3. From Puerto Maldonado: Tambopata National Reserve 3-Day Tour
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Jungle Lodge – Caiman Area
You will be welcome at the airport or bus station once you arrive in Peru’s biodiversity capital (Puerto Maldonado).
After meeting your team, you will go to the port boat to board a motorized riverboat. Then you will navigate on the Madre de Dios River for 1 hour approximately before arriving at the Tambopata reserve zone. There you will be welcomed by our adventure staff and get an introduction to our lodge lands. Then your guide will organize the bungalow for your stay.
Then, you can discover the lodge, or if you prefer, you can take some time to rest while your chef will be preparing your lunch with some local products.
Then all the group will gather to enjoy it together and start talking about the plan for that afternoon and night.
After lunch, our tour guide will take you on a hike for approximately 2 to 3 hours. You will see tropical fruits, native plants, and trees and learn about the Jungle. Then your guide will take you to some lookouts, where you can enjoy the toucans and other birds. Afterward, you will go back to your lodge. At approximately 7:00 pm, your group will leave with a guide on a Caiman Safari. As you cruise on the river, you will see the wild nightlife by the riverbank.
You will return for your dinner and talk about plans for the next day.
Day 2: Lodge – Sandoval Lake and Jungle Hike
You will wake up around 6:00 am. Then you will enjoy our breakfast and get the last details from our guide for the day. After breakfast, you will walk to Sandoval Lake. Then you have a hike inside of Tambopata National Reserve (Sandoval Lake). Here you will have the chance to see an exciting diversity of animals – snakes, howlers, and hundreds of birds. Once you are at the Sandoval Lake, you will get into a smaller rowing boat, and, with our guide and staff, you’ll go in search of the giant otters. Also waiting for you to discover are caiman, piranhas, snakes, tapirs, turtles, cormorants, herons and of course lots of birds.
Then you will go back to your lodge, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sunset panoramas of the Jungle. Also, you can stop in a local family to see how native people live.
If you are still with energies, you could go canopy or zip-lining. Your guide will list how you fell and then plan to do one of these activities.
Then you finish the day with a delicious dinner.
Day 3: Jungle activities – Puerto Maldonado
After waking up, you will enjoy breakfast and get ready to walk, and enjoy the views from lookouts. Then you will go monkey island to explore the area, and if you are lucky, you will see different animals like snakes, parrots, monkeys, and others.
Then you will enjoy lunch and get ready to go to the river and enjoy adventure activities, like a canopy, zip-lining, and suspension bridge. Then you will take a boat, and your transfer will take you back to Puerto Maldonado.