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Sandoval: Located in the Tambopata National Reserve, our Sandoval Lake Lodge hostel is located on Sandoval Lake, considered one of the most beautiful in the Peruvian Amazon.
This privileged location allows you to visit the sandoval lake early in the morning or evening hours where wildlife is most active. No other lodge in Tambopata Madidi is located on the banks of a sandoval lake.
The Sandoval Lake Lodge has double rooms private baths, hot water, fans and electricity near the lake.

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Tours Tambopata Expeditions: Despite having a wide geographic range, macaws have evolved specific nesting, foraging, and congregating niches, making them very vulnerable to habitat change resulting from deforestation, land development, and changing ecosystems. Different species of macaws inhabit ecosystems including palm swamps, savannah, lowland and upland rainforests, yet in all cases macaws are very dependent on their ecosystem because they have evolved specific nest niches and feeding associations. Scarlet macaws in the Madre de Dios region of Peru are no exception: the single most paramount factor for the macaw population is a mature primary rainforest where the macaws can nest and forage. Scarlet macaws have evolved to nest in mature tree cavities with preference to the genus Dipteryx, offering height protection from predators and hard, slow rotting wood. In addition, scarlet macaws, which mate for life, use the same nest site to fledge many generations.

Thus without a mature forest, scarlet macaws are physically incapable of breeding because of lack of suitable nesting
sites. Similarly, the foraging behavior depends of mature forests where macaws can eat fruits and palm seeds. Interestingly, the seeds that macaws eat are toxic – they contain chemicals such as tannins and alkaloids that ward off insects from destroying the seeds. Macaws are seed destroyers, and they overcome the toxic chemicals by ingesting clay from the riverbank, or clay lick, which neutralizes the toxic effects. Just as in nesting sites, macaws are very particular about clay lick sites where they will congregate, preferring hard clay with high sodium content.

Analysis of each subsequent macaw behavioral trait offers new insight to the particular environmental factors that make macaws very susceptible to ecological change. Scarlet Macaws are particularly vulnerable because of their reliance on mature trees for nesting, where other species may utilize other breeding strategies. In all cases, macaws depend heavily on specific ecological conditions, and even slight changes to their environment can have massive impact on a population.


  • Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve, Sandoval Lake Reserve
  • Activities: Tambopata Expeditions, Chuncho Clay Lick, El Gato Waterfall, Maloka Loge or Sandoval Lake, palm clay-lick, daily and night walking, sandoval lake lodge
  • Altitude: 183 – 400 m.a.s.l.
  • Best time to visit: March – October
  • Departure: Every day
  • Minimum of participants: 2
  • Maximum of participants: 10
  • Price per person: USD


Quick Itinerary Tours Tambopata Expeditions 5 days / 2 nights:

TOURS DAY 1: Puerto Maldonado – Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Gato Estring Lodge

TOURS DAY 2: Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Gato Estring Lodge – Macaw’s Clay Lick of chuncho – El Gato Waterfall

TOURS DAY 3: Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Puerto Maldonado – Sandoval Lake

TOURS DAY 4: Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Trips Collpa de Palmeras – Sandoval Lake

TOURS DAY 5: Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Maloka Lodge or Sandoval Lake Lodge – Madre de Dios River – Puerto Maldonado


Tours Tambopata Expeditions – Sandoval Lake – Macaw Clay Lick 5 days / 4 nights



We pick you up from the airport/coach terminal of Puerto Maldonado to take you first to our office where you can leave your things unnecessary for the trip. Then, you get on our private vehicle to take you for an hour ride following a dirt road watching changeable nature along the way such as diverse forest types, traditional farms cultivating bananas and citruses, cattle farms, streams, etc. Then, we get to the Native Community of Infierno where the port of Puerto Nuevo is situated. We board a motorboat there and navigate for about 2 hours observing wildlife around the river banks, especially birds such as herons, a jabiru, a macaw, a kingfisher as well as some mammals, e.g. a capybara and a tapir. We can also spot white caimans and turtles resting on the banks. Then, we get to the Gato Estring Lodge when we accommodate ourselves, have lunch and a short rest as well. The lodge is located on the banks of the river, in the beginning of the Tambopata National Reserve, which is rich in fauna and flora; that we explore just after the rest. So we are given an opportunity to see a lizard or a colourful butterfly, birds such as a quail, a toucan or a wild turkey as well as thousand year old trees such as almendrillos (Dipteryx Odorata; reaching up to 50 metres), chiguaguacos or lapunas! For dinner, we return to the lodge. Optional: A night walk in a company of our Tour Guide who shows us some nocturnal animals, for example, nocturnal monkeys, frogs or insect.



