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Puerto Maldonado: 4-Day Tambopata Rainforest Tour

1. Puerto Maldonado: 4-Day Tambopata Rainforest Tour

Day 1: Start the tour with pickup from Puerto Maldonado Airport. Your guide will be waiting for you right in front of the exit with a sign with your name on it so you can find them easily. After a short office visit, head to the river where a boat will be awaiting you to take you to the lodge. Check in to your bungalow then set off for your first jungle tour. Walk for about 2 kilometers through the jungle searching for monkeys, brown agoutis, and butterflies as you learn about the trees and plants which grow there. When it gets dark, begin your night adventure on the river to go in search of caimans and capybaras. Enjoy this exciting tour with the opportunity to learn all about the animals and take pictures.  Day 2: On the next day, visit Lake Sandoval which is located in the heart of Tambopata National Reserve. Here, observe the many bird species, caimans, turtles, monkeys, and giant otters that live here. Return back to your accommodation for a short rest before embarking on your next night activity. Later, head into the rainforest at night, following your guide through the dark jungle in search of night monkeys, tarantulas, frogs, insects, and other nocturnal animals.  Day 3: On day 3, embark on a kayaking adventure, heading downstream to the Monkey Island. When you land on the island, go for a walk searching for monkeys and observe them in their native environment. Enjoy the opportunity to feed and take pictures with them. After lunch, visit a local indigenous family and learn about their culture and way of life.  Day 4: Start your final day pretty early and head to the clay lick to see the parakeets, parrots and 2 species of small macaws. On the way back, search for sloths. After breakfast, your guide will take you to the perfect spot for bird watching and take you for piranha sport fishing. By around 11 AM, head back to the main office from where you will be taken to the airport or bus station and your tour concludes.

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Tambopata Peruvian Amazon Jungle for Three Days/Two Nights

2. Tambopata Peruvian Amazon Jungle for Three Days/Two Nights

Day One: Puerto Maldonado to the Lodge. Be collected from the airport or bus station and taken to the port. Journey in a boat for an hour to the lodge. Be welcomed with refreshing fruit juice from the region and relax in your room. In the afternoon, visit Monkey Island across the Madre de Dios River. Find out about the different species of monkeys and have the opportunity to feed them. At night, search for a caiman with your flashlight. They are generally located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. With luck you might see the capybara, which is the world's largest rodent. It can weigh 60 kilograms so is an impressive relative of the Peruvian cuy (guinea pig). Enjoy dinner and a good sleep back at the lodge.  Day 2: Lake Sandoval.  After an early breakfast, take a short walk (three kilometers/two miles) to Lake Sandoval, which is a piranha habitat; one of the largest in the Tambopata National Reserve. Take a rowing boat with the guide to appreciate the many different species of birds and monkeys including hoatzin, cormorant, jacanas, heron, eagles, howler monkey, squirrel monkey, black capuchin, tamarins, and sloths. If you are lucky, you will meet a family of giant river otters, each at almost two meters long, who are in danger of extinction. Perhaps you will see the largest alligator ever recorded at over four meters long. Enjoy a typical lunch at the lodge. In the evening, take a night walk to appreciate the diversity of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and other nocturnal animals here. Have dinner and another night at the lodge.  Day 3: Return to Puerto Maldonado.  Get up early for a pre-breakfast activity of a canopy walk. See the rainforest from the different perspective at 30 meters high with panoramic views of the Rio Madre de Dios. From the platforms you can observe the different species of birds including toucans and macaws. Return up the river to Puerto Maldonado. Here you will be transported to the airport for your flight to Lima or Cusco or transported to the bus terminal. 

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Puerto Maldonado: 3-Day Tambopata Rainforest Tour

3. Puerto Maldonado: 3-Day Tambopata Rainforest Tour

Day 1: Start the tour with pickup from Puerto Maldonado Airport. Your guide will be waiting for you right in front of the exit with a sign with your name on it so you can find them easily. After a short office visit, head to the river where a boat will be awaiting you to take you to the lodge. After you accommodate yourself in your bungalow and explore the lodge, your guide will take you for a jungle walk so you have the first experience of the rainforest.  Day 2: On the next day, visit Lake Sandoval which is located in the heart of Tambopata National Reserve. Here, observe the many bird species, caimans, turtles, monkeys, and giant otters that live here. Return back to your accommodation for a short rest before embarking on your night activity. Head into the rainforest at night, following your guide through the dark jungle in search of night monkeys, tarantulas, frogs, insects, and other nocturnal animals. Day 3: Start your final day pretty early and head to the clay lick to see the parakeets, parrots and 2 species of small macaws. On the way back, search for sloths. After breakfast, your guide will take you to the perfect spot for bird watching and take you for piranha sport fishing. By around 11 AM, head back to the main office from where you will be taken to the airport or bus station and your tour concludes.

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Puerto Maldonado: Sandoval Lake Full-Day Trip with Canoeing

4. Puerto Maldonado: Sandoval Lake Full-Day Trip with Canoeing

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Maldonado and heads to the Madre de Dios river where your boat for the day awaits. Board the boat and set sail along the vibrant river towards the National Reserve of Tambopata, a vast landscape of savannas and rainforests that is rich in colorful wildlife. Arrive at the reserve and enjoy a 30-minute walk through the luscious landscape until you reach Sandoval Lake. Throughout the walk, admire views of the colossal jungle trees that surround you and watch out for native wildlife including monkeys and parrots. At the lake, hop into a canoe head out onto the calm waters, which beautifully reflect the trees that line the shore. Keep a look out for the abundance of animals and birds that call Sandoval their home, and in particular the lake's giant otters.  Enjoy a quick stop for lunch and some rest time, then hop back in your canoe as you go in search of black caimans and yet more fascinating wildlife. Admire a stunning sunset in the late afternoon, then slowly begin the journey back through the jungle and towards the riverboat waiting to return you to Puerto Maldonado.

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Puerto Maldonado: Private Sandoval Lake Experience

5. 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

This was a great trip! Our guide, Aldair, was a great guide, we learned a lot about the forrest, and we saw plenty of animals! In the 4 days there, we had several activities (I think more than the original description - I really enjoyed the canopy walk!); the food was always fresh and delicious, rooms were comfy... really the highlight of our trip in Peru!

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.

Excellent experience. Great planning including all activities you wanna do in the Jungle! Especially worth mentioning the great service of Aldair as a guide & Charlie as organising responsible! Recommendation 10/10.