We travelled to Sandoval Lake in June and had a great time. The collection from the airport was well organised and as there was a little while to wait for another group to arrive we were taken to a lovely little butterfly house to pass the time. Once our bags were sorted we were on our way, the boat trip, walk and canoe all added to the adventure and experience. On the walk in we saw Howler monkeys, leaf cutter ants at work and many birds and once on the lake we were fortunate to see a large group of Squirrel monkeys feeding and jumping from tree to tree.
Each day was a mixture of trips on the lake and jungle walks to see the giant otters, caiman, turtles, monkeys, birds, agouti and to learn about all the trees and plants. To be able to watch the otters feeding and playing was amazing and we have to thank our brilliant guides Nico and Josie whose knowledge (and eyesight and hearing) was terrific.
The accommodation was clean and comfortable, I had my best nights sleep here while in Peru and the food was exceptionaly good and varied. The showers could be a little temperamental but the whole jungle experience was better than I expected, and not a single mosi bite!
The peace and tranquillity of Sandoval Lake is one of my favourite memories of Peru. Thank you :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandoval Lake Lodge: Located deep in Peru's Tambopata National Reserve, our Sandoval Lake lodge overlooks sparkling, palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake, the most beautiful and wildlife-rich of all lakes in Tambopata-Madidi. This privileged location gives you exclusive access to the lake in the early morning and late afternoon, the choice hours for wildlife viewing and photography. No other lodge in Tambopata-Madidi is on the banks of a protected oxbow lake. Our short Sandoval Lake Lodge program includes two nights of fully-screened accommodation in 25 double-occupancy rooms complete with en suite facilities with hot-water showers, electricity (*), fans, meals, airport transfers in Puerto Maldonado, naturalist guides, lake excursions by day in search of Giant Otters, monkeys, and macaws, forest excursions, night excursions in search of caimans, and evening slide shows. Our lodge specializes in small groups and individualized attention in our overriding quest to conserve the lake and surrounding rainforest. Sandoval Lake Lodge is built out of ecologically-correct driftwood mahogany and is owned jointly by a nonprofit conservation group and five families of indigenous Brazil nut collectors. (*) Three times per day: from 5:00 to 6:00 am, from noon to 4:00 pm and from 17:30 to 22:30 pm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandoval Lake Hotel Puerto Maldonado