We leave the lodge very early in the morning to sail the Tambopata River with a direction of the mouth of the Malinowski River, a place of next checkpoint. After we have passed it, we are given a chance to visit a local interpretative centre too. Then, we continue the ride while we can notice a change of landscapes as the Tambopata River flows faster now and fans into many branches which create islands covered by floodplain forests, lined with large pebble beaches. This is a perfect place to watch capybaras, Orinoco geese, cormorants or alligators. After 3 hours of navigation, we reach today´s destination – the famous Chuncho´s Clay-Lick! There, we find a good viewpoint to be able to better observe this special and unforgettable spectacle full of colours and sounds as flocks of parrots, macaws, parakeets and other animals gather every morning to eat clay helping them to digest and get off toxins contained in jungle´s trees and plants. The birds come there between 5 and 9 am before they fly to look for seeds and fruits into the jungle. First visitors are usually smaller species such as parrotlets and parakeets, and then parrots occur to be later followed by significantly bigger macaws representing an explosion of colours and sounds! When the spectacle is finished, we re-board the boat navigating downstream for 3 hours until we get back to the Inotawa Lodge. We are served lunch there and get ready for our next excursion, this time to the splendid El Gato Waterfall! So we get on the boat to sail upstream the Tambopata River for about two hours until we reach the Gato Creek. There, the astonishing Gato Waterfall is placed, inviting us to take its photos as well as to enjoy an unforgettable swim! For dinner, we get back to the lodge. Optional: A night caiman observation in the Tambopata River.



After breakfast, we get on the boat to sail for 10 minutes and then change for land transportation riding for two hours until the Capitania Port in Puerto Maldonado. There, we board a motorboat again and navigate down the Madre de Dios River watching animals such as turtles, caimans, lizards and others around its shores. After about half an hour, we get to a checkpoint of the Sandoval Lake Reserve. We pass a check and start walking for 5 km to reach Sandoval Lake where we take a canoe bringing us to the Sandoval Lake ,MALOKA LODGE or SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE . There, we accommodate ourselves and after lunch we return sailing the lake to see its typical inhabitants – giant river otters, black caimans, a prehistoric bird shansho, herons, cormorants, kingfisher, etc. For dinner, we return to the lodge to later get back to the lake again, this time to undertake an evening caiman observation because caimans are nocturnal animals. Our professional naturalist Tour Guide shows and explains us about these animals. We overnight in the lodge.



Another early wake up expects us today as we go to the surroundings of the Sandoval Lake where a huge number of various palms grow in its water creating an area of marsh. This place is called Collpa de Palmeras and it attracts various macaw species and other parrots to eat sawdust of its palms as it contains sodium, calcium, potassium and other minerals helping them to digest. Then, we go back to the MALOKA LODGE or SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE to be given breakfast. Later, we take next trip going to observe stunning flora and fauna of the Sandoval Lake Reserve. We can appreciate monkeys, deer, wild boars, tapirs or spectacled bears, just to name a few. For lunch, we get back to the lodge. Afterwards, we have given some time off to rest or enjoy a bath in the Sandoval Lake (no worries, there are no piranhas or other dangerous animals during the day). Then, we board a canoe to cross the lake to a place where we can better appreciate a beautiful sunset above the lake! At 7 pm, we return to the lodge for dinner. Then while waiting for the moonlight, a suitable time occurs to go watching caimans again! An overnight is in the lodge.



After breakfast, we first board a canoe to sail over the Sandoval Lake and then we walk back to the checkpoint and from there, we continue sailing the Madre de Dios River by a motorboat towards Puerto Maldonado. We pick our baggage up in our office and then, we are transferred either to the airport or the coach terminal.

End of service!


You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!

Included in the Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Macaw Clay Lick of Chuncho & Sandoval Lake:

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance fee to the Sandoval Lake Reserve;
  • A professional Cook,
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a lodge;
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots.

Not included in the Tour Tambopata Expeditions – Macaw Clay Lick of Chuncho & Sandoval Lake:

  • Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve (65 Soles);
  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips to local staff.

What to take with you to the Tambopata Expeditions – Macaw Clay Lick of Chuncho & Sandoval Lake:

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
  • Original passport,
  • Small backpack,
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
  • Long cotton trousers,
  • Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
  • Comfortable walking shoes,
  • Sandals or light shoes,
  • Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
  • Swimsuits;
  • Binoculars (we also rent it),
  • Camera and its charger,
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
  • A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
  • Toiletries,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Antibacterial gel,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
  • A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.

Tambopata Tours Information

We have great adventure travel in Tambopata lodge , is one of the most amazing areas of the Peruvian Amazon in Tambopata , is considered the richest region in the entire biosphere of the Earth , as stated by National Geographic Magazine in their editions of January 1994 and March 2000. This tours Tambopata National Reserve has an area of 1’478 , 942.45 hectares and square kilometer in any species of insects , birds and mammals in a similar almost anywhere else on the planet will be .

