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Rainforest Adventure – Sandoval Lake 5 Day

OVERVIEW

A rainforest, or tropical forest, is a vast territory with high annual rainfall, very dense plant growth, and relatively constant warm temperature. Two-thirds of the world’s plant and animal species make their home in these immense rainforest regions, and many are believed to be yet scientifically unnamed. Tropical rainforests are called “jewels of the Earth” and the “Earth’s lungs” since they are essential to sequester carbon dioxide and to release oxygen. Rainforests are also known as the “world’s largestpharmacy”, because of the many natural medicines .

Short Description of the  Rainforest Adventure Sandoval Lake :

  • Length: 5Days/4 Nights
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve, Sandoval Lake Reserve
  • Activities: Monkey Island, Sandoval Lake, piranhas fishing, canopy, zip-line, Tambopata Rainforest
  • Altitude: 400 – 3,600 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

Itinerario Tours

Quick Itinerary  5 days

RAINFOREST  SANDOVAL LAKE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Day 1 . Monkeys Islands and   Adventure  to  Resort Sandoval.

Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado, at the airport or bus station, one of our local guides will meet you and will transfer you to our office located in downtown where you will be able to re-pack and to leave the baggage that you won’t need for the tour. We will start from the Tourist port (Puerto capitania) from where a motorized boat will take us 45 minutes downstream  to the monkey Island  after that  we get  Sandoval port, the entrance to Lake Sandoval located inside the Tambopata National Reserve. To get to Lake Sandoval we will have to walk 3 Km. or about one hour (muddy in the wet season) to arrive at a small port from where we will take a rowing canoe. About half an hour of rowing will take us to Maloka Sandoval Lodge. Arriving at the lodge we will have a warm welcome with a flavorful tropical juice, and after a brief introduction to the lodge we will be able to take a rest in one of our comfortable rooms. Equipped with a flashlight or head lamp we will take a night walk in the forest to search for the night monkey (Musmuqui), frogs, snakes and insects that are active during the night. We will return to the Lodge for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 2.-  Sandoval Lake – Brazil nut trail – Caiman search Night .

Very early in the morning we will row around Lake Sandoval in a wooden canoe trying to see the giant river otters (the biggest in the world), one of the most important protected species in the lake and considered flagship species. Giant otters live in small and very territorial family groups and feeds on fish around the lake in the early morning. They can eat up to 4 kilos of fish a day. We will return to the Lodge for the breakfast and a brief rest. We will leave the lodge and we will go for a walk in the terra firme forest learning more about the medicinal plants and diurnal mammals such as monkeys, wild cats, peccaries and birds like toucans and macaws. We will also learn about the ecology of the Brazil nut tree or chestnut tree that is considered an umbrella species, because it helps to protect other flora and fauna of the region. We will return to the Lodge for lunch and nap time. In the afternoon we will take the canoe around Lake Sandoval again, this time to look for monkeys (cappuccinos, squirrels, red howler), herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and shanshos that live and feed in the forest around the lake. In the evening on our way back to the lodge, using our flashlights we will be able to see the reflection of the eyes of the black caiman that usually hunt at night along the shore of the lake. We will approach them to take photos and we will talk about their natural history. We will return to the Lodge for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 3. – Lake Sandoval – Palms Tree Clay – Flood Plain Forest – Tower.

We will get up very early to cross the lake Sandoval and to walk about 20 minutes to visit the Collpa de palmeras or palms clay lick. This is a special place where different species of macaws (blue and yellow, scarlet, red bellied, chestnut fronted) and parrots(yellow crowned, mealy, white bellied) meet to eat the dead wood of the palms trees that is rich in salts and minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium, aluminum, magnesium and iron). This is a very important mineral supplement and helps these birds with digestion and to counteract the bad effects of the toxins that they ingest feeding on un-ripe fruits. We will return to the Lodge for the breakfast and a brief rest. We will get ready cross Lake Sandoval by canoe to go to the floodplain forest. We will walk for approximately 2 hours and will see big trees more than 200 years old, like the Shihuahuaco (iron tree), Lupuna (kapok tree) and oje (medicinal ficus tree); trees that grow only in this type of forest. We will return to the Lodge for lunch and nap time. In the afternoon we will again explore the lake by canoe, but this time we will visit a 12-meters high tower that is located between the limit of the touristic area (2 Km.) and a refuge area (1 km). From the tower we will watch the sunset. We will return to the Lodge for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 4. – Lake Sandoval  Reserve Nature .

After breakfast we will will leave the Tambopata National Reserve taking the same way back to Port Sandoval on the Madre de Dios River. From there, we will travel 10 minutes by boat downriver to visit an indigenous Machiguenga family to learn about their customs and spend time with them. Afterwards, we will go to our second lodge where you will be able to relax in your comfortable room. We will meet again for lunch and have time for a nap. In the afternoon, we will visit Monkey Island where you can observe two different species of capuchin monkeys, the brown capuchin monkey and the white fronted capuchin monkey. We will return to the lodge for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 5. – Lake Sandoval – Adventure – Puerto Maldonado – Airport.

After breakfast we will go to the canopy walk-way. We will climb up to a platform on a tower over 27 meters high; from there we will cross the 89 meter long canopy walk-way to another platform at a height of 37 meters. There we will prepare for the Zip-line and for an extreme adrenaline rush. We will put on our protective gear (harness, helmet, gloves) before jumping out and sliding down a 190 meter long cable in few seconds, flying like a bird. We will return to Puerto Maldonado. After re-packing your luggage, the guide will take you to the airport. End of our services. IMPORTANT!! You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!

 

 

Tour Incluye

Included in the Sandoval Lake Adventure :

  • A professional Naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle  transportation;
  • Entrance fees to the Sandoval Lake Reserve;
  • Meals: 4x Breakfast, 4x Lunch, 4x Dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation 4 Nights in Resor Sandoval Lake Lodge;
  • First aid kit, Including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
  • Special equipment for canopy and zip-line nad Canopy Walk Way :
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots.

Not included in the Sandoval Lake Adventure :

  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • Breakfast on the first day and Luch  on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips to local staff.

What to take with you to the Sandoval Lake Adventure .

  • 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 ( 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.

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