Tambopata Amazon Tours 5 Days
The increasing rise of ecotourism thanks to the nature reserves of the Tambopata National Reserve Peru, Manu National Park, and Bahuaja Sonene have put the spotlight on the city because of the high degree of biodiversity among its forests.
Every day many locals and tourists from different parts of the world (as the United States, Europe, Asia, etc.), as well as scientists and students came to visit the Tambopata Research Center or the National Reserve, despite having been historically abandoned, they have known how to enhance the tourism in the city, and grow with it.
You will be able to enjoy many attractions such as the Viewpoint at the center of town, where you can get stunned by the incredible views of the rainforests and rivers fitting together with urban progress.
During your day tours you will visit the gorgeous Lake Sandoval in Tambopata, the native community “Matsigenka” and the scenic beauty from the ports.
The incredible landscapes that surround this hidden gem, as the amusing rides on Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, spot the unreal oxbow lakes (bodies of water forms when a wide meander of a river is cut off).
Of course we can’t forget the happy and friendly people of Puerto Maldonado that makes this one of those places you’ll never want to leave.
A must see for all the nature lovers and hiking travelers that only came to visit the Lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, can add this amazing tour to their day trips in Peru, we are totally sure you won’t regret it!
- Package / Tour: Tambopata National Reserve Peru and Lago Sandoval Tambopata
- Price 2023: USD$ 480.00
- Locations Visited: Tambopata National Reserve Peru, Lago Sandoval Tambopata
- Frequency: 6 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata
We will be picking you up from the airport or bus terminal and will transfer to our Palotoa Amazon Travel office for the registration. Then, we will move to our pier where we will take our boat to the Lodge (40 minutes of travel).
As we arrive to the Lodge, they will give you a refreshing welcome drink made with fruits from the region. At the same time, you will be informed of the policies of our hotel by the guide, and then you will settle into your rooms.
After a delicious lunch and a short nap, we will have a two-hour walk in the dense tropical forest, led by an expert local guide, who will take you through our trails where we can see a wide variety of medicinal plants and trees that may be over six hundred years old.
On our trails, you always have the opportunity to see wildlife such as monkeys, parrots, macaws, squirrels, reptiles, insects, frogs, arachnids, among others, feeling the pure energy of the mother jungle experiencing the magical moments within the Tambopata National Reserve.
At night we take our boat to search for nocturnal animals that are always on the banks of the Madre de Dios river, we have the opportunity to see caimans of different sizes, owls, nightjars and with luck the largest rodent in the world, the capybaras. We will return in time for dinner.
Day 2: Lake Sandoval – Matsigenka family – Night walk
One of the best times to see abundant wildlife is at dawn or dusk. In our case, we chose to head out at dawn on our boat towards Sandoval Lake, located within the Tambopata National Reserve.
Witnessing the lush biodiversity of Sandoval Lake is simply incomparable. To get to Sandoval Lake, we walk on a wooden path that’s almost 3 km (1.8 miles) long. Throughout the walk, we’re always amazed by the rich fauna of this place. At the end of the trail, we find a small pier where we take a rowboat to Sandoval Lake.
On this journey, we might see black caimans, giant otters, herons, turtles, monkeys, macaws, wild ducks, and much more. We return to the lodge before noon for our lunch.
In the afternoon, we head out to visit a family of natives belonging to the “Matsigenka” culture. We’ll interact with them, learning about their culture, how to use bows and arrows, spin and weave cotton to make their clothing called (Cushma).
They also teach us to make ropes using the bark of plants, and finally, they show us their ingenuity in making fire using only nature. We then return to the hotel for a pleasant rest.
As dusk approaches, the jungle starts offering a majestic nocturnal life, quite different from the usual daytime life. For this tour, we’ll need to take our flashlights and delve into the trails in search of nocturnal fauna like porcupines, sloths, arachnids, insects, reptiles, opossums, nocturnal monkeys, owls, and others. We then return to the hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 3: Madre de Dios river – La Cachuela Clay Lick – Local Crops – Canopy walk
This beautiful adventure begins at dawn. With our boat, we navigate upstream on the Madre de Dios River for about 50 minutes until we reach the parrot clay lick called “La Cachuela.” During the journey, we have the option to appreciate the beautiful radiant sunrise provided by nature. Once there at the clay lick, we can see various species of parrots, parakeets, and sometimes sloths on the river cliffs.
