Puerto Maldonado
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Our most recommended Puerto Maldonado Day Trips

Puerto Maldonado: 2-Hour Tambopata River Cruise at Sunset

1. Puerto Maldonado: 2-Hour Tambopata River Cruise at Sunset

The adventure begins with pickup at 4pm from your hotel in Puerto Maldonado and travels to the Tambopata River. Board your boat for the evening and then set out into the jungle landscape as the sun begins to set. Admire as the sky is transformed with bursts of colour and reflected in the water of the river below. Throughout the boat ride, listen to your guide share fascinating information about the Amazon Rainforest and the native wildlife that lives here. As you sail, keep a lookout for caimans, capybaras, snakes, birds, bats, and more. During the dry season, you can also enjoy a walk on one of the jungle beaches and go in search of turtle nests. At the end of an unforgettable experience, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel.

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Puerto Maldonado: Private Sandoval Lake Experience

2. Puerto Maldonado: Private Sandoval Lake Experience

You will be picked up from your hotel, after which following a short ride you will arrive at the port where a boat will be awaiting you. From there you will be travel for 20 minutes on the river Madre de Dios to the Tambopata National Reserve.  After check-in at the entrance you will walk for about 3 kilometers through the rainforest whilst observing the nature which surrounds you. You'll learn about the trees and medicinal plants, as well as the wildlife which will cross your path. After about one hour you will arrive at the magical Sandoval Lake, from where you will travel by paddle boat searching for the local wildlife which the lake has to offer. The lake is a home to many species such as endangered giant otters, black caimans, monkeys, turtles, fish, piranhas, and the largest sweet water fish: paiche. You will of course also observe many species of birds such as osprey, herons, hoatzin, cormorant, anhinga, and much more. The first lake tour following the walk will take about an hour, and you will stop at a lodge to enjoy your lunch. Following a short rest you will return to the lake heading towards the highlight of the lake, which is the tower. From there you will have the opportunity to see the magical lake from high up in the trees, as you take marvelous pictures and learn even more about the rainforest. Following that you'll return to the lake to explore the other side of the shore, before traveling back to the port. You'll then walk for 3 kilometers back to where a boat will be waiting to take you back to town. After enjoying the sunset, you will be returned back to your point of origin, marking the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Puerto Maldonado

Our guide Ricardo was easy going and was able to show and explain a lot to us. Completely without time pressure. Since we opted for the afternoon option (alternatively in the morning), that also means that you can't be rabid when it comes to the return trip to the hotel on the Rio Madre. Because the boat trip back took place in complete darkness.