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Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake 4D/3N


Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake 4D/3N

One of the most biodiverse rainforests in the world is hidden in the heart of the Amazon: the Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve.

Incas Path invites you to know everything about this magical place, ideal to immerse yourself in nature, enjoy breathtaking landscapes and observe countless wildlife species in their natural habitats.

More than 1300 species of birds (including 32 species of parrots, 10% of the world total), 200 varieties of mammals, 90 species of frogs, 1200 types of butterflies, 94 species of fish, 135 types of ants and 10,000 varieties of Ferns are protected within this reserve, and scientists continue to discover new species at every moment. Don´t hesitage more, come and enjoy this Tambopata jungle tour.

Highlights of our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake

To provide you with a great service we selected the lodges that are located inside the Sandoval Lake Reserve so you can have a great chance to see the most spectacular animals of the Sandoval lake such as giant otters, black alligators, hoatzins, monkeys, colorful birds, etc and also enjoy amazing sunsets in the sandoval lake surrounded by impressive palm trees.

During your stay in the Tambopata National Reserve and Sandoval Lake Reserve, you will live an unforgettable experience to be in direct contact with nature, surrounded by a lot of diversity of flora and fauna, giant trees from 500 to 800 years old, “Incas Path”. It is an innovative travel agency that has professional guides accredited by DIRCETUR and are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area and love sharing their passion for nature.

In addition to all of the above we in the Tambopata Candamo river we will visit the amazing chuncho clay lick where we will see at least 8 different types between Parrots and macaws and also we will have all the sunrise just for us on the boat, and we will have incredible chances of watching shorebirds, capybaras, white alligators, and why not mention a jaguar or an anaconda, I like to tell you, we have a 15% chance of seeing to one of these guys near the Tambopata Candamo river.

Trip overview of our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake

  • Trek Type: Connection with nature, animal watching, typical jungle food and walks in the jungle.
  • Good for: everyone
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Consideration: Consideration: not hot showers in lodges and always keep in mind that you are going to the jungle and you will be in direct contact with many types of insects (thick presence of mosquitoes) and animals, the wheater is hot and humid, the paths are usually muddy due the humidity of the amazon forest and to see animals we need a little bit of luck and to keep our eyes up.
  • Season: all year around

Day 1. Puerto Maldonado- Tambopata Candamo River- Jungle Walk.

  • Activities: ride on a 4×4 truck, jungle walk and night walk in the forest.
  • Lodge altitude: 230 meters above sea level
  • Considered: you will walk a path that is usually muddy, “we will provide wellington boots”
  • Weather: humid and hot

Upon your arrival in the morning to Puerto Maldonado you will be met by our tour guide and taken to our office where you will leave your main luggage that are not essential for the Tambopata jungle tour.

Following our itinerary and with our permits, we will start our first jungle adventure tour of Tambopata at 10:00 a.m. from our office or We can go to pick you up from your hotel.

we will have 2 hours of travel in a 4×4 truck, the first part will be on a paved road and the second part will be on a dirt soil road until you arrive to the Tambopata Candamo river near the limit of the Tambopata National Reserve; our motorized boat will be waiting for  to take us to our lodge, “Hacienda Tambopata”, once we arrive at the lodge, a welcomimg drink awaits us and the manager will explain everything we need to know about our lodge and its surroundings. After lunch we will make an introduction walk in secondary jungle and then in primary jungle full of huge trees and vines, at the same time we will talk about the most important economic activities in this region.

Following with our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval lake tour, in the primary forest we will have chances of detecting some black capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys in addition of other creatures;  when it gets dark we will come to our lodge to look for our flashlight and go to our boat and do one of the most exciting activities a night walk in the forest, exploring and discovering the mysteries of the jungle in the dark.

** Perfect itinerary to delight the Tambopata Candamo River and its creatures


Day 2. A multicolored Macaw Clay Lick Show- Caiman Spotting.

  • Activities: observation of parrots and macaws and White caiman spotting.
  • Lodge altitude: 183 meters above sea level
  • Considered: be ready to be astonished by the colors of the Tambopata jungle.
  • Weather: hot and humid

We will wake up around 4:30 a.m., we will drink hot drinks to get some energy and navigate upstream the Tambopata Candamo for 1 hour and 30 minutes; once we cross a checkinpoint we will have a great sunrise just for us on the boat, also from the boat we will have very good chances of watching shorebirds, capybaras, white alligators, and why not mention a jaguar or an anaconda, I like to tell you, we have a 15% chance of seeing to one of these guys close to the river. Continuing with our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval lake tour and arriving at our destination, we will have a concert in the parrots and macaws clay lick: green, red, blue and yellow birds around us, flying and making loud noises, the behavior of these birds will be spectacular and we will explain the reason why every day at the same time, the birds go to the cliff to lick clay.

