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Sandoval Lake Lodge
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Puerto Maldonado
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 8, 2014

We really enjoyed this trip. Saw lots of animals and birds, 5 sorts of monkey, sloth, and the giant otters but feel that you need to be aware that after the initial motorised boat trip you then have to walk for 1 and a half hours carrying your own luggage along what in May was a very muddy track (up to a foot deep for us).

The lodge is adequate and reasonably comfortable but not a luxury lodge the food is quite good though.

There were good points of course we saw lots of wildlife and Esau was a wonderful guide we enjoyed our walks through the rainforest and the trips around the lake but feel that if you have any sort of walking difficulty or are unable to carry your own luggage you may need to choose nearer lodge.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Carol157
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InkaNaturaTravelWeb, Sales Manager at Sandoval Lake Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thanks for sharing your comments with us!
Also glad that you had the chance to view lots of animals surrounding that area in Tambopata.

On the way to our lodge we walk a trail of 3 Km (2 mi), stopping to watch birds and butterflies.
The Reserve has planned to improve this trail and the maintenance of it is going on the right path. Soon it would be ready!

I would like to apologies if you felt that we didn`t take care of your luggage on the way to our lodge. All of our staff and guides are well prepared and very helpful, they always help our guests to carry their luggage, guests only take with themselves their backpack.

Thanks again for sharing your experience with us, it helps us to continue improving.

Inkanatura Sales Team

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Reviewed May 25, 2014

A very cool full service experience. We stayed 3 nights, 4 days. I wouldn't have stayed longer, could have done a day less and it would have been ok
+The guides are excellent and the wildlife plentiful.
+the boat ride /hike/canoe ride to the lodge are great
+food is yummy and drinkable water is available all the time
- it would have been great to know an agenda in advance, it felt like our guy was taking shortcuts sometimes
-there is a big break in activity midday from 1-5 and guests are asked not to leave the lodge, so not a lot to do midday
-we did the same basic walk several times. Other groups got to go across the lake to the flooded forest, our guide told us that wasn't available.
-we only went did a night hike once out of 3 nights, would have liked to go at least twice or do something else in the evening

Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
Thank FollowingFinney
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

Rustic but adquate. The food was good. The manager and bartender were average. Our guides were fantastic. We especially like Pepe, Roger and Edie. Saw lots of interesting plants and animals. If you get any chiggers use Tecnu. It works really well.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank AngelaTysonAllen
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

This place is amazing...I read a lot of the reviews before going, all with a pinch of salt, and I'm glad I did. Yes you have a bit of a trek to get here...but that's all part of the experience...the boat trip down the main river, the walk..its not taxing and brilliant way to get to the lake...then a canoe trip across the lake to the lodge..wildlife spotting all along the way!
I loved the fact that there was no constant electricity I loved that we couldn't get wifi, we were really in the proper jungle and lazying about in a hammock between various nature walks and boat trips.
Its not for those that like their creature comforts so don't go! but if you want to escape for a few days then its perfect, this was place was a short hop in a bigger Peru itinerary but so glad it was part of it.
Canoe trip at night with no light pollution where you can see the milky way, wildlife galore..including the big spiders...again don't go if that's not what you are interested in!
For wildlife nuts who are happy to forgo the usual modern living comforts for a few days its great!
As for the otters they were my highlight...that's why we went and we werent disappointed!
AMAZING!!

Food was excellent everyday a three course meal at lunch and dinner..considering everything has to come the same route that you do...they manage brilliantly!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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InkaNaturaTravelWeb, Senior Travel Advisor at Sandoval Lake Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2014

Thank you for sharing your comments.with us We are pleased you enjoyed the time you spent at our Lodge. Thank you for the photo.

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

If you're looking for a pampered 5* experience, this is not it.

Instead, we found rustic jungle accommodation that was comfortable, safe and became part of the rainforest experience. The lodge itself is built as a long building with the lobby/dining area in the middle and a set of rooms to the left and right.
The lodge - open concept, large and spacious, big windows with netting. My favorite spot to be was swinging in the hammocks :)
The rooms - Comfortable, exactly what I wanted for a jungle experience. Just note that the rooms are all open at the top, so be prepared to hear conversations a room or two over. The showers gave us warm water (and were a nice reprieve for a quick splash to break the humidity). All beds had mosquito netting.

Heads up - the lodge is pretty remote and not for anyone with mobility problems. We bussed to the river, took an hour boat ride (which I loved) to the preserve's boundary, hiked about an hour or so, then took low riding river canoes across Sandoval lake to the lodge. That may daunt some, but from conversing with other groups later, we found out that our location deeper inside the preserve gave us the advantage of seeing much more wildlife! Plus, I look at it as extra sight-seeing.

The staff were a huge highlight. Our main guide was Plinio and he made the jungle walks so much more informative. I could not believe how many things he could point out that I would never have noticed on my own. A big one was during our evening trail walk, he stopped us in the middle of nothing to pick up a stick and put it in a barely visible hole in the ground. Out running came a gigantic tarantula! It was fantastic! With his help we saw macaws, caimans (super close up too!), otters, monkeys, bats, spiders, turmeric, cocoa, etc.

Overall I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a little adventure and a genuine jungle experience.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank DanaeTravelling
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We loved Sandoval Lake Lodge. We had expected the site to be overrun by tourists (such as us), and expected it to be more commercial. Well that wasn't the case. There is plenty of room for everyone. The wildlife is wonderful: giant otters, monkeys (we saw three types), brilliant birdlife, butterflies of all colours, and cayman. The lake surrounded by the palm swamp is beautiful.

The rooms are basic, but cute. The ceiling is open, so no secrets between rooms. The food was good, and there was a nice ambience about the place. We only stayed one night, but would have loved another night or two.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Fiona B
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience at Sandoval Lake Lodge. I heartily agree with all the positive points made by others. Our guide Blinio was awesome - extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable. On our jungle treks and canoe trips he would point out amazing things that we never would've noticed on our own - and then supply interesting facts.

We were a group of 4 friends in our late 60s - with some minor medical issues - and both the lodge and Blinio were extremely helpful and accommodating. They also provided really excellent vegetarian options for the vegetarians in our group. They always remembered the various dietary restrictions and consulted with us before preparing the dishes to make sure they were ok.

All in all...a fabulous experience! Thank you Blinio and Sandoval Lake Lodge!

"The Peru Crew"
Nov 3-6, 2013

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Address: Puerto Maldonado Peru | On Sandoval Lake, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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Location: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Puerto Maldonado
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Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range: $204 - $419 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sandoval Lake Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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