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Sandoval Lake Lodge, Amazon Peru, Amazon Wild, Tambopatata Travel

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Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip

Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip – Amazon Lodge Maloca

In many of these Parks and private Natural Reserves, an important infrastructure of camps and guesthouses have been developed offering ecotourism and adventure programs in our lodge Maloka Sandoval Lake.

Our lodge available for your trip to the jungle we recommend that you carry a backpack or a small briefcase with essential belongings. Your equipment and some other things can be stored in the hostel office in the city of Puerto Maldonado.

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Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip :

Sandoval Lake is located at the Tambopata´s Natural Reserve at 1 hour waterway from Puerto Maldonado City. Besides it´s exuberant vegetation, it is a wildlife sanctuary (wolf river, black caiman, various macaws species, turtles, cranes and other species). This is a reservoir of biodiversity with more than 1,000 bird species; it gives the best opportunity to observe the hoatzin, stranger an ancient amazonic an archaic-looking bird. This site is the home of various endangered species, specially the river wolf. The trek from the control post to the Lake is about 3 kilometers (1 hour approximately).

Sandoval Lake Reserve :

The trip is full of adventure, with possibilities to find wild animals and the most attractive landscapes of the Upper Tambopata river : The amazing macaw clay lick “colpa” in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and the wonderful Sandoval lake in the Tambopata National Reserve. This program includes walks through the heart of the National Reserve and the Bahuaja Sonene National Park . A special birding tour for nature lovers in the heart of the Peruvian amazon.

  • Length: 1 Day
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Puerto Maldonado, Sandoval lake Reserve, tambopata reserve
  • Activities: , Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip, palm clay lick, maloka lodge sandoval
  • Altitude: 139 – 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

Itinerary  Sandoval Lake Full Day Trips :

  • Service level:
  • 7: 00 am: We will pick you up from the airport in our buss
  • We take our boat about 45 minutes
  • We register in the reserve sandoval lake
  • We will walk 5 kilometer about 2 hours
  • 12 .00 am : Lunch typical food of the amazon, the name is Juane
  • Trips to canoe rowing in the reserve sandoval lake
  • We start to explore in our conoe where you will see giant river otters, caiman ,turtle,birds ,monkeys ,macaws ,
    Walk in the reserve
  • 4 .30 pm: We will go back to river Madre de Dios, then back on our our boat to return to puerto maldonado City: End of our tours

 

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Sandoval Lake Full Day Trips :

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, 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 in jungle trips.

Our professiona Tour Guide explains us about these animalsand then afterwards, we get ready for a return way boarding a canoe again to sail over the Sandoval Lake followed by a walk to the checkpoint and from there sailing the Madre de Dios River by a motorboat towards Puerto Maldonado.

End of service in Sandoval Lake Full days Trip.
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Included in the Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip:

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation;
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance fee to the Sandoval Lake Reserve;
  • Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • 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 Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip:

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

What to take with you the Sandoval Lake Full Days Trip:

  • 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 hiking/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),
  • Swimsuit;
  • 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,
  • Sunscreen,
  • 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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Tourist Information  to Sandoval Lake  Full Day  Trip :

Climate  of the Sandoval Lake :

The climate is tropical, hot and humid and the annual rainfall can exceed 1.000mm. The average annual temperature in the city is 26 °C . It can rise up to a maximum of 38°C in August and September and fall to a
minimum of 21°C in the rain season between December and March. In July and August cold winds coming from the south can cause exceptional temperatures of 12°C.

Dont Forget to Take  With You :

  • Shorts
  • Shirt
  • Long and thin pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Swimsuite
  • Towel
  • Jacket
  • Flash light
  • Binocular
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Sun glasses
  • Cup/hat
  • Sneakers
  • Various pairs of socks
  • Photo camera
  • Small bag in order to take all necessary items for the excursion.

Vaccination Before  of the Travel :

The yellow fever vaccination is not mandatory, but recommended. If you choose to get vaccinated, please receive the vaccination at least 10 days prior your travel to Puerto Maldonado. Malaria pills are not recommended, because of their strong side effects such as headache and vomiting.

NOTE: There has been no outbreak of Malaria or Yellow fever in this area in the past 20 years.

