Tambopata National Reserve, to go swimming (there is only one part of the lake where it is permitted to swim and it is very safe to do so). Then we will continue our journey through the Lake Sandoval, enjoying the view of not just the animals that we can see, but also the gorgeous view that we have of the Lake.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Madre de Dios, Tambopata|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
8.30 AM – 9.30 AM: Transportation
Lake Sandoval – Tambopata National Reserve, We will begin the excursion with a delicious breakfastat our hostel at 7:00am. Then we will walk five minutes down to the dock of the river “Madre de Dios” where our boat and motorist will take us down the river, crossing over the Tambopata River. After an hour in the river we will arrive at the entrance of Lake Sandoval – Tambopata National Reserve. After registering at the control point, we will walk about an hour along a trail to arrive at a canal, which connects, to Lake Sandoval. Then we will travel via canoe, rowing around the lake Sandoval and enjoying to the max and getting the most out of our time there. We continue rowing around the edge of this beautiful Lake Sandoval, full of wildlife: incredible insects, small birds and very large, exotic colorful ones. We will observe monkeys in their natural habitat, eating, playing, sleeping, or simply jumping from tree to tree.
There is also a family of giant river otters living in Lake Sandoval. There are very few of them left in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru and this is one of the few places where we can observe a group of eight of them – almost always looking for fish to eat. According to statistics there is an 80 percent chance of seeing them during a three-day visit to the lake. We also have the chance to observe black caimans, since the lake is their natural habitat – night time is the ideal time to observe them when they are most active, but we can also find them during the day.
Well, now that I’ve told you what the lake Sandoval is like and what we can see during the day, we will continue toward the home of a local family that lives within the Tambopata National Reserve. They will greet us with a delicious lunch – a traditional meal prepared wrapped in a leaf from the jungle to seal in flavor, accompanied by a typical drink. This is the same home where we will spend the night and have the rest of our meals. After a short rest we can return to the Lake Sandoval – Tambopata National Reserve, to go swimming (there is only one part of the lake where it is permitted to swim and it is very safe to do so). Then we will continue our journey through the Lake Sandoval, enjoying the view of not just the animals that we can see, but also the gorgeous view that we have of the Lake.
Evening at the lake with the sunset is the BEST and it is a great time to take amazing photos!! As soon as it gets dark we can begin to observe black caimans – this will take about an hour more or less.
Then we will have dinner, and probably go to sleep because the following day will be very long, full of new experiences.
We will wake up very early and, using flashlights, we will travel via canoe and later by foot to observe parrots, parakeets, and macaws. They are very intelligent birds and they congregate in the same place every sunrise to look for minerals in order to neutralize the toxins from the fruits, vegetables, and seeds that they eat each day. It’s a really beautiful place and we will spend a while there talking, taking photos, and taking in the view. We will return to the local family’s home for a complete breakfast and then after a short rest we will walk through a forest, which has been left almost untouched by the locals. This is a place where we will have a lot to talk about the economic activities of the area demonstrate in detail some of them. We will also have time to talk about some medicinal plants that are commonly used by the locals here. It’s a really great walk and it will take us about three hours to complete at a leisurely place – I’m sure you will enjoy it. Then we will have lunch and you will have time to go swimming in the lake again if you wish. In the afternoon we will follow a new route along the lake to get to an observation tower and from there we will have an amazing view of nearly the entire lagoon. We will try to find new types of monkeys and look for a sloth in their favorite trees.
We will go back to have dinner, this time a little bit earlier than the first day, since after dinner we will have a really great night walk. We will look for insects, frogs, and maybe even some snakes or tarantulas that always appear in the night.
You choose the time you would like to wake up and begin the day. If you wish we can go for a walk before breakfast or you can sleep in until breakfast – it is entirely up to you and how you would like to enjoy your vacation. After breakfast we will go on a new walk to a totally different place, where we can talk about the use of some medicinal plants – there are A LOT and I will only mention the most important ones, the ones that we use the most and that are guaranteed to work. We will also try some natural, wild fruits of the jungle, depending on the season, and we will definitely be able to taste some larva and termites to end the excursion. This walk will take about three hours as well.
We will have lunch and then rest before getting ready to head back to Puerto. We’ll go back to Puerto the same way we came at about 4:00pm – it could be a little earlier or a little later, as needed