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Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure 3D/2N


Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure 3D/2N

The Madre de Dios region has to offer the visitor an incredible amount of natural scenarios that will undoubtedly catch more than one traveler interested in exploring the mysteries and attractions that the Peruvian jungle has to offer. One of those unmissable scenarios of Madre de Dios is the Sandoval Lake Reserve, which is located in the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve: Sandoval Lake is located within the Tambopata National Reserve, 10 km from the city of Puerto Maldonado, downstream to the right of the Madre de Dios River 45 minutes by boat and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes on foot to Sandoval Lake.

On an ecotourism level, Lake Sandoval is considered the most beautiful in the Peruvian jungle. This lake occupies an area of ​​3 km long and 1 km wide and its depth ranges between half a meter and three meters. The shape of the lake is that of a crescent and its waters are usually found at 26 ° C.

Sandoval Lake Reserve not only stands out for its beauty, but also for the diversity of fish, caimans, giant otters, jaguars, birds, monkeys and much more. Don´t hesitage more, come and enjoy this Tambopata jungle tour.

Highlights of our Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

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 Tambopata National Reserve such as the giant otter, 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.

Trip overview of our Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

  • 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- Sandoval Lake Reserve- Caiman spotting (alligators).

  • Activities: motorized canoe ride, jungle walk and caiman spotting
  • Lodge altitude: 1.83 meters above sea level
  • Considered: you will walk a path of 3 km 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 received by our professional tour guide, from the bus station or airport and taken to our office, we suggest that you pack only the essentials items you need for your next days in the jungle, the main luggage can remain in our security deposit.

Then with the relevant permit to enter the Tambopata National Reserve and Sandoval Lake Reserve, we will move to the local port, in the company of our guide we sail along the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon river and then we will have a 45-minute trip down the river by motorized canoe, we will have lunch in the boat, we can customize your box lunch with a vegetarian option.

Once we get inside the Lake Sandoval Reserve, 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 go in search of black caimans or alligators.

Sandoval Lake is the place where the largest black caimans of the peruvian amazon live, this species can measure between 5 to 6 meters long and they have been seen in this lake; 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 Sandoval lake sunset and the alligator spotting


Day 2. Sandoval Lake- Macaw Palm Trees- Tambopata Reserve- Giant Otter Spotting

  • Activities: observation of parrots and macaws, family of giant river otter, giant kapok tree and different types of monkeys.
  • Lodge altitude: 200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: a lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities “the paths may be muddy”
  • Weather: hot and humid

We will wake up early to start with our Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake adventure, we will cross the lake by canoe and take a fork path along the main path where we will walk for 40 minutes until a special place where every morning parrots and macaws congregate to eat tree barks, very rich in minerals, here we may observe dozens of blue and yellow macaws.

Returning from the macaw show, we will have the chance to see a  friendly family of giant otters that are very active at that time in the sandoval lake: giant otters feed an average of 8.8 pounds of fish per day (4 kilos); Sandoval lake offers abundant wildlife, including: 6 species of monkeys, black alligators, more than 40 species of birds resident on the shore of the lake, all 5 species of kingfisher from Peru, and the most abundant group of hoatzins.

Following with our Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake adventure we come back to the lodge to have a deserved breakfast, then we go into deep jungle to see giant trees such as kapok tree, iron tree and brazilian nut tree; our guide will show you and demonstrate how we collect and market this extremely important product for our local economy and then we return to the lodge for our delicious lunch.

In the afternoon we take our paddle canoe, we go to the observation tower where we can appreciate an amazing sunset and explore a different area of the lake in search of the different monkey troops, very active at this time of day, the brown capuchin monkey and the squirrel monkey that lives in the forest close to the lake; then to close with a flourish and before dinner we will do a night walk to see insects, tarantulas and snakes, then we will enjoy our dinner and rest after a day full of activities in the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval Lake.

** This day inside the Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval Lake will be fascinating and full of activities.

Day 3. Sandoval Lake Reserve- Madre de Dios River- Monkey Island- Puerto Maldonado

  • Considered:  on this Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval lake adventure only breakfast is included.

This morning we will wake up at 7.30 am, get ready and then we will enjoy our last breakfast.

Then we will walk for one hour and a half to the Madre de Dios river bank to catch our motorized boat and travel for 20 minutes to visit the monkey island, where you can observe 3 types of monkeys: white capuchin monkeys, black capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys; then we will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado and transfer you to the airport or bus station.

** Saddly our fantastic Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure program will end up.

Included on the Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

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 Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

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

Lodge: This Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure includes two night in a lodge in the Sandoval Lake Reserve; 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 Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure. 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 Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure 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 Tambopata Reserve and Sandoval lake, 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 Tambopata Reserve & Sandoval Lake Adventure

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 Tambopata National Reserve & Sandoval Lake Reserve is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $325 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)


  • 03 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)
  • 02 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
  • 03 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
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

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.