Tambopata Reserve due to the strict laws that protect it.

Visit the Chuncho collpa

It is the largest collpa and it is found in the Bahauja-Sonene National Park. Every morning, if it does not rain, hundreds of parrots, parrots, and macaws congregate here to eat the mineral-rich clay on the steep riverbank.

What's included

  • Transport in a private 4x4 vehicle
  • 3 days of nature and wildlife tours
  • Boat ride to the entrance of the Lake Sandoval
  • Hike and canoe rowing on Sandoval Lake
  • Transfers to and from Padre Aldamiz International Airport (PEM)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Additional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Taking into account as the origin of the route to the city of Lima, you can access the air route by three commercial airlines (Avianca, Latam, and Star Peru). These airlines have direct, interconnected flights with stopovers in Cusco and of an approximate duration of one hour and one hour and a half (without considering the waiting time in Cusco) to Puerto Maldonado.

The flight begins on the coast crossing the Andes to reach the Amazon, having a good climate through the window, the view of the route will leave you amazed. LAN Peru or LATAM, Star Peru, and Avianca airlines operate daily planes from Lima through Cusco.

Arrival by bus

Bus transportation to Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata) connects with cities in southern Peru through the Interoceanic Highway, a transcontinental and international highway that connects Brazil and Peru.

The trip by land is another wonder, it takes approximately 20 hours between Cusco and Lima and 10 hours from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. Leaving Lima in a southerly direction, along with the Pan-American Highway, passing through places like Ica. Then, leaving the desert behind, the Pampa Galeras National Reserve is a unique place where you can see the vicunas and guanacos, from the Inca culture.

Then, you will arrive at the formation of the Apurimac Canyon and continue the trip to Cusco. From there, on the South Interoceanic Highway, which crosses the geography of the Andes, with largely visible snow peaks, descend to Puerto Maldonado and approach the jungle through the town of Marcapata.

Finally, the Tambopata Province is reached with its capital Puerto Maldonado city. From this point, it is possible to continue to Brazil passing through Iñapari and then continue towards Rio Branco (Brazil).

Airport: Padre Aldamiz International Airport Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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