Sandoval lake tour Macaw Clay lick 4D/3N (Option B)

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  • Start In :Airport/Bus station/Hotel (At anytime)
  • Finish In :Pto Maldonado. At 9:30 am or (5 pm for additional)
  • Duration :4 Days
  • Phisical Demand :Medium
  • Ages :All Ages 04 Yld
  • Group size :11 Pax
  • Tour code :4dCLAY/LAKE ADVB
  • Activities :Canoe rowing, Zip Line, Bird watching, Canopy Walk, Hiking
  • Attractions :Macaw Clay Lick, Sandoval Lake, Monkey Island
  • Accommodation :Jungle Lodge (3 nts)
  • Meals :3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport :4x4 car, Motor boat, Dugout Canoe
  • Language :English - Spanish
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4X4 car for approximately 2 hours to get the Tambopata river, Jungle walk to see animals such as pecaries, monkeys, reptiles and wonderful insects and much more.

  • 2 hours by 4x4 car, then motor boat for 10 mins
  • Botanical walk into the Amazon jungle
  • Night Walk around jungle lodge
Early morning to Macaw clay lick, you will watch first a large group of parrots of different species, they arrive earlier and later you will enjoy one of the most beautifull shows of big colorful macaws flying over your head to eat clay. There are mainly 3 beatiful species of the most colorful and big macaws of america combining color reds, greens, blues and yellow
  • Early river boat to Macaw clay lick
  • Birdwatching a large amount of Macaws flying and eating clay
  • Cayman search at night in motor boat
Boat ride to the entrance of the lake Sandoval, we will walk 3 kilometers (2 miles approx.) to the Sandoval Lake (piranha habitat), to see a variety of birds and monkeys species (Hoatzin cormorant Jacanas, puma heron, eagles, howler monkey, squirrel monkey, black capuchin, tamarins and sloths). giant river otters (almost two meters long) they’re endangered species and the biggest alligator recorded over 4 meters long
  • Hike 3 km Guided walk round way to Sandoval Lake
  • Rowing on traditional dugout canoe around lake and Lunch
  • River drive to Puerto Maldonado back at 5:00 pm
Transfer to airport depending on fligh schedule
  • End of our services

Road trip to natural reserve, motor boat and walk

Day 1.- Arrival at the airport or bus station and transfer to our office for the arrangements and information related to the tour before leaving the city of Puerto Maldonado.

In case you have large luggage, we suggest that you repack and bring what is required in the Amazon rainforest. Then, transfer in a 4X4 vehicle for approximately 2 hours to reach the Tambopata River.

In this part of the trip, we took a motorboat to the lodge. After settling in the ecolodge we will have lunch followed by a walk through the jungle to see and learn. We will have the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat such as, for example, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and wonderful insects.

On dinner, we will have a short briefing about next day activity


Visit the CHUNCHO Macaw clay lick

Day 2.- We get up early in the morning, at 4:30 am, to take a boat trip to the "collpa" (Quechua word meaning clay with minerals) of the most popular macaws of the Amazon called Chuncho.We will make a trip of 1 hour and a half by motorboat, during the trip we will have the opportunity to see some animals such as, for example, capybaras, tapirs and it is even possible to see the largest cat in South America, the jaguar.Many travelers are witnesses and bring photographic evidence of encounters with many of these wild animals.After arriving at the macaw clay lick, we will first observe the arrival of large groups of parrots and parrots of different species, which arrive before the macaws to eat the mud located next to the clay wall on the river bank.We will find a camouflaged place as close as possible to better see the clay lick from our chairs to await the start of one of the most beautiful bird watching views on the planet.In a day of normal activity in the macaw clay lick, you will notice a great selection of these wonderful animals flying over you becoming an unforgettable experience.Back to our ecolodge, we will have breakfast and rest after an exhausting activity. Then we will walk through the botanical garden where you can see some fruits, timber trees, and medicinal plants.After lunch we will prepare for transport back to Puerto Maldonado, exactly the same route, we will return to the Puerto Maldonado office to go to a second ecolodge located around the accommodation on the island of the monkeys.After accommodating in, we go before dinner to look for alligators (Alligators 3 species of them) in a motorboat in the darkness of the night along the Madre de Dios river.