Preserve Tours Tambopata Candamo means a guarantee of future oxygen , water and life to the world. Their conservation should be a responsibility and commitment of all generations to come . Tambopata Natural settlers are their best guardians and survive as a functioning ecosystem if they all learn to live with this and I respect it. His management and sustainable use can provide tangible economic benefits in Tambopata , the ecotourism industry is an example and model of it.

We have a vision to promote our ecological awareness , also providing input for spreading the wealth of culture and nature of this wonderful land, Peru .

We invite you to discover and observe this beautiful trip to Tambopata tours by tropical rainforest , the wealth of geographical area and biodiversity Tambopata tours .

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Tambopata River Basin

The Tambopata river basin is one of the most studied regions of the Peruvian jungle with respect to flora and fauna and it offers the greatest biodiversity ratio of Peru and the world. This has contributed to the development of a growing ecoturism industry, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. Many world class eco-hostels have been established in the zone during the 1970’s. Due to this wonderful natural environment, the Peruvian government has established two important protected regions, such as Parque Nacional Bahuaja-Sonene and Reserva Nacional Tambopata-Candamo, which form part of a combined reserve zone with the Parque Nacional Madidi, on the Bolivian side.

In this basin one finds that ethnic Ese ‘eja lands blend in with protected areas and ecotourism concessions. The native community of Infierno operates the Posada Amazonas hostel together with an ecotourism enterprise, which have received several international distinctions for being an exemplar enterprise, which at the same time preserves the jungle and provides income for the community.

Few parts of the world exhibit such a great biological diversity of species of flora and fauna and in the basins higher elevations there are no human inhabitants making this a human free environment. However, not everything is positive, because, the basin is used more and more for the exploitation of alluvial gold and little by little the natural beauty is put at risk. Thus it is urgent to take measures to exclude gold exploitation by encouraging sustainable activities such Brazil nut harvesting and ecotourism, which not only can preserve the biodiversity and the ecosystem, but can create employment and income for the local communities.

Tambopata Candamo, Amazon Sanctuary contributes to highlight not only the ecological importance of the zone, but also to emphasize its potential for sustainable activities. Here, the cooperation between enterprises, local communities and the government is the key to save one of the most diverse zones of the planet.

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It was officially established in 1990 as “Tambopata Candamo Reserve Zone” and spreads over 1.5 millior hectares.

Tambopata Reserve it is found in the regions of Madre de Dios and Pune and possesses a wide biodiversity (in only 5,500 hectare! 545 species of birds, 1,122 butterflies, 151 dragonflies anc 29 tiger beetles have been identified).

There are signs that humans have been in the zont from 4,000 years ago and the actual ethnic groups in tambopata reserve.

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Formerly widespread throughout Amazonia, up to 850 m; now scarce and declining, Aldi uncommon in more remote areas (especially in Madre de Dios). Not very gregarious: usually in pairs or small groups of 4-6. Paler than similar Red-and-green, and face whiter (not crossed by distinct feathered lines), with yellow coverts on upper side of wing. Tail also slightly longer; tip up and down in flight.

VOICE OF THE SCARLET MACAW : Flight call a loud rasping screech “RAAAH.1”; loudest nei: descending at end. Also braying vocalizations. Similar to other large macaws, but with unpleasant screeching quality. Co, E, Br, Bo

DIET AND NUTRITION GUACAMAYO SCARLATA :Macaws eat mostly fruits and seeds, including large, hard seeds. Like other parrots, are seed predators, destroy the seeds they eat and do not disperse.Macaws Collpear (meaning eat ) salted clay you contain nutrients found in the banks of rivers and in the Manu and Tambopata

COMPORTAMAMIENTOS OF SCARLET MACAW :A typical sighting is of a single Macao Get him out or a pair of macaws flying above the forest canopy , but you can see flocks in some areas. These magnificent birds can fly at speeds up to 35 mph ( 56 kph) and have a lifespan of about 80 years.

REPRODUCTION OF SCARLET MACAW : Like most parrots, macaw female puts 2-4 white eggs in a tree cavity. These hatch after 24-25 days. They leave the nest about 105 days after leaving their parents return a year later ,Macaws are an endangered species due to their capture as pets and habitat loss before the fall population of scarlet macaws , distribution included much of Costa Rica . However, by the 1960s had been declining Macaws Get him out in numbers due to a combination of factors, particularly hunting, poaching and habitat destruction due to deforestation . In addition, spraying pesticides by companies cultivating and selling bananas for export played an important role in decreasing

POPULATION OF RED MACAW : As pets, macaws birds are popular for those who can afford the high price of both the birds and the price you need large cage You must tolerate their loud cries and can give them considerable time outside their cages. They are considered sociable and affectionate and some speak very well.