On a good day, you could see up to 7 species of these birds. Every morning, these birds come to eat clay that contains minerals, and according to research, this clay also helps improve the birds’ digestion and metabolism. After having an unforgettable experience, we return to the hotel for our breakfast.
After a hearty breakfast, we head to visit a farm (local crops) where we’ll learn how to graft plants and see different types of soil. We can also taste and see typical plantations of the rainforest, such as coffee, different types of cocoa, citrus fruits, ingas, bananas, among others. We return to the hotel around noon.
After a delightful Amazonian lunch and a brief rest, we walk along a trail discussing giant trees until we reach one that’s over 700 years old. Right there, the suspension bridges begin, installed between the trees. Here, you will witness the rich fauna of this forest layer called the “Canopy”. As we walk along the bridges, you might see toucans, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, monkeys, lizards, orchids, epiphytic plants, and other things.
Day 4: Kayaking – Yacumama Lake – Piranha fishing
After having experienced a magical night and having been filled with the pure and clean energy of the jungle, we are ready to continue enjoying our well-deserved vacation. On this occasion, after breakfast, we set out to adventure in KAYAK boats.
This tour involves paddling near the banks of the Madre de Dios river with the purpose of seeking wildlife such as: endangered turtles, white caimans, kingfishers, herons, and with some luck, an anaconda. For this adrenaline-packed adventure, we must wear life jackets, which the designated guide will provide. We return to the hotel around noon.
We leave the hotel at sunset headed to the city. Afterwards, we’ll take a vehicle that will take us to the impressive Yacumama Lake, which boasts a lush scenic beauty and has the most breathtaking sunset in the region. This lake is also a roosting spot for hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets.
Often, one can observe black caimans, herons, cormorants, wild ducks, swallows, four varieties of piranhas, and with a lot of luck, a family of river otters.
In this Yacumama Lake tour, we’ll use a medium-sized rowboat that will take us to the point where we usually fish Piranhas. Fishing is quite easy with small hooks. We take photos with the piranha we catch and then release it back into its aquatic environment. As night falls, we return to our hotel.
Day 5: Tambopata – Puerto Maldonado
We head to the city after our breakfast, stopping by the office for your transfer to the airport or bus station.
IMAGES LAGO SANDOVAL TAMBOPATA TOURS
TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE PERU TOUR INCLUDES
- All meals
- Pick up from the airport or bus station around trip
- tour guide
- Motor boat
- Rubber boots
- Mineral water
- Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve
TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE PERU TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Alcoholic drinks at the bar
YOU SHOULD BRING ON TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE PERU TOUR
- Camera with extra battery
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun Hat
- Walking shoes
Frequently asked questions – Lago Sandoval Tambopata
What time does the jungle tour begin?The tour starts usually depends on your arrival time. When you make a reservation, choose a time close to your arrival and then send us your arrival information to pick them up and start the tour.
At what time does the tour end on the last day?Tours end around 8:00 am, then transfer to the airport and / or bus terminal.
If I have a flight or a bus that is too late?You can coordinate with our staff so that you can leave later if you wish, and you can also do some extra activity.
What things should I bring for the tour?
- Binoculars, if you have one.
- Long pants, tightly woven cotton, and light colors.
- Light shirts or long-sleeved shirts, cotton tightly woven, light-colored.
- Mountain boots or hiking shoes and sneakers.
- Flashlight with batteries.
- Hat or cap.
- Raincoat or poncho for rain.
- Insect repellent.
- Money in small bills.
- Small backpack for everyday use
What clothes should I bring for the tour?We recommend comfortable cloth pants for walking and long-sleeved shirts, but if you wear a good repellent you can wear short clothes, trekking shoes, if the rains will provide you with rubber boots for the tour, so we will give the boots to your arrival at Puerto Maldonado, office.
Do I have to bring extra money for the tour?We recommend bringing a little money in case you want an extra drink at the Lodge such as soft drinks, beer, drinks and / or tips for the staff will be at your service.
If I have an allergy or suffer from an illness, should I notify before?Yes, of course, so that we can offer a good service and help you report any illness and / or allergy you have.
In the tour you have the option of vegetarian nutrition?Yes, of course, we have options for vegetarians, sent an e-mail, with your food needs.
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