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“A highlight of Peru Trip”
Review of Sandoval Lake

Sandoval Lake
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3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at the Corto Maltés Lodge
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10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Spent 4 days/3 nights at Sandoval Lake Lodge, Tambopata. Flew into Puerto Maldonado airport. Then a 45 minute journey on a motor canoe down the Madre de Dios River. Next an easy 3k trek through Peruvian Amazon rainforest and then we boarded canoes and were paddled across the most "beautiful" lake to the Sandoval Lodge. A fabulour start as this area is truly stunning. Saw amazing sun rises and sunsets. Saw monkeys, colourful parrots, all sorts of birds, black caimans, turtles, giant otters, spiders, bugs and a "beautiful" boa - wow!! Kept our hands out of the water for fear of piranhas!!
Our guide's knowledge, passion and enthusiasm was outstanding. Loved it.

Thank Christine G
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

We went on a 6-person group tour with Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, and our guide was excellent. This tour involved a short boat ride from the resort, followed by a 30 minute walk through the jungle to a boat waiting by the lake. The jungle hike was actually interesting- we saw squirrel monkeys, leafcutter ants, and colorful vegetation. Make sure to wear sunscreen and DEET; if you do this then you can wear shorts with short-sleeve shirts. DEET is key because you can actually see the small 'clouds' of mosquitos between hikers when you pass through the penetrating rays of sunlight. A wide-brimmed hat is useful on the lake- make sure it covers neck and ears, like a pith helmet. On the lake we saw caimans, turtles, butterflies, and several species of birds, including blue macaws and herons. It was interesting to see the butterflies 'stealing' salt from the turtles' eyes.
We did not see the elusive giant river otters or anacondas unfortunately. We were told that piranhas do live in this lake, but a piranha fishing trip was not available here- only at Lake Valencia nearby.
I do highly recommend this excursion as a 'must-see' if you are in Puerto Maldonado and are interested in the wildlife of the Amazon Basin.

1  Thank Bob-and-Mila
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

When my girlfriend and I were planning our trip to Peru, we had a big decision to make: Spend our final three days at Lake Titicaca or spend them in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. We chose the latter.

Why? We thought it might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the reviews of the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion lodge were stellar. But I wanted to detail our experiences on a day-hike inside Tambopata National Reserve to Lake Sandoval.

Our trek to Lake Sandoval began around 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday in early September. We quickly ate a wonderful breakfast in the lodge before heading out on the Madre de Dios River where we caught an amazing sunrise.

Once upriver, we began making the hike with our tour guide toward Lake Sandoval. It ended up being about 3.5 miles (7 miles roundtrip). Luckily, the entire thing was flat — my legs were still a bit sore from Huayna Picchu a couple days before. The hike was tremendous because our tour guide would take time to point out different animals. As a sidenote, I can’t say enough about the terrific Inkaterra guides. It seems like they can spot any animal with the naked eye from long distances.

At the end of our hike, we waited while our guide fetched a canoe. We hopped in and made our way down a narrow inlet, looking out for caimans and not putting our hands near the water for fear of piranhas.

Once we were out on Lake Sandoval, we mostly stayed near land. We saw plenty of bats, birds and even some rare giant otters. Check out the attached photos to see some of the wildlife.

If you find yourself in Puerto Maldonado, don't miss out on this excursion.

Thank Bryden M
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

I felt like this was the most "authentic" jungle experience of our four days at the Inkaterra properties in Puerto Maldonado. A guide led our group of nine people (couples from Canada, U.S., Australia and England) on an hourlong hike along a jungle trail, pointing out a family of monkeys and various critters on the way. At Lake Sandoval, we paddled around in a canoe on the calm water for another hour or more, checking out caimans (like small alligators) and birds all over the trees and along the lake banks. Really serene and impressive.

Thank Evan B
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We went as a group of three on a private tour of Lake Sandoval with Gerson from Tambopata Hostel. He was able to totally accommodate our requests for the time and duration of our stay, and to tailor it to the things we wanted to see most. We got up before dawn on the second day to wait for the family of otters to come out into the lake to hunt, and it was well worth it!

The place we stayed at was with a local family at the lake. The facilities were basic but in a lovely setting. Don't do this tour if you must have luxury!

This is a fantastic place to go if you are in Puerto Maldonado and short on time to do some of the trips deeper into the rainforest. We are lucky enough to be spending 2 months in the rainforest here, but there is a high concentration of things to see in one place at Sandoval, so it's highly recommended. Gerson was a great guide too, with excellent english, great knowledge of the area and very fun. If you really want to see the river otters, stay overnight!

Some final advice: wear long sleeved light clothing, sunscreen and a hat is a MUST, and a jumper to sit on for the canoe seats, several hours in a canoe is fun but it's still a wooden plank you're sitting on!

1  Thank LucyM420
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