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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 Peruvian Amazon. The Tambopata Candamo National Reserve; is the perfect place to glimpse fantastic amazon wildlife.
Here we find, more than 1300 species of birds; (including 32 species of parrots; which is 10% of all species on the planet). 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 National Reserve. Scientists continue to discover new animal and plant species, day to day. One of the most pristine jungles; is awaiting you.

Highlights of the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake.

*In order to provide you a fantastic wildlife experience. We located our lodges in the best spots; and where there are more chances to see big mammals and macaws.
*Two nights of lodging, we will sleep very close to the Sandoval lake; which will give us a great advantage for the sighting of wildlife.
*We will visit the Chuncho Macaw clay lick; which is among the top 3 clay licks on the planet.
*We have very well educated guides who are passionate about their work and nature.
*All our food is served as buffet.
*Because we going to be in the Amazon jungle; we will surprise you with delicious typical dishes from this region.
* We include, telescope equipment; and books to facilitate the sighting of animals and birds.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
*We prepare food for our tourists and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers.

Trip Overview of the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake.

  • Trek Type: Connection with nature. Wildlife observation. Typical jungle food and walks in the jungle.
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. You need to understand that it is not about comfort; but in exchange you get to leave everything behind and live an amazing experience in the Tambopata Amazon jungle.
  • Consideration: There is not hot showers in most of the lodges; we’ll be in the jungle where temperatures are around 35 °C. And shower water is not cold. In the lodges electricity is only two to three hours; and it is usually at night. (basic accomodation but clean). 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 weather 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. The short night walks; are done every day. Because every night there is a great possibility; to see a different animal species.
  • In addition to all of the above, we have a unique itinerary of just 4 days; that will take you into the depths of the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve.

  • Season: April to October.

Day 1. Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata Candamo River – Forest Walk.

  • Activities: We will ride on a 4×4 truck. We hike in a primary forest; looking for monkeys. We’ll do a short night walk.
  • 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.

Also we can pick you up from your hotel at 9:00 am. Once we have our Tambopata Amazon Tour tickets in hands; we start our adventure.

We´ll drive a 4×4 truck for two hours; the first leg 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. Upon arrival, a motorized boat; will be waiting for to take us to our lodge, “Hacienda Tambopata”. Once we arrive at the lodge, a welcoming 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 a secondary jungle; and then in a primary jungle. On this hike we’ll seek for medicinal shrubs; and we will learn about their importance to the local economy.

Following with the 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 such as: peccaries, agouties and bush turkeys. When it gets dark, we will come back to our lodge; to look for our flashlight and go to our boat and do one of the most exciting activities a night. We’ll walk in the forest, exploring and discovering the mysteries of the jungle in the dark. On this short night walk we can see: frogs, owls, tarantulas and snakes. Then we have a charming tea time and a delicious buffet dinner.

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


Day 2. Macaw Clay Lick – Caiman Spotting.

  • Activities: Macaw clay lick concert; and black 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. After drinking some fresh juices. We´ll navigate upstream the Tambopata Candamo river; for 1 hour and 30 minutes to a macaw clay lick. Once we cross the Tambopata Peruvian Amazon checkpoint; we will have a great sunrise over the horizon. Also from the boat we will have extraordinary chances of watching: shorebirds, capybaras, white alligators; and why not mention a jaguar or an anaconda. I want to tell you; we have 55% chances of seeing one of these guys, close to the river. Continuing with the Chuncho Macaw Clay lick & Sandoval Lake Tour; and arriving at our destination. We will have a fabulous show of colors in front of us; We´ll see the scarlet macaw, the blue-throated macaw, military macaw, parrots and parakeets. Your guide will explain you; the reason why every day at the same time, the birds go to this cliff to lick clay.

We’ll have breakfast observing this incredible macaw show; then we will make our way down the river, to our lodge. After delighting a delicious buffet lunch; We’ll drive for 2 hours in a 4 × 4 truck to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, we will board a motor boat; for 45 minutes to the Sandoval Lake checkpoint.

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. Then we will hike for one hour and a half; through a tropical forest to Lake Sandoval. As we move forward; the forest is changing from secondary to primary jungle. Once we arrive to the lake; we will paddle a canoe for 15 minutes to our lodge. The lake is beautifully surrounded by Aguaje palms; we can also glimpse the first samples of wildlife.

Let’s take a shower and rest for a bit; to then paddle a canoe around the Sandoval lake. In sunset this place is magical; you must come and see by yourself. We will also see: night monkeys, bats and will spot caimans; on the shores of the lake.

At night you’ll enjoy a charming tea time and a delicious and nutritious buffet dinner.

** Perfect itinerary, to delight a macaw clay lick show; and an amazing sunset in the Sandoval Lake Tour.

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

  • Activities: Wonderful animal spotting; in the Sandoval Lake.
  • Lodge altitude: 183 meters above sea level
  • Considered: A lot of walking to observe the mentioned activities; “ paths are going to be muddy”.
  • Weather: Hot and humid.


After a nutritious buffet breakfast; we will paddle a canoe to go in search of a giant otter family. We will be able to see them from very close; because they are animals that are not easily scared. We can also see caimans, paiches, monkeys and endless colorful birds. Then we hike for around four hours in a huge primary forest; we will seek giant 800 years old trees, such as: Kapok trees, Brazilian chestnut trees and Mahogany.

Let’s come back to lodge, for a yummy lunch; and rest for a bit. Following with the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick & Sandoval Lake Tour; we take a refreshing shower in the Sandoval Lake. Then we search black alligators and will delight a spectacular sunset; while enjoying the whistle of the birds and the sounds of other animals. We also observe up to 5 species of monkeys; that are found at edge of the lake. Among those we have: the howler monkey, that is usually found, in the tallest trees taking a break. While the monks friars, black spiders and Stump-tailed macaque, 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 out 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.

** Wonderful day, inside the peruvian jungle of Tambopata Sandoval Lake Tour. To spot a great variety of jungle animals.

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

  • Considered:  Breakfast only.

We wake up very early to take a canoe and paddle around the lake Sandoval; seeking for giant otters, caimans and capybaras. Then we return to our lodge; to have a delicious breakfast and pack our backpacks. We paddle for 20-minutes to then hike for two hours to the bank of the Madre de Dios River. We’ll be driven for 45 minutes back to Puerto Maldonado airport. Where we arrive at noon. We come back early to Puerto Maldonado; because most of the tourists have flights around 14:00 pm. If you will take the a bus at night to leave Puerto Maldonado; so then, you have free afternoon to visit a snake zoo or the butterfly house.

** The Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick & Lake Sandoval Trip service, is door to door.

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.