Day 23: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Sandoval Lake Lodge
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Meeting with our local representative who will accompany us to the port of the river Madre de Dios.
A 30-minute trip on the Madre de Dios by motorized boat will take us to Sandoval Lake Lodge, located on the banks of the river. From there, we will take a 20 miles trail through the primeval forest until reaching a small canal. We will board canoes and sail on this canal, through a forest of tall palm trees, to the lodge.
After lunch and a short break, to avoid the heat of the afternoon, we will learn a little about the history of the lodge and the philosophy of its founders.
Once again, we will take the boat and undertake to explore the entire western part of the lake.
In this forest of tall palm trees, we will advance to the sound of hundreds of red-bellied macaws, on their way back to the palm forest to spend the night. This species of macaws is found locally in parts of the Amazon, and still lives in the forests of large palm trees, such as the beautiful palm grove of Lake Sandoval. With 500 to 800 parrots, the Sandoval Lake Macaw Society is currently the largest in the world for this species.
At dusk, we will look for black alligators of great size and extremely rare. If the night is clear, illuminated by the stars, we will also let the boat float simply in the middle of the lake, to admire the brightness of the sky and listen to the sounds of the forest.
We will return to the lodge to view a short informative video or attend a slide show and have dinner.
Whenever we want, we will be have the opportunity to leave the lodge to admire the wide variety of nocturnal butterflies, beetles and mantes, attracted by our black light lamp, in the clearing of the refuge.
Our guide will take those who want to take a short walk in the evening, in the forest, behind the lodge.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.