Sandoval Lake: “Heart of the Peruvian Amazonia”
Last year, I finished university so to get more experience and keep learning, I decided to volunteer. Now, I’m doing volunteer work in the area of communication in an NGO in Peru. During my free time, I plan to take advantage of every moment to know this amazing country. Going to the Peruvian Amazon basin was part of my list of places to go. So, when I read about Sandoval Lake, I knew it was the next place to visit.
Peru is a country that offers you a lot to discover and explore. A tour isn’t always necessary to start an adventure. So being able to enjoy its wonders by myself, is one of the things that excites me a lot.
Sandoval Lake: The Heart of Peru’s Amazon Rainforest Basin
Sandoval Lake is found in the city of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios. This lake is located in the Tambopata Nature Reserve, considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world.
To start the plan for the trip in the jungle I read many articles and blogs to be able to know better every option. I also asked for advice on groups of travelers. That’s how I got the number for Omar.
Omar was our guide during our days in the jungle. He is originally from Puerto Maldonado so he knows the city perfectly.
How to Get There
Our trip started in Cusco where we took a bus to Puerto Maldonado. The journey is from 10 to 11 hours. The price varies according to the comfort you choose to travel but you can find seats from $9 to $25. To compare prices and bus companies you can visit the Redbus.pe page. We decided to travel at night so we did not miss any day of our adventure.
Once we arrived in Puerto Maldonado, Omar picked us up at the bus terminal and we went to his house to have breakfast. In Peru, breakfast is usually bread with jelly or eggs accompanied by coffee, its price is between $0.9 to $2.
Our guide was in charge of buying our tickets for the boat that transported us to the Tambopata Reserve. After 45 minutes by boat, we walk for 40 minutes to reach the entrance of Lake Sandoval. It’s a very flat hike and not at all tiring.
For this trip, it’s better to only carry the essentials, so you won’t have to carry a lot of weight. We must also consider the weather and the intensity of the sun. So long sleeve cotton shirts will be your best company these days. Don’t forget to bring a lot of mosquito repellent and sunscreen!
The ecolodge where we stayed is located within the reserve and is run by a local family. They’re in share of the food, so during all mealtime, we could enjoy excellent typical dishes of the region and delicious fruits of the season.
During my days at the lake, I enjoyed a lot of amazing sunsets. We managed to observe many animals such as caimans, otters, lizards, piranhas, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, different types of birds and many more insects. Being able to paddle in the lake, appreciate each of the landscapes that the jungle offers you and be completely disconnected from the world made my experience in the jungle something much more incredible.
Enjoying this trip was much better with the company of local people. We had the opportunity to hear all their stories and meet many of the corners of Lake Sandoval. During the 3 days and 2 nights we were in the jungle, we spent $150. That includes our transportation from Puerto Maldonado to Lake Sandoval, the rooms and each of our mealtimes.
Enjoying the jungle is totally accessible and totally worth it, so if you plan a trip through Peru do not hesitate to put Lake Sandoval on your list!
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