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OVER THE RIVER TAMBOPATA : are their direct descendents, though it is known that in the XV century the Inca made incursions into Tambopata. The dominant ethnic groups historically have been the Ese’ Eja and the Puquirieri.

The reserve is particularly important for its cochas and lakes which are habitat for more than 40 species of transcontinental migratory birds, as well as the giant otter, in danger of extinction, along with other endemic birds, amphibians and mammals.

The flora on the reserve thrives and flourishes, to the point where in one study it was found that there were 150 different types of trees on the same hectare.


Almost all macaws can be seen on this reserve as there are clay licks in Tambopata rich in minerals and other nutrients that the birds consume. Some of these clay licks are in the gullies on the river shore. This keeps the birds safer and so makes it their favourite. The clay licks that are on the planes are visited mainly by the mammals.

Among the various macaw species, we can find the blue and yellow macaw, the blue-headed macaw (Ara Couloni) which is green with a light blue head, the redtailed blue- and-yellow macaw, the green-blue military macaw (Ara militaris) the red-and-green macaw (Ara chloroptera) the red-shouldered macaw (Ara nobilis), red-bellied macaw (Orthopsittaca manilata), the chestnut fronted macaw (Ara Severa), among many others.

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Reserva Nacional Tambopata Candamo

The Reserva Nacional Tambopata Candamo, is one of the most splendid and iconic places of the Amazon. It is located in the southeast of Peru and was declared “protected zone” on January 26th , 1990. This humid lower forest is, probably, the best protected reserve and the innumerable variety of species of fauna and flora that inhabit the region has contributed to the consideration of Peru as the country with the greatest biodiversity in the world.

To access, for the first time, this tropical paradise is an overwhelming experience. A penetrating odor, result of the mixture of hundreds of varieties of mushrooms that help with the decomposition of leaves and fallen branches from the gigantic trees, can be overwhelming. Hidden amongst the ferns and brush the tinamues, similar to quails, whistle to each other and their singing mixes with cicada and grasshopper chirping, which are in constant rivalry to find mates. All this activity can be deafening, but at the same time it is delightful to the ears. One has to sharpen the eyesight in order to distinguish the aguties and the ant cocks, and dozens of other distinct varieties of species, but, maybe, one can only manage to see the bushes move while the animals escape into their shelters.

These protected subtropical forests have two distinct seasons: the dry and the wet. The temperatures vary between 10°C and 38°C, but almost always it is around 26°C. The warmest months are September and October, at the end of the dry season the temperature can reach 38°C.

The Tambopata-Candamo lakes form the heart of this fragile ecosystem. The landscape that extends from the dark waters up to the tree canopies and the magic wild fauna creates a magic experience.

The world that is revealed as dusk approaches is amazing. It is easier to spot the nocturnal animals, by means of a flashlight, which causes the animals eyes to shine with more intensity.

All conservation and educational efforts that could be made to preserve this natural paradise will help ensure the future survival of this captivating and unique ecosystem.

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Tambopata Reserve can be reached by way of Puerto Maldonado, capital of the Madre de Dios region either via air from Lima or Cusco or via land using the Interoceanic Highway (10 hours from Cusco). It is recommended that you take a tour from Lima or Cusco though one can also be hired in the city of Puerto Maldonado itself. Lake Sandoval is only 40 minutes from this city (where the reserve benins)

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The flora and fauna in Tambopata Tours, have also been 1255 types of plants identified, among which the Brazil nut stands out. It is found over an area of approximately 2.5 million hectares (occupying other reserves also). Other tree species are the cedar, mahogany, moriche palms and rubber, among others.

Its remarkable fauna includes more than 103 species of amphibians, 180 fish, 103 reptiles and 169 mammals. The puma, ocelot, margay (Leopardus wiedi) and jaguai to date still live free of threats though they are now more frequently hunted furtively with the advancement oJ the illegal cutting of trees or the illegal mining in the neighbouring zones on the reserve.

Among the primates, the spider monkey, brown- mantled tamarin and the orange tamarin, the emperoi tamarin (Saguinus imperator), the howler monkey, the Peruvian night monkey (Aotus nigriceps), common woolly monkey, black-capped squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis), South American squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus), white-fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons) and the tufted capuchin.

The most common mammals are the collared peccary, tapir, white lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) red brocket deer and the two-toed and three-toed sloth.

In ancient Peru, these birds were prized as much for their coloured feathers used to fashion fine garments for their leaders, as for their role in fertility ceremonies. Evidence of this has been found in tombs on the Peruvian coast that date back to the beginning of Christianity

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