Hike and Canoe rowing on Sandoval Lake

Before breakfast early, we will make a short boat trip to the entrance of Lake Sandoval, then we will check in at the control point, taking a 3-kilometer (2-mile) walk to Lake Sandoval.After a pleasant interpretive walk in the nature reserve, the wildlife guides (Hoatzin, puma heron, eagles, howler monkeys, black capuchins and black alligators).In our canoe ride, it is possible to observe in the giant otter family of the river (which is in danger of extinction) and in the largest caiman, with more than 4 meters long, return to the ecolodge to enjoy a typical lunch.After lunch, there are some hours to use the pool, around 4 pm The return to the city of Puerto Maldonado is usually arrived around 5 pm; Ready for your transfer to the hotel located in the center of the city, Night in the hotel is included (dinner is not included tonight) but there are a lot of tourist restaurants and night spots to say goodbye to this warm city.

Drop off to airport, bus station or hotel

Day 4.- Depending on the time of your flight we will go to the hotel to pick you up and transfer you to the airport or bus station (breakfast at the hotel is not included)
Hotels included on this tour
Hacienda Tambopata is situated in Tambopata reserve area. Each room here includes a mosquito net and an private bathroom with free of charge toiletries. Areas have electricity between 17:00 and 21:00. Some other rooms are usually lit by candle lighting. An everyday breakfast, lunch and supper are incorporated. At Hacienda Tambopata Lodge visitors will find.
Hotel Description & Facilities
Questions & Answers

What time does this tour start from Puerto Maldonado and arrive back in?

Arriving by bus from Cusco or Puno?

  • Travelers arriving by land we start the tour at 8:30 a.m  departing from main office in Puerto Maldonado

Arriving by flight?

  • First flight arriving to Puerto Maldonado is after 9:00 am and the last plane arrives at 4:20 p.m , so our first party will start around 11:20 am
  • If arriving later than 11:00 pm we start tour around 1:00 p.m, for LATAM, STAR PERU, airlines arriving at 4:00 p.m we will start thetour as soon as posible

Are you in Puerto Maldonado in a Hotel?

  • Travelers that are already in a hotel the pick up will be from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m and start tour at 8:40 a.m

Things to bring in a 4 days Tambopata Macaw clay lick excursion

1) Footwear: Walking shoes with good support are recommended because they are light but sturdy. Waterproofing your shoes is recommended because you might encounter rain or mud. Most lodges will provide boots for particularly muddy trails.

2) Thick Socks: Nothing is worse than having blisters while you are trekking!

3) Layers: Bring layers and changes of clothing. Bring t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, long pants and high socks.

4) Extra Clothing: Remember that its quite humid in the Amazon so your clothing won’t always dry even if you hang it up. So bring extra clothing!

5) Rain Gear: Bring a poncho or a waterproof jacket.

6) Headwear: Bring a hat or cap to keep the sun out and also your head dry and clean!

7) Swimsuit: you may have a chance to go swimming in the tributaries or even the Tambopata Manu or the Amazon itself. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity without a suit!

8) Backpack: bring a waterproof, sturdy backpack that you can carry your camera, water bottle, binoculars, etc.

9) Flashlight and Batteries: A flashlight is important for anyone enjoying the great outdoors, so bring plenty of batteries. A headlamp will work as well as it keeps your hands free.

3) Insect Repellent: Your insect repellent should be at a minimum 20{afe73b7fdb001a40b097e095d4709e462c1bb9f6d6fe61f7f2c1f9dad98ae2a8} DEET. However, you can’t bring this on the plane to Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos, so ask your guide where to buy it when you arrive! (Manu, ok)

10) Bring your binoculars! Jungle animals are often spotted far away so you’ll want to get a good look!

11) Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer

12) First Aid Kit: Its always smart to bring along some pain medication, altitude sickness pills, bandages, blister covers, etc..

13) Wristwatch: There is not always electricity in the rooms in the lodges, and you’ll need to know the time so that you can meet your guide for each activity!

14) Camera, batteries and extra memory card: The Inca trail is absolutely beautiful and you’ll want to take pictures at every turn. Make sure you are well prepared so you can take as many pictures as you want!

15) Plastic Bags: Plastic Bags can be useful for various reasons but a main reason is to keep dry clothes dry, and wet clothes away from other things in your backpack.

16) Basic toiletries, travel size shampoo, soap/ shower gel, etc.

17) Your Passport: You must have your original passport with you.

Useful things to know before you go