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Tambopata National Reserve 5 Days

23 reviews
Tambopata National Reserve 5 Days

Tambopata National Reserve 5 Days

23 reviews



This Tambopata Tour Chuncho 5 Days The most visited tourist destination is Lake Sandoval, in the basin of the Madre de Dios River. It is a beautiful, crystalline water surface of 127 ha, surrounded by palm trees full of macaws, just half an hour by river from Puerto Maldonado.

To enter a 3 km trail follows from the pier, which includes a visit to the Interpretation Centre and in which many species of flora and fauna. In its waters, traveled in tour boats renting local people and shelters, inhabits a large family of otters can be seen hunting and preening on tree trunks.

There is also an observation tower for a panoramic view Sandoval Lake in tours Tambopata River basin upstream, there are other important lakes: Coco Cocha, 2 hours from Puerto Maldonado, also with the presence of wolves Sachavacayoc river, 45 min by river further from the anterior and time gauge,  Sandoval lake Reserve.


Tambopata National Reserve is 274,690 hectares (1,061 square miles) of preserved land in southeastern Peru. The reserve has many diverse habitats, including Amazonian lowland rainforest, riparian forests and oxbow lakes. It is crossed by three rivers: the Malinowski, Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers.

Because of the reserve’s protected status and isolated location, it is incredibly biodiverse. The reserve is home to 1200 species of butterflies, 169 species of mammals, around 632 species of birds and hundreds of species of trees and plants. In fact, this reserve and the surrounding region is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.

Trip Details

Day 01: Tambopata Chuncho and Colorado clay lick & Sandoval.

Day 02: theTambopata River

Day 3: Tambopata Sandoval Lake and clay lick.

Day 04: Maldonado – Sandoval lake.




Day 01: Tambopata Chuncho and Colorado clay lick & Sandoval.

To explore The Best of Tambopata Chuncho and Colorado clay lick & Sandoval Lake We will start at 8:30 am from our Hostel or we can pass to pick you up from your hotel, we will have 2 hour by car  4X4, the first part will be by the high way and the second part will be in a dirt route until we get to the Tambopata River near the limit to the reserve. Our boat will be waiting for us to take us 25 minutes up the Tambopata river to get to our Lodge, we will have good chances to spot capybaras and many shore birds along the river bank, getting to the lodge the best of tambopata ,  we will get a welcome drink and the manager will explain us all we need to know about our lodge and its around.

After lunch we will go for an introductory wtalk in first in a secondary grow forest and then in a primary forest full of huge trees and lianas and vines, at the same time we will talk about the most important economic activities in this region. The Best of Tambopata will give us chances to spot some Brown capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys will be always possible.

When is getting dark we will come back to our lodge”collpas tambopata inn” to get our torch and go to our boat and we will do one of the most exiting activities… it will be the Cayman spotting, we will go to look for White and black Caymans along the river bank with a big spot light, we might see more capybaras and we always have good chances to spot and ocelot or a jaguar by the river too

Day 02: theTambopata River

We will wake up around 5:00am, we will get a hot drink to get some energy and we will take our boat up theTambopata river for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Crossing the check point. We will have all the sunrise just for us in the boat, and we will have really good chances to spot shore birds, capybaras, White caimans, and why not to mention … A jaguar or an anaconda, I like to say it, we have a 20 %of probabilities to see one of these guys by the river bank.

The Best of Tambopata will show us Chuncho clay lick, parrots and macaws Green, red, blue and yellow birds all around us, flying and making loud noises, it will be spectacular this behavior of this birds. We will explain you the reason why every day the whole year around this birds o to the Cliff to eat clay. We will spend from 6:30 am to 11:00 am approx. Our breakfast will be in front of the clay lick activity.

At the end of this activity, We will continue our trip up the Tambopata River for 2 more hours, the river, and the landscape with the mountains is really nice, we will get to Tambopata Research Center, we will walk around the Research Station looking for wild pigs, monkeys, aybe a snake or a tapir at night.
This night we will do camping by the river bank right in the limit between the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

Day 3: Tambopata Sandoval Lake and clay lick.

