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4 Day Lake Sandoval Tour in Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios Region
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Amazon Wildlife Tour in Peru

Welcome to Tambopata National Reserve! In this region, a person can walk a mile through the jungle and never find two trees of the same species. Get to see various birds, monkeys, river otters, and other nocturnal animals. Vertigo Travel Peru aims to offer the highest quality of service based on the effectiveness and experience of the professional guides.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Children policy: Children of all ages are allowed to join this tour
  • Park fees are included.


  • 3 jungle walks
  • Visit to the palm clay licks
  • 2 boat tours in Lake Sandoval
  • Explore Lake Sandoval and Tambopata National Reserve
  • See different species of birds, monkeys, and more
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers


4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport
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On this tour, your accommodation will be at Maloka Sandoval Lodge inside Tambopata National Reserve.


Day 1: Arrival at the lodge

Vertigo Travel Peru's naturalist guide will pick you up from the airport or bus terminal and bring you to Port Capitania where you will board a peque peque and navigate down the Madre de River for 35 minutes until reaching the National Reserve of Tambopata.

Once the boat is docked, you will begin an exciting 40-minute walk that will take you to a narrow canal surrounded by forest, which will lead to the open waters of Lake Sandoval. Here you will see spectacularly beautiful panoramic views from the water and palm trees and learn about the jungle as you listen to the strange sounds of various animals as we cross the lake.

After arriving at Maloka Sandoval Lodge that sits on the edge of the lake, you will take a short break before crossing the lake to see different ecosystems, allowing you to see the jungle´s great biodiversity.

You'll have the opportunity to see numerous species of birds that include the Shansho (hoatzin), a prehistoric bird, darters, cormorants, oropendolas, king fishers, and the famous taricaya turtles that are often seen in the lake basking in the sun on floating logs.

Along the edge of the lake, you will also see palmeras de aguaje among many other tree species. The proximity to the jungle will allows you the opportunity to have one or more close encounters with several species of mammals such as the six species of monkeys as they search for a tree to sleep in for the night.

Day 2: Boat tour and jungle hike

After eating breakfast at sunrise, you will board the boat and search for the endangered river otters that have always inhabited the lake. This particular family of otters has grown accustomed to the presence of man, allowing you to get close enough to take wonderful photos and observe these beautiful animals.

At the same time, you'll get to see various species of parrots and the multitudes of butterflies that will accompany you along the trip. On the way to the lodge, take the opportunity to swim in a special area of the lake surrounded by palm trees, creating scenery similar to an oasis.

After lunch, you will hike through the lush jungle where you can appreciate the primary forest with its ancient trees such as the tonka (Shihuahuaco), lupuna, and renaco which dominate the canopy and provide important habitat and refuge for other animals.

If you are lucky, you can see an ocelot hunting or quail searching for fruit on the forest floor. The experienced guides will also point out hallucinogenic plants such as ayahuasca as well as other medicinal plants. On the return to the lodge at sunset, you will see the famous black caiman as well as other nocturnal animals as they drink from the lake´s shoreline.

Day 3: Visit to the palm clay licks and see the monkeys

Before sunrise, you will set out across the lake and walk 35 minutes to visit the palm clay licks. Here, you will observe how the multitude of macaws and parrots share this unique and vital resource. Their brilliant yellow, red and blue colors add to the beautiful green background.

The birds eat the Shebon palm (Attalea butyracea) and squawk loudly, making it a great spectacle. At the same time, we can see eagles and hawks as they try to prey on the feeding parrots. Afterwards, return to the lake to see more animals, eventually returning to the lodge.

After lunch and a brief rest, you'll venture to see the five species of monkey that reside along the lakeside, which consist of the Howler monkey and Squirrel monkey among others. In the larger trees along the lake, you can see the mono fraile and tocones that allow you to get close enough to witness their behaviors.

At dusk, see the famous paiche jumping out of the water, while after sunset you will have a second opportunity to observe the black caiman and hear the exotic sounds of the jungle.

Day 4: Departure

Very early in the morning, if time permits, you will take one last tour of the lake, as the sun rises above the canopy, to see the river otters. After eating breakfast, you will begin the trip back to Puerto Maldonado.


Tambopata National Reserve

Officially created in 1990, as a Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, it is located east and south of Puerto Maldonado. It is made up of 1.5 million hectares (3.5 million acres) in the Madre de Dios and Puno regions. The Tambopata National Reserve has been the subject of numerous television documentaries.

Vertigo Travel Peru invite you to visit one of the largest macaw and mammalian Collpas in the world. You can also visit the pristine Sandoval Lake. In this region, a person can walk a mile through the jungle and never find two trees of the same species. Much of this diversity is due to the flora, the millions of species of insects and animals, the heat, and the humid climate.

Like the Manu National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve protects a great diversity of landscapes and wildlife, including shells with herons, kingfishers, alligators, and giant otters, spectacular waterfalls, incredible clay claws visited by hundreds of macaws, monkeys and tapirs; swamps full of palm trees where different birds nest, rivers with white sand beaches for camping.

All these wonders attract tourists, scientists, and wildlife photographers. The Tambopata - Candamo region has several world records on flora and fauna in the region: 545 bird species in just 5,500 hectares, 1122 species of butterflies, 151 species of dragonflies, and 29 species of tiger beetles.

In 1996, part of the Tambopata Reserved Zone was declared Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. This new protected area that borders Bolivia's Madidi National Park is the largest bi-national park in the world.

The Collpa

The "Collpa" is a Quechua name of the places where many species of animals congregate to eat mineral salts from the soil. Scientists believe that this behavior complements the diet of these animals. However, others believe that ingestion of soil reduces the toxic effects of some wild fruits and seeds.

The spectacular collpas of the Tambopata River have made the Tambopata National Reserve famous. Hundreds of individuals of various species of parrots and macaws gather in this place. There are also smaller macaw clay licks in the Heath River.

Some of the common species seen in these places are the blue and gold macaw, scarlet, red and green also blue-headed parrots and parakeets. Monkeys, tapirs, deer, and capybaras are also frequently seen.

The Collpa Chuncho is a low cliff located along a tributary of the Tambopata, five hours upstream from Puerto Maldonado (40 minutes from WASAÍ Lodge). The Colorado Collpa is located an hour upstream from the Chuncho Collpa, it is a higher altitude cliff.

The Pampas of Heath

They are located near the border with Bolivia and contain large grassland areas of more than 100,000 hectares. There is no forest, only bushes. The fauna is very rich and two endemic species are found here, a type of fox known as a maned wolf and a type of wetland deer.

This is the only area that shows these unique characteristics within the Peruvian jungle and, therefore, was not initially considered a national sanctuary and, more recently, was included as part of the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.


During this tour, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 jungle walks
  • 2 boat tours in Lake Sandoval
  • Jungle hike
  • Visit to the palm clay licks
  • Complete guidance
  • Transfer by land and river
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Entrance fees to Tambopata National Reserve and Lake Sandoval

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Padre Aldamiz International Airport (PEM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Vertigo Travel Peru will pick you up from the airport.

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 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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