We will pass from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. more or less observing the parrots concert, our breakfast will be in front of the macaw clay lick concert; at the end of this activity, we will make our way down the river to our lodge, then we will have our lunch to then start our way back to Puerto Maldonado, for 2 hours in 4 × 4 truck and then with the relevant permit to enter inside the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, we will transfer you to a local port, from where we will navigate down the Madre de Dios river, a tributary of the amazon river.

Once we reach the Sandoval lake port, we will make a stop at the checkpoint where the guide will explain the importance of the place to visit, and then we will make a walk of 1 hour and a half through the tropical forest, as we move forward the forest is changing from secondary jungle to primary jungle, until we reach a small channel where we board our paddle canoes, we paddle 100 meters through a swamp of palm trees, lots of “aguajes” (Mauritia flexuosa palms) those palm trees are one of the most popular fruits of the peruvian jungle, highly consumed by locals like aguajina ( a typical mauritia palm tree drink) and popsicles

Once we arrive to sandoval lake, we continue to our eco friendly lodge, where we will be give you, your respective rooms; after a short rest we will do our first activity, we will paddle a boat in the sandoval lake to enjoy a spectacular sunset where we can observe in all its splendor  the night monkeys and bats and then we come back to our lodge to enjoy our dinner and rest after a great day into the Tambopata National Reserve and Sandoval Lake.

** Perfect itinerary to delight the multicolored macaw clay lick concert and the Sandoval lake sunset.

Day 3. Sandoval Lake- Giant Otters Spotting- Night Excursion.

  • Activities: observation of a family of giant river otter, tarantula, frogs and sunset
  • Lodge altitude: 183 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid


After our breakfast at dawn we will paddle a boat to go in search of a great giant otters family, we can observe them from very close due they are used to be observe by people, so ensuring a good panoramic view, we can also observe different species of multicolored birds and then we will do a walk of 4 km to see the giant trees of 500 or 800 years of age where we will learn a lot about the medicinal plants that are often used by the native people of the area.

We will come back for our lunch and in the afternoon we will go to have a relaxing bath in the sandoval lake; Following with our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval  lake tour, we will return to the lodge to change and take our boat  in search of black alligators and observe a spectacular sunset and at the same time enjoy the songs of the birds and other animals; also we can observe the 5 species of monkeys that are found at edge of the sandoval lake such as the howler monkey that is usually found in the tallest trees taking a break, while the monks friars, black machines and stumps are seen very closely and can be seen when they go in search of a tree to spend the night. We will be able to observe the famous Arapaima or Paiche that in sunset hours they usually go to the surface of the lake to take air while produce a great rumble with their great fins; at night and after dinner, we will do a night walk to look for a wide variety of insects, tarantulas and with good luck we can observe anacondas.

** This day inside the peruvian jungle of Tambopata jungle tour will be magical and will leave great memories in your hearts.

Day 4. Madre de Dios River- Monkey Island- Puerto Maldonado.

  • Considered:  on this Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Lake Sandoval only breakfast is included.

We will get up very early  at 5:00 am, to take our last adventure around the sandoval lake in search of more giant otters and also in search of a greater diversity of flora and fauna that inhabit the majestic Sandoval lake; we will take advantage of the last ride to capture unforgettable moments and pictures on our tambopata jungle tour, thenwe will return to the lodge for breakfast and finally we will paddle our boat for about 20 minutes and walk back 3 km to the Madre de Dios River from where we will head to the city of Puerto Maldonado and transfer you to the airport or bus station.

** Saddly our fantastic Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Lake Sandoval tour will end up.

Included on the Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Lake Sandoval

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super tour guides grewp up in Puerto Maldonado region and studied tourism for five years at university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake tour

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval Lake.

Lodge: This Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake tour includes three night in a lodge in the Sandoval Lake Reserve and the bank of the Tambopata Candamo river; the lodge we book will be listed on your invoice. Be aware that there is not hot showers in the lodge and electricity just works for two hours at night if you want charge any device.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake tour. You will be picked up from the airport or bus station in the morning and after leaving your main luggage in our office we will bring you to the Sandoval lake; all motorized boat rides are included and also the transfer of the last day to the airport or bus station.

Food: Our Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake tour includes expert chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous tourist have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist receives wellington boots

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Manu and Tambopata peruvian jungle, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Lake Sandoval

Due to the location of the Tambopata National Reserve and Sandoval Lake Reserve and the lodges some ítems listed below are not included:

  • Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
  • Binocular
  • Water bottles: you can buy at the lodges, however be aware that they will be more expensive than Puerto Maldonado city.
  • Snacks
  • Flight tickets or bus tickets
  • Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist


We would love to tour this tambopata jungle tour with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the peruvian jungle. We can leave any day from January to December as the Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake tour is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $360 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Tourist: $980 per person
    3 Tourist: $925 per person
    4 Tourist: $870 per person
    5 Tourist: $815 per person
    6 Tourist: $760 per person
    7 Tourist: $705 per person
    8 or more Tourist: $650 per person


Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this tambopata jungle tour.