To see more the Best of Tambopata Sandoval Lake and clay lick. We will wake up early in the morning and take 10 minutes boat ride to observe the Largest macaw clay lick activity, it will be probably different than Chuncho because the number of species of birds is much more here than anywhere else, in a good morning we can count 13 different birds eating clay at the same time, the best of Tambopata
We will get our breakfast in our camping site an then go for another walk in a different trail and at the end we will get information about the macaws and parrots in the research station.
After breakfast we will go for another walk in a different trail looking always for more wildlife and things to discover in a real virgin forest, it will probably take us around 3 hours walking and at the end we will stop at the research station to know more about the volunteers who work in this project since 1989. Around noon we will take our boat and get our lunch in the way back to our lodge.

At night, if you want we can make fire and talk about the local stories from local people at Tambopata.

Day 04: Maldonado – Sandoval lake.

We will wake up with the sounds of the birds and probably howler monkeys, will get our breakfast and then we will go 20 minutes down the river and then our 2 hours back to Puerto Maldonado and then pick up our typical box lunch and we will eat in the boat in the way to Sandoval lake ,the best of Tambopata, it is one hour by boat along the Madre de Dios River and then one hour walking to get to this lagoon that 100 of years ago was part of the main channel of the river, now isolated deep in the jungle.
We will go toward the home stay to leave our bags and then to continue to the observation tower, monkeys, birds, turtles and black Caymans is very easy to spot here.

Day 05:

Before breakfast, we will go to observe and try to get good pictures about the Giant river otters in Sandoval Lake, they are the most endangered mammal in the rain forest, the population of them is not many, and they have a very interesting behavior.

After breakfast with the local families we will cross the lake and go for our last walk in another primary forest, many lianas, and palms trees, we will still have many things to talk and respond your questions.

We can swim in the lake and we will get our lunch and will take our canoe first, then walk and then the main boat in the Madre de Dios River to go back to Puerto Maldonado.


  • Transfer by land and by river.
  • All the meals and juice
  • Activities around the lodge
  • Guiding from the beginning to the end.
  • Entrance fee to the Tambopata National Reserve. “Macaw clay lick and lake Sandoval”

No Included

  • tips


What is Tambopata?

Most people know Tambopata for the Tambopata River and the huge Tambopata National Reserve that protects it. Tambopata is also one of the provinces of the Amazonian state of Madre de Dios. However, we will refer to the Tambopata National Reserve when we say “Tambopata”; in this article.

Tambopata is a Quechua word, Tambo means “structure or building”, and pata means “high place”. The name comes from the Tambopata River, which rises in the highlands of Puno, near Lake Titicaca, and descends towards this part of the country.

The largest city in Tambopata is Puerto Maldonado, and that is where most travelers fly to begin their jungle trek. Best of all, Tambopata is right next to other rainforest reserves, including the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

What can I see there?

The Tambopata National Reserve is huge, protecting 274,690 hectares (1,061 square miles) of pristine nature. To give you an idea of ​​how big it is, it’s about the size of the iconic Yosemite National Park in the United States. It contains a great diversity of habitats, from old-growth Amazon rainforest to bamboo forests, from floodplains and wetlands to Horseshoe Lake and palm swamps.

Thanks to this variety of well-preserved habitats, Tambopata is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. There are more than 1,000 species of butterflies, 100 species of mammals, 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants. During your visit, you are likely to see monkeys, parrots and macaws, caimans, toucans and much more.

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Macaw sightings are one of the highlights of Tambopata tours. Photography by Theo Allofs.

Who lives there?

Tambopata is home to the Ese Eja Native Community, an indigenous nation that has lived in the rainforest region for many years. “Ese Eja” literally means people. There are three native communities of Ese Eja around the Tambopata National Reserve: Infierno (about 200 families), Palma Real (about 50 families), and Sonene (about 20 families). Rainforest Expeditions has collaborated with the Ese Eja community in Infierno for more than two decades, working together on nature and heritage preservation projects, and jointly running the Posada Amazonas lodge.

Traditionally, the Ese Eja are hunters, fishermen and farmers, although many families now also have business or tourist connections. Today, tourism and Brazil nut harvesting (a type of sustainable food production) are the two main economic activities within the Tambopata National Reserve. In the areas surrounding the reserve, the cultivation of tropical foods such as papaya, pineapple and cocoa is more common. Although tourism has grown in Tambopata in recent years, the region and the reserve are so large that they are never crowded, providing an intimate, deeply wild experience.

Tambopata is now one of the main tourist destinations in Peru. If you like or love nature then Tambopata is for you.

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