Services Travel :

We have raincoats (ponchos) and waterproofed boots in all sizes available. These will not be charged additionally.

Sandoval Lake Reserve: A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable you to be on the lake for sunrise, and a possible encounter with the family of Giant Otters who frequent the lake and are most active at this time of day, followed by a morning excursion to see wild Brazil Nut trees. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, board the catamaran for more exploration of the eastern part of the lake, with the possibility of seeing the Brown Capuchin Monkey and the Squirrel Monkey. Before dinner, enjoy an informative natural history video or slide presentation. After dinner, look for Black Caiman on the lake, or to go on a short walk through the primary forest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodations, Sandoval Lake Lodge).

Macaw Clay Licks:

Parrots are perhaps one of the most charming and intelligent of all birds, yet they are also the most threatened. All Psittaciforme (parrot) species except four are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix I or II the majority of the parrots are either threatened or critically endangered with extinction.

Macaws are the largest and the most spectacular or the parrots, with a geographic range stretching from northern Argentina to central Mexico, and consisting of seventeen extant species, one recently extinct in the wild and ten that are critically endangered.

Macaw population decline is largely due to anthropogenic reasons of poaching and habitat alteration, and macaws have difficulty responding due to low fecundity rates. While poachers may be tempted to illegally trap macaws for their value on the black market, they are worth much more to ecotourism. Studies suggest that a single bird can bring in $100,000 in revenue during its lifetime.

One such lucrative species, the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), causes tourists and scientists alike to flock from around the world to admire its grandeur in the wild at the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) in Madre de Dios, Peru. By studying the macaws, scientists uncover valuable information about behavior, phylogeny, and breeding habits, thus enabling them to concentrate on specific conservation strategies instead of captive rearing efforts that resulted in a group of birds, coined ‘chicos,’ that cannot function normally in the wild. Macaw conservation at the Tambopata Research Center effectively combines lucrative and informative ecotourism with scientific research that delves into the behavioral and environmental interactions of macaws, allowing for the creation of effective conservation strategies that protect wild macaw populations instead of relying on captive rearing efforts.

The Ecosystem – Tambopata – Sandoval Lake Reserve:

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 human groups that live in association with macaws in the Amazon directly affect the population largely because of land use, but also to a lesser degree due to physically trapping birds for the pet trade or their feathers. In most cases the humans living in macaw-inhabited areas rely heavily on agriculture for subsistence, meaning that they have to clear portions of the forest to create fields to grow their crops, which include bananas, manioc, yucca, pineapple, and local fruits. The land development necessary for agriculture directly affects macaw populations, especially the Scarlet Macaws that are so dependent upon mature trees to nest in.

Additionally, gold mining operations and other land use can affect the clay lick areas where macaws congregate because the mining activity physically destroys the adjacent shoreline. Another case of human interference with macaws is the example of a small clay lick near the Bolivian border of Peru that attracts critically endangered BlueHeaded Macaws (Ara couloni) and also lies on privately owned land that the owner would like to clear.

Such loss of critical habitat would be devastating for the population of these endangered birds, but this trend occurs throughout the macaw range. Loss of habitat is perhaps the main and also most challenging aspect facing macaws today because it continues to persist and encroach upon crucial habitat.

Anteater Was Found n Near to Sandoval Lake :

A giant anteater (giant anteater) was found in Tambopata last June 11. Inkaterra Explorer, Gabriel Barriga, guide leading a group of travelers on a trip to Lake Sandoval, a reflecting pool surrounded by palm trees and wetlands where they can observe howler monkeys, black caimans, river otters and a variety of species birds. About 50 meters away from the road towards the lake, the group saw an animal moving its long, bushy tail. It was an adult bear anthill, which measured about three meters long and weighed about 80 kilos. He offered a show while digging a hole in the ground to feed on a nest of termites. The largest species in the suborder, the insectivorous mammal is native to Central and South America. It is easily identified by its tubular snout with a long, thin tongue that can reach underground colonies of insects; a small head that keeps to the ground because of his hump; and a tail almost as big as his body. His coat is characterized by earthy colors and disparate spots that serve as defense mechanism. This phenomenon is known as aposematism or warning coloration. This is an extremely rare sighting as giant anteaters are considered a vulnerable species For several years the guides managed not avistarlo explorers.

 

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