  • Original Passport ,
  • Bug spray; 100 DEET
  • Good daypack
  • Comfortable hiking shoes (lightweight with good soles)

** we provide wellington boots

Inside Your Backpacks:

Take a look at your itinerary to see what size backpack you may need, keeping in mind that if you are flying to remote areas in small planes there will be a  luggage limit.

In Latam company the maximum weight, in general, is 23 kilograms and only 1 bag is allowed to be carried on flights within Peru. Customers who acquired benefits such as LATAM Pass or LATAM Fidelidade may have a higher limit ( see our blog to know more about the weight limit on airplanes in Peru)


  • 04 long-sleeved shirts: (al least for the days you will be in the excursion and avoid black colors as they atract easily the flyes and mosquitoes)
  • 03 tank top, for the nights as there is not air conditiong but there is mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 02 quick dry full-length pants
  • 04 Socks: you should have comfortable hiking style socks that are mid to long length.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Headlamp
  • Binoculars
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Wipes: the humidity will cause you to sweat
  • Deodorant, you will use more than normal due to the sweat
  • ziplocks or resealable plastic storage bags
  • Anti-Itch Cream

Journey Info

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Puerto Maldonado at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Puerto Maldonado is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Puerto Maldonado is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of the andes, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such Cruz del Sur is very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Puerto Maldonado like Cusco.

Luggage Storage

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Puerto Maldonado at our deposit while you enjoy your tambopata jungle tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Puerto Maldonado.

Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.


Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Puerto maldonado is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the tambopata jungle tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants and plastic ponchos.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.

These are the most used vaccines to travel to the Jungle

In this post we cite the vaccines to travel to the Peruvian jungle, according to the activity that the traveler will perform in these jungle areas. In addition, the information was consulted from important sources such as the websites of the Ministry of Health of Peru and also of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. Keep informing yourself!


Although at the Jorge Chavez Airport you will not be asked about your vaccination status; in some countries they do require a vaccination certificate, therefore it is better to be prevented and to inform yourself in the authorized International Vaccination Center of your country about what you should apply before traveling.

Remember that vaccines avoid possible infectious problems during the trip and also to keep your immunizations up to date.

What animal could infect it in the jungle?

Well, mosquitoes are the bearers of the fearsome diseases causing deaths on the planet. We are talking about insect bites infected with Malaria, Yellow Fever and even Dengue.

It is probably the most dangerous animal in the Amazon rainforest, even more so than piranhas, anacondas or fierce jaguars.

Without vaccination even the bite of an infected mosquito could ruin your vacation.


What do the authorities tell us about getting vaccinated?

According to the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA), the risks of contracting Malaria is latent in many areas of Peru, with the exception of the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna and Lima in its surroundings, nor in the coastal area South of Lima, also in the high tourist areas: Cuzco, Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. Likewise, Puerto Maldonado and the Manu National Park and other endemic geographical areas of Peru are mentioned as a risk zone.

If you travel to the Peruvian jungle it is better to consult the doctor who keeps your health history, at least 4 weeks before making the trip. So that the doctor explains you about the type of vaccine that you should apply and with enough anticipation for them to take effect in the body.

In the case of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the Yellow Fever vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis in risk areas is recommended.

On the other hand, on the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (or CDC), it recommends to travelers that they will visit Peru, some important vaccines depending on particular cases.

For example, considering the type of tourism to be made, travel time or direct contact with animals or people due to visits for study or scientific purposes.



Under this order of ideas, these are the vaccines referred by the CDC:

Hepatitis A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.

Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended to all people traveling to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the granting or receipt of medical care, drug injections, tattoos or sexual contact with the local population.

Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all visitors to tropical areas of South America. Especially for those who remain in rural areas where exposure could occur due to the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Yellow Fever: The vaccine against this viral infection is highly recommended for trips to the Amazon and the southern Amazon basin. The vaccination should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10-year intervals, if you decide to stay.

Rabies: Vaccination is only recommended for individuals with a higher risk of exposure in the performance of their work, which often develops for prolonged periods in areas considered high risk for this disease.

Let us mention the case of veterinarians or wildlife researchers, whose occupation requires them to have direct contact with bats, dogs, stray cats, or other mammals.

Where to get vaccinated in Lima?

The International Vaccination Center, located in the city of Lima, Avenida del ejército, block 17, San Isidro district.