Sandoval Lake Lodge


Tambopata National Reserve

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Sandoval Lake Lodge

This eco-lodge, built from ecologically-harvested ‘driftwood’ mahogany, sits in a stunning location on the banks of an oxbow lake. Red-bellied macaws feed in the palm trees and giant river otters live nearby. Getting here requires two boat trips and a two-mile walk – and it’s worth every minute of the journey!

Crafted from sustainably-sourced ‘driftwood’ mahogany trees and standing on the edge of a palm-fringed oxbow lake, Sandoval Lake Lodge is jointly owned by a local Brazil nut collecting community and Peru Verde, a non-profit rainforest conservation organisation.  

Its location means that guests can access the lake at the best times for photography and wildlife viewing – early morning and late afternoon – an opportunity not available to guests in lodges outside the park. The wildlife here is incredible, with over 1200 species of butterflies and 900 species of birds, so take binoculars. Red-bellied macaws feast on the fruit of the palm trees, up to six species of monkeys live nearby and black caimans can be seen on the night hikes. The lake has a resident family of endangered giant river otters, giving guests a rare chance to see these splendid animals.

Sandoval Lake Lodge provides basic but comfortable accommodation and the dining room serves hearty Peruvian cuisine. Meals are taken with your informative, dedicated guide and the rest of your group. There are hammocks and sofas in the lounge area and benches above the lake for sunset watching.

Times to Go

The lodge is open all year round. December to March is the rainy season, and the best months to visit are generally April to September, but expect rain and mud at any time.

Sandoval Lake Lodge highlights

  • Friendly eco-lodge in Tambopata National Reserve
  • Glorious position on the edge of an oxbow lake
  • Wonderful birdlife, wildlife and flora
  • A family of giant otters nearby
  • Day and night excursions are fascinating and rewarding
  • Getting here is an adventure!

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Sandoval Lake Lodge location

Sandoval Lake Lodge


  • 25 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome but the journey to get here is likely to be impractical for small children or those with mobility issues.


  • Dining room
  • Bar in the evenings (cash only)
  • Electricity (not 24-hour)
  • Bring a torch and sandals as outdoor shoes are not allowed in the lodge


Optional activities

  • Day and night hikes
  • Birdwatching
  • Catamaran trips on the lake

Sandoval Lake Lodge rooms

The lodge building itself is one large structure with the space between the internal walls and the roof open, so sound carries between the bedrooms but the jungle sounds at night should drown out your neighbours’ conversation.

The 25 rooms are housed in two wings of the building. All have private bathrooms with shower and flush toilet, plus the bedrooms have a fan, safety deposit box and a power point. Décor is very simple: wooden floors and walls, plain but comfy beds with mosquito netting.  

Luis the Llama likes this because…

“Sandoval Lake Lodge is owned by Peru Verde, a non-profit conservation group, and a local Brazil nut collecting community. Local people benefit by from employment opportunities and the community receives 49% of the lodge’s net profit.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Peru Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of South America and Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects. You can read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiative on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.

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